Posted on December 1, 2021 by Sonoma Valley Sun
By Jackie Lee, Sun Fine Arts –
It’s time to come out of the doldrums and enjoy the holiday season with all its bells and whistles. Family reunions, festive food, and gifts are top of the list of favorite things to do.
Sonoma Community Center aims to please during its tenth anniversary winter art market sale with works produced during the year – ceramics, textile arts, jewelry, paintings, pottery, sculptures, clothing and all other creations. Free, three days of items for sale, food, drink, music and more.
Start on Thursday, December 2 between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., return for more on Friday, December 3 from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and attend the grand finale on Saturday, December 4 between 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. CSC is located at 276 E. Napa Street in Sonoma.
It’s fair to say that this year couldn’t be more important for the arts community. Times have been tough throughout the pandemic for artists who depend on contact with the public to sell their art. Some have found a way to sell directly on the Internet, but most have spent their time wisely creating their art, ready for a better day to come. They depend on winter market sales to present their offers in time for the holiday gifts. Nothing better than presenting a one-of-a-kind handmade gift from a local source that you won’t find anywhere else.
Kala Stein, the Events and Programming Director, has been on board for six years, and SCC recently made a few staff additions to handle everything they do for the community. He added several programs for the benefit of the Center.
“Our members wanted to have a sale of items of all kinds, and the prices are realistic $ 5 to $ 500 in most cases,” Kala said. “Kids are free and we hope parents will take advantage of our drop-off feature where kids are watched together in a playroom and have fun while mom and dad go shopping. Local musicians will entertain. It’s a major fundraiser for us, and Bartholomew Winery in Sonoma graciously donated $ 5 per bottle for this event.
About fifty artists will exhibit their works for sale. SCC Art Teacher Deborah Donahower will offer her own art, including 100 ceramic pieces ranging from small to large bowls, vases of various designs, 25 original framed pastels, several matted prints and decks of cards. “My job is quite diverse,” she says. “Creating new designs keeps me young! “
Nancy Barrett, CSC’s Featured Volunteer of the Year (above) will show him many ceramic pieces. Nancy has always been in the ceramics department, joining as a beginner when she retired and moved to Sonoma. Today it produces unique ceramics. She said, “This program has helped a lot during the time that we have been through with all the negativity in the world, and it has really helped to be here. It is a beautiful thing.
Sales of events in recent years have been very strong during the openings. Make your gift list, put on your Nike shoes, and start early.