Fair to celebrate cre­ative tal­ent

Macclesfield Express - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

A COU­PLE of artists are or­gan­is­ing a fair to celebrate the wealth of cre­ative tal­ent on of­fer in Bolling­ton.

Artist Stu­art Ben­nett and He­len Gret­ton, a writer and pho­tog­ra­pher, are mak­ing plans for an arts and crafts fair in the town.

They hope the sum­mer event will be a show­case for the town’s cre­ativ­ity, with stalls from artists and crafters through to buskers, bee­keep­ers and brew­ers.

It will be an op­por­tu­nity for the artists and mak­ers to show dis­plays of their work and sell their items.

Stu­art, an artist and de­signer from Bolling­ton, has urged artists to get in touch to be in­volved in the day.

He said: “The day is be­ing or­gan­ised in good faith for the com­mu­nity and not for profit.

“We would love to hear from any tal­ented lo­cal peo­ple or groups, and acous­tic buskers, who may be in­ter­ested.

“This can in­clude in­di­vid­u­als who would like to club their tal­ents to­gether on a joint or shared stall.”

He added: “The fair rep­re­sents the unique cre­ativ­ity of Bolling­ton folk and there­fore the stall­hold­ers and mu­si­cians must live in the Bolling­ton area.

“There are still a few stalls avail­able and all the pitch fees will be do­nated to the Bolling­ton Arts Cen­tre.

“The Brid­gend car park will be trans­formed into a cor­nu­copia of artis­tic lo­cal tal­ent.”

He­len will be run­ning her Hippy Val­ley stall, which sells funky greet­ings cards.

Also among the stall­hold­ers will be Suzanne Gill, a Bolling­ton glass artist who has run arts events in the town be­fore.

She and De­bra Tracey-Car­ney, of The Cre­ative Space Stu­dio, helped launch the Ar­ti­san Mar­ket at Clarence Mill, which has been another op­por­tu­nity to show­case artists and for res­i­dents to buy lo­cally pro­duced gifts.

Suzanne will sell her glass­ware on her Where Seag­ulls Fly stall.

The Sum­mer Arts and Crafts fair is on Sun­day, Au­gust 9 from 10am to 4pm, at the Brid­gend car park out­side Broad­heads Garage on Palmer­ston Street.

Lo­cal busi­nesses will be sup­port­ing the ven­ture by open­ing spe­cially on the Sun­day.

Re­fresh­ments will be avail­able at Pappa’s cafe and take­away just up the road. In­ter­ested par­ties can get in touch at sben@ live.co.uk or by call­ing 07939 835847.

●● Stu­art Ben­nett and He­len Gret­ton are or­gan­is­ing an arts and crafts fair in Bolling­ton

●● Suzanne Gill, from Where Seag­ulls Fly, who will be a stall­holder at Bolling­ton arts and crafts fair

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