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CCAC to kick off annual holiday market Nov. 1

  • Wood carvings by Dennis Peterson will be among the hundreds of arts and crafts items for sale at the CCAC’s Holiday Art Market, starting in November and running through December. (Press photo James Grob.)

  • Pottery by Nancy Clarke and Barbara Thomsen will be among the hundreds of arts and crafts items for sale at the CCAC’s Holiday Art Market, starting in November and running through December. (Press photo James Grob.)

  • Paintings by Ann Bishop McGregor will be among the hundreds of arts and crafts items for sale at the CCAC’s Holiday Art Market, starting in November and running through December. (Press photo James Grob.)

  • Jewelry art by Ann Schneckloth will be among the hundreds of arts and crafts items for sale at the CCAC’s Holiday Art Market, starting in November and running through December. (Press photo James Grob.)

By James Grob, jgrob@charlescitypress.com

The Charles City Arts Center will kick off its annual Holiday Art Market on Friday, Nov. 1, with a reception starting at 5 p.m.

“It’s just a great place to get gifts, if you want a little something for someone and you want to represent our region.,” said Emily Kiewel, who began her term as CCAC co-director this month.

Kiewel said the market, which has been going on for many years, is an excellent way for the CCAC to represent local and regional artists.

“Our community has an opportunity to not only buy local, but to support these local artists and artisans,” she said.

The market will last through the months of November and December, with a second reception planned for Friday, Dec. 6. Artists from all over the state will have their work on sale and display, including jewelry work by Ann Schneckloth, wood carvings by Dennis Peterson, pottery by Nancy Clarke and Barbara Thomsen and paintings by Ann Bishop McGregor, among dozens of others.

Other gift items and stocking-stuffers will also be on sale, including homemade soaps, hats and scarves.

“We have locally-grown herbs, and heirloom beans,” Kiewel said.

There will be refreshments available at the kickoff reception next Friday.

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