Friday, 9 November 2012

Guest Post: Arts Events Around Saskatoon by Paula Cooley


Paula Cooley is easily one of the most well known and respected ceramic artists on the prairies so I was thrilled to get her to give us a bit of insight into what's up coming in Saskatoon before the holidays. 
Now that the holiday season is fast approaching there is an abundance of open studios, markets and pop-up galleries showcasing the wonderful talent in Saskatoon.  There are far too many to list here so I thought I’d share some of my favourite craft markets in Saskatoon that feature ceramics and that I visit annually both as a marketer and a consumer. 
First there is the Artisan Fine Craft Market Nov 23-25th at TCU Place.  This is an intimate and relaxed market with approximately 40 craftspeople selling fine craft.  This market offers a fabulous opportunity to see the work of and meet some of Saskatchewan’s most respected craft artists.   

And for those of you eager for more clay that same weekend, the Saskatoon Potter’s Guild holds their annual Winter Sale on the Saturday and Sunday.  Members of the Guild fill the third floor of the Albert Community Centre with all variety of work and if you like searching out treasures and bargains this is the sale for you.  
The Sundog Arts and Entertainment Faire runs the weekend of Nov 30 – Dec 2 at Credit Union Place.  This is the largest craft market of the season featuring over 200 artisans and you can easily spend an afternoon, or longer, perusing pottery, jewelry, glass and many other hand crafts.  Comfortable shoes are a plus!  

Last, but certainly not least, is the Winter Wonders Handmade Market  presented by the Flock and Gather Collective, Dec 7-8th, at St. Joseph’s Parish Hall in the Broadway area.  This is a marvelous little indie market showcasing the diverse work of emerging and established craft artists and there is always something to delight.   
So this holiday season take some time and discover, if you haven’t already, the amazing artisans in Saskatoon!
Now there are a few events that Paula, likely due to being humble, has forgotten to mention. So i'll encourage you to go:

First there is the 330 Design Group  Fall Open House which runs today and tomorrow. Check out their website for more details. And the Saskatchewan Craft Council will be hosting an exhibition called Creativity and Spirituality starting November 23rd. (check out Paula's beautiful piece on the exhibition poster!)

All in all a busy craft season around these parts. Thanks Paula for the guest post!

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