Artisans Market set to kick off Christmas season
Airdrie’s seventh annual Artisan’s Market will take place at the Town and Country Centre on Nov. 30.
More than 70 vendors from Airdrie and surrounding areas will be making their way to the venue to show off and sell their handmade wares.
Artwork, photographs, pottery, clothes, woodworks and more will be on display and for sale at the event that has grown every year, according to Coordinator Jane Romanishko.
“Every year we’re getting more and more vendors,” said Romanishko. “Not only that, but they are coming to Airdrie from farther away now too; we have vendors from Innisfail, Bragg Creek and all over Rocky View County.”
The event is put on by the Airdrie School of Art, an organization that Artistic Director Romanishko founded, in collaboration with the Airdrie Boys and Girls Club which helps with the set up and operation of the day-long event.
“The Boys and Girls Club have been a big help with this event,” said Romanishko.
“They do a lot of work in putting this show together.”
Vendors are asked to pay an $85 fee to rent their table, which goes toward the cost of the room rental for the Airdrie School of Art.
Admission for shoppers is a $2 donation that will go to the Airdrie Food Bank, or shoppers may donate a towel to the Lioness Club for their Christmas hampers.
The market is a great way to kick off the Christmas season and to find some gifts that you won’t find in stores, according to Romanishko.
“You can find some pretty unique Christmas gift ideas here,” she said.
“Even if you’ve come the last few years you will find something new because the vendors are always different from year to year. We have a core group of vendors but there are always new ones coming in.”
The Airdrie Community Choir will be performing at the Artisan’s Market and organizers are open to other local acts who want to perform during the day, though Romanishko has set out some stipulations.
“We aren’t really looking for loud, rock music types of acts,” said Romanishko.
“Something more Christmas-themed or suited to the event that we are putting on is what we are hoping for.”
Vendors who wish to rent a table at the market, or local performers looking to get involved can contact Romanishko through the Airdrie School of Art’s website at www.airdrieschoolofart.com or at