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November 15, 2012

Kenan's Holiday Gift Show back for its 32nd year

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Every year there’s always something new to find or see at the Holiday Gift Show at the Kenan Center.

This year’s edition, the 32nd annual, sponsored by the Kenan Arts Council, takes place this weekend in the historic Kenan mansion.

According to Jane Corser and Manning McCandlish, there are some exciting changes and newcomers.

“The committee is always trying to find new and quality artisans to blend with returning crafters who more than willingly retain their allegiance to the show,” said Corser who, along with McCandlish and Barb Hollasch, co-chairs the event.

There will be 50 crafters on hand, 11 of whom are new to the show. To ensure that the show has some of the best crafters around, the exhibitors must first go through a jury selection.

“That way we have some control over the quality of the show,” said McCandlish.

Among the new crafters this year is Joelle McAndrew, who will offer her one-of-a-kind cloth dolls, that come with accessories such as clothing and little pets.

Corser said the dolls are perfect gifts for young girls on anyone’s Christmas list.

“We saw these little dolls and they were absolutely adorable,” added Corser. “I can’t wait to see some more.”

Another crafter the co-chairs are excited about for this year’s event is Nicole Johnson, who was discovered at an event in Lewiston. Johnson makes art dolls form polymer clay called “mealy monsters.”

According to Corser, when she asked Johnson where she gets the ideas for her creations, Johnson replied “in my nightmares.”

Then there’s Bonnie Nelson, who offers a crocheted-type of metal jewelry. This mesh metal technique involves creating jewelry from precious metals.

Returning artisans offer a variety of jewelry form art-inspired creations, contemporary designs using a wide variety of materials including silver, metal, fused glass, sea glass, natural stones and homemade beads. Floral designers and wood products enhance the show, along with clothing and accessories.

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