Happy Holidays Virtual Artisan Market

We'll miss seeing you in person this year as you browse our creations, however we decided during these uncertain times, in an effort to protect everyone's health, to go virtual as many other markets have done. Read our artisan bios and check out our artisan spaces pages . Each of us is responsible for our own sales and deliveries. You can contact us through the contact form on this site or at our links provided on each artisan spaces page. 817 Arts Alliance has provided in person holiday shopping experiences annually in downtown Arlington since 2011 along with other occasional artisan made events in the DFW area such as a couple of Fall Gallery Night events at BRIT in Fort Worth. Please support local artisans through this online event this year and help keep the creativity flowing while snagging unique gifts for the people on your shopping list.

Artwork by Kristy Jarvis

What do animals do when we aren't looking? In my world they show their playful side, sense of humor and seem to be amused by the same things we are. We seem to connect to a particular animal or being for one reason or another. My art merges that love for animals with personalities similar to our own. While I start with a sketch or have an idea of what a character will look like, their personalities tend to emerge on their own through the process of painting or sculpting. My style is whimsical with a light-hearted feel. They are similar to what you might find in picture books you remember as a child or read with your own little ones. I play mostly with watercolor, ink, and paperclay but have recently added acrylic paint to my toy box. I scan my watercolor paintings and use them to make prints and stationery.

As a child, I loved drawing and creating characters from found objects. My creativity led me to a career in Graphic Design. After years of designing digital layouts, I chose to take a break and stay home with my children, which was where my heart was. Spending our day playing and reading stories (which often featured animals) I felt inspired to create quirky little characters. I began drawing at nap time which later led to painting and sculpting. Now with both children off to school I am able to spend a few hours a week making art.

For more examples of my work and where you can purchase it, please visit my artisan space.