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Largest juried art fair at Civic Centre once again

The Book Nook is back at Studio Fair. The 34th annual artisan craft show is the biggest juried art fair in northern B.C.
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The Book Nook is back at Studio Fair.

The 34th annual artisan craft show is the biggest juried art fair in northern B.C. and the Community Arts Council, which organizes the event, is bringing back the Book Nook after about a two-year hiatus where regional authors have the opportunity to showcase their work and speak to their fans.

There will be more than 85 vendors from across the nation showcasing their unique, high quality art pieces, functioning art, and handmade crafts and foods.

To start off, Studio Fair patrons will first see the local guilds before entering into the main body of the Civic Centre, where vendors will have their booths. The local guilds include a new wood-turning guild, fibre arts guild (formerly known as spinners and weavers), the Prince George Potters, the quilters, the Artists Co-op, the Prince George Symphony Orchestra as well as representatives from the Coldsnap Festival.

The wood-turning guild has added new elements to their pieces by incorporating glass and stone inlays, said executive director Wendy Young.

"The stone is the most fascinating to me," she added. "It's just beautiful work that they do. Those are my favourites."

This event is the Prince George and District Community Arts Council's major fundraiser for the year. The funds go to supporting art and artists in the community, with programs like Artists in the Schools, scholarships, the Spring Arts Bizarre and the consignment gift shop at Studio 2880, 2880 Fifteenth Avenue.

"I don't know how that gets lost but this is our largest fundraiser and its success depends on volunteer staff," said Young. "We have more than 50 volunteers helping us this year."

There are some new and emerging artists have come together in one booth to show their new work.

"There are eight new artists that have all come together called the Divas, who are from the Topaz Bead Gallery and I have seen some samples of their work and I'm very excited to see their booth at Studio Fair," said Young.

Young said she would like to thank her sponsors and all the volunteers for their hard work.

Tickets are available in advance at Studio Fair or at the door. Adults are $3, students and seniors who are 65 and over are $2 and children 12 and under are free. Studio Fair is Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.