Handmade holidays at Banfill

Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts will be transforming the building into a handmade market for the holidays.

Thirty artists from the local area will be participants in the holiday sale, A Gift for All Season, which kicks off Thursday, Dec. 5, 6 p.m. Shopping will be available that evening until 8:30 p.m.

In addition, volunteers Joyce Nelson Shellhart and Elna Goodspeed invite the community to a formal tea that evening, which will take place at the art center, featuring English tea and baked snacks. Tea will be served from 6-8 p.m. and it is first come, first seated. There is a suggested $5 donation for the tea.

Both activities are very tied to the mission of Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts by creating a welcoming space and celebrating and supporting the work of artists, according to  Bethany Whitehead, Banfill-Locke executive director.

“I look forward to a festive holiday season enhanced by the handmade sale at Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts,” Whitehead said.

“There is something special about buying items made by local artists. You can feel the hand of the artist in things that are made from real materials and made with love.”

The Children’s Book Illustrators Guild exhibition will also be concurrently taking place alongside the sale; the exhibition runs through Dec. 21 and features 35 works of art by artists who are members of the CBIG of Minnesota.

“The Gift for All Seasons” sale takes place through Dec. 21. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. The center is also open Sunday, Dec. 8 from noon to 4 p.m.

Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts is a nonprofit art center located at the juncture of Rice Creek and the Mississippi River in Manomin County Park.

For more information call 763-574-1850, email [email protected], or visit www.banfill-locke.org, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Banfill-Locke-Center-for-the-Arts/66742951312, www.twitter.com/BanfillLockeArt.