Giving The Gift Of Art

It’s hard to believe the holiday shopping season is here.  Black Friday is just around the corner and shoppers everywhere are checking their lists twice: to ensure nobody is forgotten and to nail the best deals in town.

For some gifters, big box stores are stocked with uninspired and obligatory gift ideas like neck-ties or fancy bath soaps.  They may be looking for something more personal or outside-the-box.

Those shoppers may find what they’re looking for at the annual Holiday Shop at the Marion Art Center.  The sale features original work by 45 area artisans, many of who were featured at this summer’s Arts In The Park festival and is a holiday staple in the area.

“This is our 29th year offering the Holiday Shop,” said MAC executive director, Deborah Bokelkamp.  “The mission here for 55 years has been to promote the visual arts whether it’s a watercolor, jewelry, hand-made cards, knitted items, or original tile work.”

The sale occupies both the first and second floors of the Art Center and offers one-of-a-kind and limited edition items.  The Holiday Shop is open until December 20.  For more information, visit

Don’t forget to check out our slideshow of photos from this year’s Marion Art Center Holiday Shop.

By Eric Tripoli

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