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Craft-museum shoppers can avoid mall's bustle

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Most museums have gift shops, but during its "Gifts of the Craftsmen" holiday exhibition, the Ohio Craft Museum will become the gift shop.

Each of the handcrafted items on display and made by more than 60 fine craft artists will be available for purchase.

"We have lots of beautiful jewelry and really spectacular art glass this year," museum Director Betty Talbott said.

Pottery, baskets, hats and scarves are included in the exhibition, which opens Sunday, Nov. 11, and runs through Dec. 23.

"There is something for everybody," Talbott said, from $4 stocking-stuffers and $15 earrings to glass vases and bowls selling for hundreds of dollars.

"We have beautiful handmade holiday cards that are priced the same as the mass-produced cards you find in the stores," she said. "What a nice gesture to send someone you care about a lovely handmade card with your holiday greetings."

This year's exhibition was curated with the help of the museum's new staff member, Tracy Rieger, former manager of the Show of Hands stores in Columbus.

"She was able to make arrangements to bring some wonderful new artists we haven't featured before," Talbott said.

Among the jewelry pieces featured will be decorative necklaces, earrings and bracelets created by enamelist Judy Goskey; pins and earrings crafted out of mixed metals by Bart Smith; and Ginger Seiple's earrings made of sterling silver with semiprecious stones.

The exhibit will feature glass work by Thomas Chapman, John Geci and Matthew Paskiet.

Among the returning favorites are blown-glass gourds and pumpkins by Jack Pine; ceramic bowls, platters and jars by Mark Nafziger; and bat, bug and monkey clocks Mark Brown crafted using found materials.

"We also have some unique handcrafted ornaments, including churches and houses made out of paper, glass balls and wooden ornaments," Talbott said.

The craft museum's holiday exhibition "presents a much more peaceful and relaxed shopping experience than busy malls," she said.

"We have parking right next to the building and we're always here to assist you in finding a particular type of item and to gift wrap your purchase," Talbott said.

A free opening reception will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 11. A workshop, "Craftview: Twig Birds," will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and will offer participants the chance to create a wooden bird using twigs and other natural materials.

The fee is $10 for museum members, $12 for nonmembers. Registration is required and can be made by calling the museum at 614-486-4402.

One-day gift workshops for children ages 6-12 will held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 8 and from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 and 17.

"It's an ideal place to leave your children while you go out and complete some holiday shopping," Talbott said. "The children will be making their own handcrafted items that will be perfect holiday gifts."

Registration also is required for the children's programs, which cost $25 per session.

During "Gifts of the Craftsmen," the museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. Sundays.

"We're opening an hour earlier on Sundays to make it more convenient for people coming from church or brunch," Talbott said. "In past years, we'd have people lining up before our usual Sunday opening time of 1 p.m."

The Ohio Craft Museum is located at 1665 W. Fifth Ave. It is owned and operated by Ohio Designer Craftsmen.

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