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Big Fish Artisan Show to be Held on Scotch Mountain This Weekend

Stephen Vance, Staff

Each year as the temperatures begin to rise and sunny days replace the winter drab, outdoor festivals and events draw us out of our hibernation to celebrate the amazing talents that surround us.

This year a new event has been added to the list with the first Big Fish Artisan Show, which will be held on Scotch Mountain on Saturday, May 28.

Event organizer Fran Wensley told The Independent that the event will feature a range of local artisans.

“So far about 15 vendors and counting have joined. Some beautiful local talent from Meaford and surrounding areas of Grey and Bruce,” said Wensley. “I learned from living here that we can be many things all at once – hospital workers who paint, waiters who make jewellery that heals us, shrinks who take photos. I could go on and on.”

Wensley says that the idea for the Big Fish Artisan Show was born after her recent move from Toronto to Meaford, where she discovered a diverse artistic community.

“In the city I felt like a small fish in a big pond. Up here every one is a big fish all with extraordinary talents, wearing all hats,” she explained.

Proceeds from the vendor fees ($20 per table, and spaces are still available) are being donated to the Canadian Mental Health Association, an organization close to Wensley’s heart.

“I believe the expression of art, whether it is creating glorious soap, handcrafting a painted egg, or making a beautiful ring out of scraps of old spoons creates such healing within. I discovered painting for me was my mindful healing process to divert severe depression. I am grateful for great doctors who directed when I needed it the most,” explained Wensley.

The event takes place on Wensley’s farm on Scotch Mountain which is located at 137204 Grey Road 12, on Saturday, May 28 from 10 am until 4 pm.

For local artists looking to participate, you can contact Fran at 519-373-1480.

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