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Date of Release: 
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Contact Info: 

Katie Kazan, Director of Public Information
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Tracy Marks-Geib
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Holiday Art Fair Tradition Continues

Holiday Art Fair Tradition Continues 
at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

Friday, November 16 • noon – 6 pm
Saturday, November 17 • 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday, November 18 • 11 am – 3 pm  
MADISON, WI -- The Art League of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art will celebrate the season with an expanded Holiday Art Fair this year on November 16–18, 2007. A longtime MMoCA tradition, the Holiday Art Fair provides shoppers with an opportunity to purchase unique handcrafted gifts while enjoying the museum's exhibitions and stunning architectural spaces. 
This year's fair will expand to include the Henry Street Gallery and the Crossroads area of Overture Center for the Arts, as well as the museum's lobby and State Street Gallery. Forty invited artists and vendors will display jewelry, ceramics, woodwork, fiber, wearables, glass, holiday decorations, and gourmet foods. Art lovers can preview Holiday Art Fair participants on the museum's website,
Featured Artists: Something for Everyone
The 2007 Holiday Art Fair will offer a wide selection of items and gift ideas to please all holiday shopper. Among the featured artists are:  

  • Jane Miller, an artist from Madison, uses a childhood love of sewing and a personal collection of distinct fabrics and upholstery samples to create unique handbags. Miller is inspired by a variety of accessories, such as vintage buttons and chopsticks. Her handbags are original, stylish, and elegant.
  • Ceramics artist Tom Langholz, from Decorah, Iowa, keeps his studio private and therefore loves the social aspect of selling his stunning pottery at art fairs and shows. With his pottery spanning all sizes and shapes, Tom approaches each new piece with energy and excitement. His favorite part about being an artist? “It keeps my brain active and engaged.”
  • Husband and wife woodworking team Kim and Rob Russell bring beauty, variety and a little tradition to their wooden ornaments, kitchen utensils, and containers. Working together for more than 25 years, Kim and Rob play on their artistic strengths to run their successful business. 
      [Additional information about these artists is attached to this press release.]

    Rediscovered Art & Treasures
    The 2007 Holiday Art Fair will also include a new component organized by the Art League: a Rediscovered Art & Treasures sale. Art League president Sylvia Beckman suggested the feature several months ago. “We all have once-cherished, hidden treasures tucked away in our closets, attics, and nooks and crannies,” Beckman notes. “It only makes sense to find new homes for these lovely objects so that they can be displayed and enjoyed again.”  
    In the last few weeks, Art League members and other friends of MMoCA have been searching through their homes for stored art and antiques to donate to this special sale. The result is a treasure–trove of donated original art, jewelry, small antiques, decorative art, and highly prized collectibles. The Rediscovered Art & Treasures Sale will be located in the museum's education classroom just inside the Henry Street entrance to Overture Center.
    Museum Store and Fresco Welcome Visitors During the Fair
    Holiday Art Fair shoppers will also want to drop by the Museum Store. Long known for its fine handmade objects, jewelry, books, and children's toys, the store also stocks a dazzling selection of ornaments, as well as beautifully designed menorahs and other Judaica. 
    For those looking to rest their feet and enjoy some delicious refreshment, Fresco, the museum's rooftop restaurant, will be open for lunch during the fair. Shoppers can enjoy fresh soups, salads, sandwiches, and desserts, all made from local, seasonal produce, while enjoying the panoramic views of downtown Madison.
    Holiday Art Fair will be open to the public on Friday, November 16, from noon until 6 pm; Saturday, November 17, from 10 am to 5 pm; and Sunday, November 18, from 11 am to 3 pm. General admission tickets are $4 (children under 12 free), with discounted admission available to MMoCA members. For those who wish to beat the crowds, Patron tickets are available for $25 and include priority shopping on Friday, November 16, from 10 am until noon and a luncheon at the Orpheum Theatre.
    Proceeds from the fair benefit the year-round exhibition and education programs of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.
    The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art expresses sincere thanks to Kelly Financial for their generous sponsorship and support of the 2007 Holiday Art Fair.
    2007 Holiday Art Fair participants:
    Falling Moon Studio
    Artist: Pam Andersen
    Baraboo, WI 
    Kaleidoscopes and Snow Globes
    Artist: Paul Bergum
    Rio, WI 
    Artist: Judy Callen
    Madison, WI 
    CJC Woodworking
    Artist: Chris Christenson
    Brodhead, WI 
    Artists: Ginger Brenneis, Sally Hegley, and Gretchen Crownhart
    Madison, WI 
    Handcrafted Holiday Décor
    Renee Roeder Earley
    Madison, WI 
    Hand Sewn Hats
    Doreen Knits
    Artist: Doreen Forcier
    Madison, WI 
    Fiber-Wearable Art
    JoAnne Warren Watercolors
    Artist: JoAnne Hauser Warren
    Cuba City, WI 
    Watercolor Paintings
    Artist: Jenni Hopfinger
    Watertown, WI 
    Enamel on Glass
    Wisconsin Wheat, Weeds, & Wood
    Artist: Christl Iausly
    Spring Green, WI
    Wildflower Pictures, Wheatwearings
    Matthias James Pottery and Gallery
    Artist: Matthias James
    Evansville, WI 
    Conversation Pieces
    Artist: Dawn Kolafa
    Oconomowoc, WI 
    Mixed Media
    Norma Koshalek Jewelry
    Artist: Norma Koshalek
    Madison, WI 
    Jewelry- Silver, Stones
    Langholz Pottery
    Artist: Timothy Langholz
    Decorah, IA 
    Wheel Thrown Pottery
    Mystic Creations by Phyllis Lee
    Artist: Phyllis Lee Lethco
    Stoughton, WI 
    3D Jewelry
    Marcell Treah Gifts
    Artist: Lisa Livingston
    Madison, WI 
    Artist: Toby McCulloch
    Sun Prairie, WI
    Wood Vessels
    RTM Knitwear
    Artist: Rosemarie Mellenberger
    Madison, WI 
    East Side Bags
    Artist: Jane M. Miller
    Madison, WI 
    Fabric Handbags and Accessories
    Clay Basket
    Artist: Martha Monson Lowe
    Decorah, IA 
    Newbury Wooden Toys
    Artist: Jim Newbury
    Bethalto, IL 
    Say Grace
    Artist: Susan J. Robinson
    Baraboo, WI 
    Kristi Rose Sweaters
    Artist: Kristi Rose
    Hugo, MN 
    Wearable Art
    Artists: Kim and Rob Russell
    Spring Green, WI
    Artist: Demetra Saloutos
    Stoughton, WI 
    Jewelry and Sculpture
    Q3 Art
    Artists: Marvin and Michelle Shafer
    Chicago, IL 
    Jewelry and Mobiles
    WarmHeart Mittens
    Artists: Deb Garner and Jean Shaw
    Madison, WI 
    Felted Wool Mittens
    Floral Tapestries
    Artist: Gary Shaw
    Brooklyn, WI 
    Homespun Country
    Artists: Marnee and Paul Taylor
    San Francisco, CA 
    Babaloo Designs
    Artist: Barbara Thielke
    Madison, WI 
    Fused Glass Accessories
    Dream Scapes
    Artist: Ronna Trapanese
    Madison, WI 
    Retro Christmas Heirlooms
    Artist: Susan Werner
    Madison, WI 
    3-D Mixed Media
    BBJ Custom Design Studio
    Artist: Joyce Wilson
    Madison, WI 
    Gourmet Gallery:
    The Chocolate Caper
    Oregon, WI
    Madison, WI 
    Grape & Co.
    Madison, WI
    Madeleine's Patisserie 
    Madison, WI
    Melli Chocolates
    Cambridge, WI
    Tom's Handmade Candies
    Sun Prairie, WI

Artist Summaries:

Tim Langholz
Langholz Pottery
Decorah, Iowa
Tim Langholz discovered pottery while in school at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Starting out as a math and computer major, Langholz was drawn to the art department because of its social elements and quickly changed his major. After school, he worked in production pottery for several years, where he honed skills in speed and consistency. Being paid by the piece, he worked up to making 400 pieces a day! Shortly after being married, Langholz had had enough of production pottery and working for other people, and opened a studio of his own in Decorah, Iowa. Ten years later, Langholz still enjoys the creative process and says the varied life of an artist is what keeps him engaged. He does most of his selling at art shows and art fairs, keeping his studio private. “I love
meeting and talking with people, traveling and seeing parts of the country I wouldn't have
otherwise seen.”

Jane Miller
East Side Bags
Madison, Wisconsin
Jane Miller had been sewing for most of her life before turning her hobby into a business. Taught by her mother and grandmother, she started out making clothing for herself. She transitioned into handbags six years ago and has never looked back. Eastside Bags, Miller's handbag line, is inspired by a personal collection of vintage fabrics and upholstery samples. Miller enjoys the uniqueness and
appeal of handbags – when making clothing, she disliked having to fit each garment to a person. With her handbags, Miller lets the fabric and fun accessories, such as chopsticks and vintvintage buttons, inspire the design.

Kim and Rob Russell
Spring Green, Wisconsin
Shortly after they were married, Kim and Rob Russell needed a bookshelf. They took it upon themselves to build one and Russellworks was born. Since 1979, Kim and Rob have worked as a team to create beautiful wooden pieces, including turned bowls, a line of kitchen utensils, and ornaments of all shapes and sizes. Both Kim and Rob grew up with creative influences, both in art and music, and enjoy the creativity and freedom Russellworks allows them. Rob focuses on latheturning objects and has gained popularity with their line of kitchen utensils. This year, for the holidays, he has created a line of lathe-turned ornaments with an old fashioned feel. Kim specializes in making a variety of ornaments and birds and has recently begun to experiment with finishes, including different types of paint and paper maché. If you are looking for the perfect holiday item this season, Russell Works' beautiful ornaments are sure to please!

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