CAN Christ­mas Mar­ket re­turns

Napier Courier - - NEWS - BY LISA FEYEN Lisa Feyen is me­dia co-or­di­na­tor for Cre­ative Arts Napier (CAN), 16 By­ron St. CAN is open seven days a week: Mon­day to Satur­day, 10am4pm, and Sun­day, 10am-2pm. Free en­try. Info: 835-9448, thecan.co.nz or Facebook.

When we reach this time of year, it’s cus­tom­ary to say “where has this year gone?” . . . but re­ally, where has it gone? We’ve al­most reached the 11th month, and thoughts of Christ­mas mer­ri­ment, presents lists and putting up the tree are start­ing to dance around in ev­ery­one’s heads. With this in mind, I have some ex­cit­ing news to re­port — the pop­u­lar CAN Christ­mas Mar­ket is re­turn­ing this year and prom­ises to be over­flow­ing with lo­cally made art and craft de­lights. Our aim is to show­case qual­ity work from emerg­ing artists and de­sign­ers, crafts­peo­ple and ar­ti­sans who wish to take ad­van­tage of the fes­tive sea­son for ex­tra sales.

If you are a lo­cal ar­ti­san who would like to take part, please email us an im­age of the work you wish to sell with the form you can down­load from the CAN web­site www.thecan.co.nz to book­ings@thecan.co.nz. We’ve set the limit on prices not to ex­ceed $100, mak­ing the qual­ity art on of­fer af­ford­able and ac­ces­si­ble. We’re us­ing the CAN’s beau­ti­ful Main Gallery, so there’ll be one me­tre wall spa­ces as well as half ta­bles for just $40 for three weeks, with larger spa­ces and whole ta­bles also avail­able at $80. CAN’s com­mis­sion is 30 per cent on sales plus we’ll take care of all the money trans­ac­tions.

The CAN will do ex­ten­sive mar­ket­ing for you and pro­mo­tion, in­clud­ing fea­tur­ing in­di­vid­ual artist’s pro­files on the Cre­ative Arts Napier Facebook page. Book­ings for the space avail­able fills up fast, so don’t de­lay. The mar­ket will be open from Fri­day, De­cem­ber 7 for three weeks, and will be cel­e­brated with a pre­view event at 5pm-7pm on the same date.

Open now in the Main Gallery and sub­ject to a great deal of in­ter­est is UKU Clay Hawke’s Bay which is a new bi­en­nial Na­tional Ce­ramic Award to be held in the Hawke’s Bay re­gion. It is a se­lected ex­hi­bi­tion, show­cas­ing the best work from about 50 ce­ramic artists from around New Zealand. Uku means clay in te reo, and is the start­ing point for this event, which is a cel­e­bra­tion of makers of con­tem­po­rary ceram­ics from the Hawke’s Bay re­gion, and na­tion­ally, with clay at its heart.

The in­ten­tion is to give the com­mu­nity the chance to see work, buy it, be in­spired and see the end­less pos­si­bil­i­ties of clay, but it was also im­por­tant to pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for lo­cal prac­ti­tion­ers to ex­hibit in their place, to­gether. More than 50 en­tries from across the spec­trum of cre­ativ­ity have been re­ceived, from small func­tional ves­sels, to sculp­tural and fig­u­ra­tive work, with half of these en­tries from Hawke’s Bay. Come and view this beau­ti­ful ex­hi­bi­tion soon, there’s some­thing here for ev­ery­one. UKU will be open un­til Thurs­day, Novem­ber 22.

If ceram­ics in­ter­ests you, you will also en­joy Scratch­ing the Sur­face in the Small Gallery, which show­cases the work of Karen Greenslade and Scott Brough. Scott and Karen have been study­ing ce­ramic art with Otago Polytech for the last four years. They have been learn­ing the skills needed to work with clay as well ex­plor­ing the wide world of con­tem­po­rary art and ceram­ics through the ages. All their ex­pe­ri­ences and learn­ing come to­gether in this ex­hi­bi­tion — which is a dis­play of very in­di­vid­ual work from both stu­dents cre­ated over the last year of self-di­rected study. Scratch­ing the Sur­face is open un­til Thurs­day, Novem­ber 8.

Lastly, a sin­cere thank you to ev­ery­one who came along to sup­port the CAN con­tri­bu­tion to the Har­court’s Hawke’s Bay Arts Fes­ti­val and added their dots to our in­ter­ac­tive art in­stal­la­tion White Out. The in­stal­la­tion was a roar­ing suc­cess, and it was amaz­ing to watch it morph and grow with the con­tri­bu­tions from our com­mu­nity. We achieved record num­bers on White Night too! Group hugs all round from us, to you.

Gallery af­ter visi­tors to White Out had done their ‘bit’.

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