LAC preps annual holiday show, sale

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The holiday season is approaching fast, and the Lakewood Arts Council is getting its annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Show and Sale and Holiday Fine Art Show.

Both shows will be going on at the LAC Gallery, 85 S. Union Blvd., from Nov. 4 through Dec. 23. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

The arts and crafts show features holiday decor, wreathes and ornaments, as well as soaps and lotions. There will also be pottery, ceramics and knitted items.

LAC member Gail Firmin said that local artist Barbara Williams makes some fantastic holiday gifts that include wreaths, trees and dressed-up bears, along with holiday treats like peanut brittle, fudge and candied nuts.

“There is a whole variety of items, including some really fantastic jewellery” said Katy Haas, manager of the gallery. “All the artists are from colorado, so people get a chance to support local artists.”

The fine art show focuses in on wall-hung two-dimensional work, mostly paintings, but also some glass mosaics, according to Haas.

For the past five years the LAC has done holiday gift baskets during this time of year, and Firmin said they’ve become extremely popular. Throughout the year they collect baskets and people come through and donate items.

The baskets are put together around themes, like food, wine and children’s themes like superhero or princess.

“They’re in pretty high demand now, and go quickly,” Firmin said.

Haas said something that makes the show really special, especially for artists, is that the gallery doesn’t take a percent of the sales, so all the money goes back to the artists.

“We find that doing it that way means the artists don’t have to mark up the prices, and so they’re making money and shoppers are getting a good deal,” she said.

For more information, visit www.lakewoodartscouncil.org.