Artists’ fair already attracting interest
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@ outlook.com
A new monthly craft fair will run at the St John’s Hall in Exe Street starting June 20.