Holiday at home
HOUGHTON – In a walk of a couple of minutes, one could take in a panoply of bowls, jams, scarves, photographs and many more pieces of art at the Rozsa Center Saturday.
Of course, most people found something to make them linger.
The 16th annual Home for the Holidays event included work from 36 artists. It’s mostly a mix of local and Upper Peninsula artists in the show, with two coming from Minnesota, said organizer Diane Simonson.
“It seems like we have a lot of loyal customers,” she said. “We’ve been doing this for so long the children are getting married and continuing the tradition.”
Simonson also owns the Keweenaw Bay Wreath Company, which sold out of wreaths less than 90 minutes after the doors opened. And it looked to have been a good day for others, too, she said.
“It’s been awesome,” she said. “It looks like the business has been spread around. I like to see everybody doing well.”
Susan Hooker of Hancock had an assortment of items on display – nesting dolls, ornaments, painted rocks and cards with images of her original paintings.
“Every year I kind of get on something new,” she said.
She started painting about 25 years ago while she was in the Army and going to school in Kansas.
Her media may be varied, but she does work around a common theme – snowflakes.
“They’re pretty,” she said.
Rae Warner of Negaunee was selling handmade dolls, which she’s been making for the past 15 years.
“I was an art teacher for 27-and-a-half years, so I’ve got a good background in art,” she said. “After retiring, I needed something to keep me busy.”
Admittedly fussy about colors and materials, it can take Warner several weeks to finish her designs, which have names like “Miranda the Good Witch” and “Mr. Charming Skeleton.”
While some of Warner’s work is adjusted from other patterns, eventually she’d like to create more of her own.
“There’s even more satisfaction when you create something from scratch,” she said.
“I guess it gives me a plan for the future.”
Dorothy Pietila of Calumet and Mary Weldum of Negaunee were looking through a rack of scarf jewelry. It was Weldum’s first time at the show.
“It’s very nice. High-quality arts,” Weldum said.
Pietila comes most years.
“I like all the pretty things, the Christmas spirit,” she said. “I like it all.”
Tracey Bershing had already seen several things that struck her fancy. She comes to the show frequently, particularly for the jewelry.
“I think there’s several amazing artists that end up displaying at the show, and there’s unique things you don’t see at other places,” she said.