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Creative Christmas Presents

Arts Clayton’s Mistletoe Market back another year

Photo by Curt Yeomans
Arts Clayton Gallery Assistant Courtney Forte thumbs through some baby blankets that are on sale at the Jonesboro-based gallery’s Mistletoe Market. The annual holiday market, which features items made by local artists, is set to open Friday.

Photo by Curt Yeomans Arts Clayton Gallery Assistant Courtney Forte thumbs through some baby blankets that are on sale at the Jonesboro-based gallery’s Mistletoe Market. The annual holiday market, which features items made by local artists, is set to open Friday.

Somewhere, there is a person hoping to get a lamp made from an old typewriter, for Christmas.

And, a friend or family member of that person can find that lamp — for only $268 — at the Arts Clayton Gallery, in Jonesboro, until mid-December.

While the return of the holidays is on the horizon, so to is the return of the gallery’s annual “Mistletoe Market” holiday crafts sale.

The market includes a wide variety of products, ranging from handmade household items, to homemade foods, at prices ranging from as little as $4, to hundreds of dollars.

“Mistletoe Market is probably our biggest sales period of the year, with the items being artwork made from our network of local artists,” said Gallery Assistant Courtney Forte.

The market is scheduled to officially open Friday, at 5:30 p.m., at the Arts Clayton Gallery, located at 136 South Main Street, in Jonesboro. The market’s opening is being held in conjunction with the opening reception for the gallery’s new, month-long “Artwork By Dan Garcia: Winner of Arts Clayton’s 2011 Juried Competition” exhibit.

It is set to continue operation until Dec. 17. It will be open during the gallery’s business hours, which are Tuesdays through Fridays, from 9 a.m., to 5 p.m., and Saturdays, from 10 a.m., to 4 p.m.

The items available for purchase include: Jewelry, lamps, photography prints, paintings, Christmas tree ornaments, table trees, wreaths, mistletoe “kissing” balls made from hydrangea plants, knitted hats and hot pads, handmade aprons, bags, blankets and baby towels; and pepper mills, bowls, desk pens, honey dippers, spoons and spoon holders that are made from wood.

“Some really cool stuff that we have this year are jams, jellies and local honey made by our own local artists,” Forte said.

Arlene Bellamy, an artist who volunteers with Arts Clayton’s ArtVan program, said she enjoys getting an opportunity to participate in Mistletoe Market, through the contribution of items for sale. She brought a couple dozen handmade aprons and bags to the gallery for this year’s market.

She said this is the fourth year that she provided items for sale at the market. “I enjoy making crafts, and this is a way to exhibit my homemade items, and it’s a cool little way to make some extra Christmas money,” she said.

Arts Clayton Administrative Assistant Elizabeth Gower said the artists get to keep the majority of money made from the sale of items that they produced, with the gallery keeping only a “small” percentage of the proceeds to help cover its operating expenses.

Call (770) 473-5410, for more information about Mistletoe Market.