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Boarman Arts Center's 13th annual Christmas show and sale

November 23, 1999

The Boarman Arts Center has a creative way of solving gift-giving worries during the holidays.

The center's 13th annual Christmas show and sale, which continues to Wednesday, Dec. 22, features handmade items from more than 50 artists, as well as gourmet foods.

For the collector, the show features fine art, framed old postcards, baskets, pottery, masks and rocking horses. There also are goat-milk soap products, candles, finely carved and handpainted toys, jewelry and woodwork.

For true fans of Christmas, there are ornaments, Santas and Bellsnickles, which Executive Director Patricia Perez describes as grumpy-looking German Santas.

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Participating artists are from all over West Virginia as well as from Pennsylvania and Virginia. Their work is juried by members of the art community and the center's gallery committee, Perez says. If an artist was chosen for the show last year but changed his style of artwork since then, he must be juried in again, she says.

"Things are constantly changing but we try to retain the quality," Perez says. "All of the volunteers have been wonderful. The artists are great," Perez says.

"This is our biggest fund-raiser show," Perez says. It benefits the center, its exhibits and children's programs.




What: 13th annual Christmas show and sale

When: To Wednesday, Dec. 22; Mondays to Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays, 1 to 5 p.m. There will be a gourmet bake sale Friday, Dec. 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A raffle for a full-size rosemary standard from Paisley Herb Gardens also will be offered.

Where: Boarman Arts Center, 208 S. Queen St., Martinsburg, W.Va.

Details: The center will be open Friday, Nov. 26, the day after Thanksgiving. There is no admission charge.

For information: 1-304-263-0224.

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