Market offers one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts

Rosewall Community Centre manager Jodie Flood, middle, is getting ready for the 3214 End of Year Exhibition and Market with Julia Fry, Karen Branchflower, Gaye Pitman and Carmel Aldridge. (Ivan Kemp) 372513_03

By Jena Carr

An art exhibition and market will showcase the work of Geelong artists and offer one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts this weekend.

Students from the Rosewall, Cloverdale and Norlane Community Centres’ art programs will present their work at the 3214 End of Year Exhibition and Market at 36 Sharland Road in Corio.

Rosewall Community Centre manager Jodie Flood said the students had a lot of pride in their work, with their final products on display on Saturday, November 18, from 10am to 3pm.

“For lots of these people, it’s their first time exhibiting and it’s a pretty new and overwhelming experience,” she said.

“In addition to showing off the work that they’ve done this year, we wanted to allow people to sell their work as well.

“To have people respond really positively to their work, and in some cases where they have work sold, it gives them such a boost of confidence, which is beautiful to see.”

Ms Flood said there was “an enormous range of experience bases, passions, and skills” among the three centres’ students and that many different items were on offer for people to purchase.

“There’s something so lovely about handmade things that maybe aren’t completely perfect. It’s quirks, imperfections or little unique features, I think is kind of nicer,” she said.

“What I enjoyed the most last year, and I hope to see again, is the pride on people’s faces when they get positive feedback, as they’re often very nervous about exhibiting for the first time.”

The market will also feature coffee and morning tea from Rosewall Community Centre’s employment training café and a wind-chimes workshop at 10.30am.