Photo by Heather Middleton
Elizabeth Gower, Children’s Program Director, talks with shoppers at the Arts Clayton Mistletoe Market. The market is open until Dec. 21.
JONESBORO — From dangly earrings for a fashionable college student to local honey for Dad's biscuits to colorful scarves for Mom, the annual Arts Clayton Mistletoe Market has something for everyone.
Gallery manager Teri Williamson said Friday she is hoping for another successful season.
"We're excited about our opening," she said. "We will be having more stuff come in over the weeks we are open and will replenish depleted stock. Of course, everything is one of a kind, unique, so it won't all be the same."
Williamson hosted the kick-off reception Friday where some of the Georgia food products were sampled.
"We got certified to sell Georgia food products so that's something new this year," she said.
The offerings include jellies and jams, honey from Fayetteville, tomato pickles, cappucino mixes, grits, flavored salts for gourmet cooks and Georgia olive oil. It was the olive oil that caught the eye of Annette Matos of McDonough Friday afternoon.
"I thought it was interesting to find Georgia olive oil," she said.
Matos was one of three mothers who brought their collective 10 home-schooled children to Arts Clayton for an educational outing Friday. She was impressed by the selection of unique gifts.
"I like what they have here," she said. "There is a great mix of art and homemade stuff, even the food is crafty. I like the salt and pepper shakers and the checkers on the slab of wood."
Included amongst the artwork is a limited selection of gifts for children. Dolls and crocheted baby baby blankets caught the eye of Lori Simms' daughter, Katie, 6.
"She is enthralled by the crocheting and the dolls," said Simms, another home-school mother from McDonough. "We're trying to teach them how to really enjoy art pieces."
Williamson said she is working on getting more kid-friendly items. There is a selection of religious items including earrings featuring St. Andrews and pendants made from Bible verses. There are hammered spikes representing those used to nail Jesus to the cross and a biblical text bracelet with cherub angels.
Patrons can also pick up a copy of "The Lost Gutenberg."
Other unique items include wire keychains and money clips, ceramic pottery, a cribbage board made from a shellacked split log, wooden egg shapes carved into Santa faces and a tree-filled with ornaments, all for sale.
"We have something for everyone and all price levels," said Williamson.
Mistletoe Market will be open at Arts Clayton at 136 S. Main St. in Jonesboro until Dec. 21. Hours are Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.