Elevate Winter Bazaar goes Saturday

Looking for quirky, unusual gifts? Try the Elevate Winter Bazaar this weekend.

If you are looking for that quirky, unusual or challenging gift for that special someone this Christmas, the Elevate Winter Bazaar is the perfect destination this weekend.

This craft fair with a  ‘bizarre’ twist is brought to you by the Elevate Consortium. The Elevate Winter Bazaar will run Saturday at the Courtenay Legion from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., complete with a delicious and quirky lunch canteen, live music, demos and hands-on art making, all in the spirit of Elevate the Arts.

The Elevate Team will set the mood lighting for an unforgettable art and craft experience with over 44 innovative local artisans and crafters in a “bizarre-meets-bazaar” environment.

The Elevate Winter Bazaar will also offer attendees workshops and activities and live demonstrations from artists.

At 4 p.m., make sure you check out a very special runway performance and fashion show from the Sew Sisters. Don’t miss out on the Craft-a-poloosa Fundraiser Marathon and join local inter-disciplinary artist Jessica Salo while she crafts everything from Sock-Monsters to didgeridoos for seven hours straight.

Community members are invited to join in on the crafting fun by donation. All proceeds go to providing art and out-door recreation supplies for the students of Isla Bonita Elementary School of Belize, Central America.

Workshop schedule:

10 to noon – Life Drawing, Hosted by the Comox Valley Community Arts Council;

Noon to 1:30 – EarthArt Acrylic Painting – West Coast Family Portraits;

1:30 to 3:00 – Elevate the ‘Zine workshop;

3 to 5 – 1.5-inch Button Making, Hosted by the Friendship Project.

Stellar live music will include DJ em.ash, Annie Becker, Fiftieth Parallel and many others. Check out the Facebook event for ever-changing details.

Admission is by donation — pay what you can. All proceeds go towards the second annual Elevate the Arts event. The Elevate Winter Bazaar is the sister fair to the Underground Craft Fair taking place during Elevate the Arts from June 4 to 8.

Elevate is an innovative Arts and Culture Consortium that is dedicated to bringing challenging, exploratory and community building arts and culture activities to the Comox Valley. To find out more or to get involved, check out www.elevatethearts.com.

— Elevate the Arts

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