Imagine a mini pop-up market featuring 10 vendors, live music, a card making and photo booth corner, and bit of speed dating. Sounds cute, right? On February 8, from 6:30-10 pm you can check it out for yourself at Dose Coffee.
The evening is being organized Layla Rocher, owner of AlpenGem Jewellery and Sherry Cheriton, owner of Sheramic pottery.
“We wanted to put something together before Valentine’s Day,” Rocher says. “It’s always quiet after Christmas, and we thought we’d get something going.”
The event will feature plenty of local artists, including pottery, stained glass works, crochet, jewellery, botanical products, paintings and prints, photography, tarot card readings, loose leaf tea, and hand made chocolates. Local musicians and DJs will be playing. There will be a craft corner where people can, by donation, create valentine’s day cards. A frame, decorated with lights and flowers, will be there for people to take pictures to accompany the cards. Mocktails and snacks, also available by donation, and a corner booth will have light-hearted speed dating. “It will be really fun,” says Rocher.
Rocher believes in encouraging local artists to collaborate, encourage and grow with one another. She recently created a Facebook group called Revelstoke Artists and Crafters, aimed at providing an online community for local artisans to bounce ideas, recommendations and knowledge off one another.
“For example, I’m working on a website, so I can ask other people what platforms worked for them and what didn’t. Or I can find out which summer markets people are participating in,” she says. “I think we can organize giveaways and help each other boost our online presences.”
Having an accessible artistic community through Facebook and events like pop-up markets is important to Rocher, who notes many people create at home and aren’t always sure how to promote themselves.
“I thought this market could show people how they can showcase their work. If it’s successful, I’ll do more.”
Rocher and Cheriton are doing their best to keep the costs down as far as artist table charges. “We are renting smaller tables for more diversity, and low costs so artists can actually make money,” Rocher says.
So head on down to Dose Feb 8th and get into the Valentine feeling.