Sad news for Lowcountry Artist Market vendors and shoppers today. Founder Kristen Gastaldo has announced she’s moving to London.

The DIY enthusiast started the market in 2010 at the Music Farm and it quickly grew, helping launch and support dozens of local businesses from The Adventures of Sammy the Wonder Dachshund author Jonathan Miller to Finkelstein’s Center toys. But, in an email to the local media Gastaldo tells us that just because she’s leaving — her husband has a new job in England — doesn’t mean the market is over.

“I was lucky enough to find two ladies who are thrilled to be taking over the market — Allison Merrick (SpaceCraft) and Courtney Loadholt (Provenance Vintage). They have some great ideas about expanding the Market to be more often, in a variety of locations and sizes,” she writes.

Merrick and Loadholt are currently still brainstorming the Holiday market schedule and there is no date yet. But you can be sure we’ll announce that information when we have it.