Unique gifts will be available for purchase during the Edwardsville Arts Center’s Holiday Show this week. The show, which begins Friday at 6 p.m., features handmade items intended for the gift-giving season.

Unique gifts will be available for purchase during the Edwardsville Arts Center’s Holiday Show this week. The show, which begins Friday at 6 p.m., features handmade items intended for the gift-giving season.

Unique gifts will be available for purchase during the Edwardsville Arts Center’s Holiday Show this week. The show, which begins Friday at 6 p.m., features handmade items intended for the gift-giving season.

Unique gifts will be available for purchase during the Edwardsville Arts Center’s Holiday Show this week. The show, which begins Friday at 6 p.m., features handmade items intended for the gift-giving season.

EDWARDSVILLE — Edwardsville Arts Center (EAC) is gearing up for its 2019 Holiday Show, featuring one-of-a-kind gifts made and sold by artists from across the country.

The show begins on Friday and provides an opportunity to purchase handmade gifts including jewelry, pottery, silk scarves, soaps, glass ornaments, paintings and photography.

Several artists have decided to showcase their work at the show for the first time such as Rocky Pardo, according to EAC Gallery Manager Carolyn Tidball.

“She makes metal-smith jewelry – gold and silver – some really nice statement pieces,” Tidball noted. “We’ll also have some small silver jewelry pieces by Ginger Rasmussen.”

“Basically it is jewelry that has a charm, and the charm is made from like a wood frame and inside there is a resin filled section that contains a piece of a plant,” Tidball said. “So there are some pieces that have like moss or a little tiny fern leaf or a tiny daisy bud. There are these little fragments that highlight plant life.”

“She has these framed pieces that have embroidery and stitching on them. They sort of remind you of landscapes or aerial views of land,” Tidball said.

Couple Tony and Christy Bodnar and artist Reinhard Herzog will return to the show with glass ornaments.

Herzog is known for his glass bulb ornaments that contain unusual colored glass “mini-explosions.” The Bodnars have traditionally made solid colored glass ornaments as well as traditional shapes such as snowman, reindeer and Santa Claus from fused glass.

“We’ll have silk scarves by Pat Vivod and Nicole Ottwell, and Gary Olds will be bringing handmade soaps,” Tidball added.

Olds’ soaps will be a new work of art by the artist for the show. Olds, Dganit Moreno and Evan Wagman all will showcase a variety of pottery.

Marty Spears and Linda Rawson, who teach painting classes at the EAC, as well as Edwardsville artist Steve Hartman will have watercolor paintings in the show.

“In addition, we’ll be including all of the cups left from our recent juried show ‘Raise a Toast: An Exhibition of Ceramic Cups,’ which includes tons of artsy ceramic cups made by ceramic artists from all over the country,” Tidball said.

Other participating artists include Yuko Suga, Tracy Welling, Kara Zipprich, John Locus, Christy MacMorran, Steph Plant, Amie Schilson, Ana Sumner, Ron Vivod, Susan Bostwick, Angela Hung, Bob Huber, Andrew Koester, Alex Thomure, Carolyn Tidball, Chad Travous and Erin Gray.

“I think we have a lot of pieces in the $50 to $60 range. You could find something as inexpensive as $25 or as expensive as $500. There aren’t many $500 pieces, but there are some,” Tidball noted. “It’s a great opportunity to shop local and support your local art center as well as artists, and it’s an opportunity to find a really unique special gift.”

The EAC Holiday Show begins with an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. this Friday, Nov. 22. This particular show is an hour longer than most opening receptions at the EAC.

Following its opening, the EAC Holiday Show can be visited from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. The show continues through the holiday season until Dec. 28.

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“In December, we will have extended hours on Saturdays, and we’ll be open until 5 p.m.,” Tidball added.

Concurrently in the EAC’s DeToye Student Gallery is the showing of the Southwest Conference Art Competition winners. An annual juried art competition between seven of the Metro East high schools, the exhibit highlights some of the area’s young budding artists.

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