Local artisans featured at holiday market

The Inner Vision Holiday Artisan Market on Dec. 9 features one-of-a-kind works from a select group of local artisans.

Lara Von Waldenburg (left) and Carla Swope are hosting the Inner Vission Holiday Artisan Market this Sunday. The event features works from 14 local artisans.

Lara Von Waldenburg (left) and Carla Swope are hosting the Inner Vission Holiday Artisan Market this Sunday. The event features works from 14 local artisans.

Finding balance in a world punctuated by extremes is a challenge Carla Swope and Lara Von Waldenburg believe they’ve met.

The two friends have found a way to merge their love for the arts with the ancient practice of yoga. Art is the external expression of their creativity; Yoga the inner well from which they draw peace and well being.

This weekend that balance finds a new expression in an intimate celebration of the season.

The Inner Vision Holiday Artisan Market features one-of-a-kind works from a select group of local artisans. The works – all hand made – will showcase the diverse talent in the region, Swope says. Participants include Glowing Positively soy candles, Earth Form Pottery, Clegg Woodcrafts, and Darkwood Drums and Percussion.

In all, 14 local artisans will showcase their work, including Swope who will present her latest jewelry creations. Swope’s love of jewelry began when she was still a child. “I was beading for Santa Claus,” she says with a laugh.

Drawing inspiration from nature, she crafts her pieces in back room at the Inner Vision yoga studio.

Von Waldenburg’s artwork is also evident at the studio. Trained in New York and a veteran of several solo showings, Von Waldenburg’s paintings exude energy, vibrancy and a certain playfulness.

This year marks the women’s first artisan market. The event also offers them a chance to showcase the new location for their yoga studio in Vedder Plaza near Garrison Crossing.

“We’re really excited,” says Swope.

The event is free, with a complimentary free yoga class going to the first 100 people through the door.

The Inner Vision Holiday Artisan Market runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 9 at 45638 Lark Road. For information, go to www.innervisionyoga.ca