For her first time ever selling her artwork at a show, Heidi Walsh was doing quite well.
“In fact, I’m at the point now where I’m thinking, oh my gosh. I need some more things to hang on the wall,” she said. “Luckily, I’m local, so I can replenish everything tonight.”
She joined dozens of other talented individuals who were selected for the two-day Mt. Lebanon Artists Market. The event opened on a sunny Saturday, with plenty of participants reporting brisk sales heading into Sunday.
Walsh, a Mt. Lebanon resident, recently started a business called Inkprint Studio. She works in a variety of media, including watercolor and acrylic painting, and was selected by the Community Redevelopment Authority of Hollywood, Fla., to transform nearly 600 feet of sidewalk into an interactive community art piece.
“I saw the call for artists for the mural, and I thought, what the heck. I’ll throw my name into the ring,” she said. “And lo and behold, I got it.”
A lifelong artist who attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Walsh has put an emphasis during the past few years on returning to that type of pursuit.
“I had a wide variety of careers,” she said. “But any time I was creative was when I was happiest, so I thought, I need to keep going for it.”
Her selection for the seventh annual Artists Market meant impressing the three jurors – Mt. Lebanon residents Harold Behar and James Mellett, and award-winning illustrator Mark Bender – who chose the field of participants. This year’s event included a remembrance of Elaine Rosenfield, who founded Mt. Lebanon’s annual Art in the Park event, the forerunner of the Artists Market.
Since 2014, the market has been conducted by the Mt. Lebanon Partnership, a nonprofit volunteer group that works toward maintaining a vibrant community by promoting growth in local commercial districts on behalf of business owners, property owners and residents.
During the event, raffle tickets were sold to benefit the Mt. Lebanon Arts Initiative, a Partnership program that awards scholarships to Mt. Lebanon High School graduates who are studying art. The 2021 winner is Julia Hagins, who is studying at the Maryland Institute College of Art.