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Burlington artists gather at local art gallery for holiday sale

The Art Gallery of Burlington held its annual holiday arts sale on Nov. 23, 25 and 26.

The sale featured art from all the guilds associated with the gallery, including pottery, photographs, jewellery and paintings.

Most of the art was concentrated in one main room, located next to the gift shop.

Jazz music played as customers surveyed the many pieces on sale and could talk to various members of the guilds about their works and inquire about the process of their creation.

Monika Schaefer, a member of the Potter’s Guild, explained what the event gives to the community.

An artist's pottery on display.
Every artist’s display table was accompanied by a name tag, photo and short biography identifying who made the pieces.

“It offers a chance to see some fabulous art, to purchase original works of art, to support the local art community, which is great,” Schaefer said. “It’s a huge and vibrant community.”

Over 120 artists have their work on display, and unlike items sold at the gift shop, most of the profits go to the artists themselves.

Vickie Lynch, a member of the Handweavers and Spinners Guild, said the event serves a purpose other than just compensating the artists financially.

“It’s an ancient art that should be passed on,” Lynch said. “It is a big educational [event], and it’s nice to see young children when we do certain events. They see spinning and how to create the yarn, and then how that yarn is put on the loom and woven into actual fabric.”

Unframed paintings on display.
Unframed paintings were hung in two separate rooms in the gallery, making up a significant portion of the items on sale.

Guild members were easily identifiable by a card hanging on their lanyards, making it easy to find them and start a conversation.

Customer Wayne Visser said he was very impressed with the items on display.

“It’s pretty amazing,” Visser said. “There’s a wide variety of skills here, and the creativity is just awesome, it’s really neat to see.”

Although the holiday sale is only once a year, there is a companion sale that is held in the Spring season, usually in May.


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