Buckie set to go fashionably retro at two-day Art Fair

Retro, antique and pre-loved items are continuing to dominate fashion trends in the UK – now a collaboration by two businesses will see many such items at a forthcoming Fair in Buckie.

The Buckie Vintage and Art Fair has been organised by Macduff-based Curtiss & Clementine and the Leap Gallery of Craigellachie.

Taking place on Thursday, December 11 and Friday, December 12, the Fair will be hosted by the All Saints Church Hall with free entry to the public – although donations will be accepted towards the restoration of the hall.

Rachel Kennedy returned to the north east from London in 2005 and is delighted to be taking the Fair to Buckie where she has family connections. Her business name Curtiss & Clementine comes from her Scots and English grandparents.

Rachel is a collector of anything unusual or rare, beautifully designed or quirky. Her 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.

The Fair’s co-organiser and well known local businesswoman Lesley Ann Parker of Leap Gallery, who permanently exhibits her artists at The Elgin Marble Company said: “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.

Lesley added: “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 meanwhile said she was delighted to be ending a busy year in Buckie. She said: “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.”

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

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