Rogers Congratulates Craft Council on 40th Anniversary
Gerry Rogers, MHA, St. John's Centre
Private Member's Statement
Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador's 40th Anniversary
MS ROGERS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
I rise today to congratulate the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador. Last weekend, thousands of people had the great pleasure of attending the Christmas Craft Fair at the St. John's Arts and Culture Centre.
This was the fortieth anniversary of the craft fair – the fortieth!
In 1973, Donna Clouston, Isabella St. John, and Albert Rippurger organized the first-ever craft fair at the Arts and Culture Centre. Over the years, the fair has grown, and it is great.
A visit to the fair is a strong reminder to us of how vital the craft industry is across our Province. In every community people are creating their works of art with expertise and pride. The quality of the merchandise, the sheer number of people who earn their living as artists, and the enthusiasm on the part of the public for locally produced goods, is a reflection of how far the Craft Council has moved the industry along since it began.
Donna Clouston has exhibited at every fair since the first one forty years ago, and many of us have her calendar wall hangings to show for it.
Bravo to Donna and to all the artists, and bravo to the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Thank you, Mr. Speaker.