A damp afternoon was unwelcome but not necessarily unexpected by the merchants and businesses participating in Explore Fulton Market. Several mentioned to me that they recall it raining when they held the event last spring. I mentioned to sculptor Jeffrey Breslow the coincidence of a rainy Explore Fulton Market when he began organizing it.
Breslow laughed and said maybe he should hand it back over to Barb Gazdik from Mars Gallery to get better weather karma. Gazdik headed up Explore Fulton Market before Breslow took over. Explore Fulton Market is intended to introduce suburbanites and city dwellers to the funky neighborhood where artists and art galleries coexist with meat processors, plus hash-slingers David Beran and Homaro Cantu.
I was prepared for the inclement weather, wearing a Gorton Fisherman-grade yellow raincoat. It came in handy as I dodged forklifts carrying animal by-products, splooshing a milky-ish glop running down the street a half-block east of Next and Moto. Bon Appétit!
Eventually, others appeared, Explore Fulton Market maps in hand. I spoke with a group of DePaul students who were primarily interested in the galleries.
"We're part of an art history club, and we thought it would be a fun experience to see what's being exhibited here," said Katie White. "There's food, too--we're making Glazed and Infused our last stop."
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