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Several local Tamarack artists to host holiday open house in Athens

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Athens, WV - Three local artists are again opening the door to shoppers, friends and neighbors, encouraging them to “shop LOCAL”.  The Annual Holiday Open House will be on Saturday, November 14 from 11:00-5:00 at the home of Michael Sizemore (Mountain Artworks Studio) in Athens.

Holiday shoppers will have the opportunity to meet the artists, mingle with friends and purchase lovely hand-crafted items including whimsical copper yard and home sculptures by Sizemore, dichroic and fused glass jewelry and wall hangings by Nancy O’Farrell and unique “wearable art” including: hats, bags and jewelry by Susanna Robinson-Kenga.  

Sizemore has been hosting the open house event for many years in an effort to showcase the work of fellow artisans as well as encouraging the community to support small business artists in the community.  Sizemore’s wife (Beth Sizemore) and co-host for the event says “In the past, shoppers have commented that it’s a real bonus to buy a gift from the person who actually created it, giving the gift giver a story for their lucky recipient.   It doesn’t take a lot of thought or creativity to buy someone a sweater from the mall, I think people really appreciate a hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind present.  It shows you really gave it some thought!”

While there will be some big ticket items on display around the Sizemore outdoor “sculpture garden”, gift items range from $10-$200, meeting everyone’s budget restrictions.  In addition, visitors can check out the working studio and welding shop where much of Mr. Sizemore’s work is conceived and created.  “I think it gives folks a new understanding and appreciation when they see first-hand, what is involved in the making of a sculpture. Being an artist truly is about community.  Inviting the buyer into your world so that they can experience the production, well, that’s the fun part!  And I think it makes people feel good to know what they are supporting when they shop local.”

O’Farrell and Kenga-Robinson both have connections to the Athens community.  Susanna, who now lives in Greenbrier County, grew up in Athens while her father was a Professor of Education at Concord.  Robinson-Kenga’s unique style comes from her love of “…vintage pieces.   Most of my creations are made using vintage fabrics, trims, ribbons, lace, beads and imagery.”  Nancy was a teacher at Athens School for many years, prior to her retirement.  Nancy was an accomplished potter before switching gears and delving into glass.

The event is open to the general public and refreshments will be available.  For more information or for directions to the event (the studio is located in Athens, behind the football field at Concord University), please call 304.716.1084 or email at bethboydsizemore@gmail.com.

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