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Craft museum hosts holiday exhibit, sale

14th annual event features handmade items from more than 50 artists

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The Grandview-area Ohio Craft Museum will host a holiday exhibition and sale, which supports the nonprofit museum and showcases handmade jewelry and crafts from more than 50 artists.

The museum, 1665 W. Fifth Ave., Columbus, launched its 14th annual "Gifts of the Craftsman" holiday exhibit and sale Nov. 10. It will run through Dec. 23 and features handcrafted jewelry, pottery, art glass, baskets, clothing and other items created by more than 50 artists from throughout the United States.

According to Betty Talbott, Ohio Craft Museum director, the event offers opportunities for guests to supplement their holiday shopping with unique, handmade items that can't be found in typical stores.

She said proceeds from sales benefit the artists as well as the museum, which is operated by the Ohio Designer Craftsmen and receives ongoing funding from the Greater Columbus Arts Council, the Ohio Arts Council and the Columbus Foundation.

"The items are priced for gift-giving, from $4 on up," Talbott said. "We want to make handmade items available to anyone.

"The idea is you can do one-stop shopping. We have items for children, for men. We have items that appeal to teenagers and to older women."

This year's exhibit and sale features contemporary jewelry made of sterling silver, copper and brass by Heather Grandmont and Annie Ciszak, Talbott said, as well as "funky metal tabletop sculptures" by Sondra Gerber.

There also will be mini quilts by Lisa Call, tableware by Silvie Goldmark, ceramics by Elaine Lamb and bakeware by Jason Wolff, among a variety of works by many others.

"We kind of search all year long," Talbott said. "We have people who have items in our exhibits all year long and we see artists' works there that are wonderful.

"Another part of this is we want to buy American. We want to support the small businesses, and each one of these people is running a small business."

All exhibit and sale items can be perused daily at the museum. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays, and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays.

Talbott said admission to the museum is free, as is on-site parking.

"A portion of the proceeds go to the artists because we want to help support them," she said. "We're also a nonprofit, and a portion of the proceeds go to the museum.

"We have a lot of children's programs, and this sale helps support our educational programs."

Additional information is available by calling the museum at 614-486-4402 or online at ohiocraft.org.

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