Artisan market features art, crafts, food and music
The Evergreen Artisan Market is returning to the E.A. Rawlinson Centre, and this year’s edition features more vendors than last year.
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The annual Evergreen Artisan Market is back at the E.A. Rawlinson Centre. Last year Mario Kaun was among the musical entertainment at the event.
Today and tomorrow will see 44 artists and craftspeople from Prince Albert, the surrounding area and even as far as Flin Flon descending on the Rawlinson Centre, bringing with them a diverse variety of wares.
“There are very talented people who are creating all sorts of wonderful works,” said Gail Syverson, secretary for the Prince Albert Council for the Arts, the group that organizes the annual event.
“From pottery to woodworking to jewelry, fibre items, scarves, paintings, books, paper crafts … we have a full house.”
The Evergreen Artisan Market will also feature local food vendors and musicians. All together Syverson called the market a social event and “a feast for the senses.”
Syverson has been involved with the market for more than 15 years and has seen crafting trends come and go, including one period, where “for a few years there were many, many booths of dried flower arrangements.” She said the market is set up to encourage the exhibition of different artistic media and that it fits in with the goals of the P.A. Council for the Arts.
“Part of our mandate is to foster creativity,” she said. To encourage people in whatever areas they have talents in to make available to the public those items, to make (the public) aware of what’s around and to encourage people to buy handcrafted items rather than production line goods.”
Having the chance to meet and interact with the vendors also gives the experience a personal touch, said Syverson.
“It just adds another layer of meaning to whatever you buy,” she said. “Maybe it makes what you do buy more special if you know where it came from and who created it and you have a sense of that person and a little bit of what they’re about.”
This is a sentiment shared by P.A. Council for the Arts volunteer Lorri Wiberg.
“Supporting local artists and artisans contributes to their continued ability to make their wares,” she said, noting that all the work that will be on sale is one-of-a-kind.
She said buying the pieces in-person is meaningful for all parties involved.
“I think that’s very important both from the consumer’s point of view as well as the artisan’s,” she said.
“In today’s world a lot of people will purchase items online through a website or though a local business, but having that interaction with the artisan is very important.”
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