The Flare Contemporary Art and Craft markets: Poppleton, November 8; York, November 29; Ripley, December 6

9:48am Thursday 5th November 2009

By Charles Hutchinson

The Flare Contemporary Art and Craft markets will be held in Poppleton, York and Ripley in the countdown to Christmas, beginning this weekend.

Flare was started in 2006 by Lousie Gee, from Poppleton, Kathryn Hick, from York, and Helen Knaggs and Sarah McKenzie, from Pateley Bridge, to support other artists and makers by organising markets.

In its fourth year, Flare now attracts more than 20 artists and makers, who will be exhibiting and selling their work at prices ranging from £5 to £200.

The shows begin on Sunday at The Tithe Barn, Nether Poppleton, near York, followed by The Chapel at York Cemetery, Cemetery Road, York, on November 29, and Ripley Town Hall, near Harrogate, on December 6.

“We’re excited by the mix of items available at our markets this year and hope people will find it an affordable alternative to the high street,” says co-organiser Louise Gee.

“At each event there’ll be a selection of contemporary arts and crafts with work ranging from quality ceramics and silver jewellery to textiles and funky items made from recycled materials and found objects.”

Sunday’s exhibitors will be: Janet Yau, from Harrogate, jewellery; Barbara Cassell, Harrogate, textiles and jewellery; Jackie Lunn & Jenny Pepper, Slingsby and Scarborough, felt and textile art; Eric Moss, Harrogate, ceramics; Jilly Lovett, Heslington, accessories made from recycled textiles; Emma Straw, Burley-in-Wharfedale, vintage accessories; Sam Jones, York, silver and glass jewellery; Jacqui & Dee, Knaresborough, mosaic glass; Leanne Tetley, Ripon, handmade soap; Henshaws Arts and Crafts Centre, Knaresborough, various crafts; and organisers Helen Knaggs, handmade paper; Sarah McKenzie, jewellery; Louise Gee, textiles, and Kathryn Hick, textiles, jewellery and canvases.

Lunn, Pepper, Lovett and the founders will be joined at York Cemetery by Alex Marsaud, Leeds, photography; Fiona Northing, Malton, felt/textile art; Gemma Scully, Cheshire, jewellery; Caryl Hallett, Harrogate, stained glass; and Nicky Dillerstone, Grimsby, felted/knitted work.

Ripley’s new additions will be: Bettina Althaller, Clifton, York, recycled bags and accessories, made from salvaged abandoned umbrellas; Sarah Westwood, Whitby, wax art; Libby Jubb, Ilkley, jewellery; Angie Hardwick, Sheffield, ceramic tiles; Julia Smith, Sheffield, paintings, Beverley Gee, Manchester, ceramics; Jillian Stewart, Leeds, jewellery; Rebecca Britton, Dewsbury, screenprinted accessories; and Anna Carter, Hull, textiles.

Each market will run from 11am to 4pm, and visitors will have the opportunity to talk to the artists about their work and enjoy a cup of tea and a cake in a “relaxing and inspiring atmosphere”.

For more information, visit flareartistsandmakers.blogspot.com

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