You’ve heard of art therapy — now reap the rewards of Rochester’s creative community working through the past year and a half of turmoil at an Art(is)t Therapy market Saturday.

Organizer Melissa Eggler said some pieces of the market came together two years ago — first, inclement weather set things back, then the pandemic hit.

However, the long delay allows the art market to do a couple things: explore the “therapy” intrinsic in art creation, as well as welcome around 30 creators back to the Rochester art festival scene.

“A lot of us that are artistic feel like creating the art that we do helps with positive mental health,” Eggler said.

Melissa Eggler, contributed photo
Melissa Eggler, contributed photo

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Based on that, the organizers decided to donate a portion of their proceeds from the fest (made mainly from artists’ space rentals) to NAMI Southeast Minnesota, the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

The market will take place in the parking space behind Little Thistle Brewing (2031 14th St. NW, Rochester) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Beyond the art booths, keep an eye out for live art demos — and an ear out for live music.

World Of Scents Candles by Klye Glowa (contributed photo)
World Of Scents Candles by Klye Glowa (contributed photo)

The event page on Facebook features photos of the participating artists — a mix of painters, woodworkers, printers, and much more.

Eggler said many of the participants have homes filled with artwork after the past year, which will make for “an abundance of those therapeutic artworks.”

“This whole last year has been so incredibly difficult on so many levels,” she said. “Artists primarily use art and that act of creating as ways to clear their mind, to process through different situations in their lives, and this whole last year has been nothing but that. The majority of us weren’t able to go to work, so being an artist, we continue to create, because that’s how we process difficult things in our lives.”

If you go

What: Art(is)t Therapy Artisan Market

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 1

Where: Little Thistle Brewing, 2031 14th St. NW, Rochester

Cost: Free