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Alpine Arts Center hosts sixth-annual Artists’ Holiday Market in Edwards

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Michelle Stecher’s Colorado hats will be featured at this year’s Artists’ Holiday Market.
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What: Artists’ Holiday Market.

When: Noon to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Alpine Arts Center, 210 Edwards Village Blvd., Unit A105, Edwards Commercial Park.

Cost: Admission is free.

More information: Visit www.alpineartscenter.org, or call 970-926-2732.

EDWARDS — The sixth annual Artists’ Holiday Market takes place today through Sunday at Alpine Arts Center, with more than a dozen participating artists displaying and selling handmade holiday gifts.

The public is invited to browse and shop for gifts and enjoy hot cider and cookies, and kids’ crafts will be offered from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. There is also a holiday party open to the public today starting at 5:30 p.m., with live music by Johnny Schleper and Rob Eaton Jr., complementary appetizers, wine and beer available and holiday shopping all evening long.

Handmade gifts

The Artists’ Holiday Market will include handmade pottery, paintings, jewelry, hats and scarves, home accessories, fused glass, greeting cards, framed photography, lotion bars and scrubs, birdhouses, ornaments and more.

“The Holiday Market is my favorite time of year because it brings the community together in support of our local artists and all of their creative talents,” said Lauren Merrill, owner of Alpine Arts Center. “I am excited to personally participate in the market this year, as well, and display my aspen tree vases, painted sleds, aspen leaf ornaments and clay platters.”

Other participating artists include Morgan Swain, Rachel Brockey, Johnny O, Michelle Stecher, Alice Feagan, Ron Hawkins, Donna Budzynski, Mickey Fried, Pamela Saden, Diane Smooke, Amber Jones, David Mayer, Debbie Feeney and various Alpine Arts Center instructors.

Alpine Arts Center will also have a table of stocking stuffers and gift certificates for sale. The arts center will remain open for drop-in activities throughout the market, including pottery throwing and painting, holiday kids’ crafts, canvas painting and clay sculpture.

Art in the gallery

In addition to the Holiday Market, there will be a new exhibit on display in the gallery by Butch Mazzuca and his wife Bobbi Bryson. One wall of their art showcases collaborative wildlife art pairings, with photographs taken by Mazzuca and paintings of the same subject by Bryson. The other wall is a compilation of Mazzuca’s landscape photography. Both artists will be present for an informal gallery opening during Friday’s holiday party.

Mazzuca has taught photography at Colorado Mountain College and the Alpine Arts Center in Vail. His images have appeared in Shutter Bug, Sarasota Vacation, Africa Geographic & Travel Africa magazines, the Audubon Society Online and The Wildlife Experience, a wildlife conservation museum featuring natural history, fine art and film located in Parker.

Bryson is an award-winning watercolorist; her work has been displayed in numerous galleries and art shows throughout Colorado. It was in Botswana in 2008 where Bryson found the inspiration she had been seeking. She paints a variety of subjects, but her focus in recent years has been on African wildlife and culture. Her artwork is a unique blend of realism and surrealism.

For more information on the Artists’ Holiday Market and other Alpine Arts Center programs, visit http://www.alpineartscenter.org or call 970-926-2732.