The popular annual weekend event, produced by the Whistler Arts Council, will showcase and market the handmade goods of over one hundred Sea to Sky artisans.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, November 6, 2015
WHISTLER, BC – Whistler’s favourite holiday artisan market will celebrate its twenty-seventh anniversary weekend on November 28 and 29, 2015. Bizarre Bazaar, presented by the Whistler Arts Council, will see more than one hundred local and visiting artists and artisans gather to showcase their handmade goods and original artwork under a banner of twinkling lights at the Whistler Conference Centre. The event has become a major facilitator of sales for Whistler’s artisans, marketing a diverse array of handcrafted and locally-produced goods to shoppers on one of Whistler’s busiest weekends of the year.
“We have a great mix of new and returning artisans who will be presenting their handmade goods at Bizarre Bazaar this year,” said Assistant Programs and Events Manager, Anna Solich. “It’s wonderful to see so many returning vendors who find value in the opportunity to connect personally with their customers and with other artisans.”
“This bustling holiday market creates a unique atmosphere where shoppers can explore handmade treasures in a relaxing environment, with an array of beautifully crafted products literally at their fingertips” continued Solich. “Not only is Bizarre Bazaar a fun and festive market to attend, it provides an opportunity for shoppers to slow down and enjoy the process of choosing meaningful gifts for themselves and their loved ones, while supporting local craftspeople.”
This year’s merchant catalogue features an eclectic mix of artisan goods including ceramics, housewares, natural bath products, jewellery, paper goods, artwork, and clothing, as well as several artisan food vendors. Terri Gercovich of Re:creation will be returning to Bizarre Bazaar for her third year, selling a variety of beautifully handmade jewellery and clothing made of recycled and upcycled materials. “We are lucky to have markets like this in Whistler where artisans can personally explain the process of creation to people who are interested in buying our products,” says Gercovich. “It’s an intimate experience that allows us to really connect with our customers.”
Also returning to Bizarre Bazaar for their fourth year will be Bratz Biz, a local venture that promotes the creative and entrepreneurial spirit of Whistler’s youth. This group of young artisans will be selling their handcrafted items such a soaps, cards and wood carvings.
In addition to the artisan vendors who will be present at the market, Bizarre Bazaar will feature live entertainment, free activities for families including photos with Santa Claus, and a silent auction. Proceeds from the silent auction and from entrance donations will go toward the Whistler Arts Council, with funds supporting programs such as the Whistler Children’s Festival and ArtWalk.
Each year, a dedicated base of volunteers donate their time and skills to assist in presenting many elements of this event. The Whistler Arts Council is currently looking to fill several event volunteer roles for Bizarre Bazaar 2015 including event ambassadors, marketing assistants, operations crew and a volunteer photographer. To learn more about volunteering and register to assist with Bizarre Bazaar, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a full schedule of the weekend’s events and a comprehensive vendor directory, visit artswhistler.com.
Saturday, November 28 10:00am to 6:00pm
Sunday, November 29 11:00am to 5:00pm
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ABOUT THE WHISTLER ARTS COUNCIL
The Whistler Arts Council has been the premier arts advocacy organization in Whistler since 1982, supporting local artists and organizations to develop arts programs, and promoting Whistler as a unique destination for cultural tourism. A respected community stakeholder and non-profit organization, the Whistler Arts Council leverages strategic government and business partnerships to increase community engagement and opportunities through year-round festivals, events, and arts programs. Annual signature events include ArtWalk, Whistler Children’s Festival, Bizarre Bazaar, Whistler Art Workshops, Whistler Street Entertainment, and the Performance Series.
The Whistler Arts Council operates Maurice Young Millennium Place which is open daily with free admission. Millennium Place features The Gallery, which hosts rotating exhibitions by local artists and The Gift Shop, showcasing handmade creations by local artisans. It also features a 238-seat theatre, a soundproof boardroom and other meeting spaces, and the Youth Centre. Millennium Place truly is Whistler’s hub for arts and culture, right in the heart of Whistler Village.
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