A bit of ev­ery­thing arty

Fes­ti­val of artisan work at Vil­lage

Rotorua Weekender - - Front Page - Shauni James

There will be an abun­dance of Christ­mas present ideas and creative in­spi­ra­tion at a new fes­ti­val and fair be­ing held in Ro­torua.

The Arts Vil­lage Sum­mer Fes­ti­val and Artisan Fair is be­ing held to­mor­row, 10am to 4pm, at The Arts Vil­lage.

The Arts Vil­lage di­rec­tor Mary­beth Acres says the event is a grass­roots arts day out for fam­i­lies, lo­cals and visi­tors.

“We are bring­ing amaz­ing per­form­ers and artists to­gether so you can come along and go shop­ping, lis­ten to some per­for­mance art (mu­sic and po­etry), and bring up a pic­nic or pick up some food, and just have a nice day out to­gether.

“We will also have a cou­ple of hands-on art ac­tiv­i­ties to have a go at.”

She en­cour­ages peo­ple to go along be­cause it is a great op­por­tu­nity to buy things from lo­cal mak­ers.

“We have cu­rated the stalls and there is some­thing for ev­ery shop­per and ev­ery bud­get, with the joy of know­ing that it is all made in New Zealand and you are sup­port­ing lo­cal artists.”

She says The Arts Vil­lage does not do a monthly mar­ket any more be­cause the costs of run­ning it are be­yond their bud­get as a small non­profit or­gan­i­sa­tion. How­ever, they wanted to give shop­pers some more op­tions be­fore the hol­i­days, and artists a chance to sell their work. “The event has art and com­mu­nity at the fore­front and will be a lovely day out for all in­volved.” Mary-beth says this is the event’s first year and it is funded by The Arts Vil­lage along­side project fund­ing from Ro­torua En­ergy Char­i­ta­ble Trust and New Zealand Com­mu­nity Trust.

For now it is a stand­alone event, but if it is suc­cess­ful The Arts Vil­lage will look at this for­mat again for the fu­ture, she says.

“We are hop­ing for a nice sunny day, so do bring a sun hat and sun­screen so that you can en­joy the out­door vibe safely.”

Some of the stall­hold­ers will have eft­pos but it is pre­dom­i­nantly a cash mar­ket, so peo­ple should bring cash to shop.

Ro­torua pain­ter Michelle Ed­house says she will have a stall at the event, sell­ing her paint­ings.

She is look­ing for­ward to the di­ver­sity of art which will be at the fair.

“From talk­ing to Mary-beth, the range of dif­fer­ent types of art that will be there is quite ex­cit­ing.

“I’m also ex­cited about peo­ple hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity to get their Christ­mas shop­ping done with lo­cal art, and ad­ding beauty to their homes.”

Michelle says the event is a great idea be­cause it brings ev­ery­one to­gether and al­lows peo­ple the chance to get a taste of all the op­tions avail­able in the com­mu­nity.

She says it is also a great way to in­spire the younger gen­er­a­tion to get in­volved in art.

“It’s a way of show­ing them what peo­ple are cre­at­ing and how much joy it be­ings to them.

“All cul­tures are based on art, so bring­ing that back into chil­dren’s aware­ness and show­ing them it’s some­thing re­ceived with such grat­i­tude can in­spire kids to get in­volved in art them­selves.”

Photo / Ben Fraser

Michelle Ed­house is one of the stall­hold­ers who will be at the new Arts Vil­lage Sum­mer Fes­ti­val and Artisan Fair.

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