THE BOTTOM- Saba artisans showcased their work to residents and visitors during an arts and crafts pop-up market on Friday, October 21 at the Saba Tourism Bureau.
This was the first time this year an arts and crafts market was held on the deck at the Tourism Bureau in the Windwardside, and it was a success. Residents and visitors ventured over in the afternoon hours to look at the large display of paintings, drawings, Saba Lace, Saba Spice, home-made made jams, hand-made jewelry, hand-made greeting cards, crochet work and local music CD’s.
The idea to have an arts and crafts market was born at a meeting that the Tourism Bureau had with the local group of artisans and crafters as part as an extra activity to offer day trippers. “Collaborating with our creative community and thinking of ways how to incorporate them in events and activities is important, it’s part of Saba’s unique product offering and a great way to showcase their products,” said Director of Tourism Malinda Hassell.
“We want to organize the market once a month. For the tourists, it provides the opportunity to find something unique to take back home to remember Saba and a wonderful moment to engage with the artists,” said Hassell.
“I enjoyed participating in the first arts and crafts market, and I was also very grateful to have an avenue for selling my artwork. It is important to participate in events like this to get the exposure for your artwork to locals and tourists alike,” said local artist Angelita Peterson.
The Tourism Bureau also collaborates with Cornelius Richardson who organizes the bi-weekly street fair in The Bottom with food, drinks and entertainment from 6:00pm-11:00pm. The event aims to create a positive atmosphere in The Bottom, promoting local music and stimulating local food vendors. This Friday, October 28, entertainment will be provided by Entyce band.