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Bits and Pieces for Christmas
Delicious and visually stimulating, the one-day-only artisan sale Bits and Pieces features totally local artwork, furniture, craft and gourmet food. Not your average housewife’s craft, stroll through this exciting exhibit to discover and buy paintings, carvings, leather goods, jewelry, accessories, home furnishings, ceramics and curios, large and small. With a focus on handmade but sophisticated pieces from Trinidad and Tobago, the show has also expanded to artisans from St Lucia displaying new works especially for this sale. Of 110 exhibitor-vendors, about 25 are cottage industry gourmet foods and preserves (chutneys, sauces and other condiments) that are delectable but not usually available at chain supermarkets.
A lively, well-organised fair with a festive feel, the show attracted 1,200 shoppers in 2012. Event co–ordinator and mosaic artist Vanessa Dalla Costa sets a high standard when selecting future participants. Always encouraging new talent, Dalla-Costa effuses enthusiasm about new featured makers and original designers, including a “charred wood” emblazoner and a master quilter whose work you just have to see for yourself. Bits and Pieces will be enjoying its sixth year this November. If you go, look for new paintings by Miss Trinidad and Tobago Universe (2011) Gabrielle Walcott and silver jewelry by Trinidadian Janice Derrick, whose designs featured in UK Vogue and Harper’s and Queen.
Date: November 2 (ONE DAY ONLY) Free Venue: Invaders Bay, Movie Towne Banquet and Conference Center
Contact: Vanessa Dalla-Costa 681-8418
A sampling of vendors…
Ashley Thompson—Visual artist/painter ((new) )
Danielle Boodoo-Fortune—visual artist/painter
Lisa Sarjeant—Hand-dyed silk kaftans and scarves (new)
Marsha Bhagwansingh—Clay and visual artist (new)
Richard Hubbard—Solid (local) wood furniture
Song of Hope—Handmade soaps (new)
Anika Danclaire George—Tote Bags
Nicole Joseph—Henna art and tattoos
Roland Warner—Leather craft
Rita Antoine—Silk and batik
Nature Seekers—Recycled glass art and jewelry (new)
Sandalia Siparia Apparel—Leather sandals
Janice Derrick—Orignal jewelry designer
Koko Karibe Designs—Silver jewelry and semi-precious stones (new)
Karen Blackman—Wearable art and pottery (new)
Gabrielle Walcott—Paintings (new)
Gilla’s Gourmet—Crabacks. Sweet and savory items (new)
Deck’s—Curry and other savoury items (new)
Charities (also displaying work for sale)
Trinidad and Tobago Society for the Prevention of the Cruelty to Animals
Citizens for Conservation
and so many more.
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