Looking ahead at the holidays, do you often think you’d like to give unique gifts – one-of-a-kind pieces that the recipient will really cherish? Sure, there are websites offering such items, but why not “shop local” at the Artists Collective | Spartanburg’s 2023 Holiday Artisan Market Nov. 8 through Dec. 23?
“This much-anticipated annual market will feature works of 44 regional artists’ works – everything from acrylic paintings to sculptures and jewelry to photography and ceramics and just about everything in between,” says Marcy Fedalei, one of the artists and a member of the Holiday Artisan Market Committee. “Every piece is original and unique, and sure to please any recipient, and while you’re at it, pick up something – or a few things – for yourself.” Prices of the art will range from under $5 to more than $1,000.
The market will be open in the Solomon Gallery from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and – new this year – will be open late, until 8 p.m., every Thursday except Thanksgiving Day. In addition, ArtWalk Spartanburg Thursdays on Nov. 16 and Dec. 21 will feature refreshments and live music by local musician Tim Bethea.
“Staying open later on Thursdays will make it easier for people – especially those who work during the day and whose weekends are filled – to shop with us and find their unique gifts,” Fedalei says. “While shoppers are at the Collective, they are encouraged to visit the other exhibitions in our galleries and to shop in our retail shop.”
Beth Regula, chair of the management board of the Artists Collective, adds, “Our annual Holiday Artisan Market has become a favorite shopping spot for patrons looking for unique, locally made gifts for their loved ones. One might find what’s to become a favorite coffee mug, woolen scarf, necklace, earrings, serving dish, painting or print for a friend or relative – or even yourself. Shopping at the Collective also bolsters the local economy. Everything that we sell is made by our members who live in Spartanburg and surrounding counties.”
Patrons also will be able to register for door prizes of gift certificates redeemable for merchandise at the Collective.