MEDAN Selera Dato Sagor in Ipoh was a hive of activity as people flocked to the Sama Sama PoP (Pride of Perak) art and craft bazaar to check out the activities there.
Organised by the People of Remarkable Talents (PORT), the bazaar saw art and crafts of various types being sold while performances were showcased by bands, dancers and singers.
Among the items sold were beaded handicrafts, stone art, macrame, wooden carvings, miniature houses and dioramas, animal costumes, handmade jewellery, tote bags, comics and also laser-printed wooden arts.
There were vendors doing caricature, henna arts and calligraphy.
Stone art vendor Wong Phooi Phooi, 55, was seen showcasing her array of colourful, meaningful stones at the bazaar.
“I use waterproof paint pens to draw on these stones with each stone carrying a specific message.
A classical Indian musical performance during the Sama Sama PoP (Pride of Perak) art and craft bazaar at Medan Selera Dato Sagor in Ipoh.
“I hope to encourage and motivate people to do their best and to be fearless when they take up challenges,” she said.
“They can also be used to promote family relationships and to give a sense of stability and firmness when it comes to making decisions,” she added.
Wong said this was her fourth collaboration with PORT since January.
“I hope to see more events like this being held so people can support and learn more about the local art scene,” she said.
Kelly showing the postcards and personalised book she bought at the bazaar.
During weekdays, the 37-year-old full-time creative director said she would create videos and websites of products for clients and spend her weekends creating art and crafts.
“I am very passionate about art and crafts. I also have a shop at Kong Heng Square,” she said.
At the performances corner, one unique act that wowed the public was Faiz Azni who performed on a handmade PVC seruling or flute.
“The PVC seruling has a rather distinct yet mellow sound compared to a normal bamboo flute.
“It has six holes and I could play 15 notes on it, which is pretty unique,” said the 38-year-old.
“I am determined to get my music out there by performing at weddings, birthday parties, shopping centres and bazaars.
“I hope there will be more support for local talents,” said Faiz.
Wong showing some of the colourful stones with meaningful messages sold at her stall
A young visitor, Kelly Tan Kenee, 13, was excited about exploring the bazaar with her family.
“I find art markets like this very interesting because there is a lot to see.
“I like art and I like to see people drawing caricature and doodles.
“I got myself two postcards and a book with my face drawn on it. My sister got herself a caricature drawing,” she said, adding that artists inspired her to create her own art.
PORT administrative officer Nur Dayana Mohd Khalid said the bazaar was a bi-monthly affair aimed at boosting the image of the local art scene.
“Through PORT, local artists and art vendors can showcase their unique craft, work and talent to the public while earning some income.
“There are 13 PoP Bazaars in total and this is the second one.
“The bazaars are held every two weeks at Taman Kanak-kanak and Medan Selera Dato Sagor until the end of the year,” she said.