If you follow the local art and design scene on Instagram, chances are you already foresee an artsy spring haul: Edmonton’s tightly curated, vendor-run Royal Bison Art and Craft Fair returns to in-person-only this weekend.
Vikki Wiercinski, organizer of Royal Bison since 2010, sees the beloved craft fair as an ever growing creative project of the very talented local community. This year, the artful organizers continue to curate varied gift guides for local buyers, focusing on people’s interests and needs.
“I find the ‘picnic pals’ gift guide most compatible with my current energy,” laughs Wiercinski. “It’d be really nice to spread out a blanket in summer and lie down on the grass with my pals.”
While the Gardenary strawberry wreath earrings and parquet tea towels make a gorgeous portrait setting, you can also find blushing skeleton stickers and midnight-themed tarot deck for friends as witchy as me.
With over 70 local vendors packed in two rooms, Wiercinski expects people to connect more at this year’s fair.
“We were able to gain a lot of support online in the past two years, but Royal Bison is always more about weaving people together. We’re excited to have the space again for local talents to show their art process in front of a very supportive audience.”
Find Royal Bison Spring 2022 at Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre May 6-8. Check out the full list of vendor roster, gift guides, and vendor showcase before your visit.