Weekend sale reveals hamlet’s hidden talent
Wednesday, Nov 15, 2017 06:00 am
Artists in the Bragg Creek area are preparing to showcase a multitude of skills under one roof in the hamlet’s much-anticipated Christmas sale this weekend.
More than 65 members of the Bragg Creek Artisans will exhibit their original art and unique handicrafts including pottery, jewelry, paintings, woodwork, fibre art and country crafts. The popular event runs Nov. 18 and 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Bragg Creek Centre.
“It become a nice big social event,” said artist Pamela Rodger. “I think that because we have really pushed hard to maintain the level of integrity of arts and crafts and not let production and offshore objects be put into the show, we stand unique and we are proud of that uniqueness.”
The Bragg Creek Artisans rent the hall and decorate it together days before the event, said Rodger.
“On Thursday we’ll be putting things up and everybody has got a job,” she said. “We decorate the hall with twinkle lights and things that we purchase every year. Some of us have been there for so long it’s like a machine. Before we open on Saturday there’s such a pride to have something that maintains integrity.”
Rodger said the Bragg Creek Artisans Christmas Sale includes an open store with a pantry featuring home-baked goods, a café selling hot soup, home-baked bread and snacks, and a gallery featuring the creations of the various artisans.
“All of it is handmade,” said Rodger. “I’m a ceramic artist and I have pottery and high fire porcelain vessels that are both decorative and functional.”
The award-winning porcelain artist has also created some mosaic tables featuring colourful tiles for the show. No two are alike.
“I want to be known for the fact that I lovingly make something from our homeland,” she said. “You cannot put a value on that.”
Sculptor Alvise Doglioni-Majer has a variety of wooden toys, including handcrafted swords and shields, folk art carvings and stone carvings ready to display in the annual sale.
“I do one-of-a-kind work so I never repeat my artwork,” he said. “I do fish one year and then angels another. I always change what I do. I don’t like to do the same thing for long.”
Doglioni-Majer said the Christmas sale has become a highlight this time of year.
“The Christmas sale is a very nice event to meet people and get feedback on my work,” he said. “That time of year is good to see people who are more relaxed and happy.”
His wife Paola Romanelli also showcases her talent in the show. Doglioni-Majer repairs old furniture and Romanelli decorates it using a variety of techniques, he said.
“This society is always buying new stuff and throwing away,” he said. “We try to refurbish the old stuff that was built a little better than the newer stuff. They are very unique pieces.”
There is no fee at attend the Bragg Creek Artisans Christmas Show, but donations will be accepted and proceeds from a portion of the sales will go back into the community to support initiatives like the Bragg Creek Community Hall, Bragg Creek Health Centre, seniors’ centre, Bragg Creek Women’s Auxiliary and the Children’s Hospital.
For more details about the show go to www.braggcreekartisans.com