As the trend for vintage, retro, antique and pre-loved items continues to grow two Banffshire businesses have arranged a Vintage & Art Fair in Buckie. The event organised by Curtiss & Clementine of Macduff and Leap Gallery of Craigellachie will take place on Thursday 11th and Friday 12th December at All Saints Church Hall. Entry is free to the public however any donations will go towards the restoration of the hall.

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Rachel Kennedy has lived in the north east since moving to Scotland from London in 2005. She has over twenty years of experience working in museums and education. Now based in Macduff, her professional background as a curator and interest in researching her family history – her father’s family are from Buckie originally – inspired her to start her own business in January this year. Her business name Curtiss & Clementine comes from her Scots and English grandparents. She collects anything that catches her eye as being unusual or rare, beautifully designed or quirky. Current stock includes a diverse range of vintage tea sets, hand-made embroidered lavender bags, tartan biscuit tins, ceramics and glass, postcards and books, jewellery and powder compacts, scarves, clothing, household items and kitchenalia.

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Co-organiser and local businesswoman Lesley Ann Parker of Leap Gallery, who permanently exhibits her artists at The Elgin Marble Company says, “Images from a bygone era have proved incredibly popular over our past 10 years of trading and make for a good synergy with the vintage theme. Take, for example Jack Vettriano’s iconic image The Singing Butler or Elegy for a Dead Admiral, or Iain Faulkner’s work with retro style props. Another Scottish artist Stuart Luke Gatherer searches the past for ways of expressing his own sense of the present.” Rachel and Lesley will present an example of this artist’s work based on William Hogarth’s A Rake’s Progress to visitors to the exhibition at 7pm on the Friday late shopping evening inviting the audience to ask questions. She continued, “Vintage plays an important role of reminiscing and we hope our event may trigger fond memories and stories from the past. Reminiscing can play an important role in reducing the use of medication and may even benefit those suffering from dementia.”

Rachel added, “I have been taking my collection of antiques and collectables to various venues in Aberdeenshire over the summer but I am delighted to be ending the year back in Buckie where my family came from. It has been an exciting and busy year for Curtiss & Clementine and I look forward to popping up again in Moray in 2015.”

This will be a unique collaboration of two business colleagues who have combined their shared passion for art and promoting the area with their diverse contacts from the worlds of tourism, food, fashion, craft and contemporary art. Exhibitors will include local artist Myra McShane, well known for her popular prints and cards of the local conservation area The Yardie, Midge Fowlie, The Old Bag Lady from the Black Isle with her vintage leather handbags and jewellery and Threadbear from Banff, David Lewcott and his sister Ann who use tartan tweeds and fabrics sources worldwide, specialising in teddy bears and decorative home items and gifts.

This is possibly the first pop up vintage and art fair of its kind in Moray and will present the perfect opportunity to purchase Christmas gifts to cherish forever. The exhibitors hope to give all their visitors a memorable experience and will be of particular interest to people who are interested in beautiful old things.

The event open on Thursday 11 December from 11am until 5pm and on Friday 12 December from 11am until 8pm.

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