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February 7, 2012
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Minister Roach salutes Atlantic Craft and Gift Industry

Innovation and Advanced Learning

Atlantic Canada’s artisans and craftspeople are strengthening the region’s culture while creating jobs and economic activity, Innovation and Advanced Learning Minister Allen Roach said Saturday evening at the Atlantic Craft Trade Show Awards in Halifax.

“This is an industry closely connected to the tourism industry, complementing the many cultural and leisure traditions of Atlantic Canada,” Minister Roach said. “Our provincial government is proud to support such talented artisans.”

The Atlantic Craft Trade Show Awards is an annual event held in Halifax with the four Atlantic Provinces taking turns acting as host.

From February 4 to 6, the region’s artisans and craft makers brought the finest in candles, clothing, food, glass, home decor, jewellery, leather, metal, native art, paintings, paper, pottery, stone, wood and more to be seen at the World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax. The event brings together craftspeople from across the region with retailers from Atlantic Canada and further afield.

The event drew strong participation from Prince Edward Island, with two Island businesses receiving awards.

Marcela Rosemberg of Marcela Rosemberg Glass Studio in Stratford was recognized with the award for Best Booth in the show.

North Watters Knitwear of Charlottetown was also recognized, being named one of Atlantic Canada’s top five retailers for the third year in a row.

Minister Roach saluted the event as one that allowed artists and craftspeople to pursue their passion while succeeding as independent producers and business people.

“Our Island retailers, as an example, can attest to the high demand for Island-made, fine-crafted products,” he said. “They can see the importance of displaying and selling local crafts and of continuing to support and promote this vibrant industry.”

Media Contact: Ron Ryder
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