Handmade art featured at Ohio Craft Museum’s holiday sale

A sale that benefits independent artists and the Ohio Craft Museum will feature handmade creations that organizers say can’t be found anywhere else.

Kim Nagorski, executive director of the nonprofit Ohio Craft Museum, thinks the 23rd annual Gifts of the Craftsmen holiday sale will have something for everyone.

“The Ohio Crafts Museum is the perfect place to shop (for) handmade this holiday season,” Nagorski said. “Everything here is created by artists from across the state and country.

“We’ve grown every year, and we probably have 175 artists in this year’s sale,” she said. “It gives shoppers the opportunity to purchase handmade gifts, one-of-a-kind gifts, that they may never be able to find anywhere else.”

The Ohio Craft Museum receives funding from the Ohio Arts Council, the Greater Columbus Arts Council, and the Columbus Foundation. It consists of member artists who are part of a group known as Ohio Designer Craftsmen.

This year, the Craftsmen Holiday Gifts sale runs from Nov. 6 to Dec. 31. 23 at the museum, 1665 W. Fifth Ave., Columbus.

The museum will be open during special holiday hours for extended shopping opportunities from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The sale is free. More information is available online at ohiocraft.org/.

Nagorski said the exhibit and sale featured handmade jewelry, pottery, art glass, baskets, clothing and other handicrafts. Prizes range from a few dollars to a few hundred, she said, with 60% of sales going to artists and the balance going to support the museum, arts education programs and events such as Winterfair Greater Cincinnati, scheduled for November 25 to 27. at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center, and Winterfair Columbus, scheduled for December 2-4 at the Ohio Expo Center.

“It gives artists a great way to show off their work, and our artists get a portion of the sales, with a portion going to educational programs and exhibits,” Nagorski said. “The museum is always free, although we ask for donations.”

Nagorski said the sale will feature works by several new artists, including Debbie Jackson, who creates polymer clay earrings, and Rebecca Sigler, who builds ceramic creatures by hand.

This Cody Miller painting will be among the items for sale at the 23rd Annual Ohio Craft Museum "Artisan Gifts" holiday sale.

“Favorite returning artists include Cody F. Miller, who makes intriguing collages, and Jennifer Couch, who uses upholstery swatches to produce cute shoulder bags,” Nagorski said. “Colored ceramics and glass, sterling silver jewelry, whimsical puppets and stuffed animals, woolen gloves and scarves, and hundreds of artist-made ornaments and greeting cards, are only just some of the unique items shoppers will find.”

Another local artist who will be back for sale for about the 15th year is Upper Arlington’s Karen Yassenoff, a former elementary school art teacher in the South-Western City School District, who primarily creates jewelry made handmade from metals such as copper, silver and brass.

Hand-painted glasses by Mindy Sand will be among the items for sale at the 23rd Annual Ohio Craft Museum "Artisan Gifts" holiday sale, November 6 through December 23 at the Ohio Craft Museum.

“I sell a lot of it there, which is great,” Yassenoff said. “Our family has also supported ODC for several years because of the arts programs and arts education programs they offer.

“As an artist and former art educator, I think it’s a gem,” she said of the annual event.

Yassenoff said she plans to offer a variety of metal pendants, earrings and bracelets during the Gifts From The Artisans sale.

She will also unveil a new brooch, which can be worn or displayed on a wooden easel.

“I’m really excited that they’re considering showing it for the first time,” Yassenoff said. “They are open to new ideas and let artists take risks.

“People should come to the sale because they will definitely see what exciting new ideas and things are happening with art in the city.”

This year again, artists will offer demonstrations on the weekends during the sale. This year’s program is:

  • Nov. 12, Ohio Drip, Ice Dye 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Nov. 19, Evangelia Philippidis, scratch drawing, 1 to 3 p.m.
  • November 26, to be determined.
  • December 3, Judi Young, collage art, 10 a.m. to noon
  • Dec. 4, Cody Miller, collage/painting, 1 to 4 p.m.
  • December 10, Marcia Armstrong, woven natural materials, 10 a.m. to noon.
  • Dec. 10, Royce Hilderbrand, ceramic surface design, 1 to 3 p.m.
  • December 17, to be determined.
  • December 18, Michelle Ishida, screen printing, 1 to 4 p.m.

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