The BC Artisan Marketing Society empowers creative entrepreneurs by providing resources, education, and opportunities to grow. Our participating members are inclusive and supportive Designers, Creatives and Makers from the greater Fraser Valley area who are interested in sharing knowledge, building their business and making meaningful community connections.
Our immediate task is to create a showcase of culture and history of our regional communities through the inclusion of collectibles and indigenous artifacts.
Our Next Upcoming Artisan Marketplace Event:
15th Annual Artisan Market taking place alongside the West Coast Christmas Show
Friday, November 18 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday, November 19 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, November 20 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
- The West Coast Christmas Show & Artisan Market is Western Canada’s leading holiday season show that brings together holiday gifts, fancy foods, personal services, decor ideas, festive live florals and culinary inspiration under one roof.
- Shop artisan exhibitors at the West Coast Christmas Show! Find local, handmade goods from artisans in our community. You’ll be sure to find the perfect personalized, one of a kind Christmas gift for your loved one. Make sure you stop and talk to these designers and makers to see what inspires them in their craft. Whether it’s a macrame or stained glass artist, or even a food creator you’ll not only find lots of unique items but learn why there makers are so passionate about what they do.
- A new show feature- The Village Collective Artisans: Paying It Forward while fulfilling your Christmas shopping list. Now your Christmas purchases can help improve our world, by shopping among the gathering of community minded artisans who are committed to giving back. Fair trade, zero waste and community support through giving back are all components of this feature area. Whether the artisans focus is to go green by limiting their use of plastic and toxic materials, or the focus is empowering a community through fair trade items, you’ll find a way to connect to your global community this Christmas.
- When you visit the West Coast Christmas Show, you will be welcomed by a wonderful array of decorated Christmas trees, all part of the Festival Of Trees where charitable organizations will decorate trees and compete for a grand prize. Walk amongst these beautifully decorated trees and stop to watch and listen to a wide range of local musicians performing live Christmas music for your listening pleasure. It will be sure to rekindle your Christmas Spirit for the coming Holidays.
THE EMERGING ARTISAN SCHOLARSHIP FUND
The BC Artisan Marketing Society (BCAMS) has undertaken the establishment of a fund that provides scholarships to deserving emerging artisans so they may continue their post graduate education and training or much needed start up assistance to get their business off the ground.
For more information or to register for one of our upcoming events as a vendor, please contact us:
Artisan Sharon Hubbard raised $500 at the West Coast Christmas Show which she donated along with another $500 of her own funds to the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital towards the purchase of a vein finding apparatus.
Janice Perrino (Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation) accepting $1,000 donation from artisan Sharon Hubbard (center) & George Acs (West Coast Christmas Show)
Sharon underwent cancer treatments at the Nanaimo Hospital this past year, and the treatments were more difficult than necessary as the hospital is not equipped with this machine. At the time, Sharon determined that she would fund raise to purchase such a machine so that others going through the same treatment, would not have to endure what she did.