Sunday during the summer months is the a good day to go to Rock Island, Illinois, to spend several hours at Skeleton Key Art and Antiques and the Artists’ Market. The artists’ market is a new addition to the farmers market in the parking lot of the mall.
My sister and I visited the market recently and were delighted by the artists and artisans who were selling anything from jewelry to paintings, iron sculptures, glass work, pottery, garden art and tie dye clothing. Feeling creative, I bought fresh rhubarb to make a cherry/rhubarb pie and fresh pea pods and onions for a salad.
We knew some of the artists and enjoyed discussing their work and their future projects. Local artists developed the concept of adding the Artists’ Market to the Sunday Farmers Market which began last summer at the location.
Located in the south end of the downtown area, the Skeleton Key Art and Antiques, which is in a large historic home, is a unique place to shop for vintage and antique items as well as art work and hand crafted items of interest by over 60 vendors.
Craft workshops by artists who sell at the business are offered monthly and are listed on Facebook.
The new Rock Island Artists’ Market will be held every Sunday from noon to 3:00 p.m. through the end of August. If you like a leisurely Sunday stroll and shopping experience without the crowds, this is the perfect venue.
The Skeleton Key is open Wednesday through Sunday.
Skeleton Key Art and Antiques
520 18th Street, Rock Island, Illinois 61201
John and Brandy VandeWalle, owners