The annual Dennos Museum Holiday Art Fair will open Thursday, October 26, 5–8 p.m. and continue Friday through Sunday (October 27, 28, & 29) throughout the museum. Fine arts and crafts from 45 Michigan artists, Christmas and Hanukkah gifts, arts and crafts kits and more are just a few of the enticements for holiday shoppers. Hours will be Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday 1–5 p.m.

The Holiday Art Fair has become well known for featuring fine arts and crafts by Michigan artists, who must be invited to the show. Guests can find their favorite artists from past years and new additions. Artists are encouraged to bring original art in all price ranges but especially below $30. This gives customers lots of choices for choosing original art as holiday gifts. The fair is well balanced with artists representing the mediums of blown glass, soft and metal sculptures, pottery, prints, photographs, jewelry, fibers and much more.

Dennos Museum Holiday Art Fair

In addition to original works of art, the sale will feature a large selection of Christmas ornaments from around the world. Items chosen for the show are handmade, unique gifts, the kind that make museum stores a special place to shop.

Again this year there will be an education benefit raffle to help raise funds to offset the cost of school visits. Many schools in the region have had budget cuts, which prohibit them from visiting the museum. Schools will be able to apply for funds to help offset the cost of buses or admission. Last year over 2,000 students benefited from this fund. The holiday artists have generously donated a piece of art for the raffle. Tickets will only be sold on site for $2 each or six tickets for $5.

The holiday sale is staffed by volunteers, and proceeds from this fundraiser event go toward the museum and educational programs. There is no admission charge for Thursday evening or the three days of the sale. Parking is free and available in the museum gated lot and throughout the college campus. For more information, call the Museum Store at 231.995.1586.

—Press release provided by Dennos Museum

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