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Arts Clayton selling 'fine arts' for the holiday season

By Curt Yeomans

cyeomans@news-daily.com

The price tag on an angel-shaped ornament says "$5."

A David Buchanan-made bird house covered in beer bottle caps is priced at $39.

Multi-colored wind chimes, made from blown glass, carry a price tag of $119.

Mercy Lang's 24-karat gold sculpture of a jug is $1,250, while a spun-wood table will set someone back $3,795.

The items are examples of what can be found at Art Clayton's annual Mistletoe Market, which will continue through Dec. 15.

The market is located at the Arts Clayton Gallery, 136 South Main St., Jonesboro, will close for the year beginning Dec. 16.

The annual event gives residents an opportunity to buy something different.

"People at Christmas are looking for unique gifts," said Linda Summerlin, executive director of Arts Clayton. "They are not going to find anything ordinary here. Nothing is mass produced. It's all original fine arts, which are all done by hand."

Arts Clayton's gallery will host a holiday party from 5:30-7:30 p.m., on Thursday, so local residents can have an after-hours opportunity to browse the items in the market and buy what interests them.

The items for sale at the Mistletoe Market represent the work of 70 artists from across a 10-county metro Atlanta area. The items range from handmade wood pepper mills to wine bottle stoppers, and from bowls and plates, to paintings and photographs.

"You could leave and come back, and you will see entirely different works," said Summerlin.

The items can be purchased from Arts Clayton employees, but Summerlin said the majority of the proceeds go to the artists.

Arts Clayton officials started the market five years ago, so artists would have a place to market their work to the public.

"The more we sell, the more they [the artists] are encouraged to keep producing their work," she said.

The Arts Clayton gallery is open from 9 a.m., to 5 p.m., every Monday through Saturday.