The holiday shopping season is under way - at malls, shopping centers and soon the Dublin Arts Council.

The holiday shopping season is under way - at malls, shopping centers and soon the Dublin Arts Council.

DAC will host its annual Noel Nights from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Dec. 4-5.

The event is designed for guests to welcome in the holiday spirit while browsing a selection of arts and gifts for all ages at DAC's gift shop, 7125 Riverside Drive.

The DAC gift shop features handmade items by local artists, including ornaments, cards, jewelry, ceramics and host and hostess gifts.
"I think this is always a good start for the season, not only for the staff, but for the entire community," said DAC executive director David Guion. "It's a beautiful building and a beautiful setting to celebrate the season."

The event will feature a trunk show of folk art collectibles by the Cat's Meow Village of Wooster, Ohio. Dublin's Tim Frederich's functional pottery will be for sale as well as handmade glass snowmen by Mike Wallace of Sylvania, pewter artworks by Akron sculptor Don Drumm, scenes of domesticity gone slightly awry by Columbus painter Judith Viero and the book "I'm Just a Cat Mattress," from Columbus artist and illustrator Susan Sturgill.

A variety of sizes and price ranges will be available for items, Guion said. Discounts of 20 percent will be offered on all gift shop, gallery and trunk show purchases during the event, and gift-wrapping is complimentary.

"They're all really unique items things you can't get in a typical department store, which I think is great," Guion said. "There are a lot of gifts under $20. In this economy it seems we're right on the mark with providing gifts that are inexpensive but unique."

The 20 percent discount also applies to the purchase of Masayuki Miyajima's pottery, currently on display in the DAC gallery.

"I think some people haven't been able to visit the gallery and see Miyajima's work," Guion said. "Being able to purchase his work at a 20 percent discount is rather special, I think. The work is really amazing and we've had a great response to it."

All purchases support artists while benefiting Dublin Arts Council programs. Admission is free, and complimentary refreshments will be served.