This weekend Derry’s Guildhall will be packed to bursting with creative talent, and craft lovers keen to pick up some unique local pieces as Derry City Council’s annual Guildhall Craft Fair throws open its doors for the 20th time.
Thousands flock to the event year on year, and it’s an annual pilgrimage for crafters from far and wide, including Derry artist Kevin McGrellis who has been exhibiting at the Craft Fair since its inception 20 years ago - and his commitment to the event is literally set in stone!
The Stone Art Gallery owner has carved out a niche with his distinctive ‘Pebble People’ collection. His product range includes sandblasted slate and reconstituted stone clocks and wall plaques, resin jewellery, pebble pictures and wire sculpture pictures, which will be on show this weekend.
In recent years, Kevin’s work has become more art-based. He also branched out into jewellery making after completing a course at the North West Regional College, but his quirky wire pictures and Pebble People scenes tailored to suit individual commissions, are among his most distinctive and characterful pieces.
Kevin said: “The Guildhall Craft Fair is sort of a yearly catch-up session. It is a really nice event, not just a selling thing, it is more than that. There is an enthusiasm there with all the exhibitors. Last year I had to stay up one of the nights to finish extra pieces such was the demand.”
Kevin is one of the directors of the Walled City Crafters and is also involved with the Strabane and Omagh Collectives which recently opened shops in both Co. Tyrone towns.
The Craft Fair takes place on Friday, November 14th (2pm-8pm), Saturday, November 15th (10am-6pm); and Sunday, November 16th (11am-5pm). More info www.festivetime.com