The Gahanna Lincoln High School Community Art class will hold its first Holiday Hoopla, an arts-and-crafts vendor fair, as a fundraiser to support community projects.
Holiday Hoopla will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, in the cafeteria at the high school, 140 S. Hamilton Road.
"We have over 60 unique vendors ready to meet your holiday shopping needs," said Sharon Iseringhausen, community art teacher and adviser.
She said the event will include handmade arts and crafts, jewelry and merchandise vendors, as well as home improvement companies.
"We will also have a raffle item from each of our vendors to bid on, as well as a concession stand," Iseringhausen said. "We are very excited to be able to host so many vendors for our first event, and have been overwhelmed with the community response and support we have received."
Jennifer Sheehan of the Columbus-based Jennifer's Custom Designs is one participating vendor.
"I have been making jewelry for nine years now," she said. "I started as a physical therapy for my hands, stringing beads for strength and dexterity from my spinal cord injury 13 years ago that left me partially paralyzed."
Sheehan said she found some cool beads and made something for herself, then a few friends asked her to make them things, and she thought about trying craft shows.
"Since then, everything has taken off and now I'm in 12 Hallmarks, three airports, five pharmacies and about 10 small boutiques," she said. "My most popular items are my Ohio-themed line, but I'm also known for my inspirational pieces, stone and metal work and leather pieces."
Iseringhausen said the vision for the high school Community Art class she teaches is to promote and increase the presence of the arts in the community.
This year's class includes 18 students.
Gahanna Lincoln junior Grace Najdek said she and her classmates started putting together Holiday Hoopla a month ago.
"We've put out flyers at businesses and we've been creating raffle jars," she said. "I've been in charge of contacting vendors and how the whole day will go."
As of Dec. 4, she said, 68 vendors are scheduled to participate, and she expects more.
"It's interesting because we have a large variety," Najdek said. "We have wood (artists), granite engraving, clothing, jewelry and knitted items. It will be perfect for gifts for Christmas."
In addition to concessions, she said, some students have formed quartets to provide live entertainment.
Iseringhausen said Holiday Hoopla was created to raise money for the community projects of the art class.
One such project is the annual Herb n' Arts Fair, which will be held May 2 at the VFW Park.
"The Herb n' Arts Fair is entirely organized by the GLHS Community Art students and features six hours of stage performances, physical activities including bounce houses, a student art sale, food trucks, and more than 20 art and music creation stations," Iseringhausen said. "All of this is provided to the Gahanna community completely free of charge due to the generosity of our community donors. The mission of the Herb n' Arts Fair is to provide a day filled with art, created by students for students."
For more information about some of the past projects of the high school's Community Art class, go to glhscommunityart.com.