Rogersville gallery hosting Christmas Art and Gift Show

Jeff Bobo • Dec 16, 2008 at 12:00 AM

ROGERSVILLE — Christmas shoppers looking for unique gift ideas may want to visit the Rogersville Local Artists Gallery Saturday when it hosts an art show featuring one-of-a-kind holiday crafts and decorations.

Downtown Rogersville is always worth a visit at Christmastime to see Main Street’s light decorations.

But interior Christmas decorations will be the main feature Saturday when the Local Artists Gallery hosts its first Christmas Art and Gift Show from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

There are already more than 30 artists featured at the gallery, but 15 more guest artists have been invited to participate.

One of the lead organizers is Rogersville Local Artists Gallery regular contributor Jeremy Fore, who specializes in blown glass. Fore will have 30 original, one-of-a-kind Christmas tree ornaments on display and for sale during the show.

“It takes so much heat to melt that if you try to close the piece up while you finish it off, the trapped air will make it weak and make it uneven,” Fore said. “So we just went with that and made the hole a little larger so it had a purpose — you can stick your Christmas tree light inside it, and it glows like a little lamp on your tree.”

Fore said his ornaments sell for between $6 and $20, but all decorations on display Saturday will be marked down as much as 10 percent to 50 percent.

Fore’s blown glass art will be just one aspect of Saturday’s Christmas art show.

“We have about 30 artists at any given time here at the Local Artists Gallery, all from the Rogersville, Hawkins County area,” Fore said. “We have some amazing potters, woodworkers, painters, basket makers, jewelers and the list goes on. This show will mostly feature ornaments from dozens of different styles and disciplines, and there will also be hand-painted Christmas cards, stained glass, pottery and various other things.

“This show is really an opportunity to open our gallery up to some new people, and an opportunity for people in the community looking for a unique, one-of-a-kind gift idea to hopefully do a little shopping.”

The Rogersville Local Artists Gallery, a nonprofit organization, is located at 124 E. Main St. at the Church Street intersection. For more information about the Christmas Art and Gift Show call 921-7656.

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