Artists dabble in dark and light during Maianbar arts and crafts fair

Visual display: One of Tom Kristensen's fluorescent works for the 'Dark Arts' section of the arts and crafts fair.
Visual display: One of Tom Kristensen's fluorescent works for the 'Dark Arts' section of the arts and crafts fair.

Maianbar artists will unveil vivid fluorescent and phosphorescent displays and an array of artistic installations, including wall art, mobiles, fabric art and totem-style creations as part of the village's annual arts and crafts fair.

Part of Maianbar Fair and Street Market, the event will be held at Maianbar fire station and the nearby community hall on Sunday, November 17, from 10am to 3pm.

The use of twin venues provides artists with a choice of light and shade, with the darkened hall allowing works to be lit by ultraviolet rays emitted from specially prepared lighting fixtures while the fire station will showcase the full colour spectrum on display.

Colour on canvas: Artist Lynn Christie puts the finishing touches to her artwork of Gymea lilies.

Colour on canvas: Artist Lynn Christie puts the finishing touches to her artwork of Gymea lilies.

Joan Morris, who is helping organise the event, said if past fairs were any indication, the event would feature a "spectacular range of visual art, from the whimsical to the sublime".

"There will be ceramics, wood carvings by noted craftsman John Dublewicz and paintings in oils, acrylics, pencil and watercolours," Ms Morris said.

"The customary raffle - this year to benefit local WIRES workers - will feature a painting by Maianbar artist Lynn Christie.

"The pop-up street fair will have stalls by Maianbar residents. There will be locally made arts and crafts, including hand-carved wooden spoons, hand-dyed shibori indigo tea towels and tablecloths, handcrafted candles, pickles, jams and bric-a-brac."