Mad March Hares at the Affordable Art & Artisan Fair!


There was definitely an Easter Bunny theme at the Affordable Art & Artisan Fair at the Black Sheep Whakamarama at the end of March.   ARTbop contributor and Katikati Artist, Birgitt Shannon created another of her video reviews of the Fair.


There was a fabulous festive feeling at this Fair, partly created by our trial of the over-Winter indoor arrangements and exhibition spaces, but more so because of the competitions and prizes.  Everyone contributed “Easter Eggs” and Birgitt organised a competition where recording the number of painted and/or decorated eggs on a table had to be counted.   There was a competition to guess the number of pieces of macaroni in a jar (someone got within two pieces!).   The effort that exhibitors put into their headgear was indicative of the wonderful spectrum of creativity you can find at the Fair.  

We’ve got exhibitors regularly contacting to participate.  Just to let you all know, the underlying philosoply of the Affordable Art & Artisan Fair is just that: locally made or created art and artisan products.  It’s not just “pictures” and “art”.  There is a wonderful range of creativity and product and generally speaking it will be displayed and sold by the people who have created it.  Come along and enjoy the ambiance of the Black Sheep Bar & Grill and checkout the AAAFair!

The amazing Birgitt Shannon in pack up mode

BIRGITT SHANNON Artist, Katikati An accomplished artist of Australian descent Birgitt has participated in solo and group exhibitions. She is part of the group of artists chosen the now famous Morrinsville Cows – a street art project. Her street art work can also been seen on the large planters outside the Katikati BNZ, part of the 2015 NZ Mural Competition and Arts Festival. Birgitt has sold dozens of paintings in Australia and New Zealand and has recently sold a painting now hanging in a Research Centre at The Museum of Natural History in Los Angeles. Birgitt’s work can be found on her website and you can follow her facebook page at




Join us every second Wednesday of the month,

6.00pm to 8.30pm

     at the

   Black Sheep Bar & Grill

Cnr SH2 and Plummers Point Road, Whakamarama

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And don’t forget the next Affordable Art & Artisan Fair will be on the last Sunday of April 2018.  The Fairs are held within the Black Sheep Bar & Grill complex.  There is heaps of parking, clean toilets and wonderful food and coffee.  There’s live music. And we’ll have a Harvest Hamper you can win and of course “guess the number in the jar”!    If you would like to join us as an exhibitor/retailer of your original creativity you can contact us at

We are sign posted along SH2 with signage to the turnoff of SH2 and Plummer’s Point Road. 



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