Following the enormous success of the first major Arts & Crafts Show to be held in our fast-growing west coast community last September, the organisers are planning a repeat performance next month (May).
Some of the Algarve’s finest painters, fabric and jewellery designers, glassmakers and textiles are expected to be exhibiting their wares in the fair back at the Restaurante Vale Da Telha on Sunday May 29th between 11am and 5pm.
Organiser Susan Puttick has sent out an invitation to the Algarve’s artists and artisans, offering them table space at the fair.
She said: “Tables will be allocated at a cost of €10 each and we are hoping this will be an excellent opportunity for these talented people to market their products.”
“We have opened this event to a number of exhibitors, giving everyone the opportunity to show the variety of crafts and wares available. We are hoping the vendors will focus on their main craft in order that we can offer a good variety to buyers.”
Unique handcrafted gifts and collectables will be on show and available to buy, including the delights of a chocolate creator, glass, fine handmade jewellery, original artwork, soaps and lotions, prints and greeting cards, textiles, preserves and pickles and much more.
One newcomer displaying and selling her wares, who we are certain will be VERY welcome is the chocolatier, Dora Barradas.
Dora is building a considerable reputation across the Algarve for making–and also teaching the art of creating—chocolates, truffles and other sensational delicacies.
A spokesperson for the Fair told us:
“Last year’s show was a very well received and successful event at José’s restaurant; well worth the time and effort everyone put in to achieve such an excellent day.
“José made us all very welcome and we are very grateful that he so kindly opened his doors to us again, making available his restaurant, a very spacious room ideally suited to display the work of our exhibitors.
“One of them, Susan Puttick, the organiser, has been hard at work, gaining inspiration from fine glass work from all over the world to create unique, designer jewellery for every occasion and has enjoyed the hours spent with her botanical drawing.
“As a member of the Mediterranean Garden Association, she will be developing a new and exciting range of botanical work depicting the flowers of the Algarve and concentrating on the St. Vincente coastal region.
“Gill Goode has been very busy capturing the essence of the Algarve in her fine watercolours and acrylics. Norman Denkel continues to delight with glass creations – something new at every turn and Birgit Felten’s felt creations have been flying off the shelves in our shop ‘Artes @ Spa’ in Caldas de Monchique, where Sandi Croft’s soap continues to keep us smelling beautiful.
“The work of Joao Furtado with his leather belts, Nina Bradley with her dragonflies and Jurgen Wegner with his individual candles will also be available.
“It is also hoped that Clube dos Bois Jardins may be showing some plants that grow well in this area, Lesley Wall will be bringing her beauty products and Lis Jensen her crafted decorations.”
The spokesperson added: “Entrance is free and each artist or artisan will have his or her own table, all arranged alongside the outside of the room to allow free movement between all the exhibits.
“Drink and snacks will be available to purchase and the event will raise money for local animal charity the Aljezur Environment and Animal Shelter (AEZA).”
Any artists, designers and artisans wishing to reserve a stall should contact Susan Puttick, the organiser, who says:
“If you decide to join us on the day a table will be allocated to you at a cost of €10. Please do not bring your own tables – there will not be room for them – and José has very kindly said that the table money will be donated to AEZA.
“The event will commence at 11am, therefore stall holders should be up and ready by then. The fair will end at 5pm.
“We are hoping this will be an excellent opportunity for you to market your products, to join us in supporting the very worthy charity, and meeting and welcoming all the local people from in and around Vale de Telha. This event will be well advertised and we are hoping well attended.“Please be aware that we have opened this event to a number of exhibitors, giving everyone the opportunity to show the variety of crafts and wares available. We are hoping the vendors will focus on their main craft in order that we can offer a good variety to buyers.
“Your early response would be very much appreciated and will help greatly with our administration. It will also prevent disappointment should all the tables be allocated.
“Confirmation of your attendance should be directed to myself, Susan Puttick at:
The list of exhibitors include:
SUSAN J PUTTICK, artist. Susan is a botanical artist belonging to the Gloucestershire Society of Artists. She specializes in graphite pencil and polychromos coloured pencil work. Her superbly finite detailed drawings have been admired and exhibited nationwide, including at the Society of Botanical Artists Exhibition held in Westminster Halls London. Her detailed compositions are extremely empirical and often enhanced with vibrant colour. Having attended a course in jewellery making and design in Bath, she also successfully achieved a silversmithing course at Gloscat in Gloucestershire prior to coming to live in Portugal. The silversmithing is ongoing and Susan is now having further tuition here in Portugal, together with instruction of producing finite glass beads – such is her thirst for knowledge and accomplishment.
GILL GOODE, a watercolourist who also utilises acrylic, pen and ink and airbrush techniques. Gill has exhibited in London, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain and now Portugal, and her originals and prints are owned by people all over the world. When in Portugal, she works from her house in Monchique.
DORA BARRADAS is a self-taught chocolate creator. In 2012 she began this passion, in order to make and teach the art of making chocolates, truffles and other sensational delicacies and from then on never stopped. Dora “put her hand in chocolate” and created flavour combinations to excite the taste buds. She has deepened her knowledge through the expertise of José Domingos da Algarve Cuisine Academy and António Marques da Denegro and Carlos Valente. Always preferring to use local and regional products. Dried fruit, liqueurs, aromatic and culinary herbs, citrus flavours are but a mere taster of what is involved in her unique chocolates.
NINA BRADLEY, displaying her new design of wired dragonflies.
NORMAN DENKEL, Glasswork. Martin Norman Denkel is co-founder of the then “Glassworks Wilmersdorf” and, since 1984, has manufactured glass objects on the burner. In 1990 he left Germany and began a new career in Portugal. His work showed the high handwerkwerkliche art in dealing with the material glass. Mainly he makes lamp blown glass, bottles and glasses.
SANDI CROFT, natural soaps. Sandi’s products are all produced from her home here in Portugal and she, too, is a member of the ARTAVIVA co-operative. The natural soaps are made using only the best natural ingredients with no harmful chemicals added. The soaps are made with Lye, distilled water, vegetable oils and butters, essential oils & fragrance oils & natural with no colourants. Herbal infusions & additives like Oatmeal give the soaps an extra special something that benefits the skin in different ways. Sandi also designs & prints her own labels and as an artist loves finding new & beautiful ways to present products, making them perfect for gift giving.
BIRGIT FELTEN, Felting, one of the oldest textile techniques. Birgit is from Germany where she studied in Dortmund and Bremerhaven. She now lives in Barão S.João and specialises in making flowers, earrings and small purses. Birgit will be exhibiting her felt bags, flowers, shawls, purses and more – all hand felted in beautiful colours with a wonderful soft texture which makes her garments so wearable. She has exhibited at shows in Lagos and Caldas de Monchique.