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Holiday Art Sale Offers Unique Handmade Items from Faculty, Students and Community

Nov-21-2012

Holiday Art SaleEastern Illinois University's 26th annual Holiday Art Sale will offer a variety of handmade items, including ceramic dishes, jewelry, toy trains and much more.

The shop will be open three days -- 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30; and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 -- in 1910 Doudna Fine Arts Center. Refreshments will be available.

"All the items are handcrafted, one-of-a-kind items," said organizer Sue Rardin. "These people put their hearts and souls into these, and they're collectible."

The art sale features work from around 30 vendors, including faculty, students and community members.

"We're always trying to draw in new artists," said Rardin, who is in her 16th year of chairing the Holiday Art Sale Committee. "It's constantly changing."

Among the new items this year are wooden trains created by Professor Jeff Boshart's sculpting students, who have created about 50 different rail cars that can be combined in various combinations.

Annual favorites include ceramics, especially useable cups, bowls, serving dishes and other containers; many different styles of jewelry; stained glass; wood cutting boards; purses; and knitted scarves.

Forty percent of the cost of each item goes to the Art Scholarship Fund, which provides financial assistance to an average of 20 students per year.

For more information, please contact Rardin at 581-3410.