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More than 40 artists featured at Vernon’s Artsolutely

18th annual event spans 23 days of unique offerings
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The work of some artists like Cindy Bouthillier of I Felt That, is only available at Arstolutely, which runs Dec. 1-23 at the Vernon Arts Centre. (Contributed)

This holiday season, immerse yourself in the spirit of creativity and giving, at the Artsolutely Artisan Market and Fundraiser.

With over 40 local artists showcasing one-of-a-kind creations at the Vernon Community Arts Centre, the event is a haven for unique and heart-felt holiday gifts.

Artsolutely opens Friday, Dec. 1 until Dec. 23 at the Arts Centre at the entrance to Polson Park. Hours are Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Explore thousands of handcrafted treasures, from exquisite glasswork to captivating ceramics, detailed leather accessories to finely crafted woodwork, and aromatic soaps to a gallery of fine art paintings. Artsolutely has something to satisfy every taste and every budget, so whether you are searching for stocking stuffers or a standout piece for that special someone, you’re bound to find the perfect gift on your Christmas wish list.

What sets this market apart is the winning combination of art, artists, and atmosphere. Customers wait all year for Artsolutely to roll around again so they can pick up exclusive pieces from artists like Vicki Lewis of Tuesday Twice Arts, and Cindy Bouthillier of I Felt That, who only sell their work at Artsolutely.

Vendors are selected through a jury process and then work tirelessly for six to 10 months to create enough stock for this 23-day event.

Come December, artists take turns overseeing the vendor spaces while VCAC staff and volunteers take care of all the sales transactions and wrapping, giving artists time to connect with customers.

“Join us for a memorable and enriching holiday shopping experience where artists from around the valley come together to support one another and to give back to the community. As a fundraiser, every purchase not only champions our local economy, but also supports arts education throughout the year,” says centre manager Rodney Goodchild.

To learn more, and for a full list of this year’s artisans, visit vernonarts.ca/artsolutely and follow @artsolu on social media.

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Jennifer Smith

About the Author: Jennifer Smith

Vernon has always been my home, and I've been working at The Morning Star since 2004.
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