The Preview Party, hosted by AACA volunteers, features early shopping, refreshments, door prizes provided by the artists, and entertainment by guitarist Oneta Wright. Tickets for Thursday’s preview party are available at The Arts Center or at the door.
Other shopping hours are admission-free on Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Nov. 23, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Holiday Trunk Show is a one-of-a-kind shopping opportunity for the holidays, featuring something for everyone’s gift-giving budget.
A “Twilight Shopping Spectacular,” sponsored by the Athens Downtown Business Association, will take place Nov. 22 from 5 to 8 p.m. The stores of the downtown business district will be open late, so visitors may see and shop.
During that time, The Arts Center will host “Pictures with Santa” from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., along with the Holiday Trunk Show. Children of all ages are invited to come and have their picture taken with Santa. The photo packages will be available for pickup at 10 a.m. on Dec. 2.
The artists and craftspeople participating in the Holiday Trunk Show this year include: polymer clay jewelry by Ginny Schild; custom-embroidered handmade apparel by Trinity’s Closet and Bows (Emerald Leamon and Marietha Silvers); wire-wrapped and copper jewelry by Howlin’ Wolf (McRae Williams); scented goat milk soaps, lotions, and other items by Dixie Soaps, (Bill and Becky Ensinger); cards, ornaments and letterpress items by Mountain Girl Cards (Amanda Haun); functional pottery, ceramic art and sculpture by Foothills Pottery (Andy Phipps); hand-knit scarves, Christmas ornaments and jewelry by Baby Sue Beads (Karen Stewart); art gourds by the Whimsical Gourd Patch (Sue Hicks); knitted and felted textiles by Tone Haugen-Cogburn; wire-wrapped and hammered gemstone jewelry by JAly Designs (Jennifer Aly); signature steam punk and found object jewelry by Jessica Klaaren Jewelry; acrylic paintings, etched and engraved glass and mirrors, cards, and jewelry by Chrissy Fugett; books by local author Frances Dorward; hand-painted silk scarves, garments and other items by Lizz Harris; and stained glass by Billie Stevens.
The Arts Center is locatedtwo blocks from the downtown square at 320 N. White St., in Athens. For more information on The Arts Center and all arts programming, go to www.athensartscouncil.org or call 423-745-8781.