Photo courtesy of Northwestern Michigan College
Traverse City Events: Don't stress on holiday shopping this year, get it done early and enjoy yourself while doing so at the annual Dennos Museum Holiday Art Fair, held Friday through Sunday, October 26-28, 2012 throughout the museum in Traverse City. Fine arts and crafts from fifty area artists, Christmas and Chanukah gifts, arts and crafts kits and more are just a few of the enticements for holiday shoppers.
The Holiday Art Fair has become well known for featuring fine arts and crafts by Michigan artists. Artists are encouraged to bring original art in all price ranges but especially prices below $30. This gives customers lots of choices for choosing original art as a holiday gift. The fair is well balanced with artists representing the mediums of blown glass, soft and metal sculptures, pottery, prints, printings, photographs, jewelry, fibers and much more.
Many of the artists have been in the sale for a number of years but each year new artists are added to make the show fresh and exciting.
In addition to the original works of art, the sale will feature a large selection of Christmas ornaments from around the world, as well as Hanukkah and Christmas gifts. Items chosen for the show are hand made, unusual gifts, the kind that make museum stores a special place to shop.
For those looking for special gifts for children there is a selection of craft kits, as well as a variety of books relating to all the arts, sciences and the Inuit peoples. There are many wonderful small stocking stuffers for kids and many small gift items children can chose as gifts for family and friends.
This year wil again offer an education benefit raffle to help raise funds to offset the cost of school visits. Many schools in the region have had budget cuts, which prohibit them from visiting the museum. Schools will be able to apply for funds to help offset the cost of buses or admission. Last year over 2,000 students benefited from this fund. The holiday artists have generously donated a piece of art for the raffle. Tickets will be sold on site for $2 each and 6/$5.
The holiday sale is staffed by volunteers, and proceeds from this fundraiser event go towards the museum and education programs. There is no admission charge for the three days of the sale. Hours will be Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Visit dennosmuseum.org for more information.