Whether you shop in the mall or online, chances are, you’re stuck indoors. You sit under unnatural lighting as you browse through merchandise that anyone else across the country could be purchasing at the same time.
No longer. Starting this month, you can escape the mall madness and go shopping en plein air at the Wildcliff Art Market in New Rochelle with five dates between now and September. Taking place on the grounds of Wildcliff Manor—along the banks of the Sound Shore and in the shadow of the Gothic Revival residence—local and regional artists have set up booths to showcase their ceramics, paintings, jewelry, photography, woodwork, glass crafts, and mixed-media artwork. It’s the opposite of the mall: many items are one-of-a-kind, and you actually get to talk to the artists who made them.
“It’s very similar to Brooklyn’s artsy markets in Fort Greene, Williamsburg, and DUMBO,” says Eric Woodlin of Incoming Tide Entertainment, which also put on a music series and a comedy series at the site. (Performing artists will also provide a soundtrack to your shopping.) The Wildcliff Art Market will run through September 10.