For 19 years, the Earlville Opera House has been gathering the best talent in the region in an amazing display of artistic talent and creativity known as the Annual Holiday Artists Sale. Beginning the week before Thanksgiving, visitors are invited inside our West Gallery space to peruse the works of over 60 regional artists to kick off their holiday shopping with local flair.
The first floor of the historic 19th century building is transformed from workshop space and gallery space into a wonderland of intermingled treasures that entice and astound. Displayed on tables draped with fabric, hung on the walls, and sparkling from special displays, the combination of artistry, creativity, imagination, and beauty is truly awe-inspiring.
No matter who you buy for, there is something for everyone at this fantastic sale. Handmade wooden toys, traditional games, mittens and hats and socks welcome winter fun with children and grandchildren. A variety of potters offer practical and beautiful additions to the kitchens of your favorite cooks; jewelry abounds, for all ages and all styles. Handmade sweaters, gloves, scarves, shawls, and hats in so many varieties, many created with locally harvested fibers from sheep, goats, alpaca, and llamas. Beautiful paintings and photographs both as framed art and as matted prints and note cards. Handmade soaps and lotions, dried flower arrangements, practical and beautiful baskets of all sizes and shapes – there just isn’t enough room to describe all the beautiful work that goes into creating this amazing show.
This year marks the debut participation of several new artists with exciting new wares. If you think you’ve seen it all on the first weekend, think again: new artists and new artwork will arrive throughout the sale. There’s always something more to see, so plan to come more than once.
The sale runs for 5 consecutive weekends, beginning November 18. Sale dates are Fri. – Sun. Nov. 18, 19, and 20; Nov. 25, 26, and 27; Dec. 2, 3, and 4; Dec. 9, 10, and 11; and Dec. 16, 17, and 18. Hours on Fridays and Saturdays are 10 am – 4 pm, Sundays 12-4 pm, with two additional sale days Tues. and Wed. Dec. 20 and 21 from 10 am – 4 pm.
Earlville Opera House is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 315-691-3550 or visit http://www.earlvilleoperahouse.com. Earlville Opera House events are made possible in part thanks to the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.