Art and craft sale continues through Dec. 20
By Jim Bloch
When you shop for Christmas at the St. Clair Art Association’s annual Yuletyme Fair, you are purchasing personal gifts for friends and family and simultaneously boosting your credentials as a good citizen.
Most ‘shop local’ campaigns focus on the benefits of supporting the small businesses in your community: Your money tends to stay in the local area; local businesses make your area better by supporting local charities; small businesses add character of your city; small businesses employ more of your neighbors than national businesses; customer service is often better at local stores; and shopping locally is environmentally sound, helping to save gas, minimize sprawl, curb global warming and reduce pollution.
In the case of the SCAA’s Yuletyme Fair, all of the arts and crafts for sale are made in the River District Area or in towns not too far inland, such as Emmet, Highland and Romeo. The artists don’t travel from distant cities and countries to bring you their work. They make pottery, jewelry, baskets and paint pictures in East China, Burtchville, Marysville and up and down St. Clair County’s eastern coastline. You’re supporting your artistic neighbors. Twenty percent of each purchase benefits the non-profit SCAA, which offers year-round classes and exhibits to the community.
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“This a one-of-a-kind shopping experience,” said Vicky Path and Carolyn Szymanski, co-chairs of the event, in a statement. “Shoppers and collectors will enjoy buying original artwork and gifts while supporting the thriving and vital St. Clair arts community.”
Twenty-two artists are featured in the holiday gallery.
Algonac-based painter Brady Harris has his mock travel posters for sale for $45, including his Lake St. Clair poster, featuring a couple and their pooch cruising along in their antique Chris-Craft boat.
James Williams, of Highland, has prints of his history paintings for sale in two sizes, $29 and $45; they featuring scenes of J.L. Hudson’s in Detroit at Christmas, the annual Christmas parade in Rochester and other evocative locales.
There are piles of handmade woolen mittens for sale at $38 per pair.
Watercolor bookmarks featuring vivid scenes of the galaxy cost $5 apiece.
A blue glass oval of Michigan mounted in an iron table display is $74.
Painter John Steffy has a number of handsome small seasonal paintings for sale at $200 per framed scene.
Dan Barthel’s striking photograph of the Grand Island Lighthouse in the full blaze of fall color is $60 framed.
Cute Christmas-tree shaped pottery is ideal for home displays at $5 each.
St. Clair Township woodworker Ken Reidel has a number of vessels for sale, including a spalted maple orb for $50.
There are reasonably priced holiday cards, fused glass pieces, ceramic bowls, drink coasters featuring local landmarks and tree decorations.
Dozens of paintings, pottery vases, wood-carvings and pieces of jewelry in the year-round gallery are also for sale.
Yuletyme Fair 2019 takes place in the Alice Moore Gallery, home of the SCAA, in Riverview Plaza in downtown St. Clair. The holiday gallery is open Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The holiday show opened Nov. 5 and closes Dec. 20. For details, call 810-329-9576.