Art for Christmas

Support local artists at Key City Theatre’s Affordable Art and Christmas Craft Fair, Dec. 14.

Take advantage of a rare chance to pick up artwork at low prices at the Key City Theatre’s Affordable Art exhibit and sale, going on now in Cranbrook.

Pieces by more than 20 East Kootenay artists have been on display since Nov. 25 upstairs at the theatre, explained Nick Johansson, KCT’s marketing coordinator.

The art ranges from glass etchings, priced at $15 to $20, to woodworking, priced around $30, and paintings starting at $45. No artwork costs more than $300.

“It tends to be one of the more popular ones we have because it is centred around Christmas and it’s affordable. It’s kind of a win-win for the artists and the people,” said Johansson.

“It’s the easiest sell ever, because getting artwork for a Christmas present is the gift that will always give.”

The participating artists come from all over the region, including Invermere, Fairmont, Jaffray, Creston, Kimberley and Cranbrook.

“We have artists from all over the East Kootenay that have submitted work,” said Johansson. “It provides a good variety of art.”

And next week, there will be an opportunity to view the art, meet the artists and browse through stalls of local crafters and artisans at the theatre.

In conjunction with the Affordable Art Show, a Christmas Craft Fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14.

Twenty local artists will be on hand, showcasing 70 artworks. There will be another 20 local crafters and artisans selling handmade crafts and stocking stuffers.

To get everyone in the Christmas mood, there will be carollers, refreshments and door prizes.

“There was a farmers’ market over the past weekend which was really successful. But there wasn’t really another opportunity leading up to Christmas for some of the vendors and artisans to sell their wares,” said Johansson.

“It should be a really fun event, for sure.”