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CCAC Holiday Art Market in full swing

  • CCAC volunteers in front of “Winter Trees” by Pamela Bergo Coffey, which is among the many items for sale at the Charles City Arts Center’s Holiday Art Market this month. Front, Eolina Philippova, Emily Kiewel. Back, Nancy Clarke, Sharon Bledsoe, Ann Schneckloth, Barbara Thomsen. (Press photo James Grob.)

  • This piece, assembled by Christopher Anthony of Otto’s Oasis, was a special “ephemeral art” piece that was donated and sold at silent auction Friday at the reception at the Charles City Arts Center, with proceeds given to the CCAC. (Press photo James Grob.)

  • This 30x30 inch acrylic on canvas piece by Karl Haglund, entitled “Charles Theatre,” is among the many items for sale at the Charles City Arts Center’s Holiday Art Market this month. (Press photo James Grob.)

  • These three pieces, called “Winter Trees” by Pamela Bergo Coffey, are among the many items for sale at the Charles City Arts Center’s Holiday Art Market this month. (Press photo James Grob.)

By James Grob, jgrob@charlescitypress.com

The Charles City Arts Center kicked off its annual Holiday Art Market on Friday with a reception.

“Our community has an opportunity to not only buy local, but to support these local artists and artisans,” said Emily Kiewel, CCAC co-director.

The market will last through the months of November and December, with a second reception planned for Friday, Dec. 6.

Artists from all over the state will have their work on sale and display, including jewelry work by Ann Schneckloth, wood carvings by Dennis Peterson, pottery by Nancy Clarke and Barbara Thomsen and paintings by Ann Bishop McGregor.

Also included are art pieces by Karl Haglund, Ashley Schmitt, Becky Kyhl, Pamela Bergo Coffey and Dan Wilson, among dozens of others.

“When people buy stuff they can just take it home,” said Kiewel. “The artwork just keeps coming in.”

The CCAC will “reload” with more artwork at the start of December, and as needed, throughout the sale.

On Friday, Christopher Anthony at Otto’s Oasis put together a bouquet that was donated and put up for silent auction, with proceeds given to the CCAC.

The market, which has been going on for many years, is a way for the CCAC to represent local and regional artists. Other gift items and stocking-stuffers are also be on sale, including homemade soaps, hats and scarves.

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