CRAFTED: Show + Sale Draws Over 3,500 to WAG
Winnipeg, Manitoba, November 13, 2015: The Winnipeg Art Gallery was buzzing with over 3,500 shoppers this past weekend when it hosted CRAFTED: Show + Sale, the first-ever juried craft show at the WAG. Presented in partnership with Manitoba Craft Council (MCC) and Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association (NACA), the two-day event featured four floors of handmade crafts, showcasing the extraordinary talents of over 50 artists from Manitoba and Nunavut.
“The WAG was bustling with energy as people moved from artist to artist experiencing some of the latest handmade work from Manitoba and Nunavut,” states Dr. Stephen Borys, WAG Director & CEO. “An event such as CRAFTED brings people into the Gallery that might not normally come, and that is what we are all about at the WAG, making art accessible to people. Opportunities that link Canada’s North and South are at the heart of the Inuit Art Centre project, which we continue to work towards.”
This unique craft fair gave Winnipeggers a great opportunity to buy local this holiday season. Celebrating Craft Year 2015, artists sold ceramics, jewellery, fibre, glass, wood, and more. Their combined sales are estimated to exceed $100,000!
“We are so grateful to the participating artists, to the many who volunteered to make CRAFTED a success, and especially, to everyone who attended,” comments Joyce Berry and Hennie Corrin, CRAFTED co-chairs. “Through CRAFTED’s collaboration with Chase the Chill in Winnipeg, which knits scarves and distributes to those in need, te event was able to both celebrate the beauty of the handmade, as well as join in the act of giving.”
“Nunavut artists were thrilled to engage, inspire, and dialogue with Manitoba artists at CRAFTED, further fostering innovation, learning, and partnership between artists and regions,” states Rowena House, Executive Director, Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association.
“Manitoba Craft Council’s goal in participating in CRAFTED was to create a sale event that honoured the professionalism, skill, knowledge, time, and creative integrity our members bring their work. CRAFTED did so and more,” comments Tammy Sutherland, Director, Manitoba Craft Council.
CRAFTED workshops were highly sought-after, leaving participants inspired by DIY lessons led by artist instructors.
The event was such a resounding success that planning for 2016 is already underway!
We are grateful to the following sponsors/donors: Mary Lou Albrechtsen, Ten Spa, Winnipeg Free Press, Jean P. Carter and Richard Riess, Ruth Hastings, SC Media, Scootaround Inc., Mitchell Fabrics Ltd., Anonymous, Daniel Friedman and Rob Dalgliesh, Barry and Carol McArton, Shana Menkis, Michael Nesbitt, Marlene Stern and Peter Rae, and those listed at wag.ca/crafted.
Organizing Committee: Joyce Berry, Hennie Corrin (Co-Chairs); Jan Bones, Lila Goodspeed, Betty-Ann Hershfield, Terèsa Lee, Elaine Margolis, Karen Menkis, Esme Scarlett, CJ Tennant, Adele Wortzman; Rowena House (NACA), Doren Roberts (WAG), Judy Slivinski (WAG), Tammy Sutherland (MCC), Sherri Van Went (WAG) (Advisory & Staff).
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