Its on again! The 10th Annual Bellingen Artisan Market is happening Saturday 14th December. Local mid north coast artisans are beavering away in their studios to make beautiful bespoke pieces for you. So what’s new this year? Who better to ask than Gloria Malone- self described Chief Know It All and Very Busy Market Organiser?
Gloria, how has the Bellingen Artisan Market grown over the past 10 years?
It all started when a group of local artisans got together to give the last Bellingen Growers Market of the year a real Christmas feel. Right from the start the emphasis was on local makers of high quality pieces. This hasn’t changed but the demand for a stall has certainly grown, with over 50 stalls this year. True to the first Bellingen Artisan Market- that special Bello vibe will spread it’s magic over all who attend – artists and visitors alike.
What can the punters expect this year?
What the Bellingen Artisan Market brings each year is not only new or returning artisans but also the usual Bellingen Growers Market at it’s best. Those stalls are packed with growers produce, prepared food, cakes and all the usual diverse range of stalls we see each fortnight.
The music this year is from ‘Hot Mess’ featuring Amanda and Darren. The shaded seating area will double in size. Rest, eat, drink and soak up the vibes of the day while listening to ‘Hot Mess’.
We will have our usual array of healthy food from the Market cafe and stalls. And joining us is Tigist and her delicious Ethiopian food.
Our usual coffee van will be there. They will be joined by Vanessa with an extra coffee van. You don’t want to wait too long for your fix do you?
The Artisan Market always supports at least one community group each year. This year we will have a stall staffed by people from the Great Koala National Park. And we are hoping our brave and selfless Rural Fire Service will be able to attend.
Anything for the younger crowd?
Michael Vlasto returns with his special brand of storytelling that keeps kids enthralled. Our facepainter will be let loose on those gorgeous young faces. Fiona will be at the Sourced stall and is making space for young ones to try their hand at mosaics. Kids can also pop into Jane’s stall and hand paint a ceramic christmas bell
Any new or really exciting artists joining the market this time?
I could talk glowingly about each and every artist, but I will limit myself. But look out for these newcomers to the Artisan Market.
We are really excited to have renowned artist Nicole Forshew joining us this year. A contemporary artist, writer and curator from Wiradjuri nation, Central West NSW, Australia, works across a range of mediums, from photomedia to sculpture, film and video.
In 2015 Nicole was Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney and Primavera Curator, MCA’s annual exhibition of young Australian artists aged 35 and under.
Also joining us for the first time is Janine Howe of ‘One Dingo Press’. Janine is a printmaker living near Bellingen and creates original prints, cards, logos, t-shirts, bookmarks and many other hand made items.
“A wish becomes a dream becomes a reality. I work from my tiny studio in Fernmount, NSW Australia, creating original works from my imagination and bring them to life. My interest in the natural world includes my daily life in the rural setting of trees and plant life, birds, insects as well as a deep respect for Indigenous people, whose land I inhabit,” says Janine.
This is certainly an annual event not to be missed.