Crafty Christmas sales kick off season

  • Nov. 28, 2014 11:00 a.m.

With the holiday season just around the corner, two annual community sales are giving shoppers a head start. The Headwaters Arts Society will hold its Winter Art Show and Sale in Canal Flats this weekend and the annual Christmas Craft Sale at the Invermere Community Hall takes place the following weekend.

We do an annual winter show for people looking for unique gifts, said Headwaters Arts Society board member Leslie Cartwright. Theres a lot of diverse mediums that our artists work in.

The Headwaters show on Saturday, November 29th runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Canal Flats Civic Centre, and will feature acrylic, oil and watercolour paintings, metal work, alcohol inks and art calendars. Valley artist Patrick Yesh will be doing portraits on the spot for sale.

The Invermere Christmas Craft Sale will be on Friday, December 5th from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturday, December 6th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Its such a vast array of stuff, all high-quality, hand-crafted products from up and down the valley, said organizer Carolyn Barzilay, adding there will be several new vendors this year, including a woman selling her own homemade organic loose-leaf tea as well as Elinor Florence with copies of her newly launched novel A Birds Eye View. The usual goodies, including everything from jams to handknitted clothing, and chocolates to sock monkeys, will also be for sale.

It (the Christmas Craft Sale) has been running for more than 20 years and its a great opportunity to support local charities and support local artisans, said Ms. Barzilay.

Entry to the Invermere sale is two dollars, which goes to the Windermere Valley Child Care Society, or by donation to the Columbia Valley Food Bank.

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