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November 15, 2012
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Handmade artistry to highlight Art Center holiday fair

The Art Center's annual Holiday Art and Craft Fair runs Nov. 16-18 with jewelers, painters, fiber and clay artists represented throughout the Center's four galleries. Other vendors will offer handcrafted oils, mustards, and baked goods for gift baskets. As always, visitors to the event will enjoy the opportunity to meet the participating artists and talk to them about their chosen disciplines. Talking to and getting inspired by the artists is always the most rewarding part of attending The Art Center exhibits and events.Art Center members are invited to attend the Members' Preview 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16. The Fair is open to the public on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 18, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. It is not only about the selling of beautifully crafted items but holiday shoppers find it is a fun community atmosphere indicative to the spirit of the season. Everyone's media is different and it turns into a great melting pot of everything from photography to woodcarving to handmade pumpkin pie. Everyone in the Center's family brings something unique to the holiday event table. Glass artist Karen Kiefer of Rainbow Artistry has been working the Holiday Craft Fair for 30 years. For Karen it is always a grand reunion of artists and customers. Every year she meets new artists; no year is the same. Karen does mostly large-scale commission stained-glass windows. This fair is so fun for her and gets her out of her basement studio and out with the community. Karen is one of 41 juried vendors at the 2013 Art Center Fine Art and Craft Fair.The joy of the holiday handmade hunt is what The Holiday Fine Art and Craft Fair is all about. There are gifts for all ages, male or female and all budgets. Nothing stays in a home longer than a handmade clay bowl, a handcrafted wooden wine stopper or a hand painted silk throw. They are unique and will be handed down for generations. This event is the second largest fundraiser for The Art Center and is great for artists and great for gift givers and receivers alike. The Art Center Guild will, once again, be selling delicious homemade pies and other baked goods. These volunteers will also be selling food and beverages from the kitchen, such as chili, sandwiches, salad, and the famous Kingman chicken casserole.The Guild will also be hosting the "Not So Starving Artists" sale where buyers can purchase donated works from area artists and collectors. All sales from the "Not So Starving Artists" benefit The Guild, which in turn supports The Art Center educational and exhibit programming.

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