WAG Takes the Craft Fair to New Heights

When the Winnipeg Art Gallery showcases local artisans, it’s in a big way.

CRAFTED is four floors of handmade awesomeness, showcasing the extraordinary talents of over 50 artists from Manitoba and Nunavut. A craft fair with a difference, this new event will give Winnipeggers a unique opportunity to buy local this holiday season.

One of the participating artisans is Adina Tarralik Duffy, a Nunavut designer who creates wearable art from ethically harvested caribou antler, beluga vertebra, teeth, and other found bones. “With such a large gathering of Northern artists, the opportunity to be inspired at CRAFTED is going to be limitless,” Tarralik Duffy says. “It's going to be a treasure trove of talent and I'm very much looking forward to seeing what everyone has created.”

CJ Tennant has been turning semi-precious stones and sterling silver into works of art for 15 years. “Winnipeg’s always been very supportive of its artistic community, and I’m excited to be a part of the WAG’s first juried craft show,” says Tennant. “This event will walk the line between crafting and art.”

While the show will feature local stars of the handcrafted movement, including Kathryne Koop, Valerie Metcalfe, and Kelly Ruth, it will also introduce Winnipeggers to dozens of talented makers with whom they may not be aware.

To set the tone for CRAFTED, the WAG is wrapped in wool—the handiwork of knitters from around the world. After the show ends, the cuddly banners will be separated into colourful scarves that will be given to those in need. Winnipeg’s own chapter of Chase the Chill coordinated this “yarn storm,” which attracted knitters from as far away as Australia.

“CRAFTED is for people who love contemporary crafts: artists and artisans, collectors, DIYers, and armchair enthusiasts,” says Hennie Corrin, who co-chairs the event with Joyce Berry. “It is for those who value the originality and quality of the handmade, and who find meaning in making.”

If seeing all this talent under one roof gets you inspired, embrace it. The event offers numerous opportunities to get crafty, including workshops on doll design, book making, DIY purses, and block printing. Register in advance to save your spot. Space is limited!

CRAFTED will take place on Friday, November 6 from noon until 9pm and Saturday, November 7 from 11am until 5pm at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, 300 Memorial Boulevard. Tickets are just $5 per day and available online, at the WAG front desk, and at the door. To learn more about this extraordinary event and see a full list of artists, check out wag.ca/crafted.

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CRAFTED is presented in partnership with Manitoba Craft Council and Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association. We are grateful to the following sponsors/donors: Mary Lou Albrechtsen, Ten Spa, Winnipeg Free Press, Jean P. Carter and Richard Riess, Ruth Hastings, SC Media, Scootaround Inc., Mitchell Fabrics Ltd., Anonymous, Daniel Friedman and Rob Dalgliesh, Barry and Carol McArton, Shana Menkis, Michael Nesbitt, Marlene Stern and Peter Rae, and those listed at wag.ca/crafted.

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For media interviews and information, please contact:
Catherine Maksymiuk
Manager, Media & Marketing
Winnipeg Art Gallery

Holli Moncrieff
CRAFTED Publicist

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is a cultural advocate – a lens and forum – helping people see and experience more through art. Playing a vital role in the community, engaging and enriching people of all ages and backgrounds through art and culture, the Winnipeg Art Gallery thrives as a creative, innovative, and accessible place for learning, discovery and inspiration.



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