Give the Gift of Northern Michigan Talent at Area Art Shows

Twisted Fish Gallery hosts its second annual Christmas Art/Gift Show from Dec. 2-31 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Sundays from 12-5 p.m. All items for the show are created locally by artists in the area and sold for $200 or under. The items include pottery, jewelry, small paintings, fiber art, handmade holiday ornaments, garden stakes, original watercolor Christmas cards, fused glass, hand-blown glass and ceramic ornaments. Make your way to this event through the month of December for original gifts at affordable prices. 231-264-0123, twistedfishart.com.

Art Babes Holiday Show, the fun and unexpected exhibit by regional women artists has a longer than usual run this year. Dec. 4, noon-8pm, Dec. 5-6, 11am-6pm, Dec. 9-13, 11am-6pm. 1202 E. 8th St., Traverse City. 231-228-6042 or 231-620-0458.

The Old Art Building will hold its Merry Marketplace, a Christmas arts and crafts show, on Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The event will feature 22 local artisans including: Shirley Andrews, Linda Broughton, Bernadette Denoyer, Victoria Gallup, Dee Glass, Mike Hulbert, Kit Knowles, Darcy Krause, Roxanne Langner, Angela Macke, Annie Mcfarlane, Pat McKean, Kathy Powell, Shari Prevost, Lisa Psenka, Julie Sanco, Sharecare, Penny Spencer, Cheri Spaulding, Laura Sprout, Toni Turczyn, Cheryl VanZee and more. Find the perfect stocking stuffers here with specialty homemade food items including English toffee, fruitcake and local produce, hand-knit items, fresh and dried holiday wreaths, homemade soaps and lotions, pottery and fine art jewelry. 231-256-2131, oldartbuilding.com.

The Arts and Artisans Trunk Show will take place at the Glenn Wolff Studio & Tonic Salon Gallery on Friday, Dec. 4 from 1-8 p.m. The evening will showcase 12 local artists with a wide variety of work including jewelry, clothing, hand woven scarves, kimonos, hats, bags, prints, original art and much more. The artists include: Glenn Wolff, Lillie Wolff, Becky Travis, Rococo Designs, The Feral Housewife, Taneiki Designs, Renie Cutler Designs, Jessi Luzius, Wendy Kalush, Rosie Vreeland-Flickinger, Kristin Anton and Sylvia Walworth. Enjoy wine and cheese while learning about these local artists’ designs and purchase a gift that tells a story. 231-922-1088, tonicsalongallery.com, glennwolff.com.

The Crystal Lake Art Center in Frankfurt will host its third annual Holiday Market from Dec. 7-19 on Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. There will be 18 local artists featuring their craft, some including: Joan Miller- oil painter, Laurie Woods- jewelry, Al Amstutz- wood turning, Ann Loveless- art quilts, Steve Loveless- photography and Jennifer Flynn- batiks, who will also be promoting her new book with a signing there on Dec. 11. Don’t miss this chance to do your last minute holiday shopping while also supporting local artists! 231-352-4151, crystallakeartcenter.com.

The first annual ‘Hardcover, Hard Cider’ holiday book sale by Northern Michigan women authors will take place in the Mercato at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons on Friday, Dec. 18 from 4-9 p.m. This unique event will feature 12 local authors who will donate 10 percent of their book sales to the Women’s Resource Center’s Helen’s House, an emergency shelter for women and children who are victims of domestic or sexual violence. Hard Cider from Left Foot Charley and tasty treats from Silvertree Deli and Underground Cheesecake Company will also be provided. From cookbooks to inspirational, there is a book here for everyone on your list! thevillagetc.com

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