Holiday Art Sale

The annual Holiday Art Sale returns for the 12th year on Dec. 8, offering shoppers a one-stop shop featuring the works of local artists.

Ninety artists will be set up at the sale, which will spread throughout the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center, the Harris Senior Center and the Frank Brown Recreation Center.

If the weather is nice, wait-listed vendors would be invited to set up outside.

Ashley Warren, art sale coordinator, said the majority of the artists are from the Auburn-Opelika area, with some traveling from other parts of Alabama.

While many have been featured before, some of the artists are new to the art sale.

Shoppers will see a variety of handmade items — pottery, photography, soaps, jewelry, food items, scarves, and other treasures — perfect for gifting to those hard-to-buy-for people on your Christmas shopping list.

The Holiday Art Sale begins at 9 a.m. Dec. 8 and lasts until 4 p.m. It is a free event, but Warren advised attendees to bring cash if they plan to purchase items, as some vendors may not accept other forms of payment.

Attendees may also want to bring a shopping bag.

To be included in the Holiday Art Sale, vendors are not charged a participation fee. Instead, about 10 percent of their proceeds from the sale will be donated to the Auburn Arts Association.

"It's a fundraiser for the Arts Association, so our vendors, they sell all day and then contribute a certain amount at the end of the day," Warren said. "We just want everyone to know it's a free event, and it helps our community."

The Auburn Arts Association is a nonprofit, community-based arts organization that was founded in 1982. Its goal is to promote arts education, support area artists and to generate interest in arts.

Donations from the Holiday Art Sale will go toward funding the AAA's art education programs, scholarships and summer art camps, among other programs. Residents can find more information by going to the association's website

Art sale vendors are also contributing snacks. Warren said attendees will find hot cider, hot chocolate and treats, like cookies and other small holiday snacks.

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