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Thousands expected to attend annual Kelowna pottery show

Guests of the 22nd annual For the Love of Art Almighty show and sale check out booths at the Rotary Centre for the Arts. Organizer Bonnie Anderson said she expects between 3,000 and 4,000 to attend the event this weekend. - Douglas Farrow/Contributor
Guests of the 22nd annual For the Love of Art Almighty show and sale check out booths at the Rotary Centre for the Arts. Organizer Bonnie Anderson said she expects between 3,000 and 4,000 to attend the event this weekend.
— image credit: Douglas Farrow/Contributor

The Rotary Centre for the Arts is being transformed into an art market this weekend.

Pottery, painting, jewelry and sculpture booths are spread out throughout the Rotary Centre's hallways, event rooms and open spaces.

Thousands are expected to attend the 22nd annual show and sale, which features art from 42 vendors.

"It's a very high-end, high-quality show. There are no crafty things," said Bonnie Anderson, owner of Potters Addict Ceramic Art Centre and organizer of the show and sale.

Anderson prides her annual art show—named For the Love of Art Almighty—on showcasing some of the best art the city has to offer.

To keep the quality at an acceptable standard, she checks artisans’ work prior to the event.

"We look for craftsmanship, that's the very first thing. Then (we look) for the art part of it," said Anderson.

"Normally I wouldn't take knitting, but there's a lady who does fabulous art booties. There's another lady in here who does knitted scarves and hats, and they're beautiful."

Potters Addict has been in Kelowna for 22 years and gives local potters a space to work on their craft.

"It saves them from having to set a studio up in their own home—not everybody can do that.

"They get a key, a cupboard, they come and go, everything is included when they buy the clay."

Currently there are 30 members at Potters Addict.

"They are all people that have had classes and know their way around the studio."

For those who don't have much experience behind the wheel, the art centre offers adult classes for all skill levels.

Potters Addict also works with kids ages seven and up through seasonal camps, art education and birthday parties.

According to Anderson, approximately 3,500 students come through the studio each year.

For the Love of Art Almighty runs Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

wpaterson@kelownacapnews.com

 

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