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Christmas sale to display local artists

Alicia Smith | Thursday, December 11, 2008

Saint Mary’s College will be hosting the Christmas Craft Show and Sale, Dec. 12. in the Reignbeaux Lounge from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Show will host over 40 local artists including some work from Saint Mary’s own students.

Carrie Call, director for the Office Civic and Social Engagement (OCSE) at Saint Mary’s said the Art Department will have five tables to sell ceramics and other art pieces at the event.

Saint Mary’s junior and Art Club President Regan Magee told The Observer she will be selling some pieces from her studio art classes at the sale.

“It is a little nerve-wracking because as a seller you are afraid to name that price,” Magee said. “The potential buyers do not always understand why an artist would price what they find to be high, and not necessarily see all the work and money for supplies to make that print or ceramic piece.”

The Show will contain a variety of crafts including fiber arts, crochet, woodworking, quilting, gourmet food, jewelry, pottery and photography.

Magee said she is selling “five lithography prints, but multiple copies of each of the prints. Also, [I have] a handmade book made from a studio last semester.”

All of the art is 100 percent handcrafted and designed by the artists, Call said.

“All crafters are required to confirm that their work is 100 percent handcrafted/designed by them, no commercial products or representatives,” she said.

Some Saint Mary’s students will be selling T-shirts at the sale.

The show will benefit the OCSE’s 12 Days of Christmas project, which began Dec. 1. “The artists each pay $25 to have a table,” Call said. “This money goes directly to the 12 Days of Christmas project. The money that the artists make is theirs to keep. We will ask them to make further donation if they wish at the end of the day.”

The event is in its second year, and “this year’s show is much, much larger,” Call said.

Magee added: “I am very excited. It is always fun to see who stops by to look and ends up buying certain pieces that a student may have worked on or worked around all semester, and see it leave the studio for good.”

The Christmas Craft Show and Sale is open to everyone.

“A piece of art is always a great gift to give someone for Christmas,” Magee said. “It’s different than buying something from a general store.”