The roster of artists participating in the Ohio Craft Museum's 18th annual Gifts of the Craftsmen holiday exhibition and sale is so expansive that even museum director Betty Talbott is surprised.

"I thought we must have over 100 artists this year, but when I went around the display and starting counting up, I found it's actually more than 120 different artists," she said. "And the thing about this exhibition is new work will be continuing to come in."

Gifts of the Craftsmen opened Nov. 5 and runs through Dec. 23 at the museum, 1665 W. Fifth Ave.

Every item on display is available for purchase. As items are sold, the exhibition will be replenished with artwork.

"We have many returning artists that people know, but we also change it up by featuring new artists whose work represents fresh voices and ideas," Talbott said.

The new artists include Judi Young of Galloway, who creates collages using torn paper mounted on canvas. Much of Young's work features whimsical portraits of animals.

"They're great for a child's room," Talbott said. "She has dogs, birds, monkeys -- even one with a sloth. She's great at capturing their eyes -- all of her animals are wide-eyed and engaging."

Rhode Island artist Boris Bally creates keychains using recycled street signs.

"He's a nationally known artist who finds these old street signs, polishes their edges and turns them into these nifty key chains that are great for gift-giving," Talbott said.

The craft museum's exhibition includes numerous holiday trees, each adorned with handcrafted ornaments that are available for purchase.

"We have quite an assortment of jewelry, from inexpensive items that cost $10, $15 or $20 to high-end pieces costing hundreds of dollars," Talbott said.

This year's holiday exhibition features a large number of purses, satchels and handbags.

"We heard from a lot of people asking about purses and bags," Talbott said. "We try to listen to what people are telling us they want and to find artists who create that type of item.

"We have something for everybody, for every budget and for all age groups and interests," she said. "(For) some of the artists, you're not going to find their work anywhere else in central Ohio."

During Gifts of the Craftsmen, the museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. Admission and parking are free.

The museum also can arrange to stay open after hours for groups of 10 or more, Talbott said.

"Your group can come by in the evening for your own private shopping night," she said. "You can bring your own beverages and snacks and have a really fun time. We're happy to accommodate groups."

Ohio Designer Craftsmen, which owns and operates the craft museum, will hold its annual Winterfair from Dec. 1 to 3 at the Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus.

Winterfair will feature more than 450 artists displaying and selling ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, photography, prints, wood and other media.

Admission to Winterfair is $7 and free for children 12 and younger. It will run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 2 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 3.

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