PEOPLE after their arts market fix need not wait until after winter has finished – an indoors version of the popular Warragul Arts Market has opened for the first time.
Above: Kay Lancashire, Richard Nichol-Smith, Annie Laughton, Wendy Hitchins, Helen Timbury and Wayne at the WGAC's first Arts Market. Photo by article author.
First published in the 24 April 2015 edition of the Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen. Read the full paper here.
As an extension of its new open day program, the West Gippsland Arts Centre held an arts market in the Fountain Room last weekend, and will do so again next month.
The Baw Baw Arts Alliance runs outdoor markets alongside the Warragul Farmers’ Market in fairer weather than faced by stallholders on the weekend.
Lino print artist and market member Helen Timbury told the Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen the new market had been successful.
“I’ve had a fantastic day, it’s been raining outside and I’m inside, warm and cosy, and all my paper is dry,” Ms Timbury said.
“People have…. looked at the work and bought things.
“At the moment the plan is to run this in May. (NOTE: This article has been published online after the May market) The next few markets over winter are yet to be confirmed.
“I think it’s part of the idea to get publicity and more people into the WGAC over the weekend – just have some people, cafés open, tours and just make the place a bit more friendly.”
Jewellery maker Wendy Hitchins said the setting was appropriate.
“It’s more intimate and customers really like it, and I think coming in gives them a break from the cold,” she said.
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