Marton Arts & Crafts Centre is a place "where lovely people gather to learn and share their expertise".

Two of those lovely people are society members Lorraine Barnett and Sharon Gordon, and they are planning for a spectacular Christmas event to be held at their centre.

The Artful Christmas Bonanza, to be held at their centre in Signal St on December 9, will offer plenty of opportunities to purchase unique local arts and crafts.

"We want to extend the invitation to artists and craftspeople from the wider region to come and join us for what will be a great day," said Barnett.


"There is plenty of space for stalls inside as well as gazebos outside and we will have a barbecue and food stalls."

The founding members of Marton Arts & Crafts showed great foresight in the early 1970s when they moved to the recently closed St Stephens School and raised funds to purchase the buildings and grounds.

The well-built classrooms provide perfect workspaces that house pottery kilns and a number of large looms.

Outside, the grounds provide plenty of parking space and gardens.

Members of the incorporated society are potters, weavers, quilters, painters, embroiderers and sculptors who love to share their expertise.

There are classes for beginners and accomplished artists and crafters every day of the week but Sunday and some evening classes in mosaic, pottery, sewing, patchwork and needlework.

"There is an all-day pottery workshop once a month on Saturday and participants pay just $40 per year for that."

Gordon manages memberships and she says for a $40 annual fee, members get to participate in the exhibitions, receive discounts on workshop fees and get priority bookings for events and activities.

"We invite members to share their skill and experience to tutor classes and workshops," she says.

There is a Marton Arts and Crafts Centre Facebook page where information and photos of work are regularly posted. The group welcome inquiries about membership, classes or bookings for the Artful Christmas Bonanza by email or call Michelle 06 327 8963