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November 2013

Red Rose Holiday Tour Takes Place in Lancaster, SC - Dec. 6-8, 2013

Have you been to see Lancaster, SC (Red Rose City) lately? If the answer is no, you are in for a treat when the Red Rose Holiday Tour kicks off the season Dec. 6-8, 2013! The Holiday Tour offers an abundance of performances, activities, and shopping opportunities with a holiday theme in mind including many visual art offers.

Some of the visual art opportunites are as follows:

The Avant Garde Center for the Arts and Olde English District Artists Market & Visitor Center have teamed up to bring an impressive array of artists to Lancaster for the Red Rose Holiday Tour beginning Dec. 7, 2013, from 10am-6pm. A business at 212 S. Main Street is opening their doors for the partnership in order that holiday shoppers have a central location to find works of art that include stained glass, wood turnings, paintings, photography, artistic jewelry & accessories, sweetgrass baskets, pottery, wood carvings, sculpture, and more!

The indoor market features artisans from all over to show and sell their works as a multitude of other events take place throughout the County.

A small sampling of the artists and vendors participaint includes D’sweetgrass Basketry of Mineral Springs, NC; walking sticks by Lancaster’s Arnett Abdul-Majied; Columbia, SC, artists Barbie Mathis and Jean Borque with watercolors and acrylic paintings alongside stained glass artists Glassie Ladies; wood turning demos by Pamela Krehan of Fort Mill, SC; Photographic Images by Alex Pietersen of Clover, SC; Rock Hill, SC’s Copper Creations, Jennifer Kirk Hamilton paintings, Cliff Rogers wood carvings, and gkingphotography.

Visitors will also enjoy works from York, SC’s Old Alley Gifts & Handcrafts; Flat Creek Designs of Kershaw, SC; Charlotte, NC’s HWS Creations; MyersArt of Hickory Grove, SC; Lancaster’s Clu’s Wood Carvings, R & M Unique Designs, and Artisan Works by Jackie. You will not want to miss Silver & Steel, Deck the Halls, or Ricasso Art of Chester, SC; paintings by Winnsboro, SC’s Christy Buchanan; Leon McFadden folk art and Turner’s Jewelry of Fort Lawn, SC; Spartanburg, SC’s McRose Designs; Frank’s House of Mud from Glenville, NC, Spirit Wind of McConnells, SC, and a host of others!

The Red Rose Holiday Tour also includes a multitude of holiday open houses at galleries, gift shops, designers, cultural centers, and historical locations, in addition to annual Native American Art and Piedmont Folk Art sales.

Browse the pottery sale at Native American Studies Center, plan a “merry metal Christmas” at Bob Doster’s Backstreet Studio, enjoy great works of art at Chastain’s Studio Lofts and Gallery 102. Treat yourself to holiday jewelry at The Springs House where you will enjoy live music and food & beverage pairings - all in downtown Lancaster.

Catawba pottery, jewelry, baskets, and other works handmade by Native American artists and craftspeople will be available Saturday, Dec. 7, at the USC Lancaster Native American Studies Center from 9am to 4pm. Vendors will be offering a wide variety of artwork, crafts, decorative items, and unique handmade objects perfect for holiday gift-giving. Highlighted will be work by potters from the Catawba Nation of York County.

Catawba Indian pottery, while less familiar than its Southwestern counterparts and many other traditional American Indian art forms, is recognized by scholars as the oldest continuous ceramics tradition in North America. These artists will be joined by other local Native American traditional artists and craftspeople selling and showing their work. Also featured will be performances by a Native American drum group.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to tour the exhibits in the Native American Studies Center and to see demonstrations of Catawba pottery by artist in resident Caroleen Sanders. The USCL Native American Studies Center is located at 119 S. Main Street in downtown Lancaster.

The Piedmont Folk Artist Show & Sale, featuring folk artists hailing from all over the southeast, also takes place on Dec. 7, 2013, from 8am-4pm, at the St. Luke United Methodist Church, located at 128 Providence Road in Lancaster.

Just remember, the Red Rose Holiday Tour includes carriage history tours, home tours, 5-K Reindeer Run, Santa Train & Workshop, food & beverage pairings, jewelry trunk show, Historic Courthouse storytelling, free Carolina Brass Christmas Concert, all-day Lancaster Performing Arts downtown stage entertainment, and the opportunity to gift everyone on your list with original works by talented artisans!

For more information on the Red Rose Holiday Tour e-mail (cdoster@lancastercitysc.com), visit (www.lancastercitysc.com) or call 803-289-1492. Handouts that will be available at many locations in and around Lancaster. Also, see the Tour’s ad on Page 25.

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