One-stop shop at Artisans Holiday Market on Dec. 5 shop

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Cherry Doster
Avant Garde Center for the Arts


If you are searching for unique gifts for those on your shopping list, the Artisans Holiday Market on Dec. 5 is your one-stop shopping destination.
For the third year, Avant Garde Center for the Arts is bringing  together an impressive list of artisans of the Carolinas – all under one roof. Artisans will be on hand selling original handcrafted wares, authors will host book signings and door prizes will be given away throughout the day. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., visitors will enjoy free admission and trolley service to convenient parking.

Beautifully useable
If you enjoy using your art objects daily, a talented group of potters has been assembled, including Clay Impressions of Heath Springs, Red Hare of Seagrove, N.C., Blue Hare Pottery and Glazed Expressions of Rock Hill and Oak Leaf Pottery of Spartanburg. Each has a unique style and collectors will find beautifully crafted, functional pottery in all sizes, shapes and colors.
Market favorite Alex Pietersen Photography of Lake Wylie is returning with compelling black and white abstracts, which capture an obvious love of nature. A native of Holland, Pietersen enjoyed a career in journalistic photography, and has been part of an exhibit at the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation by invitation of the Smithsonian Institution, and had images used on the sets of “Robocop” and “Robocop 2.”
Copper Creations from Rock Hill is returning with new selections by Linda and Allen Slone.  Collaborative mixed-media works feature trees, leaves and intricate patterns to capture nature on wood and copper.

Lynn’s Pens and Baskets of Lancaster, another husband-wife team, return with turned wood pens and miniatures, alongside pine needle jewelry and baskets. CJ Wood & Art of Tega Cay features Connie and Jim Barnes’ collection of fun and functional artworks. Connie is renowned for her adaptation of expressions and eyes on her wooden creatures. The duo works together to produce framed acrylic paintings on canvas, painted wooden toys and decorative items, and silhouettes.
New to the Artisans Holiday Market is Smokey Hollow Woodworks of Lancaster. Artist J. Earl Wood’s works include turned bowls, cutting boards, ornaments and custom knives with sheaths. At “Just Horsing Around” of Columbia, visitors will find Wendell Cribb’s selection of acrylic and watercolor paintings, as well as hand-painted woodwork. Harmony Jewelry Design and Woodcrafts of Edgemoor will have beaded and wire wrapped jewelry, hand-painted home décor and wreaths.

Vintage art
StudioBee Creations of Spartanburg specializes in vintage items repurposed as art, mixed- media collage canvases and wearable art, hand-made papers and postcards. If your holiday shopping list includes handcrafted soaps or candles, two artisans, new to the show, will have what you seek.
Sand Creek Soaps of Fort Mill will have cold-processed soaps, body butters, herbal-infused medicinal balms and salves. At the artisan booth of Common Scents Candles of Rock Hill, shoppers can fill their baskets with a variety of handmade soy candles and wax melts.

Jewelry and wearable art are always popular gift items and the Artisans Holiday Market will be the place to find unique designs by an array of artisans. Willow and Poppy Studios of Moore crafts each original piece in their studios with love, inspired by arts, history, nature and books. The contemporary designs have a feel of yesteryear.
Constance Buchanan of Dragon Forged Jewelry and Crystals in Rock Hill crafts handmade sterling silver and bronze jewelry with hand-cut and local stones. A sand box gem dig will be featured at this artisan booth for the kids to find treasures, too!
Look for mother-daughter team, Linda Algire and daughter, Aimee, of York, for signed copies of Linda’s latest books surrounded by Aimie’s original jewelry and paintings.
For the readers on your holiday list, two additional authors will be on hand ready to sign copies of their latest books. Glenda Manus of Van Wyck is a writer whose “Sweet Tea Series” books are based on small community living. Alongside Manus, Carolyn Digh Griffin will have books based on experiences in her countryside community of Waxhaw, N.C.

An artisans market would not be complete without a great selection of country-living inspired artworks. Shoppers will find upcycled windows, doors and canvases at 3 Crow of Great Falls.
Rockin’ Rags of Rock Hill specializes in quilts, handmade pillows, rag dolls, stuffed animals, wearable art and holiday ornaments.
Lee & Sue Crafts of Rock Hill will delight visitors with handcrafted toys, afghans, kitchen accessories and holiday decorations.
Cottage Creations of Smyrna will have everything to make your home merry and bright for the holidays – from quilted wall hangings and table runners to lace angels and ornaments.
R&M Unique Designs of Lancaster is a longtime favorite at markets in the region, with handcrafted jewelry, hand-crocheted items, rag dolls and hand-crafted painted collectibles.
Lexington’s Christmas at Heart’s artisan booth will feature hand-sewn clothing, toys, accessories and holiday ornaments.
Linda Pelletier of Van Wyck will have quilted wall hangings, textile art kitchen accessories, lap quilts and wood carvings.
Rounding out the holiday market, you’ll find more talented artists. Bo-Ho Sam of Camden will have wearable art and jewelry, alongside painted canvas and repurposed pallet wood.
Happy Girl Photography and Boutique of Lancaster will offer custom-made, monogrammed apparel, blankets and accessories.
Mr. Penguin Designs of Indian Land is bringing a great selection of phone cases to fit every model, with local artists’ original designs on the cover.
You can even find home-baked goodies and handmade clothing to stuff the stockings of your furry friends. Look for Blue Ridge Barkery of Lincolnton, N.C., to buy bake-your-own kits for your friends with furbabies.
This holiday shopping paradise will take place at 212 S. Main St., in Lancaster’s Cultural Arts District.
The Artisans Holiday Market has been named a Top 20 event for December by Southeast Tourism Society and is part of the annual Red Rose Holiday Tour. It is coordinated by Avant Garde Center for the Arts, in partnership with Olde English District Artisans Market & Visitor Center. Sponsors include Mandy Powers-Norrell and Mitch Norrell, Rapid Signs, the city of Lancaster and Lancaster Woman’s Club.
For details, contact Avant Garde Center for the Arts at (803) 287-7853, cmstevens@comporium.net or https://www.facebook.com/avantgardeartist.