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Art Center prepares for holiday show opening

From paintings and pottery to blown glass, beaded and crocheted necklaces and printmaking, the 2018 Holiday Show & Sale at the Nobles County Art Center showcases local artists and their creations. (Julie Buntjer / The Globe)

WORTHINGTON — Nearly a dozen regional artists are participating in the Nobles County Art Center’s annual Holiday Show & Sale, showcasing everything from printmaking, paintings and photography to blown glass, pottery and jewelry.

An opening reception is planned from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday to shop and meet the artisans. The show and sale will continue through Dec. 26 at the center, which is located in the lower level of the War Memorial Building, 407 12th St., Worthington. Hours are noon to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Nobles County Art Center Director Tricia Mikle is excited for the show, which features one-of-a-kind, handmade items.

“I think there’s something for everybody,” she said. “The work is affordable and makes wonderful gifts throughout the season.”

Among the artists showcasing their works are Worthington native Chad Balster with a collection of blown glass items; Nan Karr Kaufenberg of Redwood Falls with linoleum block prints and cards; Tom Merchant of Westbrook with nature and landscape photography; Jerry Deuschle of Luverne with pottery; Kathy Deuschle of Luverne with crocheted and beaded necklaces; Haley McAndrews of Denison, Iowa, with drawings, paintings, notecards, handmade floral decorations and prints; and Worthington artists Kimberly Jansen-Kooistra with hand painted ornaments on pieces of ostrich egg, notecards and other artwork; Patrick Boe with paintings and Paul Swanson with photography.

Artists participating in the show for their first time are Spirit Lake, Iowa, potter Hank Hall, sharing numerous pieces of pottery, and printmaker and painter Adrienne Herbert of Worthington.

Herbert is showcasing primarily printmaking, with a couple of oil paintings and an encaustic.

“I happened upon a technique about a month ago and it turned out to be very successful,” Herbert said. “It was a happy accident, and I’m still learning about it.”

“She’s experimenting with a printmaking technique that not too many people are using,” added Mikle. “No two would ever be alike.”

The annual holiday show is a fundraiser for the art center, with 20 percent of proceeds from the sales going to the center for continued promotion of the arts.

Refreshments will be served during the opening reception.

Julie Buntjer

Julie Buntjer joined the Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at The Farm Bleat

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