Aboriginal Art Show coming to Wadams Way Public Market this Saturday

This will be the first time aboriginal artisans and aboriginal works of art will be showcased at the Wadams Way Public Market.

It’s not often Wadams Way becomes a place bustling with activity, but that changes Saturday (Sept. 19).

Wadams Way Public Market will kick off with more than 60 vendors including artisans, food trucks, beer, wine and spirit vendors, and, for the first time, an Aboriginal Fair Trade Art show, which showcases the works of First Nations artists from across Canada.

The market begins at 10 a.m.

The man behind the art show is David Eddy, CEO of the Vancouver-based Urban Aboriginal Fair Trade Gallery, who will bring framed limited-edition prints, original prints, giftware licensed by aboriginal artists, as well as some carvings. The works come from the Vancouver area, with many prints from the Island.

The program works closely with the Sooke Family Resource Society and the M’Akola Group of Societies.

Eddy’s gallery is part of a larger complex which also includes a hotel, that helps struggling aboriginal artisans work and live in a safe environment.

This, in turn, allows their works to be sold for market prices, which could be well into the thousands, whereas if they sold it on the street, the price would be significantly lower.

The way it works is the gallery subsidizes the artists on a three-year tenancy, where they rent at the rate of social assistance, which is $375 a month (rent in the market for a studio apartment is $1,100 a month) with the actual break-even rent is being $900 a month.

“We put in that $525 a month per unit through the profits of the hotel and the gallery,  which is $150K a year we subsidize the artists for,” Eddy said, adding that the idea of a hotel-gallery is a portable model to any town with a significant urban aboriginal populate, such as Sooke or Victoria.

He says the gallery is always looking for additional talent.

“We want to have more artists in our stable, so I’d be interested to meet some of the local artists and see the degree of their art, expertise and work, and potentially might be able to purchase some pieces there or set up some contacts,” he said.

As for the Wadams Market itself, there’s tons of stuff to do. Activities include kids’ activities such as games, face painting and mascots featuring Marty the Marmot and the Victoria Royals.

In addition, the Family Fun Run is also coming back to Sooke., with 1.5 kilometre, 2.5K and 5K runs.

Registration is by donation and can be done in person at 8 a.m. on the day of the run or participants can pre-register by calling 250-642-5152.

news@sookenewsmirror.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just Posted

420 celebrations turn over new leaf at B.C. legislature

Cannabis is legal for the first time in the 21-year existence of the 420 event in Victoria

VIDEO: ‘Stewie the Starfish’ mascot revealed at Premier League kickoff party

Pacific FC kickoff party scores in Victoria Inner Harbour

Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Bowl for Kids’ Sake returns to Langford

Annual fundraising event held from April 26 to 28

Report calls on Saanich to expand multicultural programming at recreation facilities

Report also notes that Saanich could do more for sexual minorities.

Victoria church bells toll in solidarity with Notre Dame Cathedral after devastating fire

Churches around the globe ring bells to honour iconic Paris cathedral

Waste not: Kootenay brewery leftovers feed the local food chain

Spent grains from the Trail Beer Refinery are donated to local farmers and growers, none go to waste

Deck collapses in Langley during celebration, 35 people injured

Emergency responders rushed to the Langley home

B.C. mom wages battle to get back four kids taken from her in Egypt

Sara Lessing of Mission has help from Abbotsford law firm

VIDEO: Fire guts Peachland home

Crews are still on scene pumping water onto the blaze in the Okanagan neighbourhood

$6K raised in one day’s time for family of woman gunned down in Penticton

GoFundMe launched for family of Darlene Knippelberg, to pay for funeral costs and other expenses

B.C. mountain biker sent home from hospital twice, despite broken vertebrae

Released in Maple Ridge to go home with three fractured vertebrae

Seven tips to travel safely this Easter long weekend

An average of three people are killed, and hundreds more injured, each Easter long weekend in B.C.

Seattle’s 4-20 ‘protestival’ enjoys tolerance, some support – and B.C. could do the same

Seattle’s Hempfest a large-scale occasions with vendors, prominent musical acts and thousands of attendees

Most Read