Wyly Wares festival to offer plenty for holiday shoppers in December | AspenTimes.com

Wyly Wares festival to offer plenty for holiday shoppers in December

Aspen Times Staff Report

On Dec. 2, the Wyly Community Art Center will present its fourth annual Wyly Wares, a festival of handmade gifts created by local artists and students. This year Wyly Wares is held on one day only, with hours from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The art fair benefits the artist-participants and the art center.

Every December the art center is transformed into a holiday market with original wares, including one-of-a-kind journals with paste-paper covers, hand-knit sweaters, three-dimensional stained-glass stars, stationery sets, dried flower arrangements, ornamental wreaths, pottery, candles, flowering winter plants in painted containers and other gifts.

Artists of all ages – many who return annually – create an array of gifts. Becky Bone harvests herbs, flowers and ornamentals to create floral arrangements. Two potters from COMPASS – Matt Johnson and the folks at Sustainable Settings – are making encore showings with their ceramics and organic fruit and herb teas. After a hiatus from the valley, stained-glass artist Susan Hannisian returns with her crystalline stars for decorating windows.

The 2000 Wyly Wares will showcase artists new to the festival as well. Kelly Alford, a graphic designer from Basalt, brings handmade cards and box sets of stationery. Marlene Mickey will debut her tote bags and backpacks crafted from mix-and-match vintage fabrics and buttons. Artist Deborah Jones, director of the Wyly, will feature her original “slant” books. Wyly office manager and artist Sharon Rather will offer crocheted socks with decorative trims.

Entertainment and refreshments are part of the fun. The Community School Chorus continues its annual tradition of performing holiday songs at Wyly Wares. The Wyly will also serve up hot cider and Christmas cookies.

The Wyly Community Art Center, a project of COMPASS, is an educationally focused art center offering a creative atmosphere for community members and learners of all ages to explore the visual arts. For more information, call 923-1252.

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