Artists’ fair al­ready at­tract­ing in­ter­est

Waitaki Herald - - NEWS - By NI­COLA WOLFE

A team of Oa­maru lo­cals are or­gan­is­ing a new craft fair for Oa­maru cre­atives.

The fair, which will take place at St John’s Hall in Exe St, will run once a month on Satur­day from 10am till 2pm start­ing June 20 un­til De­cem­ber.

Or­gan­is­ers, Wayne and Paula Pope, Richard and Jan­ice White and Ralph and Mieke Bronsveid, said the fair, called Exe Street Fair, has been cre­ated as an ‘‘ex­tra out­let’’ for lo­cal artists and crafters.

‘‘We are not a bric a brac. It will be specif­i­cally for arts and crafts, paint­ing and photography, knit­ting,’’ Wayne Pope said.

‘‘There a lot of peo­ple who have arts and crafts but they don’t know how to get them out there. We do the Gar­ri­son Band Hall mar­ket at the South Hill and we felt we needed to do some­thing else to give peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity [to get their stuff out there].’’

As well as the fair, Pope said there would also be a sausage siz­zle. Cakes, bis­cuits and tea and cof­fee will be avail­able for a gold coin do­na­tion.

He said he also hoped the Exe Street Fair would be a place where buskers could play and he has ap­proached schools about be­ing in­volved.

‘‘It will be a fun place and we hope it will be a ben­e­fit to every­body.’’

The new fair was al­ready gain­ing in­ter­est from the public.At the time of pub­li­ca­tion, 15 stall­hold­ers had al­ready se­cured a spot and there had been lots of in­ter­est gen­eral in­ter­est from the com­mu­nity, Pope said.

He said funds raised through the stall hire and from the tea and cof­fee and cakes will go to St John’s, while money raised from the sausage siz­zle will go to the Project Oa­maru char­ity arm to use as they see fit.

Pope said if the fair proved popular at the end of its trial run they would look at mak­ing it per­ma­nent.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to book a stall con­tact Wayne Pope on 03 437 2549 or xst­mar­ket@ out­

A new monthly craft fair will run at the St John’s Hall in Exe Street start­ing June 20.

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