Station House Gallery Manager Diane Toop sets up a display which includes a copy of a popular new children’s book by Willie Sellars and illustrated by Kevin Easthope called Dip-netting with Dad.

Station House Gallery Manager Diane Toop sets up a display which includes a copy of a popular new children’s book by Willie Sellars and illustrated by Kevin Easthope called Dip-netting with Dad.

Christmas market a major fundraiser for Station House

Clarence Moore and Rudy Johnson have each recently published books about their adventures in helping to build the Cariboo Chilcotin.

Clarence Moore and Rudy Johnson have each recently published books about their adventures in helping to build the Cariboo Chilcotin.

Together these two longtime friends will be signing copies of their first books at the Station House Gallery this Saturday between 1 and 4 p.m.

The book signing is part of the gallery’s Christmas Market fundraiser that happens every December and will also be a great opportunity to check out the work of many local artists, craftspeople, and specialty food producers who have come together during December to turn the entire lower gallery into a Christmas gift shop.

“This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and it has been going very well so far,” says gallery manager Diane Toop.

There are many books by local authors on the gallery shelves including several children’s books.

Among the children’s books is one published this fall which recently climbed to number one seller at Chapters in Kamloops next to author Ken Follett’s new book, reports one Weekend Advisor reader.

That book is called Dip-netting with Dad and was written by Willie Sellars and illustrated by Kevin Easthope.

In addition to the many books by local authors, traditional paintings, pottery, and fabric arts, the gallery is filled with all sorts of interesting items this month.

There are handmade mittens and hats, cowboy coat racks made with rail spikes, elegant wood-handled horse hoof cleaners, homemade body oils and creams, unique fabric purses and  hobby horses, leather tooled boxes and leather-bound journals, honey, spices, dried fruits and nuts, wild berry jams, beeswax candles, wooden toys, and unusual silver rings, bracelets and necklaces made from antique silverware.

These are just a few of the interesting treasures to be found in this not for profit gallery that helps to support a vibrant arts community in the lakecity.

Winter Solstice Celebration Sunday

A Winter Solstice Celebration will be held in the Thompson Rivers University cafeteria on Sunday, Dec. 21 from 2 to 5 p.m. There will be lantern making, dancing, music and snacks all by donation of cash or non-perishable food items. The event is sponsored by the Canadian Mental Health Association Multiculturalism Program and Women’s Spirituality Circle.

Brunch with the Blue Note Band

The Blue Note band is playing at the Laughing Loon’s Christmas brunch this Sunday, Dec. 21 starting at 10 a.m.