Arts organizations offering handmade gifts for the holidays

Christmas CALA

Fine arts from local craftsmen make great Christmas gifts and keep shoppers' money in the community, CALA Christmas Arts & Crafts Festival organizers say.

BRIAN HUGHES/ News Bulletin
Published: Friday, November 29, 2013 at 12:56 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Local arts organizations have an idea for Christmas shopping: How about buying one-of-a-kind, handmade gifts from local craftsmen and fine artists?

Three area arts organizations are sponsoring the annual CALA: Crestview Area Loves the Arts showcase of hand-crafted works by area artists.

The Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce Arts & Culture Committee, Okaloosa Arts Alliance-North committee and the local Friends of the Arts will present the Dec. 7 event.

"Here is an idea," Arts and Culture chairwoman Rae Schwartz said. "Let's buy Christmas presents from small local businesses and self-employed people."

Schwartz said by buying local, shoppers' money remains in the community. By buying from local artists, shoppers are assured their gifts are unique. And by shopping at CALA, shoppers will meet the artists who crafted the gifts they select.

"This way, more local people will have a better Christmas," she said.

Schwartz said multiple fine and visual arts will be represented, including china painting, wood turning, painting, photography, book and fabric arts.

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