Valley craft fair opens Friday

I usually don’t get anxious at the hairdresser’s but last week was different.

THE COMOX VALLEY Christmas Art Gallery Christmas Craft Fair is one of Paula Wild's favourite “find something for everyone” shops.

I usually don’t get anxious at the hairdresser’s but last week was different.

Not because of what wonderful Stefanie was doing to my hair. It’s what she said.

“I’ve already bought a lot of my Christmas gifts,” she announced while trimming my bangs. “There’s less than 60 days left until the Big Day, you know.”

Each snip of the scissors increased my panic. I hadn’t even thought of Christmas much less bought anything.

But by the time Stefanie switched on the blow dryer, I had relaxed. One of my favourite “find something for everyone” shops would surely save the day again.

The 39th Comox Valley Christmas Art Gallery Christmas Craft Fair opens Nov. 15 and runs through Dec. 28. Opening day features a discount of 10 per cent to the general public and 15 per cent to gallery members.

CVAG shop manager Rhonda Burden promises a dazzling selection of fibre art, jewelry, candles, pottery, two-dimensional art and more.

“You’ve heard of the 100-mile diet,” she says. “The fair is a 100-mile array of arts and crafts primarily from Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Everything is handcrafted and distinctive for its quality and style.”

Some familiar favourites include hand-blown glass ornaments by Ted Jolda and David Sivertz, hand-painted wooden ornaments from Tree and Bee Treasures and fabric and whimsical fabric and wood ornaments from Sawdust & Stitches.

New artistic gems include beautifully turned wooden cases for pens fashioned from different types of wood, as well as wooden salad bowls, which Burden says are always popular.

“We’ll also have some cedar and spalted alder wine boxes,” she says. “These make unique hostess gifts and can be used to store special bottles of wine or anything else a person wants to put in them.”

People looking for something non-traditional might be interested in the recycled aluminum ornaments created from repurposed pop cans and aluminum wire.

“We’ll have two-dimensional art assemblages created from found objects,” adds Burden. “Some people think of them as home protective charms.”

And for the yoga crowd the fair has wrist warmers and yoga socks featuring open heels and toes created from “upcycled” sweaters.

For those looking for something to impress, large scale landscape photographs — some measuring more than a metre long — make a dramatic statement.

Vibrant colours with shiny embellishments on repurposed port, wine and Orangina bottles combine elegance with usefulness.

“The bottles are designed for olive oil or special vinegars,” says Burden, “but can be used for any liquid such as hand soap. They’re really lovely.”

Foodies will welcome Dark Side Chocolate, Big D’s Honey and As You Like It barbecue/dipping sauces and salad dressings. “As You Like It also offers vegetarian mincemeat, which comes with a mincemeat square recipe,” says Burden.

As well as a gift for everyone, the fair also provides a price for all budgets. “People will find stocking stuffers for as little as $2.50 and objects d’art for $500,” says Burden.

“CVAG always welcomes new volunteers and we especially appreciate the extra help for the Christmas fair,” Burden adds. “Anyone interested can contact the gallery. Training is provided.”

CVAG will be open late Nov. 22 — the kickoff for the Downtown Courtenay BIA WinterFest 2013 and Moonlight Magic Sale — as well as Dec. 19, 20, 21 and 23. Visit CVAG for Sunday shopping on Dec. 15 and 22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. but remember, they close at 3 p.m. on Dec. 24.

Paula Wild is a published author and regular contributor to the Comox Valley Record’s arts and entertainment section. www.paulawild.ca.

Just Posted

Comox Valley Schools to see trustee shakeup next fall

Four of seven trustees have stated they will not run for re-election in October

Remains of two people found in Ucluelet

Officials have not said whether or not the remains belong to Ryan Daley or Dan Archbald

Merville water bottling proposal heading to public hearing

A contentious business proposal in Merville will be going to a public… Continue reading

B.C. turns up the heat

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for most the province due to high temperatures

Fish farm protest held in Comox

The rally took place on Comox Avenue, concluding at the entry to the BC Seafood Festival

Canada won’t ‘play politics’ on U.S. migrant children policy

The U.S. government is under fire over its ”zero tolerance” policy

Late goal gives England 2-1 win over Tunisia

At the last World Cup in 2014, England couldn’t even win a game

Canadian military police officer pleads not guilty to sex assault

Sgt. Kevin MacIntyre, 48, entered his plea today at a court martial proceeding in Halifax

North Island College gets $328,000 for forestry education funding

Announcement in Campbell River part of $1 million around B.C.

Cheers erupt as Federal Court judge approves historic gay purge settlement

Gay military veterans said they were interrogated, harassed and spied on because of their sexuality

Helping B.C.’s helpers cope

The MRT has helped almost 7,000 first responders and street workers in 57 communities in B.C.

Border officials argue B.C. man’s Facebook posts threat to Canada’s security

A B.C. Supreme Court judge acquitted Othman Hamdan of terrorism charges last September

Reena Virk’s mother has died

Both of Virk’s parents became activists against bullying in wake of daughter’s death

Search for capsized fishers near Tofino enters fourth day

“There’s a lot of shock in the community in terms of how we could end up at this place.”

Most Read