Art and Craft Fair draws large crowds in rain

The Northland Age - - Local Life - By Denise Piper

The com­mu­nity’s strong in­ter­est in the arts was demon­strated when there was stand­ing room only dur­ing part of the week­end’s Art and Craft Fair.

The event was run at Kaitaia’s Dal­ma­tian Hall on Satur­day and Sun­day by Arts Far North, with the aim of sup­port­ing lo­cal artists to make a liv­ing.

One of the or­gan­is­ers, Jen Gay, said the Satur­day morn­ing started with such a rush it was “like a Marks & Spencer sale”.

Heavy rain helped to bring par­tic­i­pants in­doors but Ms Gay said many peo­ple had specif­i­cally come for the event, to the de­light of the artists.

“Ev­ery­body has been re­ally pos­i­tive and said that it’s even bet­ter than last year,” she said.

Live mu­sic, food and demon­stra­tions by a num­ber of the artists had kept ev­ery­one en­ter­tained, Ms Gay said.

Pain­ter Heather­meg said other artists had been very help­ful and there was a great ca­ma­raderie.

“I’m lov­ing the vibe — the friend­li­ness, the un­pre­ten­tious­ness, the live mu­sic. It’s just a lovely warmth from ev­ery­body,” she said.

Artist Heather­meg nor­mally paints but she de­cided to have a go at felt­ing dur­ing a quiet mo­ment dur­ing the fair. The com­mu­nity felt­ing pro­ject was about cre­at­ing a ban­ner for the Mad Hat­ter’s Tea Party/Won­der­land-themed event in De­cem­ber.

Joyce Fis­cher from Kaitaia sold a lot of her pot­tery over the week­end, declar­ing the event bet­ter than last year.Ann Ste­wart from Kare­ponia had a happy face af­ter sell­ing five boxes of her mixed-me­dia art­works on Satur­day morn­ing alone, be­low.

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