After living in Dubai for decades, the Roberts family are saying goodbye. Their last fair at ARTE is in two days and so we dedicate a feature just for them.
The Roberts family were the founding members of ARTE which will turn 10 late this year. The husband-wife duo have now decided that it’s time to move back to their home country, the UK, along with their son. It is sad to say goodbye to those artisans who have contributed in a huge way at ARTE, who have been committed to showcasing their work at ARTE month after month, through the highs and lows of the economy. Other such dedicated artisans were Amanda Spriggs and Sue Tyson who left Dubai last year to new pastures.
Judy and Colin have stayed true to their artistic calling, doing what they do best. Judy focuses on paintings, photography and cute handmade souvenirs. Colin has built a reputation as the ‘bottle-stopper’ gentleman. They jointly sell their work under 2R Galleries. Their son Nick was seen at ARTE helping his parents at their ARTE stall, but when his pet poodle died, Nick decided to start his own handmade line called Pink Poodle (Judy vouches for the fact that the poodle was grey, not pink).
We asked the Roberts to share a few parting words. This is what they had to say:
“We joined ARTE at the beginning and have moved through the various venues over the years. We have found that being part of the ARTE community on a regular basis gave us a platform for our work. Our customers know that we are always there on the second Friday of the month at Time Square Centre. It sometimes takes a while for people to notice you and depending on your product there can be times when you are busy and other times when you do not do so well. ARTE was based on bringing together like minded people who enjoy their craft and sell their goods at a relatively low outlay. Many years ago, there were only art and craft fairs during the Christmas and Summer periods, but to have a fair that runs throughout the year gives a regular showcase all year round. That is what ARTE accomplished on behalf of all artisans who wanted to showcase their work throughout the year.
“For Colin, ARTE allowed him to expand his bottle stopper product and to offer a custom made service for which he is renowned, both in his attention to making a high quality item and his fast service. For me, as an artist, it gave me an opportunity to talk to people about my work, see and gauge their reaction to my art. Being an artist, life can be quite solitary so to be able get some constructive feedback is very important. As for our son Nick, he created a unique product range of witty, clever and well designed items under the brand name Pink Poodle. As a Broadway enthusiast, he has a dedicated following of like minded people. We have met so many lovely people and made friends through ARTE and will miss our monthly catch ups and chats.”
The Roberts family will be showcasing their work on the ground floor of TSC, near the elevator. Do not miss purchasing their unique souvenirs. As for us at ARTE, we will miss you and we wish you all the very best in the new chapter of your lives.
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