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New spin to an old world market

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It’s a new spin on an old world market at the Foothills Arts Council in Elkin this Dec. 7 and 8 for the Open Air Art Market. Local residents can browse through tents of artists for unique gifts to make this holiday season special.


The art show is just part of the fun. Attendees can make S’mores while listening to the live music of Not Your Ordinary, Time Sawyer, Casey Marshall, Luke Mears, Libby Haynes and Wyatt Smith.


Visitors may sip local vintages from Yadkin Valley wineries Elkin Creek, McRitchie and Carolina Heritage and have a bite to eat from the Heaven’s Scent food truck. Families may take their children upstairs to the Santa’s Craft Station and enjoy the “Home Is Where the Heart Is” quilt show in the main gallery. Others may buy your fresh greenery for creative decorating and to get in the holiday spirit.


The Open Air Art Market will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7 until 9 p.m. and will continue on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


This is the second year for the outdoor holiday market. Artists from across the region have been selected to participate in a wide variety of mediums.


Veronica and David Bennett of Winston-Salem will return this year with their glasswork and sculptures. Kathleen Master of Holly Springs returns as well with her mixed media work. Local artist/photographer Erik Dahlager will have a his unique gumoil prints. Potter Georgie Stone of State Road returns with her claywork. Valerie Oberle of Pilot Mountain returns with her original acrylic paintings. Jewerly-maker Leslie Karpinski returns with small paintings and jewelry. Made by Willings Hands will be back with a booth of artisan soaps and bath goods.


New to the art market will be Rosy Beverley of Elkin with multimedia works; Michelle Gann of Wilkesboro with decorated pillows and towels; Custom Hardwood Designs of Hays with handcrafted wood items; Lynn Larson of Elkin with mixed media works; Courtney Tomchik of Clemmons with Raku fired clayworks; Jane Moyles of Charlotte with clayworks; Adelia Spivey of Wilmington with fine jewelry; Throw and Sew of State Road with pottery and fiberworks; Linda and Glenn Mace of Mocksville with mixed medium works; Irmaly Brackin of Boone with mixed media paintings; and Hidden Acres Goat Farm of North Wilkesboro with goat milk soap products. Elkin Creek Vineyard, Carolina Heritage Vineyard & Winery and McRitchie Winery & Ciderworks will also be on hand as will food and coffee vendors and our own S’mores making fire pit station.


There is no charge for admission.


The children’s craft and live music will be offered free of charge by the Foothills Arts Council too. The arts council will also be selling cards that will benefit its hardwood floor refinishing project - for a minimum of $20 you can contribute toward the project.


The Open Air Art Market is located at 129 Church Street, Elkin. For more information and to see artwork of the artists participating, check their website at www.foothillsartscouncil.org.

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