ARTISTS across the Hunter are hoping a rescheduled market will help boost their incomes after many markets were forced to close due to wild weather.
The Olive Tree Market was one of many markets to be affected by the unpredictable summer weather that hit the region.
Olive Tree Market organiser Justine Gaudry had to cancel two markets in February and March due to extreme winds and intense rain.
After observing the hardship of the artists in Newcastle, Mrs Gaudry decided to step in and offer a "fair weather" market, which would be free of charge to artists, this Saturday, March 16, in the hope that artists could reconnect with their customers and supporters.
Jewellery maker Zoe Tjanavaras of Oscar & Matilda is one of many stall holders pleased about the additional Olive Tree Market this Saturday.
For more than three years, Ms Tjanavaras has set up a stall at the market to sell her products of resin and fabric bracelets and earrings.
As the fun hobby turned into a full-time job, her investment and income has also grown.
"We [the artists] still have rent to pay and spend months working on what we will bring to the market," she said.
"I spend at least one day a week and hours after work making the products, going through the stock, coming up with new ideas."
■ The Olive Tree market will be held at The Junction Public School, March 16, from 9am to 3pm.