Katikati creatives celebrate artisan fair’s first birthday
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.