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November 2011

The Artisans Holiday Boutique Takes Place in Southport, NC - Nov. 11-12, 2011

People come from all over North Carolina each year to shop The Artisans Holiday Boutique at the scenic downtown Southport Community Building on the Cape Fear River. This year, the 12th Annual Holiday Boutique is coming up on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 11-12, 2011 in Southport, NC.

The Boutique offers holiday shoppers a head start, with hand crafted, quality items from a varied and unique selection in scenic downtown Southport. Over sixty accomplished artists are displaying their individual works of fine art and fine craft. The variety is extensive from jewelry to wood crafting, holiday decorations to original paintings and prints, to fabric art and stained glass. New artists join the show each year, so repeat shoppers can expect some new and exciting items, such as illustrated children’s books (meet the author/illustrator) and framed calligraphy.

Artists will be on hand to answer questions, and help you make your gift or personal selections. Many Artists also offer options for special orders. Take the Fort Fisher Ferry or drive to Southport for a fun day of shopping, great restaurants and historic sites. Doors will open at 9am and close at 5pm on Friday and Saturday. Admission is free. Cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover are accepted. Southport Community Center is located at 223 Bay Street in Southport.

Items on display for purchase: Christmas stockings and decorations; Holiday ornaments made of porcelain, wood carved, pottery, and hand painted glass ornaments; baby clothes and books; original children’s books ; original paintings and collages in all media; prints, lithographs and giclées of original art; digital graphic art and photography; note cards and invitations; framed calligraphy, floral wreaths and arrangements; candles; dog collars/ leashes/ treats; handmade soaps; golf, tennis, sports items; wood trays and tables with tile inlays; linen tablecloths, runners, napkins, kitchen towels, and tableware; large volume of jewelry- earrings, necklaces, bracelets etc. using variety of materials; pottery; quilted blankets and hangings; crocheted/ knitted bags, hats and scarves; purses, other fabric art; stained glass works, bead art, seashell art, painted glassware, etc.

Who are the Artisans? The Artisans all live in the St James Plantation community and are active in their chosen artistic or fine-art craft areas. The Artisans are a club of over 96 members, many of which participate in the Holiday Boutique. The Artisans was created in 1999 to provide an outlet for a group of artists to sell their work and to raise funds via a raffle for The St. James Fire Department. This small group of artists grew the organization in both size and scope to include art appreciation events, studio tours, plein air events, additional sales events, the awarding of art scholarships and grants.

In 2009 The Artisans of St. James was created - the 501C3 charitable organization dedicated to the development of the artists of St. James, the promotion of art awareness in Brunswick County, NC, and the raising of funds to help support artists via educational grants, local nonprofit arts organizations’ support of the arts and graduating Brunswick County high school seniors planning to further their education in art at the college level. This group opened The Artisans Gallery in May of 2010 at The Harborside Marketplace located in St James.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, contact Judy Burnam by calling 910/253-3630, cell 703/930-9140, e-mail at (judyburnam@verizon.net) or visit (www.nancyclookie.com).

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