Submitted. The Abbotsford Arts Council announces the opening of its Christmas Artisan Gift Fair and Small Painting Show, to be held October 29 to December 21 at the Kariton Art Gallery. The Christmas Artisan Gift Fair is an eight week initiative of the Abbotsford Arts Council to provide the City of Abbotsford a unique place to buy one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers, while, at the same time, impart support and recognition for local artisans.
Dave Dobie pictured at right, photo courtesy of Photography by Davina
All artisan gifts featured in the fair will be original, locally-handmade artwork including pottery, woven and painted scarves, jewelry, clothing, woodwork, sculpture, and much more. The entire gallery space will be dedicated to selling artisan crafts and small paintings for the duration of the fair and open during the Kariton Gallery’s regular opening hours.
Artisans to be featured in the 2013 fair include:
Adrian Renkers, The Glass Puffin
Allison Bale, Fibre-Wearable
BC Teen Challenge Women’s Centre, Jewelry
Annette Potts & Loria Townsend, Victorian Creations
Annette Scott, Jewelry
Bob Ungar, Dreams in Wood
Carol Klassen, Designs by Mignon
Caroline Sarzynick, Wild Fire Jewelry
Dave Dobie, Pottery by Dave & Family
Diana Ng, Minnerva Innovations
Irene Constantineau, Crafty Creations by Irene
James Homer, West Coast Organic Pottery
Jim Walton, Heirloom Jewelry by Jim
Joyce Skillen, Fibre Art
Margaret Blackburn, Headlines
Molly Magid, Mission Clay Works
Paul Bradbury, Woodturning
Penny Siteman, P.L.C Originals
Peter Nowakowsky, Yarrow Turning Works
Sieglinde Risteau, Paintings in Watercolour
Stephanie Cook, Delirus Bellus
Ursula Rettich, Sea to Canvas
The Christmas showcase will also consist of a “Small Painting Show,” featuring small paintings, prints and photo art by members of the Fraser Valley Watercolour Society, Central Fraser Valley Graphic Guild, and other local artists.
The Christmas Artisan Gift Fair and Small Painting Show will run from October 29 to December 21, at the Kariton Art Gallery and Boutique, located in Mill Lake Park at 2387 Ware Street. The gallery’s hours are Tuesday to Friday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday to Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The artists will be present at the fair’s grand opening reception on Sunday, November 3, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and at artist “meet and greet” receptions at the same time each Sunday thereafter. Non-perishable food items will be collected at the Kariton Gallery on behalf of the Abbotsford Food Bank throughout the fair.
About the Abbotsford Arts Council
Established in 1972, the Abbotsford Arts Council acts as a resource for local artists while promoting the vision, creativity, and energy of the Abbotsford community through the arts. We consist of members, volunteers and directors representing diverse artistic, economic, and cultural interests of community members of all ages. We showcase the talents of local artists at the Kariton Art Gallery and at a number of events throughout the year including the Envision Concert Series, the Arty Awards and the Christmas Artisan Gift Fair. To learn more about the Abbotsford Arts Council, visit abbotsfordartscouncil.org.