Holiday Market Roundup

December 4, 2014 - garden totes

The crowd of internal artist markets clever into a month of Dec any year is a loyal covenant to a entrepreneurial suggestion of Athens’ multiplying humanities community. Shopping from internal artists during a holiday deteriorate has double benefits; while we buy a novel, one-of-a-kind gift, a artists get a support they need to continue posterior their artistic endeavors. With 30 scheduled, strange and domestic work is some-more permitted and affordable than ever. In a suggestion of traditions, let Flagpole make selling locally a small easier this year with a annual Holiday Market Roundup, a list of artist markets, studio open houses and qualification sales going on in Athens and nearby. Check out a list below.

Artist Markets and Open Houses in Athens 

Deck a Walls, a holiday-themed marketplace hold annually by a Lyndon House Arts Center, is now open Tuesday by Saturday from 12–5 p.m. until Jan. 4. The Gallery Shop and Lower Atrium Gallery are stocked full of singular equipment done by 70 informal artists, authors, crafters and musicians, with a benefaction preference including paintings, prints, embroidery, photography, scarves and more. New additions to this year’s emporium are potion ornaments by Hung Nguyen and Patti Quinn, pottery by Dewitt Smith and Adrina Richards and sculptural works by Tex Crawford and Lisa Freeman. For some-more sum on a Lyndon House, located during 293 Hoyt St., revisit

The UGA Ceramic Student Organization hosts a sale of new works on Wednesday, Dec. 3 Thursday, Dec. 4 from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. in a run of a Lamar Dodd School of Art, located during 270 River Rd. The works, that were combined by students and faculty, operation from organic pottery like teapots, mugs, plates and vases to hand-built sculptures and musical pieces. Proceeds support educational margin trips to ceramics conferences and also move in visiting artists. Parking is accessible in a circuitously Performing Arts Center deck. For some-more information, email

While on campus, conduct over to Phi Beata Heata’s Metals Jewelry Holiday and Bake Sale, hold Wednesday, Dec. 3 and Thursday, Dec. 4 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. in a Tate Student Center. Members of UGA’s tyro classification for valuables and steel students will benefaction their latest one-of-a-kind pieces, steel objects and copiousness of snacks. For some-more information, find Phi Beata Heata on Facebook.

Normaltown Pottery

The Holiday Sale during Normaltown Pottery, slated for Thursday, Dec. 4 Friday, Dec. 5 from 4–9 p.m., will underline handmade, organic pottery by studio owners Juana Gnecco, along with Carter Gillies and Nancy Green, as good as paintings by Chatham Murray. Normaltown Pottery is located during 410 King Ave. For some-more information, revisit

For a small bit of everything, pitch by a Holiday Social on N. Jackson Street on Friday, Dec. 5 from 7–10 p.m., where Community, Dynamite Clothing, Adam’s Optics and K.A. Artist Shop will stay open late for a collaborative eventuality with special sales. The amicable coincides with a grand opening of K.A. Artist Shop, an art gallery and benefaction emporium charity qualification supplies, excellent art and domestic products done in-store, like nod cards, home taste and DIY kits. For information on Athens’ newest art shop, go to

In further to a contentment of internal and tolerable furnish that a Athens Farmers Market frequently offers any Saturday morning during Bishop Park, located during 705 Sunset Dr., a special Holiday Craft Markets on Dec. 6, 13 20 from 9 a.m.–12 p.m. underline a good preference of handmade items, including jewelry, scarves, blown glass, slicing boards, pressed animals, timber carving, soaps, salves and more. For details, check out

Take a debate of Marmalade Pottery, a home studio of Maria Dondero during 775 Pulaski St., during her sixth annual Holiday Sale on Saturday, Dec. 6 Sunday Dec. 7 from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. In further to food, drinks and fires in a timber stoves, a new collection of work including singular book porcelain pieces will be available. A vast seconds sale will be offering to those who arrive early. To perspective examples of Maria’s many stream work, revisit

Rebecca Wood and her organisation of potters are roughly as bustling as Santa’s elves this holiday deteriorate as they rigging adult for their Holiday Sale on Saturday, Dec. 6 from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. R. Wood Studio, located during 450 Georgia Dr., will have many of a brightly colored pieces that a studio is famous for, in further to several one-of-a-kind pieces. To perspective samples of a potters’ work, check out

Carter Gillies

Local potter Carter Gillies offers dual opposite events this season. View an heterogeneous brew of organic and musical work during a Carter Gillies Pottery Open House on Saturday, Dec. 6 Sunday, Dec. 7. The following weekend on Saturday, Dec. 13 Sunday, Dec. 14, Carter will be assimilated by associate potters Geoff Pickett, Jeff Bishoff and Nancy Green for a annual Carter and Friends Pottery Market. Both events are from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. and are located during 572 Nantahala Ave. in a Boulevard neighborhood. Call 706-546-7235 or email for details.

Going distant over a standard artist market, Indie South Fair’s 8th Annual Holiday Hooray offers a lineup of 85 vendors covering probably all handmade—from prints, pottery, silk-screened clothing, knits and valuables to bath and physique products, minerals and crystals, selected and antiques. Indie South facilities some of a some-more determined artists in a area—like Chris Hubbard, Jimmy “Cap Man” Straehla and Double Dutch Press—while still maintaining a clever DIY ethos. Unique equipment embody tellurian teeth and animal bone valuables by Extollo Jewelry, pet treats by Brixtix Bakery for Dogs, reclaimed timber tables by Sons of Sawdust, geometric potion orbs by Oriskany Glass Studio and bike panniers by Tiny Tank Tech. Indie South is also one of a few markets to incorporate selected treasures, with a handful of collectors including Strange Magick Vintage, Forgotten Feather Vintage, Opal Mae Miss Dot Vintage and Rarity Vintage. In further to a qualification area for children, activities geared towards adults embody a imitation hire to silkscreen totes with Sasquatch Printing and a Busterbooth Photo Booth to constraint a day. DJ Mahogany will spin tunes, and home.made and Holy Crepes will yield snacks. The two-day alfresco marketplace takes place on Saturday, Dec. 6 Sunday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. during 660 N. Chase St., only off Prince Avenue. For some-more sum and a full list of participating art vendors, revisit

Double Dutch Press during Indie South Fair

Native America Gallery, located during 195 E. Clayton St., hosts a 17th annual Holiday Celebration on Saturday, Dec. 6 from 10 a.m.–7 p.m., with a storewide valuables sale and “snowtacular” doorway prizes for a initial 100 guest who visit, as good as prizes for nauseous sweaters and “holidork outfits.” Snacks and drinks will be available, and a span of earrings as a “thank you” benefaction is nominal with any purchase. Call 706-543-8425 for some-more information.

Offering an choice to a normal benefaction sell experience, a annual Benevolence Market presents a approach to give behind to a internal village this holiday season. Attendees are invited to name equipment off a selling list of “symbolic gifts,” that mangle down how financial donations can be used to support 30 internal nonprofit agencies—such as a Athens Area Humane Society, Project Safe and a Athens Land Trust—in their missions. The market, sponsored by a consortium of churches, takes place during a First Presbyterian Church of Athens during 185 E. Hancock Ave. on Sunday, Dec. 7 from 12–2:30 p.m. To see a list of requested gifts, go to

During a annual Holiday Open House during a State Botanical Garden on Sunday, Dec. 7 from 1–4 p.m., a festively flashy pleasant conservatory will be filled with song by a Georgia Children’s Chorus. Kids are invited to take photos and share their wishes with Santa as good as make holiday crafts in a children’s classroom. The benefaction shop, that facilities equipment designed by students, will be open for adults to crop by many holiday ornaments and intensity presents. For some-more information, revisit

Grab a prohibited splash and peruse gifts during Normal Bar’s Holiday “Yart Sale” on Wednesday, Dec. 10 from 5–8 p.m. Featured artists and makers embody Hannah Jones, Katherine McGuire, Leslie Snipes, Amanda Burk, Basil Mattox, Tin Cup and a handful of others. Normal Bar is located in Normaltown during 1365 Prince Ave. For details, find “Holiday Yart Sale! during Normal Bar” on Facebook.

Dan Smith

An outside square underneath wink lights creates for a gratifying environment during a juried Athens Holiday Market, hold at Big City Bread on Thursday, Dec. 11 Friday, Dec. 12 from 5 p.m.–9 p.m. Peruse a works of over 50 internal artists while a live fibre rope performs around a bon fire. The lineup includes paintings by Dan Smith, potion terrariums by Lindsay Troutman, valuables by Barbara Allen, watercolors by Jamie Calkin, stained potion by Susan Staley, wooden Santas by Ken Calkin and Don Highfield, and birdhouses by Frank Saggus. Big City Bread Cafe is located during 393 N. Finley St. and can be reached during 706-353-0029.

As partial of Christmas during a Classic Center, a Handmade Holiday Market, set for Dec. 13–14 Dec. 20–21 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m., will offer a preference of anniversary crafts and benefaction items. Exhibitors embody Beca Designs, Daisycakes Soap, JazzyKreationz, Kristen Ashley Artist, Oscar Bites Dog Treats, OuttheBox Creations and Studio Earth. Other festivities during a Classic Center embody ice skating on a new indoor rink, a arrangement of gingerbread houses combined by internal bakers, breakfast and portraits with Santa, and a Festival of Trees that facilities a timberland of 50 Christmas trees flashy by internal businesses. The State Ballet Theatre of Russia will perform The Nutcracker on Saturday, Dec. 20 and Sunday, Dec. 21. A apportionment of deduction from Christmas during a Classic Center will advantage Extra Special People. The Classic Center is located during 300 N. Thomas Street. Visit for a report of daily activities.

Soup Studios

For handmade ceramic and argent china jewelry, musty organic pottery, tree ornaments and one-of-a-kind forged items, dump by Soup Studios’ 10th Annual Holiday Market on Saturday, Dec. 13, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Soup Studios is located during 2140 S. Lumpkin St. To see examples of first potter Jamie Voivedich’s brightly colored, dainty works—some of that have been featured in Southern Living and on HGTV—visit

In further to an contentment of locally sourced produce, honey, eggs, soaps and prepared food items, a vendors of The West Broad Farmers Market will offer handmade crafts, cookie-decorating for children and caroling by internal schoolchildren during a Holiday Market on Saturday, Dec. 13 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. The market, that is hosted during a aged West Broad School, 1573 W. Broad St., aims to rise new food-based entrepreneurs, build a neighborhood-centered economy and boost entrance to healthy, affordable foods. For some-more information on a market’s goals, revisit

Heirloom Cafe and Fresh Market hosts one of a final opportunities for anniversary selling on Sunday, Dec. 14 from 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. during brunch hours. Handmade things will operation from printmaking, textiles, jewelry, jams and preserves, botanical bath items, felt-work and more, with a 14-name businessman list including Kenneth Kase, Jim Norton, Beth Zorbanos, Chelsea Born and Tiffany Matthews. While during Heirloom, that is located during 815 N. Chase St., be certain to stop subsequent doorway during a residence of painter Susie Burch, who will have her home studio open. Visit for details. 

Just Beyond Athens 

For creations from opposite a globe, stop by Mbare, Ltd.’s Africa in Athens Sale on Friday, Dec. 5 from 4–8 p.m. Handmade equipment like mill sculptures, timber carvings, tin art, masks, baskets and eco art will be accessible during a warehouse, that specializes in formulating sustainable, satisfactory trade relations with artisans and craftspeople vital in Zimbabwe, Kenya and South Africa. Mbare is located during 118 Commerce Blvd. off of Atlanta Hwy. in Bogart. Visit for artist bios.


The Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation’s 20th annual juried Holiday Market includes a works of 80 informal artists and crafters this year, trimming from ceramics, paintings, stained and fused glass, jewelry, woodwork, fiber art and more. Highlights embody pottery by Kathy and Jerry Chappelle, valuables by Annette Paskiewicz, fiber art by Margaret Agner, and churned media sculpture by Barbara Odil. The Market is open Friday, Dec. 5 from 5–9 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 6 Sunday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Admission for all 3 days is $3. OCAF’s Artist’s Shoppe, that facilities handmade equipment combined by 60 of a gallery’s members, opens in and with a Holiday Market on Friday, Dec. 5 from 5–9 p.m. and will sojourn open by Saturday, Dec. 20. OCAF is located during 34 School St. in Watkinsville. For some-more details, revisit

Farmington Pottery

For vibrant, richly glassy pieces of pottery that pull impulse from nature, check out a works of David Morgan, a informal potter who has been formulating organic stoneware for a past 30 years. The David Morgan Pottery studio, located during 3747 Old Wildcat Bridge Rd. in Danielsville, opens for a Holiday Sale Saturday, Dec. 6 from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7 from 12–5 p.m. Call 706-795-3418 for some-more information.

Venture over to Farmington Pottery’s Dec Open House Pottery Sale on Saturday, Dec. 6 Sunday, Dec. 7 from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. to perspective a latest creations of Geoff and Lisa Pickett. A far-reaching accumulation of timber and gas-fired pots for a home and garden will be on display, as good as a preference of soaps, skincare products and teas done with spices grown by Lisa. Farmington Pottery is located during 1171 Freeman Creek Rd. in Farmington. For some-more information, revisit and

This year’s lineup during Wolf Creek Pottery promises a different array of normal and contemporary pieces, with participating potters including Jorie Berman, Juana Gnecco, Jen Graff and Nancy Green. Hand-printed textiles and paper by Sara Lee Parker will also be available. Located during 1500 Tappan Spur Rd. in Watkinsville, a studio’s annual Holiday Sale is on Saturday, Dec. 6 Sunday, Dec. 7 from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. For some-more details, call 706-410-5200.

Bendzunas Glass

The family-run Bendzunas Glass Studio and Gallery, located during 89 W. South Ave. in Comer, will horde a annual Winter Open House on Saturday, Dec. 6 Sunday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m.—and will keep extended holiday hours from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. any weekend by December—with live glassblowing demonstrations using until 3 p.m. With 40 years in town, artist Paul Bendzunas has upheld his qualification down to his 3 children, who all now work in a studio. Although handling essentially as a indiscriminate business that distributes to galleries countrywide, a open gallery displaying some of a family’s best mouth-blown organic and musical potion art works will be on display. For some-more information, call 706-783-5869 or revisit

While in a area, revisit a annual J.B. (Jeff Bishoff) Friends Pottery and Art Show and Sale for new works by J.B. and Keen Zero. Occurring on Saturday, Dec. 6 Sunday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m.–5 pm., a sale is located during 1790 Salem Rd. in Watkinsville. Call 678-863-1847.  

Among a excellent art, folk art, textiles, mill work and steel work combined by a dozen or so members who run a ancestral Farmington Depot Gallery, a Holidaze Festival on Saturday, Dec. 6 Sunday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. facilities an artist marketplace with handmade creations by additional informal artists. Highlights embody folk art by Peter Loose and Tex Crawford, felted work by Deborah McRee, ceramics by Cheri Wranosky and mosaics by Marion Maxey Smith. The eventuality also promises food from internal vendors, song and hayrides for children. The gallery is located during 1001 Salem Rd. in Farmington, during a dilemma of Salem Road and Highway 441. For some-more information, revisit

Woodruff Pottery

Tour a home studio of Woodruff Pottery, located during 35 S. Main St. in Watkinsville, during a Open House on Saturday, Dec. 6 Sunday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Artist Alice Woodruff has over 40 years of knowledge in formulating pottery, and creates both musical and organic porcelain works like vast platters, bowls, teapots, teacups and kitchenware. For details, call 706-207-5175.

Ceramic artist organisation Longroad Studios will horde a Holiday Sale on Saturday, Dec. 13 from 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14 from 12–5 p.m. Held during 4860 Macon Hwy. in Bishop, a sale includes ceramic work by Jorie Berman, Laura Cooper, Juana Gnecco, Nancy Green, Kendall Steele, Melanie Sgrignoli and Caryn outpost Wagtendonk. This year also facilities textiles by Sara Lee Parker and skincare products by Lisa Pickett. Visit for details.

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