There is no doubt that over the past few years, the local art and craft trade has exploded … in a good way.
The craft market in George Town, plus the market every Wednesday at Camana Bay have made the public more familiar with the bounty of artistic talent on the island. Shoppers can also pick up some excellent local produce at the same time.
At Christmas, it seems you can’t swing an artisanal bowl without hitting a special seasonal craft market, and that’s a good thing. It means that everyone, no matter how busy their schedule, can have the chance to buy a gift that is made right here in the Cayman Islands.
The Visual Arts Society will host its annual Christmas Art and Craft Sale on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. along the Paseo at Camana Bay. Various tents will be set up with tables full of a variety of locally made gift ideas, Grand Cayman Souvenirs and Christmas Decorations.
Marketing Coordinator, Mary McCallum, encourages everyone to come along to the market and see what’s on display. “Make your Christmas special by giving a unique locally made gift,” she said. “The society is a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for artists of all levels to develop in the art community.” Many of the members are not active artists but have a keen interest in supporting the Arts in Cayman.
People are advised to get to the VAS market early to have their pick from a wide variety of items. It has become a very popular event on the Christmas calendar, and families often head to Camana Bay to make a day of it.
Whether you’re looking for paintings, textiles, wood crafts, jewelry or other homemade knickknacks, you’ll find it all at the market this Saturday.
Membership information is located on the website at visualartcayman.com or you can email [email protected]