Press Releases

Date of Release: 
Monday, November 5, 2007
Contact Info: 

Katie Kazan, Director of Public Information
608.257.0158 x 237 or

Tracy Marks-Geib , Manager, 
608.257.0158 x 231

Images are available upon request

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 follows 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.



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

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