Studio Fair is back and promises to boggle the imagination.
The mammoth arts and crafts exposition is once again making its way to the Prince George Multiplex – in perfect time for the holiday season.
The fair opens its doors Friday at 10 a.m. and Arts Coordinator Virginia Sprangers says this year’s fair will be even larger than last year.
“We have clothing, food, jewelry, photography, glass work, wood work, fibre weaving – it’s everything you could possibly imagine, and more,” Sprangers said.
In fact, the fair is so large and popular that artists have to apply to in the show.
The call for entries are mailed out to artists across Canada, in February. Artists have until April to submit three representative pieces of their art.
The pieces are then judged by a Studio Fair committee comprised of local artists and local business members that looks at craftsmanship, originality and creativity.
“The standards are quite high,” Sprangers said. “And we like to maintain that high standard when it comes to craftsmanship.”
Only 65 booth artists are selected to display their wares in booths. An additional 19 artists can sell their art in the consignment booth. Sprangers says the consignment booth is an attractive option for artisans who don’t have enough pieces to warrant a full booth.
Book Nook – a 15-year fixture at Studio Fair – is a regional authors’ showcase of recently published books. Nine regional authors will be on hand at various times of the show to sign books and meet their fans. Among those present will be children’s book author Richard Thompson, and Lewis Johnson, who will demonstrate his fly tying techniques.
Studio Fair is $3, students and seniors $2, and children under 10 are free. A full weekend pass is $5. There are door prizes and over 65 raffle prizes to be won.