The 13th edition of the Artisan Fair in Faro de Maspalomas started on Friday, the 7th of August, running nightly stalls for the 10 days from 5pm until 11pm. There will be 45 stalls of wonderful creations from local credited artisans organised by the Cabildo of Gran Canaria and Fedac which is the English version of the Crafts Council.
The first Artisan Fair of 2020 was cancelled
Unfortunately the fair had to be cancelled in March due to the Covid19 pandemic but now with the right protocols in place and new visitors on the island you can once again enjoy what they have to offer.
What to expect
Each stand has at least a 5 metre space and you can see how much love and devotion has gone in to making their individual spaces their own.
The artisan fair appeals to all ages with a large variety of styles. I have visited many times in the past and there are always some wonderful items on display. From ceramics to woodwork, metals to textiles, leather, felt and glass. Mostly unusual and often very different to surprise you.
Our Favourite artist
My favourite stall is Number 44 who is my good friend Vesna Bender – Rescue Wood Art. Vesna makes affordable, contemporary art made with locally sourced rescued materials. Mostly recycled wood but with a splash of intrigue from her brilliantly imaginative ideas.
This will be Vesna’s 4th year at the fair but she has been sharing her creativity with us for many years now. Over time her themes have changed and often depicted from ideas mostly based on the island of Gran Canaria and her childhood in Croatia. Her designs and style always evolving but are nevertheless as equally as fantastic as the last.
Don’t just take my word for it!
Here is what some people say on Facebook:
“Vesna’s work is so beautiful and quirky. There will be something that appeals to everyone. I love being able to own my own little piece of original artwork.”
“Vesna is my favourite wood whisperer. Her pieces stay sympathetic to the natural wood whilst transforming it. I have several pieces including a lighthouse and a rain cloud street and I love them all. What you see is what you get and what you get is magic,”
Please support the island
So do go and visit not just Vesna but all of these local artists at the Artisan Fair in Meloneras. Your support will mean a lot. Maybe more than you can imagine. You can follow Vesna on Facebook and keep up to date with her work and the local fairs happening on the island.
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