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Date of Release: 
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Contact Info: 

Tracy Marks-Geib, Manager of Member and Volunteer Programs, 608.257.0158 x 231 or

Katie Kazan, Director of Public Information 
608.257.0158 x 237 or

High resolution images available upon request (see thumbnails that follow)

MMoCA Holiday Art Fair

MMoCA Holiday Art Fair
A Warm and Festive Tradition
MADISON, WI -- The Art League of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA) will celebrate the upcoming holiday season with Holiday Art Fair on 
November 21–23, 2008. A longtime Madison tradition, Holiday Art Fair provides shoppers with an opportunity to purchase unique, handcrafted gifts in a stunning architectural space. Shoppers can browse among artists' booths in the museum's lobby and Henry and State Street galleries, as well as the Crossroads area of Overture Center for the Arts. While at the museum, they can also enjoy the museum's exhibitions, including George Segal: Street Scenescurrently on view in the main galleries. 
All proceeds from the Holiday Art Fair benefit the exhibitions and education programs of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.
Artists participating in the Holiday Art Fair come from Madison and beyond, and are chosen through a jury process. Artists will show prints, jewelry and wearables, baskets, toys, holiday decorations, and unique tabletop objects made of ceramic, wood, and glass. Art lovers may preview Holiday Art Fair artists at beginning November 1. 
Fabulous Finds, Music, and a Raffle

Back by popular demand, the Rediscovered Art & Treasures Sale will again be held in the museum's classroom, just inside the Henry Street entrance to Overture Center for the Arts. The Art League has invited the community to hunt for treasure in their own homes and to donate gently used original art, decorative pieces, antiques, and collectibles to the sale. This year's donors have already contributed vintage jewelry, framed watercolors, antique toys, and more, with new “treasures” arriving daily. A special section of this year's Rediscovered Art & Treasures Sale will be devoted to much loved cookbooks.
The Art League will also raffle themed baskets of wine, tea, and holiday ornaments. The grand prize is a contemporary quilt inspired by the colorful ribbons hanging in the MMoCA lobby as part of Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt: The Absent City (through November 16). Raffle tickets may be purchased at the door for $5 each or five for $20.
The Madison Youth Choir will carol through the galleries on Saturday afternoon, adding fun and festive holiday cheer to the event. 

Holiday Art Fair is open to the public on Friday, November 21, from noon until 6 pm; Saturday, November 22, from 10 am to 5 pm; and Sunday, November 18, from 10 am to 3 pm. General admission tickets are $4, with discounted admission available to MMoCA members; children under 12 are free.
For those who wish to beat the crowds, Patron tickets are available for $25 and include priority shopping on Friday, November 21, from 10 am until noon, followed by a luncheon at the Orpheum Theatre.
2008 Holiday Art Fair Artist Images
Renee Roeder Earley, Hats-O-Fancy
Madison, Wisconsin · 608.256.3979
Artist Renee Roeder Earley, who has been making hats for more than 15 years, chooses only fine fabrics that feel good to the touch. She started making hats as a teenager and now makes her own patterns, which have evolved through a trial-and-error process. Ninety-five percent of her hats are sold at art fairs; she says, “People come into my booth just for fun, to try on hats and play.”

Steven Kozar
McFarland, Wisconsin · 608.838.8963
Steven Kozar's beautifully rendered paintings reflect his fascination with the landscapes and light of the Midwest. Kozar, who was awarded the Best of Show award in the painting category at the 2008 Art Fair on the Square, will show his 2008 Christmas painting, December Sunrise, at Holiday Art Fair, along with modestly priced prints and posters.

Jim Newbury, Newbury Wooden Toys
Bethalto, Illinois · 618.377.8544
Jim Newbury began making wooden toys as gifts for his nieces and nephews more than 30 years ago. Over time, his hobby became his business and today Newbury sells his finely crafted trains, trucks, and tractors at fairs around the country. While most are still sold as toys, some of the more elaborate pieces are purchased by collectors.
Joan Sample, Black Button Studio
Madison, Wisconsin · 608.257.1011
All of Joan Sample's jewelry is made with buttons: new and vintage, plain and elegant, common and unique. Sample, who has an art and design background with a focus in fiber, says buttons allow her to play with form and color in a way that's fun and continues to evolve.

Rediscovered Art & Treasures Sale
A treasure–trove of donated original art, jewelry, small antiques, decorative art, and highly prized collectibles will be offered for sale at the Rediscovered Art & Treasures sale at this year's Holiday Art Fair. The fair will take place at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art on November 21-23.

2008 Holiday Art Fair 

Susan Anderson
Grand River Pottery
Sculptural ceramic vessels
Markesan, WI
Paul Bergum
Wreaths and winter decorations
Rio, WI
Ginger Brennis and Sally Hegley
Handcrafted holiday decorations
Madison, WI
Judy Callen
Fiber arts
Madison, WI
Chris Christenson
CJC Woodworking
Brodhead, WI
Ann Marie Craig
Century Farmhouse LLC
Handmade soaps
West Bend, WI
Kathy D'Angelo
2-D art
Monticello, WI
Sharon Donahue
Realistic pyrographic gourds
Sun Prairie, WI
Doreen Forcier
Doreen Knits
Fiber art
Madison, WI
Deb and Jean Shaw Garner
Warm Heart Mittens
Felted wool mittens
Madison, WI
Jenni Hopfinger
Hopfinger Studio
Enamel on glass
Watertown, WI
Angela Humburg
Angela's Pottery
Wheelthrown stoneware pottery
Oshkosh, WI
Christl Iausly
Wisconsin Wheat, Weeds & Wood
Wildflower pictures and wheatweavings
Spring Green, WI
Ann Johnson
APJ Designs
Janesville, WI
Steven Kozar
Watercolor, oil and acrylic paintings
McFarland, WI
Pat Kroth
Pat Kroth Fiber Art
Fiber art
Verona, WI
Lisa Livingston
Marcell Treah Gifts
Glass and beaded jewelry
Madison, WI
Deborah, Lofgren
Goddess design
Madison, WI
Toby, McCulloch
Wood vessels
Sun Prairie, WI
Rosemarie Mellenberger
RTM Knitwear
Wearable art
Madison, WI
Jane Miller
East Side Bags
Fabric handbags & accessories
Madison, WI
Martha Monson Lowe
Clay Basket
Woven baskets
Decorah, IA
Margit Moses
Madison, WI
Jim Newbury
Newbury Wooden Toys
Hardwood toys
Bethalto, IL
Robel Parra
Arts of Fire
Marquette, MI
Charles Ramseyer
Missing Link Jewelry
Blanchardville, WI
Renee Roeder Earley
Wearable fiber
Madison, WI
Kim and Rob Russell
Wood ornaments and sculpture
Spring Green, WI
Demetra Saloutos
Jewelry and garden sculpture
Stoughton, WI

Joan Sample
Black Button Studio
Madison, WI
Marvin and Michelle Shafer
Q3 Art
Jewelry and mobiles
Chicago, IL
Gary Shaw
Floral Tapestries
Homespun country
Brooklyn, WI
Linda Stanek
Steinvika Designs
Black Earth, WI
Marnee Taylor
Taylor Jewelry
Handcrafted jewelry
San Francisco, CA
Barbara Thielke
Babaloo Designs
Fused glass accessories
Madison, WI
Ronna Trapanese
Dreamscapes by Ronna Trapanese
Holiday ornaments
Madison, WI
Susan Werner
3-D mixed media
Madison, WI
Joyce Wilson
BBJ Custom Design Studio
Fiberlace scarves
Madison, WI
Lynita Wolf
Wolf Design
Milwaukee, WI

2008 Holiday Art Fair

Ken Monteleone
Madison, WI
Joe Melli
Melli Chocolates
Chocolate & candies
Fort Atkinson, WI
Maya Madden
No Rules Jewelry and Bird of Paradise Tea and Chocolate
Handmade jewelry
Spring Green, WI 
Claude & Ellen Marendaz
The Chocolate Caper
Chocolate Candy
Oregon, WI
Susan Stoehr
Tootski's Toffee
Gourmet English toffee
Madison, WI

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