The Shatford Centre is hosting the fourth annual Authors and Artists Christmas Faire this weekend.
Red Tuque Books and the Shatford Centre will be presenting writers and artists from all over the Okanagan and beyond showcasing their finest works of literary and visual art.
David Korinetz, from Red Tuque Books, said it is the perfect spot to find a special gift or perhaps to just indulge and buy one for yourself.
“There will be lots of local authors from the South Okanagan that will be here on their own as well, members from the Penticton Writers and Publishers and the representative from the B.C. Writers,” said Korinetz.
As well as authors, many local artists will be showing their work including Dorothy Tinning and Carol Munro.
Tinning recently had a commissioned painting unveiled at Government House to pay tribute to Steven Point at the conclusion of his five-year posting as B.C.’s 28th lieutenant-governor. The Federation of Canadian Artists will also have work on display.
Coming from the Northwest Territories is artist James Wedzin. He is well known in Canada for his depictions of northern landscapes, animals and the northern lights. He also does a lot of work with Theytus Books, who will be at the fair as well. Theytus Books is a First Nations – owned and operated publisher of indigenous voices and located at the En’owkin Centre on the Penticton Indian Reserve. Three of their titles won a 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards.
Demonstrations will also be happening over the two days including a talk by Korinetz at 7 p.m. on Saturday about the book industry in Canada and book distribution.
As in previous years, the Authors and Artists Christmas Faire is open to the public and admission is free. There will be seven door prizes valued at approximately $100 each. Draws will occur every two hours throughout the weekend.
Free parking is also available in the area around the Shatford Centre, which is located next to Pen High at 760 Main St.
Doors are open Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m.