Article by Elle Lamboy, ACAC Marketing & Development Committee
The chewy bite of an iced sugar cookie. Red cups at Starbucks. The undeniable scent of pine. Carols singing on the radio while bells ring in the street. Quality time with food, family and friends.
These festive traditions ignite a certain kind of magic, often juxtaposed by a more stressful reality of holiday shopping.
Fortunately, the Adams County Arts Council’s (ACAC) annual Holiday Show and Sale transforms the frantic buzzkill of holiday shopping into an enjoyable art.
The Show & Sale features about 50 member artists who will have the rare opportunity to “showcase a collection of their work as opposed to just one piece,” says Wendy Heiges, Program Director at the ACAC. “It gives local artists a platform to sell and exhibit their work that they wouldn’t have otherwise.”
This year promises a wonderfully eclectic collection with something creative for everyone on your shopping list—including photography, pottery, stationary, hand-painted ornaments, centerpieces, textiles, jewelry and so much more. A full list of participating artists can be found here.
The Holiday Show & Sale will officially kick off on First Friday, December 5, from 5:00 p.m. -7:30 p.m. This festive and fun reception will feature holiday confections, music from Pomona’s Trio (left, featuring ACAC Board Member Lisa Cadigan on vocals, ACAC culinary instructor Marc Jalbert on guitar, and Gettysburg College professor Bret Crawford on saxophone), carols from the Gettysburg Children’s Choir High School Ensemble, and the opportunity to get first dibs on hand-crafted, local gifts.
Your patronage not only supports local artists in the community; it also helps the ACAC, which will receive a 40% commission for all gifts and artwork purchased.
To get a head start on your holiday shopping, the ACAC will be open for “sneak previews” of the show beginning Tuesday, November 25. Please visit our website to view our extended holiday hours and schedule or give us a call. For your convenience, the Show & Sale is featured in the reception hall this year which is located just left of the entrance to the Center.
The ACAC’s annual Holiday Show and Sale channels all that is wonderful about the holidays—the joy of giving, the awakening of the senses and the importance of giving back to our community—leaving the crowds and chaos behind!
You’ll be pleasantly surprised at all we have in store, and may even find your inner artist in the process.
Stay tuned to our blog for updates throughout the sale, including special demos from participating artists!
Questions? Call (717) 334-5006.