The Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival features more than 200 independent artists, both local and regional, selling their goods from noon to 8 p.m. daily at the Artist Market. There’s every medium from woodworking to digital art, so you will find something worth checking out.
Here are six artists that you should visit as you stroll through the market:
D&M Wooden Flowers & Vases, Saline, Michigan (Booth #6 at Penn Avenue)
Since they met while attending Eastern Michigan University together in the mid-1990s, Dee and Michael Miller have been handcrafting realistic floral masterpieces. The vibrant colors and workmanship of these bouquets will last you a lifetime instead of wilting within a week.
Elizabeth Becker, Carlisle (Booth #96 at 8th Street)
Elizabeth Becker works primarily in watercolor and says her paintings “are an exploration of emotion, the human condition and our spiritual connection to nature.” The beautiful blend of the colors bleeding together makes her interpretations of plant and animal life particularly enjoyable.
artworkontherun, Blairsville (Booth #14 at Penn Avenue)
Usually, an artist would be mortified to have coffee stains on their work, but Craig Peterson considers it a part of his creative process. Since 2012, Peterson has been creating nature-inspired wall art and coasters with watercolor paint, pen — and brewed liquid coffee.
Shop Emily M, Pittsburgh (Booth #90 at 8th Street)
Fun, quirky, and colorful, Emily McGaughey’s stickers, magnets and shirts are delightfully adorable. Leaving her graphic design job in 2017 to go freelance full-time, McGaughey has found joy in illustrating everything from smiling pierogies to hybrid cheesecake cats.
uniquebirdhouses, Greenville (Booth #13 at Penn Avenue)
With no previous woodworking experience, Andre Maiwald has developed an eccentric style that he uses to combine light and dark wood into one-of-a-kind birdhouses. He says he doesn’t like to use sketches to guide him because he likes to keep his work spontaneous and flowing.
Kelsey James Art, Mt. Pleasant (Booth #9 at Penn Avenue)
Kelsey James is one of seven artists who won a scholarship to participate in the Artist Market. At her booth, James showcases and sells her abstract paintings, which she creates by blowing vibrant acrylic paint across canvases. A talented musician with her own rock band, Shiva Skydriver, James also enjoys creating art with vinyl records.
The Artist Market runs through the end of the festival on June 12. Booths are located in five locations: Penn Avenue between 7th and 9th streets, 9th Street between Penn Avenue and Ft. Duquesne Boulevard, the parking lot at 8th Street and Ft. Duquesne Boulevard, the Backyard at 8th Street and Penn Avenue, and the intersection of 7th Street and Penn Avenue (weekends only).
Visitors can find a detailed schedule and map as well as a full roster of vendors here.