The 10th annual Gifted Winter Art Sale is taking place this Saturday at the Weyburn Credit Union Spark Centre from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Arts Council director Krystal Glowatski said a full decade running is a strong indicator of the success of an event.
"As somebody who has been on the trade show circuit for a long time, that really tells a story, when a sale is been going on for 10 years," she said. "I've been to sales that are in their first year. I've been to sales that are in their third year, in their fifth year, and their 6th, and 8th, and 10 is really a big deal. Like that's a really good sale that is a high quality sale that's been functioning and growing and evolving for a really long time."
She said patrons can expect to see top quality at this event, which began as Four Festive Floors at the former Signal Hill Arts Centre, and moved to the Cugnet Centre in recent years.
"This year is our first year hosting our show at the Weyburn Credit Union Spark Centre," she noted. "We wanted to try something a little bit different. There's obviously food on site with the Lunchbox. There's lots of different vendors, and food for sale as well, Christmas baking, things like that. The Humane Society is always doing a really great fundraiser with baking."
While the event is happening, there will be a sports tournament at the Spark Centre, which could increase traffic for the vendors.
"We also hope to see lots of faces from other people that live in and around Weyburn," Glowatski encouraged. "I think that this is a really great opportunity to showcase the talent in Weyburn, and we continuously have more people apply for this show than we can accept, so that it really allows us to be a rated, adjudicated show, which means that we hand select and take the time to really look at the quality of the product that folks are creating and bring you the best of the best."
"Another thing about curating the show is that we can reduce overlap, so we have there's like nobody's doing the same thing. So imagine 40 of the best quality makers in this area of the province coming together with individual unique items that you'll be able to get your hands on," she shared. "We have crochet, there is woodworking, there's candles, there's jewelry, there's DIY kits, there's pottery, sewing, the list goes on and on. So these are all things that are one-of-a-kind of originals handmade hand built. So you're definitely looking to find something unique for somebody, this is the place to do it."
"This is like your one stop shop for Christmas shopping."
The sale will be filling the hallway at the Spark Centre, the Weyburn Art Gallery, multi-purpose rooms, as well as the LPES gymnasium.
"So we're gonna have over 40 vendors this year which is quite a big sale considering I think last year it gifted we had under 40. We're excited to try out this new venue and just kind of see how the traffic flows."
She said patrons can come in through the main entrance to the Spark Centre, through the gallery doors, and even through the entrance to the LPES gym via the Douglas Road parking lot. The majority of the vendors, she noted, will be in the gymnasium.
Glowatski added the Weyburn Arts Council will have a table with information about how to get involved.
"So there's information on how to become a part of our fun little crew, whether that's a little bit of time that you'd like to give or a lot of time you'd like to give. We're happy to have anybody who wants to hang out with us."
The event is free to attend, but they will have a coin collection at the door.
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