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‘Build your Jewelry’ event at Marianas Creations

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Shar Sablan, left, and Tanya Cutting, right, flank artist and carver Martin Camacho Castro Jr., after buying his beautifully carved necklaces at Marianas Creations. (Contributed Photo)

It is “Build Your Jewelry With the Carver Day” at Marianas Creations this Saturday, April 17, from 3pm to 6pm with local artist and carver Martin Camacho Castro Jr.

Customers will be able to choose from a variety of pendants in local designs such as åchu atupat (slingstone), hima (clam shell), haguit (fish hook), sinåhi, and more. Once a customer chooses their design, Castro will customize it for a perfect, personalized fit.

It will also be an open mic for anyone wanting to share their talent among our community. Vocal and performance artists Candace “Primitiva” Muña and Eva “Chamorrita” Cruz will be performing.

In addition, Marianas Creations, which is is located next to Everest Kitchen and Bridge Capital LLC on Micro Beach Road, Garapan. will have Happy Hour pricing the entire day of April 17.

Castro has been carving since he was 19 years old. He started learning the skill through a fellow carver from the street market in Garapan. Eventually, he became an apprentice and carved with him and learned how to carve raw shell into beautiful finished products. Castro then learned how to make bracelets, anklets, earrings, necklaces, wood story boards, and other craft skills. “Whenever I design my products I stick to my island roots. I believe every piece I create is an extension of who I am inside and out,” said Castro.

Elina Gharti Chhetri, owner of Marianas Creations, said that Saturday’s event is about focusing on introducing CNMI artists who sell their products at Marianas Creations and giving them a platform to meet their customers and share their experiences of carving the products from start to finish. “We hope to continue such events in the future on a monthly basis, along with our First Friday events, when things get back to normal,” she added.

Marianas Creations carries variety of products and artwork only made on Saipan, Tinian, Rota, and Guam. They are currently supporting 50-plus artists from the Marianas. (PR)

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