About

Devon Berquist John McCarthy Devon Berquist John McCarthy

Halifax Crafters is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization with a mandate to encourage new artists and local art making.

Our membership and board is comprised of a group of dedicated volunteers that work to fulfill our mission and vision within the creative community and organize our bi-annual craft markets to best serve our exhibitors.

We are proud to be a part of a vibrant community of independent craft and art markets in the city of Halifax.  We strive to remain a financially accessible market for vendors while staying fresh, seeking out new talent and encouraging new craftspeople to enter the marketplace. We also strive to make the market accessible to the community by offering free admission. In order to maintain a unique and engaging market, all applicants are juried every market by a rotating jury, including a guest juror from outside of the Halifax Crafters membership.

Each year we organize two shows, one in the spring and one before the Christmas holidays. Our carefully curated and unique market is a place where established and emerging Crafters show their work side by side.

MISSION

To cultivate an accessible environment for craftspeople where their work is valued by providing opportunities to grow, celebrating contemporary handcraft and creating a connection with the community.

VISION

To see Halifax flourish as a creative hub where craft is appreciated for both its economic and cultural merit.

HISTORY

Halifax Crafters Society is a community of local artists and crafters. We started in 2004 at the Khyber with twenty Crafters who were looking for a venue to sell their work. Later we moved to the North Street Church in order to include more talented Crafters in the show. In 2009 moved again to our current venue, the Olympic Centre, where we are able to accommodate over eighty Crafters.

In 2011 we introduced the Fresh Catch category as a way to showcase new Crafters and give them experience selling their work at a craft show for the first time. In September 2013 we held our first Pop-Up show in collaboration with Two if By Sea cafe in Dartmouth.

AWARDS

The Coast Best of Halifax
Best Craft Show (Silver) 2018

The Coast Best of Halifax
Best Craft Show (Silver) 2017

The Coast Best of Halifax
Best Craft Show (Gold) 2016

The Coast Best of Halifax
Best Craft Show (Gold) 2015

The Coast Best of Halifax
Best Craft Show (Gold) 2014

The Coast Best of Halifax
Best Craft Show (Gold) 2013

The Coast Best of Halifax
Best Craft Show (Gold) 2012

KIND WORDS

 

There are many reasons why the Halifax Crafters Winter Market wins [the Best Craft Show] award year after year—the cute flag banners, the CKDU throwback jams, the sweet treats, the one-of-a-kind and stunning handmade creations of all kinds, the smiling faces—it’s a jolly good time whether you’re shopping or not. Good luck with the latter, though, it’s usually an impossible feat.

– The Coast

Heaven is a place on earth

– Instagram user @lindsaymcmullen

2019 Board of Directors

Bethany Riordan-Butterworth

Bethany has been involved with Halifax Crafters Society since 2011, and is excited to be working as Chair of the Board. She is a fan of jokes and drawings and keeping things organized, and looks forward to seeing what lies ahead with Halifax Crafters.

Megan Archer

Megan is the Creatrix behind Aflame Creations, producing enameled copper jewelry in her shared Dartmouth studio. She loves traveling, learning new languages and obscure musical instruments. After vending at the Halifax Crafters markets since 2012. Megan works with the organization as the Volunteer Coordinator and as a member of the Board.

Therese Bombardier

Therese Bombardier hails from Windsor, Ontario, but makes the Atlantic her home away from home. Therese holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from NSCAD University with a focus in photography, ceramics and jewellery. She has been a long-time supporter of the Halifax Crafters Society and has been a volunteer organizer since January 2015. Currently Therese is a member of the Board and works with the Sponsorship team.

Marc Comeau

As owner/operator of Old Birch Quality Leather Goods, Marc has been selling functional leather & waxed canvas products at Halifax Crafters shows since 2012 and has been a regular shopper since well before that. Marc is a member of the board and the floor plan committee. He hopes to facilitate the organization of shows to come and positively influence the future direction of the society and Halifax’s arts & crafts community as a whole.

Shawnee Gregory

Shawnee is an actor, lawyer and self-proclaimed biggest fan of the Halifax Crafters, a community she discovered in 2008. She has volunteered at the Market in the past and is thrilled to be a member of the Board of Directors. Inspired by the amount of creativity in Nova Scotia, Shawnee endeavours to support emerging and established artists through her work. You’ll find her at our Market taking photos, eating delicious treats and shopping for unique gifts…for herself and others!

Julia Pelton

Julia is passionate about giving back to the community through volunteering. Her past volunteer experiences include sustainable transportation in Halifax, Syrian refugee settlement and enhancing environmental law in Atlantic Canada. Julia is excited to contribute to the Halifax Crafters Society as the treasurer and Member of the Board.

Evey Hornbeck

Evey Hornbeck is from Ottawa, ON, and has made her home in Halifax since 2008. When she can sit still, her creative pursuits include calligraphy and hand lettering. However, Evey is happiest in the thick of the fun at the semi-annual Halifax Crafters Markets. She is a new member of the Board of Directors and works on social media committee and as venue liaison, and helps to keep the show running smoothly! She also volunteers her time as a birth doula.

Sarah Duggan

Sarah is the artist and owner of Sarah Duggan Creative Works. She has been selling since Spring 2016 and is excited to be joining the Halifax Crafters Board of Directors. She has worked on Social Media Committee and currently, on Sponsorship. Sarah works out of her home studio in Dartmouth, where she lives with her husband Mike, two children Oliver and Lillian and greyhound, Hermes.

Rachel Blair-Johns

Rachel Blair-Johns is the metal maven behind Ment Jewellery who has been making contemporary adornment since 2014, debuting at Halifax Crafters Spring Show that year. Born in Swindon, England she immigrated as a young child to Ontario, Canada finding her home in Canadian art and craft studying at the Art Gallery of Ontario, and taking a degree in fine art at OCAD. After 15 years as a Scenic Artist in the Toronto Film Industry she moved to Dartmouth, NS in 2008 and majored in Jewellery at NSCAD University. In 2014 she co-founded the craft organization The Dartmouth Makers. A community builder and an advocate for craft (and Dartmouth) she’s been in love with the salty air ever since. She is a new member of the Board as of 2019.

Volunteer Organizers

Leigh-Anne Hiltz

Leigh-Anne is an artist, designer & crafter from Dartmouth, NS. Her current venture, La-La Land Handmade is a range of accessories and apparel, hand sewn and printed in her home studio. She loves drawing, chasing her kids around and discovering new makers. Leigh-Anne works with Halifax Crafters Community on the poster committee and helps with any other tasks needed to make the upcoming show a success.

Amy Chandler

Amy is a textile artist who graduated NSCAD University in 2016. Owner of Friday55, Amy works out of her home studio in Dartmouth creating hand embroidered goods including colourful and intricate patches and hoop art. Amy is a long time fan of Halifax Crafters, and is excited to be volunteering on the postering committee!

Briana Corr Scott

Briana Corr Scott makes illustrations inspired by nature for her small business, “Union Studio”. She is also an oil painter and recently, a children’s book author. She moved to Dartmouth from New England in 2005, and was happy to find an encouraging and lively art community in Halifax.  She is a long time fan of Halifax Crafters and has been showing with the market since 2013. Briana volunteers for the Social Media Committee.

Toni Losey

Since 2008, Toni Losey has called Nova Scotia home. Toni grew up on the Canadian prairies and still takes inspiration from the big skies and wide open places. She has recently completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a focus on Ceramics at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.  Toni has long been a fan of Halifax Crafters and their role in the crafting community.  She has been a vendor for several shows and is excited to now be a part of the team, volunteering on the Sponsorship Committee.

Alyssa Chapeskie

Alyssa has a life long love of art and craft. With a background in Fine Art and many years working with local small businesses, she loves to combine her passions for art, community and small business. Being part of Halifax Crafters has enabled her to connect with people who are passionate about handmade, and to put her organizational skills to great use. Alyssa is so proud to serve the local handmade community as the Administrative Assistant for HCS.

Carrie Ellis

Carrie is a hobbyist crafter who has loved attending Halifax Crafters shows since moving here from Ontario in 2013.  She loves exploring this beautiful province and is amazed at all the local talent and creativity.  Volunteering with Halifax Crafters Society has afforded her the opportunity to connect with and support the artists who participate in the show, and give back to the amazing crafting community.  She currently volunteers with the decoration and floor plan committee.

Tania Burenina

Tania is the owner and lace maker of Lace Lounge. She moved to Nova Scotia in 2010 and has been a huge fan of Halifax Crafters ever since. She has been selling with HCS since 2016. Tania has a Master’s Degree in Art History and is fascinated by everything made by hands. She makes her beautiful lace jewelry and accessories in her home studio and is excited to be volunteering on the Floor Plan Committee.

Jessie Wright

Jessie Wright is the hands and heart behind JAW Pottery. Originally from rural Ontario, she has called Nova Scotia her home for the past 10 years. She works out of her home studio in Halifax and is excited to be part of such a wonderful craft community! Jessie is volunteering on the decorations committee for the HSC.

Jesse Gallant

Jesse is a graduate of both the Graphic Design and Baking & Pastry Arts programs at NSCC. He is the owner of King & North Chocolate, and uses his skills to create sweet treats that are beautiful and delicious. He is on the Poster Committee, and is incredibly excited to volunteer with Halifax Crafters!