The Studio Fair is back for the 40th year. With the holiday season right around the corner, those looking for unique gifts are sure to find something.
Among the many first-time vendors is an interesting new addition. A Virtual Reality company in Prince George is taking visual arts to a whole new level. They are letting people sample virtual art games at the fair this weekend. “It’s so unlike anything they have had in the past year,” says Co-Owner of XP Entertainment, Sydney Redpath. “It’s a whole new tech based element to the art world and entertainment.”
She says VR is about more than just video games. “It can be applied to just so many different things as well. So there are Virtual Reality apps and games coming out for job simulations, for meditation and for creating art.”
More than 100 vendors are being showcased this weekend. Last year, the fair brought in over 10,000 people. Organizers are hoping for another busy year.
Vice President of the Prince George & District Community Arts Council, Philomena Hughes, says “They [local artisans] get great exposure. Mostly when you’re in your home, you are creating. You are in that world. You have your clients that know you, and you know where you go to sell your work….but to the general public, they don’t really know their work. So what we do is we create a venue for them to come to.”