‘Spring Into Summer’ Art and Craft Fair, Saturday 2nd May 2015

We’ve put lots of photos on our website of all of the participating artists and crafters surrounded by their lovely work – Bloomin’ Marvellous Inverkeithing, May 2015.

These photos were all taken by volunteer Rosie Gibson. Thanks Rosie!

IAI love to mix together all kinds of creative people at our Art and Craft Fairs, from community groups who create for fun, skills-building and community participation, to amateur hobbyists who like the social buzz of meeting with fellow creative folk, to professionals whose creative work provides their livelihood. We think this makes for a fascinating mix, one which caters for all kinds of visitors to the Art and Craft Fair, and for different tastes and budgets.

At the Spring Into Summer Art and Craft Fair on May 2nd, our younger visitors had lots of fun making art works of their own at the kids activity table, and searching for the super-cute wee beasties, hidden at all the artists’  tables – supervised by volunteer Margaret Robertson and helped out by Ollie Kidd.

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Each participating maker donated a handmade item for the raffle table.

With many thanks to The Inverkeithing Food Group for collaborating with Inverkeithing Arts Initiative on this event and providing an excellent lunch made from locally sourced ingredients for visitors at the Friary (next door to Inverkeithing Civic Centre). It was extremely popular and received a lot of praise! Thanks also for providing the IAI directors and volunteers with some much needed sustenance. Delicious!

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A Weekend of Wonderfully Creative People

A (Very) Live Reading of A Christmas Carol (12th December) – The readers did a superb job of drawing the audience into the story, and taking us along with Scrooge on his journey of self-discovery and re-found love of life. And they did this using only their voices and a minimum of actions and props. Quite wonderful performance art!

It was very well attended, with everyone there appreciating the dedication and passion of all of the actors, as well as Donna as writer/director and Michelle as production assistant. The Civic Centre does make a lovely venue, (although it could do with the stage lights being fixed!).

The Arts & Crafts Market (13th December) Inverkeithing Arts Initiative would just like to express their deep appreciation of how much everyone took this event to heart. With such a collection of creative people showing their work, the event could hardly fail to attract praise, and with all of the visitors who came along, the Civic Centre had a wonderful buzz all day long.

The singing by New Musical Theatre Alliance at 1.30 was a joy, and helped make the day feel like a real celebration of the season, and a real celebration of the creativity of all of the people who were gathered together in the hall.

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The raffle prize table – photo by Rosie Gibson

Mary, Michelle, Jane and Donna had a chance to speak to so many people about the aims and plans of Inverkeithing Arts Initiative. Thanks to everyone who wanted to know more, and caught our enthusiasm, and added their names to our fast-growing mailing list. Thanks also to the people who approached us with their ideas of how we can work together. That really is what IAI is all about!

A special thank you to our volunteers, Margaret Robertson, Sue Walker Rosie Gibson and Sandy Stephen, who added so much to the day, and who are all creative and talented people in their own rights.  Thanks to Andrew Quinn for his hard work and patience in helping us set everything up and take it back down again. Thanks also to our children, who helped put up and decorate the Christmas tree with such care and dedication!