Local arts councils play an important role in their communities, connecting members of the public with area artists and arts events. In addition to selling crafts made by artists throughout the year in their galleries and gift shops, many arts councils sponsor annual sales where these works can be purchased as holiday gifts. Below are just a few of the offerings coming up this holiday season. Explore the offerings in your area listed in our directory of N.C. local arts councils.
Satie’s Annual Holiday Sale
Caldwell Arts Council
Friday, Dec. 2–Friday, Dec. 23
Monday–Friday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Saturdays 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Handle with Care and Shop Seagrove
Cabarrus Arts Council
Through Wednesday, Dec. 21
Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Saturdays, Dec. 3 and 10, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
A group exhibition, Handle with Care features glass art paired with paintings, photographs, quilts and fiber. Shop Seagrove showcases clay works by eight of the town’s most prominent potteries: Avery Pottery and Tileworks, Cady Clay Works, Chris Luther Pottery, Dirtworks Pottery, King’s Pottery and Luck’s Ware.
Appalachian Potter’s Market
McDowell Arts Council
Saturday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Sixty-six potters from across N.C. display and sell their wares in a variety of styles, and some will demonstrate their craft at the McDowell High School in Marion.
Santa’s Palette: Holiday Show and Sale
Transylvania County Arts Council
Through Friday, Dec. 16
Monday–Friday 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
More than 70 local artists and craftspeople will sell their jewelry, woven items, purses, ornaments, greeting cards, pottery, glasswork and more.