Holiday Art Market offers unique items, connection to local artists

45th annual shopping destination will be open through Dec. 29

Christy Steadman
csteadman@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 12/6/19

From the wood he collects to the product it becomes, everything that Dave Hawley makes has a story. Aspen trees are transformed into little wooden bowls and birch and pine trees become miniature, 3D …

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Holiday Art Market offers unique items, connection to local artists

45th annual shopping destination will be open through Dec. 29

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From the wood he collects to the product it becomes, everything that Dave Hawley makes has a story.

Aspen trees are transformed into little wooden bowls and birch and pine trees become miniature, 3D funky trees for display.

“It’s all part of my fun,” Hawley said.

Hawley of Boulder is one of 108 Colorado artists who have their art for sale at this year’s Holiday Art Market (HART) at the Foothills Art Center, 809 15th St. Open for holiday shopping, HART will run through Dec. 29 this year.

In its 45th annual year, this year’s HART offers 3,365 different products — from scarves to soaps to paintings to jewelry and much more — and 8,225 individual items.

“You’ll always find something unique,” said Anna Schoen, Foothills Art Center’s marketing manager. “It’s special knowing you can take home something that’s handmade and local.”

In addition, the proceeds benefit the local artists as well as Foothills Art Center, a nonprofit.

This year, each display includes what Schoen called artist labels, which includes their photo a mini bio and a little bit about why they make art.

“Getting to know them gives you a connection and a reason why you’re shopping local,” Schoen said.

Hawley is a wood artist and has had his work in the HART for about seven or eight years, he said.

“It’s my favorite holiday show,” he said. “The variety is incredible.”

Hawley has been woodworking for about 30 years. But it really became a passion in retirement — first from the Army in 1986, and then following a 21-year career in contracts management in 2007.

Barbara Peraino of Genesee looks forward to shopping at HART every year, she said. On Nov. 27, she brought both her adult children and their significant others — all who live in the bay area in California.

Peraino enjoys browsing all the artwork, she said, but especially the pottery, glassware and woodcarvings.

“All the stuff you can’t find in regular stores,” Peraino said. HART “is for the really unique items. That’s why we come.”

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