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Kristin Zachary
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It’s a new spin on an old-world market at the Foothills Arts Council when the Open Air Art Market opens in the garden on Friday, Dec. 2, and Saturday, Dec. 3.

“It’s a different take on the art shop we used to do called Art for Giving,” said Leighanne Wright, executive director. “This blends the feel of an outdoor market with fresh ideas, thanks to board member Eris Ball.”

Under a large market tent and lights in the garden will be dozens of fine artists and artisans selling those unique, one-of-a-kind items that will make great gifts. There will be pottery, paintings, fabric designs, fiberarts, handmade jewelry, sculptures, pewter ornaments, photography and glassworks. The arts council will also have a special quilt exhibit in the gallery, “Stars.” There will be live music, food, wine, coffee and hot chocolate in the back garden with plenty of seating. And, if you want something sweet, you can make S’mores over an open fire. Fresh greenery and a children’s art sale will be on the porch.

The Open Air Art Market opens at 6 p.m. on Dec. 2 until 10 p.m. and then opens again Saturday at 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Looking into the new year the first gallery exhibit for January will be “From the Tropics to the Tar Heel State,” the paintings of Laura Gaylord of State Road. Gaylord teaches many of the after-school art classes through the FAC and is the resident instructor for the Masterpiece Parties. Now it’s her time to shine as her many paintings will be on display from Jan. 13 through Feb. 5.

Did you know you can rent the Foothills Arts Council for a special event? With newly installed landscape lighting, the garden is the perfect venue for a small wedding or reception.

See our website at www.foothillsartscouncil.org for all the details about upcoming programs.

The Foothills Arts Council thrives on support from the community, the Town of Elkin, Surry County, the United Fund and the North Carolina Arts Council through the N.C. Grassroots Arts Program. Keep art alive by becoming a member today!

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