The search for that perfect, unique Christmas gift can be frustrating and time-consuming. But the Southwest Arkansas Arts Council hopes to make shopping easier and more pleasurable with the annual Holiday Bazaar at the ArtStation in downtown Hope, 200 East Division Street, starting Thursday, November 21, at 4 p.m.
A Children’s Corner, under a holiday tent diagonally from the Arts Council, will also be hosted by SWAAC during shopping hours, 4-7 p.m. Thursday. There will be cookies, hot chocolate and ornament decorating for children. The Children’s Corner will additionally feature Christmas karaoke, and children will have the opportunity to make music on percussion instruments.
Local artists and crafters will have items including blown glass, jewelry, paintings, woodwork, fishing lures, Christmas décor and lots more. Vendors include:
James Hayes – Art Glass, including Christmas ornaments, Christmas trees, Santas and other items.
Allison Wilson – pillows, shirts, towels.
Anna Powell – jewelry and clothing.
Dolly and Alex Hutson – ornaments.
Sam Raff – wooden and antler pens, letter openers, seam rippers, coin banks, business card holders.
Becky Porter – wooden Christmas ornaments.
Patricia Rhoads – handcrafted wire jewelry.
Razorback Jack/Jack Easterling – woodwork.
Chris Malone – handcrafted fishing lures.
LuGene and Bob Erwin – specialty soaps.
Sue Pico – hand-painted eggs.
John Hollis – small Christmas paintings.
The bazaar will continue on Friday, November 22, and Monday, November 25, with shopping hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Everyone is invited to view the handiwork by area crafters and artisans – you may find a personal treasure, a perfect gift, or just the inspiration to create your own works of art. Contact SWAAC at 870.777.8200 for more information.