Niagara Gazette

November 22, 2013

12 new artists join lineup at Kenan Holiday Gift Show

By Kaley Lynch
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — LOCKPORT — Fifty local artisans and designers are selling unique gifts and artwork this weekend at the 33rd Annual Kenan Arts Council Holiday Gift Show.

The show continues 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m on Sunday in the historic Kenan House, the Taylor Theatre and meeting room, and the educational building at 433 Locust St. Admission is $4.

Jane Corser, president of the Kenan Arts Council and co-chair of this year’s show, said that the arts council strives for variety when choosing vendors for the show.

“We like to mix things up, shoppers love to see new, different things,” she said, adding that members keep their eyes open at craft shows throughout the year to spot new WNY artists who could be good additions to the Kenan show. A jury of art show members decides which vendors get a spot each year, as the house capacity tops out at 50 artists.

New to the show this year are Cathy Hinze, who makes clothing and gifts from alpaca wool; jewelry crafter Paula Prohaska; David Zaborowski, whose handcrafted boxes in a variety of shapes made a splash with gift show jurors; Cheryl Hoffman, a jewelry crafter who uses antique Buffalo Indian head coins and buttons; Mandy Weatherstone who imprints pictures into glass for jewelry and ornaments; Jody Zeihm, a watercolor artist who also crafts gifts from recycled items; and Vicki Schneider, a glass artist.

Zeihm, who is based out of Wheatfield, describes the repurposed items she will be bringing to the show as “shabby chic.” She uses recycled and vintage items in her work in new ways, such as making shelves out of antique drawer pulls and fabric Christmas trees from old material.

“The more I use repurposed materials, the more inspired I get,” Zeihm said. “These items are a mix of old stuff and new ideas.” Some of Zeihm’s pieces also incorporate her acclaimed watercolors, and many of the pieces will include a note on the back identifying the vintage items and the year.

Also new to the gift show this year is a wine tasting provided by Black Willow Winery of Burt. The wine tasting in Taylor Theatre will be free, and the winery will also be selling bottles. Shamus Restaurant will be selling sandwiches, soups, and other foods in the theatre, which will be dubbed the “Onstage Cafe” for the gift show.

Gourmet chocolate, mustards, jams and jellies will also be sold, as well as homemade and gift-wrapped candies, cookies, breads, and muffins made by members of the arts council, Corser said. A handmade quilt from the Kenan Quilter’s Guild and four gift baskets will be raffled off.