Katikati cre­atives cel­e­brate ar­ti­san fair’s first birth­day

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Ten cre­ative artists liv­ing in Katikati will be part of the first birth­day cel­e­bra­tions for the Af­ford­able Art & Ar­ti­san Fair in Whaka­ma­rama this Sun­day.

The fair’s event co-or­di­na­tor, artist Bir­gitt Shan­non, who’s been in­volved since day one, said, “In the last year we have be­come friends who look for­ward to spend­ing the day to­gether, shar­ing our ideas and cre­ativ­ity and I’m so proud we have Katikati cre­atives in our group.

“It’s won­der­ful that Katikati is so well rep­re­sented.”

Wood­turner Glenn Poult­ney, tex­tile ar­ti­san Kay O’Dea, fur­ni­ture mak­ers Paulette Robin­son and Ray Zan­der and mixed me­dia artist Sharnie Ri­ley have been in­volved with the Af­ford­able Art & Ar­ti­san Fair from the start, while ce­ramist Louise John­son and pot­ter Nigel Mat­tingly joined later. Mavis Al­lan of Milly’s Fine Foods and Jeffie Botha of Ud­derly Pure joined re­cently.

The fair was the brain­child of ARTbop On­line Arts Mag­a­zine founder/ed­i­tor Rose­mary Balu, who ap­proached co-owner of the Black Sheep Bar & Grill, Peta Clavis, and sug­gested their venue would be per­fect for such an event.

Bir­gitt said, “Peta agreed, Rose­mary asked me to help, and the rest is his­tory.”

Rose­mary wanted to pro­vide a place where lo­cal artists and ar­ti­sans could sell their cre­ations in a re­laxed, friendly en­vi­ron­ment with very af­ford­able stall fees.

Bir­gitt said they still have room for a few more stall­hold­ers “if you hand make some­thing unique con­tact me at [email protected]”.

The fair, at The Black Sheep Bar & Grill at 21 Plum­mers Point Rd, Whaka­ma­rama, is held on the last Sun­day of ev­ery month from 11am3pm. Next month it will be held on De­cem­ber 16 so peo­ple can buy those spe­cial gifts in time for Christ­mas.

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