EVERYTHING will be “hot to trot” at Strathnairn’s Christmas Magic pop-up shop, where 17 local and regional artists present glass, paper, jewellery, ceramics, textiles, recycled art, prints and small paintings.THE artists include Ellen Bennett, Carolyn Brennan, Lorna Crane, Barbara Dawson, Robyn Diener, Val Fitzpatrick, Cathy Franzi, Sui Danger Jackson, Mandy Hillson, Sara Hogwood, Jo Hollier, Cary James, Maryann Mussared, Carole Osmotherly, Luna Ryan, Julie Ryder and Michael Winters. Strathnairn Arts, Stockdill Drive Holt, Friday to Sunday 10 am to 4.30 pm until December 15.
ON what they’re calling “the auspicious date of Friday 13 December”, ANCA artists are holding an Open Studios event from 5-8pm at its (usually off-limits to the general public) Mitchell campus, 96 Hoskins Street Mitchell.ARTISTS exhibiting include: Oliver Ayrton, Jacqueline Bradley, Mitchell Brooks, Peter Giles, Denise Higgins, Hanna Hoyne, Sui Jackson, Mary Kayser, Elizabeth Kelly, Blaide Lallemand, Nigel Lendon, Dan Lorrimer, Frank Maconochie, Saara March, Brendan Murphy, Tracey Sarsfield, Gary Smith and Kensuke Todo.
CANBERRA Potters’ Society’s Christmas Gift Fair is running at Watson Arts Centre, Aspinall Street, Watson from December 12 to 23, daily 10am – 4pm. It’s a great place to stock up on original ceramic gifts for the festive season. Ths year there will be twilight shopping with drinks & nibbles 4-7pm this Friday December 13.
THIS Friday night from 5pm – 8pm the Queanbeyan Christmas Summer Sunset Markets are running, with live music, food and handmade gift ideas. These are the only evening markets in the region and offer a variety of stalls with locally-made arts and craft items, gourmet foods, home-made cakes, ice-cream and cupcakes.
ALSO in Queanbeyan, all week until December 16, Monday – Friday 9.30am – 2.30pm and 1/30 Aurora Avenue, Form Studio and Gallery presents a Silent Auction-Exhibition. Details at formstudioandgallery.com.au/ALSO this Friday, in the rear courtyard of Roasters 23, Braddon, Luke Chiswell is presenting “This Way Home – reflections on childhood”. The show follows solo shows in 2013 at Canberra Contemporary Art Space and Bondi Pavilion, and in it he explores youth and wonderment through expressive child-like marks, capturing the moments before a drawing becomes something recognisable. “I’m interested in visuals that allude to, but are never quite,” explains Chiswell.
CHRISTMAS Carnival in the City will run for until Monday, December 23, with entertainment from noon daily, concluding at 8pm each evening. The Canberra City centre will transform into a Christmas Carnival with free activities scattered throughout the city including camel rides, a rock climbing wall, bungee run, kids’ gym and obstacle course. CEO of Canberra CBD Limited, Jane Easthope, says there will be something for everyone to enjoy.