Christ­mas night mar­ket is ready

Whanganui Midweek - - NEWS - By PAUL BROOKS

Space Stu­dio and Gallery Christ­mas Night Mar­ket is on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 15, 5.30-8.30pm at 64 Taupo¯ Quay.

Or­gan­iser Sarah Wil­liams says there are 23 stalls booked to fill the top floor above Space Gallery and the open air space be­side the build­ing.

“We’ve got the full list on our web­site,” says Sarah. “This is our fourth Christ­mas Night Mar­ket.”

Many stall­hold­ers are new­com­ers to this, although some have par­tic­i­pated in the La Fi­esta night mar­ket.

Kelly of Rope & Co makes colour­ful leather and poly­mer clay jew­ellery. This is her first night mar­ket.

“I’m about two months into do­ing this — it’s all very new,” she says. “I know Sarah and I have heard great things [about the Christ­mas Night Mar­ket]. I’ve missed it for the past few years hav­ing chil­dren, and I re­ally wanted to come. The op­por­tu­nity came up to have a stall so I thought, ab­so­lutely. I love peo­ple to shop lo­cal for Christ­mas and there is so much tal­ent and so many great small busi­nesses in Whanganui.”

Kelly came to Whanganui from south of Dunedin via Perth. She is an en­gi­neer­ing ge­ol­o­gist by trade. “Be­fore chil­dren I worked in the min­ing in­dus­try, here and in Aus­tralia.”

Kate from Wild­ing & Co is new to the Christ­mas Night Mar­ket but got a taste of it dur­ing La Fi­esta. Wild­ing & Co makes or­ganic gar­ments for chil­dren and ba­bies.

“It’s about get­ting out into the com­mu­nity, meet­ing other stall­hold­ers,” she says. Gen­er­ally they mar­ket the prod­uct on line and, as Christ­mas ap­proaches, at­tend mar­kets around the re­gion.

Kate grew up in Whanganui, spend­ing most of her teenage years here.

“I went to univer­sity and trav­elled, com­ing back here about five years ago.” She has brought a touch of Canada in the form of an ac­cent.

“There’s some­thing about Whanganui that pulls you back. It’s busy enough, but it’s also laid back. It’s small enough that you can eas­ily build a com­mu­nity around your­self. You don’t get that in big­ger cities.”

Zuz and Sara from Light + Ves­sel make ce­ram­ics and botan­i­cal bath goods.

“We did the La Fi­esta night mar­ket,” says Zuz. “We met a whole dif­fer­ent lot of peo­ple in town we hadn’t seen down at the River Traders’ Mar­ket, where we are each week.” She says they felt con­nected to the artists and crafts­peo­ple op­er­at­ing stalls in La Fi­esta. They, too, have trav­elled ex­ten­sively be­fore end­ing up in Whanganui.

“Whanganui’s amaz­ing,” says Zuz. She and Sara love the ar­chi­tec­ture and can see in­flu­ences from all over the world in the space of a Whanganui city block. Its cen­tral lo­ca­tion is also an ad­van­tage.

Space Stu­dio and Gallery has been a piv­otal point for so­cial con­nec­tion and the Night Mar­kets are tes­ta­ment to that, says Sarah.

“That’s in terms of us be­ing able to cater to a wider range of mak­ers. “A lot of peo­ple say we have a huge cre­ative scene in Whanganui. It’s just giv­ing peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity . . . and peo­ple love it, there’s a magic about it.” The 23 stalls of the Christ­mas Night Mar­ket rep­re­sent a va­ri­ety of cre­ative Whanganui peo­ple and their wares.

In the in­door mar­ket­place are Fleur Wickes; Craig Win­ton; Wild­ing & Co; Light + Ves­sel; Den­nis Clark; Rita Dib­ert’s Xcetera Bou­tique; Hand Me That Pen­cil; Montser­rat & Co; Plum Plum NZ and Black Agnes.

Out­side will be Ivan Vosti­nar; David Traub; Bal­ance Boards; Castle­cliff Cre­ations; Happy Dan­glers; Su­san Shand; Me2uGifts; Ar­bonne; Fai­son’s Du Fro­mage — Let’s Make Cheese; Rose Mcleod; Ruby & Ella; Rope & Co and Red Pharo.

While the mar­ket is un­der­way, the ex­hi­bi­tion in the gallery is Thoma Cruz’ A Col­lec­tion of Col­lec­tions. En­ter­tain­ment is by Terry Sarten and Ay­die Hol­land, while Ori­gins Cafe will pro­vide cof­fee. There will also be a food ven­dor.

■ Space Stu­dio and Gallery Christ­mas Night Mar­ket is on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 15, 5.30-8.30pm at 64 Taupo¯ Quay. More in­for­ma­tion on spaces­tu­dio­gallery.co.nz

PIC­TURE / PAUL BROOKS

Christ­mas Night Mar­ket stall hold­ers with Sarah Wil­liams (left) are Zuz, Sara, Kelly (with Pippa) and Kate.

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