OLAH Christmas Shoppe showcases local arts and crafts

EVART — Snow flurries and the nip in the air mean Christmas is just around the corner — and the Osceola League for Arts and Humanities has officially ushered in the holiday season with the opening of its annual Christmas Shoppe in Evart.

Glittering trees, handcrafted ornaments, garlands, wreaths, tinsel and sparkling lights create a nostalgic small-town atmosphere in the quaint studio with its wainscoted walls, original tin ceiling and old fashioned plank flooring.

For a shopping experience filled with holiday spirit, step inside the festive showcase and browse through a fascinating array of gifts, all handcrafted by more than 30 talented area artists and craftsmen.

The Christmas Shoppe is open now through Dec. 20 and has extended holiday shopping hours — from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Area residents can shop for everyone on their gift list — from infants and children to the most hard-to-please adults.

The shop offers a large selection of distinctive items including knitted, crocheted and embroidered creations, stained glass, quilts, handbags and totes, jewelry, vases, mosaics, woodcrafts, pottery, vintage dinnerware and glassware, holiday cards, oil paintings, water colors and photography.

Add to your collection of colorful tree ornaments or select striking holiday centerpieces, figurines, Santas and sleighs. Tree decorations come in all sizes, shapes and colors. Choose from cloth, wooden, beaded and vintage Victorian styles.

“I love shopping here,” said Eva Spence from Evart. “They have unique and charming items you can’t find anywhere else. I shop here every year and I highly recommend it to everyone to come and take a look.”

League members donate their time and talent to design the attractive displays, decorate the studio and handle gift sales.

The Christmas Shoppe offers a gala setting for local artists to exhibit their works; a portion of sales is donated to the league for operating expenses, to sponsor other events and offer a variety of arts and crafts classes.

“Our volunteers have done an excellent job of decorating the studio and it seems like every year we have new and interesting items for sale,” said league member Dale Davis from Farwell. “We invite everyone to stop by and enjoy shopping for great gifts created by very gifted artists and crafters.”

New artists are always welcome. To learn more about the league and how to participate in the Christmas Shoppe or other programs and events, contact Mary Brininstool at (231) 250-1066.

The Osceola League for Arts and Humanities studio is at 207 N. Main St., Evart.