Okçular artist Gülay Çolak (Gülay means Rose Moon in English) got her first ever taste of Christmas at the Çaliş Christmas Fair yesterday; I suspect it won’t be her last!
She’s been beavering away preparing some Christmas themed bits and bobs to display alongside her more usual items (not that there’s anything ‘usual’ about much of her work) at the Fair. The result was a bumper day with potential customers sometimes stacked three deep to get the chance to purchase her beautifully crafted stuff.
Thanks to ‘blogsters’ Julia and Barry at Turkey’s For Life and their loyal fan base there was a stream of visitors wanting to say hello and see Gülay’s artwork. When they were added to all the other buyers I can tell you that she had a permanent grin plastered on her face that was still there when we dropped her off at her home! She was also interviewed by a TV camera crew, although I can’t recall for which channel. And then there was the Christmas Pixie by the name of Frou-Frou . . . or was it Chris? Whatever! As far as Gülay is concerned she had a visit from Peter Pan and saw Father Christmas.
Gülay would love to develop her skills to the point where she could earn her living from portraiture – meanwhile she has to meet the needs of her family by painting the little things that so many of us can afford and enjoy owning or giving away as presents to friends and family – I think her stones, tins, buckets and bric-a-brac are delightful – and it seems that many of you do too.
So, this is a thank you from the lady to each of you who came to say hello and help to make her day at Çaliş Christmas Fair memorable.
Alan Fenn, Okçular Köyü