GAYLORD — The Gaylord Area Council for the Arts is celebrating both shopping local and supporting local with its newly opened holiday art show and sale.
The show is an annual tradition at the arts council turning its space into a haven for Christmas and end-of-year holiday gifts all made from local artists and crafters.
“With over 130 artists that are involved in our organization in some capacity, this annual holiday show is a great way and time to highlight some of their work,” said organization executive director Lisa Tobin.
The show opened on Tuesday, Nov. 2 with everything from three-dimensional works to jewelry, ornaments, acrylic paintings, watercolor and more from upwards of 70 participating artists.
One of the unique things about the holiday show, according to Tobin, is that the show is ever changing through the holiday season. A return trip to the show may look different.
“As things sell, we allow artists to replenish their work with new work,” she said. “There’s always something new coming through.”
The show also has two additions this year with one being an opening reception and celebration that will accompany the show from 2-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 1.
The celebration will feature live music, refreshments and opportunities for show patrons to mingle and talk with represented artists and learn more about their work.
The second addition to the the holiday show is a silent auction also featuring an array of holiday gifts, watercolors and acrylic paintings, impressionist pieces and more.
Bidding will open on Monday, Nov. 8 and those interested can bid a few different ways.
Anyone wanting to bid on items must visit the Gaylord Area Council for the Arts to register and receive a bidding number. After that, bidders can bid in person at the council for the arts or on its website at www.gaylordarts.org.
Bidding will close during the Dec. 1 reception celebration at 5:30 p.m. and winners will be announced shortly after.
“All of this is just so much fun. We are really excited by the creativity in our community and do really have great diversity with everything in the show and available for bidding,” said Tobin.
The Gaylord Area Council for the Arts’ holiday art show and sale will remain up at the organization through Thursday, Dec. 23 and will be open during gallery hours — 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and noon-2 p.m. on Saturday.
More information on the Gaylord Area Council for the Arts, its holiday show or other upcoming shows can be found on its website at www.gaylordarts.org.