The Rock Island Artists’ Market begins its fourth season this Sunday, June 9. The family-friendly market will take place from 12-4 pm in the parking lot of Skeleton Key Art and Antiques at 520 18th Street, Rock Island, and will repeat on the second Sunday of each month through October. Admission to the market is free.

Shoppers can expect to find a variety of art, local produce, handcrafted goods and more, all sold by the artists, creators and growers. The first market will feature food and drinks by Kavanaugh’s Hilltop Bar and Grill, coffee creations by Cool Beanz, popcorn by G’s Popcorn, and music by Roger Carlson. New this year, the market will have a free kids’ art tent hosted by a different local charity each month.

The Rock Island Artists’ Market was formed through a partnership of the Rock Island Arts Advisory Committee and Skeleton Key. The Rock Island Arts Advisory Committee held public meetings in 2016 to discuss ideas for expanding the arts community in Rock Island. It was decided that an open air artists’ market aimed at connecting artists and patrons topped the list of possible ideas. The Rock Island Artists’ Market joined an existing farmers’ market at Skeleton Key Art and Antiques on Sunday afternoons.

More information can be found on the Rock Island Artists’ Market Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RIArtistsMarket, or in person at Skeleton Key Art and Antiques during regular business hours.

Sean Leary is an author, director, artist, musician, producer and entrepreneur who has been writing professionally since debuting at age 11 in the pages of the Comics Buyers Guide. An honors graduate of the University of Southern California masters program, he has written over 50 books including the best-sellers The Arimathean, Every Number is Lucky to Someone and We Are All Characters.