More elbow room at this year's show

The Clintonville Arts Guild's 2013 Holiday Show and Sale is moving this weekend to larger space inside the Whetstone Community Center.

The relocation to the gymnasium is not intended to allow for more vendors, said Co-Chairwoman Patty DeMaria, but instead to give people selling their items -- and those looking to buy -- a bit more room.

It also allows guild members who only want to display their artistry the use of a dance room as a gallery, she added.

"We've actually had increasing numbers of artists over the last two years," DeMaria said. "Last year, in the old space, we decided to decrease the size of the booths to get more in, which was not real popular."

This time around, with the gymnasium at their disposal, the booths will be back to the traditional size of 8 by 8 feet, the guild secretary said.

"We have everything from knitted toys to fine-art painting," DeMaria said. "We have paper sculptures and lots of glass.

"It's amazing stuff."

DeMaria is a theater designer, but creates artwork from fused glass on the side, turning out what she called "silly bugs."

"We have over 70 artists in the guild, and everyone seems to do something different," she said. "It's an amazing variety. What we're proud of is they're all local artists. The prices are affordable and a lot of shopping can be done in one spot."

Admission to the Holiday Show and Sale is free, and door prizes of items donated by the artists are avail- able.

Hours are 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8; 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9; and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, at the community center, 3923 N. High St.

--Kevin Parks