Claudia Reich may have the best job at Studio Fair. The Prince George Arts Council general manager is one of the first to see what’s new and different from talented artisans vying for a booth in the annual juried event. From her Studio 2880 office, Reich has seen boxes and boxes arrive over the past weeks with the latest entries – herbal bath bombs, scented soaps, mohair scarves, shawls, kelp baskets, packaged napkin rings and sea shells from Nanaimo, hand crafted silk scarves from Red Deer, women’s capes made locally, Baby Your Body spa confections from the Lower Mainland – and the list goes on.
Studio Fair 2005 will have a record 78 booths including several food booths where visitors can browse and buy. But it is the quality, not just quantity of selected items that promises to make this year’s fair even bigger and better than last year, said Reich.
“We have a committee of jurors made up of representatives from the arts community like a painter, potter, weaver, quilter, wood turner and so on. There are nine of them. And the applications (they come from all over) are juried for quality and creativity,” said Reich.
“The total of applications is definitely up from last year. There is a lot of interest. And we have two First Nations artists this year for the first time. (Local artist Marion Hunt-Doig has created “hand-made by a Canadian Indian” capes, scarves and wall hangings.) Some of our artisans have been with Studio Fair for many years such as Sallie Szanik who is known for children’s clothes but she has came out with a line of suede vests for women.”
As well, there will be a booth featuring books written by northern authors.
Community Arts Council of Prince George presents Studio Fair, Your Doorway to the Arts on Friday, November 4, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, November 5, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, November 6, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Prince George Civic Centre. Admission is $5 adult weekend pass, $3 weekend pass for seniors/students. Call Studio 2880 at 562-4526 for more information.