The Art Fair opened its doors on Friday afternoon, offering an amazing array of artworks for sale, from metalwork sculptures to jewellery, pottery, painting, woven accessories and bead work- and with friendly faces behind every table.
Horst Berlow showcases his landscape watercolour paintings in the Art Fair, later offering visitors the chance to create their own picturesque paintings and bookmarks during the workshops and demonstrations.
Shirley Pennel and her raven companion offer “flower pounding” kits and intricate fabric landscape artworks.
Big smiles from Maria Sol Suarez, with her luxurious bows, headbands, necklaces and accessories made from previously loved fur and feathers.
The lovely Ange Bonicci holds down the fort at her table, showcasing jewellery, prints, collage and paintings by herself and fellow SOVA student alumna Aubyn O’Grady and Rosie Butler.
Linda Cone makes glass beads using a propane torch to create a variety of unique patterns for her jewellery.
This pattern is called the fish scale pattern, but Cone prefers to call it her “rosebud” pattern.
Patrice Tremblay, with his delicately crafted wire jewellery and accessories made from eclectic materials including feathers, wool, semiprecious stones, fossils and small carvings.
Elaine Corden and Teodora Zamfirescu chat with mixed media artist Kathy Piwowar, whose work integrates handmade paper, metals and acrylics.
Joann Vriend shows her collection of pottery bowls, serving plates and mugs, with beautiful glazes and motif patterns, hand crafted with love.
The Shy Arts duo Stace and Amanda Pshyk combine their skills, offering jewellery, ink illustrations, and sculpture inspired by their experiences in the North.
Outside the bustling Art Fair tent, the riverside was animated with playful installations, and all sorts of art workshops and demonstrations.
Food Art! A new addition to this year’s fest and a huge hit, are food demonstrations with culinary artists Bev Gray and Miche Genest.
Boreal Gourmet Miche Genest gets participants making homemade ice cream, wild plant cheese pie and other enticing treats.
Boreal Herbalist Bev Gray demonstrates how to make hand lotion, medicinal teas, cough syup and other surprisingly simple natural remedies.
Interactive artist Meshell Melvin’s popular demonstration provides festival goers with portraits, illustrated with the help of the “Universal Movement Machine,” a rare industrial chain-stitched embroiderer.
Longstanding festival participant Donna Griffard offers visitors a chance to make their own vibrant fused glass magnets, pins, pendants and buttons.
Loom enthusiast Elizabeth Kolb prepares for her band weaving workshop, where participants learn techniques for making their own beautifully patterned bracelets, bookmarks, straps and headbands.
Sonja Ahlers’ table erupts with giggles over readings from Sweet Valley High novels at her zine making collage party.
Rhoda Merkel invites the public to join in the collection creation of the “Yukon Flag Themed Button Blanket.”
Harreson Tanner spends the weekend constructing a larger than life bust in honor of the Great Chief Isaac, who saved the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in people from tragedy during the Goldrush of 1898.
Meanwhile, children are flocking by the dozens to Philippe LeBlond’s incredible dome, constructed out of bicycle wheels and zippy straps.
The weekend offered a magnificent feast of creative talent- a thoroughly enriching experience, and all around good time!