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CCAC Holiday Art Market kicks off Saturday

  • CCAC director Jacqueline Davidson shows off a pair of gloves made specially for the arts center and donated by Linda Wolfe. Gloves will be on sale at the CCAC’s Holiday Art Market, which starts Saturday morning. (Press photo James Grob.)

  • New Hampton artist David Prehm’s watercolor painting of Santa Claus will be one of the many items for show and sale at the CCAC’s Holiday Art Market, which starts Saturday morning. (Press photo James Grob.)

By James Grob,

The Charles City Arts Center will kick off its annual Holiday Art Market on Saturday morning, with the doors opening at 10 a.m.

CCAC Director Jacqueline Davidson said it’s a chance for local artists and a few crafters to display their work, as well as a chance for the public to learn more about the CCAC.

“It’s basically a lot of local artists,” said Davidson, who added that many local artists don’t have their own studios to display their work. “It’s our responsibility (at the CCAC) to give them a chance this time of year to show and sell their stuff, so that’s what we do.”

Artists who will have work on display include David Prehm, Helen Hunter, Ann Schneckloth and many others.

“It’s not just holiday-themed. We have a lot of other things to, but we like to have a holiday feel to it,” said Davidson, who mentioned that there will also be crafts on display, as well as hand-made gloves for sale, donated by Linda Wolf, with all proceeds going to the CCAC.

The Arts Center will be expanding its Saturday hours to 5 p.m. for the duration of the sale, which will run through Dec. 22. New artwork will be added throughout the two months of the art market.

The Christmas Party for the CCAC will take place on the evening of Saturday, Nov. 30, to coincide with Charles City’s 2018 Lighted Parade.

The theme for the parade this year is Christmas Movie Night. This year, there will be awards for Best Use of the Theme, Brightest Float and the Community Revitalization President’s Pick.

“People come in to get out of the cold. It gets people in here who don’t usually come here, and they see the art and what’s for sale,” said Davidson. “It’s a good opportunity for us and for our artists.”

Davidson said that the Charles City Singers will be at the party singing Christmas songs, and people can join in and sing along with them. The party will also include tree decoration, building decoration, hot chocolate, spiced cider, tasty goodies and a silent auction of artwork by Jody Flint, a longtime Charles City resident who donated some of her work.

“If it’s really cold, everyone can watch the parade from inside, looking out the big windows,” Davidson said. “Or they can stand out in the snow if they want.”

The CCAC when be closed for the month of January. Last year, the CCAC kicked off the year with a fundraiser in February in the style of the Academy Award-winning film “Casablanca.” The event was called “Play it Again, Sam,” and was a dinner and movie-screening fundraiser modeled after the film “Casablanca” which is set in French Morocco in 1941.

Davidson said the CCAC has something similar but new in the works again for this year.