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OMM takes over Orange Art Gallery tonight!

By Amanda Armstrong on October 8, 2015

When Jessica Vermette and Jenna Hutcheson graduated from university, both chose not to begin immediately pursuing careers in their respective fields. The friends decided to adventure down the creative path and opened their own flower design business, L’Orangerie Pop Up Flower Shop. With a creative small business of their own in its early stages, they began to recognize a need for opportunities for creatives to show and sell their work in this city. From there, they set out on yet another offbeat adventure, to create a space where this could happen – the Ottawa Makers Market.

12002624_1032458063471699_4312137122270406841_oTheir first event took place at the Rideau Curling Club in June of this year and they held two other successful fairs in July and August. These events showcased the work of over 50 different vendors; from jewelry makers, to illustrators, to soapmakers, and even antique curators. Additionally, half of the proceeds of the by donation entry fee was given to local organizations to help fund their noble initiatives in the city. So far, OMM has contributed to For Pivots Sake, Harmony House Women’s Shelter, and The Ten Oak’s Project.

Tonight at 7pm, the Ottawa Makers Market with be taking over Orange Art Gallery for their After Hours event. A group of 15 artists and makers curated from their previous markets will be on site with tons of great goodies for all. This is the perfect opportunity to better get to know the creators in our community and tuck away some early Christmas gifts (because we all know, despite our reluctance, that winter is coming).

Amongst the vendors at the After Hours event are Lowertown Canning Co., Clay Pigeon Design, Emil Mateja, Scrub Inspired, and Strut Jewelry. Additionally, this time ’round, half of all door proceeds will go to the Ottawa Food Bank. They will also be collecting nonperishable goods at the event.

What else is new this time round? There will be plenty of food and drink, as well as live music. There will be food trucks parked outside, including Angry Dragonz and Ad Mare (who make the best food truck fish & chips I’ve ever had). Greg Stone will be playing live music. There will also be food and drink vendors inside the gallery, including Moo Shu Ice Cream, Plantanos, Barking Barista Coffee, and Renew Cold Press pressed juices.

So head down to Orange Art Gallery tonight for the Ottawa Makers Market: After Hours edition. Meet some of Ottawa’s creative folk in an intimate setting, snack on some delicious eats, enjoy the live music, and don’t forget to take home a little something special!