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The Holidays are here and the Holiday Christmas Crawl will feature 17 galleries all decked out in their holiday finery from 5-8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6.

Sponsored by the Ashe County Arts Council, the Christmas Crawl showcases and promotes the varied artistic talents in Downtown West Jefferson just in time for your holiday shopping.

New, creative, innovative works by local Ashe County’s artists will make gift-giving a pleasure. The galleries and shops are alive with colors, textures and smells of the season that invite the explorer to experience something new and exciting.

Participating in the Christmas Crawl will be: Acorn Gallery, Ashe Arts Center, Ashe Custom Framing and Gallery, Backstreet Beads, Bohemia Gallery, Broomfields Gallery, CatchLight Gallery, Everything Has a Story, Florence Thomas Art School, Fiber Artisan’s Gallery, Frenchy’s Gallery, Originals Only Gallery, Ripples Gallery, RT Morgan Art Gallery, Stephen Shoemaker Studio and Gallery, The Artists’ Theatre and The Vintage Locket.

The Ashe Arts Center will feature Tree Fest with seven decorated trees, handmade ornaments and miniature paintings by local artists, just the right size for gift giving. The Gallery Shop features pottery, wood, jewelry, baskets, books and more.

Originals Only Gallery will feature new paintings by Joan Bell and Lenore de Pree, with miniatures to large pieces. The Gallery will feature porcelain ornaments of paintings by Joan and Lenore, new supplies of Hoffman pottery, Elkland Handwerke wooden trees, colorful baskets and luscious scarves. Don’t miss out on the special two-for-the-price-of-one discount on De Pree prints. Michael Bell will provide live music for the evening.

In the gallery of the Florence Thomas Art School, original works by Florence Thomas, highlighting winter and holiday scenes. The gallery will be decorated for Christmas to include some of Florence’s antique dolls and furniture. The school will host a “After the Crawl” party with light refreshments and the culmination of a silent auction of works from our instructors and the raffle for an original Florence Thomas painting.

For Gallery crawl, The Vintage Locket will feature new sparkling Swarovski jewelry, scarf charms and lots of fun surprises. There are new handbags by Rita just for your holiday gift giving. The gallery is decorated for Christmas with holiday gift ideas.

Come out and bring a friend, stroll the streets and enjoy the holiday spirit in Downtown West Jefferson. Admission to Gallery Crawl is free. Maps will be available at the Ashe Arts Center in West Jefferson and at other participating galleries and shops.

The Crawl is sponsored by the Ashe County Arts Council in cooperation with the West Jefferson Business Association, the West Jefferson TDA and is funded in part, through a Grassroots Arts Program Grant of the N.C. Arts Council.

For more information, call the Ashe County Arts Council at 336-846-ARTS

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