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Sitka Artisans Market and Holiday Craft Party.

This year the Greater Sitka Arts council is combining two of its annual holiday events, the Sitka Artisans Market, in its fourteenth year, and the Holiday Craft Party, which has been going on for more than twenty years. "You wouldn't believe how busy this town is," says the Greater Sitka Arts Council Executive Director Sarah Lawrie. "It seemed like a natural fit to have the two events together, both for my own sanity and also for the community," she laughs.

The Artisans Market is a juried market of about thirty-five vendors, meaning that the Arts Council is selective when looking at vendor applications. "Were looking for handcrafted, distinctive, high-quality, original work created by Alaskan artists," Lawrie says.

New this year is a community mural painting activity. Funded by a small grant from the Greater Sitka Legacy Fund, local, contemporary artist Cara Jane Murray will host a design workshop Friday night, and using designs from the workshop, she'll draw an outline to be filled in by the community on Saturday.

Crafts at the Holiday Party include fish prints, raku bowls, holiday cards, holiday ornaments, gingerbread houses, and bentwood boxes demonstrated by an Alaska Native artist.

New this year, the market and party will be in Allen Hall, a newly renovated building that's part of the Sheldon Jackson College, which was gifted to the Sitka Fine Arts Camp. "I think the location is really going to add something special to it this year, too," Lawrie says.

Both events have free admission. The Artisans Market and Holiday Craft Party take place Friday, December 5, from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, December 6, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Title Annotation:ENTERTAINMENT
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Author:Anderson, Tasha
Publication:Alaska Business Monthly
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Geographic Code:1U9AK
Date:Dec 1, 2014
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