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Three of the participating artists in the artisan markets: (from left) Sam Messina, Michele Bevis and Helle Jorgesen. Photo supplied

The Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre will be abuzz on Saturday when the seventh annual artisan handcraft market draws hundreds of Christmas shoppers looking for a unique gift or two.

The markets, held in the foyer of the gallery from 10am-4pm, offer a host of handcrafted wares, including ceramics, jewellery, letterpress and stationery and handmade fabrics.

It serves a number of purposes, with people wanting to visit the latest gallery for the first time or to catch up on some of the latest exhibitions, as well as supporting and promoting regional artists.

The Friends of the Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre, which stages the artisan market, expects large numbers of shoppers on the day.

President of the Friends, Lyn Stewart, said ‘we’ll be ready for the 10am rush when we open the doors. It’s always so exciting to see visitors waiting at the front door, keen to come in’.

‘The market is a great opportunity for our visitors to purchase hand crafted items as gifts for the festive season, confident it will be a unique gift,’ Ms Stewart said.

This year, artists include: The Humble Soap Company (handcrafted soap), Megan Puls (porcelain and ceramic ware), Jesika Jack (sterling silver and titanium jewellery), Lucille Atkins (jewellery), Francesca Rockette (bags, purses and totes), EmuBeads (glass art beads and jewellery), Susan Simonini (modern and quirky ceramics), Anne Leon (textiles and homewares), 9966 (leather handbags, baskets and other accessories), LotusFlower Designs (soy candles), Deadwood Creative (jewellery and accessories), Olive and the Volcano Letterpress (letterpressed paper goods), The Sentimentalist (lino cut art works), Helle Jorgensen’s (woven jewellery and baskets), Karyn Fendley’s (fine art prints, homewares and jewellery), Bubbles at the Head (screen printed textiles and modern homewares).

Shoppers are advised that market stalls credit-card facilities are limited.

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