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Date of Release: 
Monday, October 26, 2009
Contact Info: 

Katie Kazan, Director of Public Information
608.257.0158 x 237 or

Elizabeth Tucker, Holiday Art Fair Coordinator
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
608.257.0158 or

Robert Chappell, Publicist
Overture Center for the Arts
608.258.4438 or rchappell
Images available upon request; please email

Holiday Art Fair 2009

A Robust Holiday Art Fair at the
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art & Overture Center for the Arts

Friday, November 20 noon–5 pm
Saturday, November 21 10 am–5 pm
Sunday, November 22 11 am–3 pm

MADISON--The Art League of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and Overture Center for the Arts invite the public to celebrate the upcoming holiday season at Holiday Art Fair on November 20–22, 2009. This year's expanded fair will feature more than 90 fine art and gourmet vendors, seasonal decorations, snacks and light lunches, entertainment, and a sale of “rediscovered art and treasures,” providing a perfect holiday shopping opportunity for Madison and surrounding communities. Holiday Art Fair 2009 will take place in the stunning architectural spaces of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (227 State Street) and Overture Center for the Arts (201 State Street).

Artists: The Main Event
Artists participating in the Holiday Art Fair were chosen through a jury process and come from Wisconsin and beyond. Shoppers can browse among booths offering jewelry, baskets, holiday decorations, clothing, and fine craft, as well as paintings, prints and photographs. Art lovers who want to identify their own can't-miss-it list in advance of the fair can preview works by participating artists at; click Events/Holiday Art Fair.

The Museum Store will also be open throughout the fair. The store, which represents craft artists and jewelers from across the country, was recently named NICHE magazine's “2009 Top Retailer” in the Best Arts Nonprofit category.

Treats and Treasures
One of the fair's most popular features, the Gourmet Gallery, will return with artisan cheeses, chocolates, and holiday treats for every taste. And back by popular demand, the Rediscovered Art & Treasures Sale will offer vintage jewelry, framed and unframed paintings and prints, antique toys, and many other “pre-loved” items. The Art League will also raffle themed baskets of wine, tea, and holiday ornaments. Raffle tickets may be purchased at the door for $5 each or five for $20.

Preview Luncheon
The Art League's annual Holiday Art Fair Preview Luncheon will take place on Friday, November 20. Luncheon guests will have the chance to shop at the fair before it opens to the public and enjoy a gourmet lunch in Overture Center's beautiful main lobby. Everyone is welcome. Luncheon reservations are $25 and may be placed through November 10 by calling MMoCA at 608.257.0158.

Holiday Art Fair Entertainment
Shoppers at this year's fair can enjoy entertainment from some of Madison's finest performing-arts organizations. Performances will take place in various locations throughout the fair. A schedule follows.

Saturday, November 21
10:30 am Children's Theater of Madison Carolers
11:30 am Capitol Chordsmen
1 pm Music Makers 
2 pm Tangled Up in Blue
3 pm Kanopy Dance

Sunday, November 22
12 pm Madison Youth Choirs
1 pm Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra
2 pm Perfect Harmony Men's Chorus

Catering a Fresco Holiday Art Fair Café
On Saturday and Sunday during the fair, Catering a Fresco will sell treats and light lunches in the Promenade Lounge, located on the second floor of Overture Center for the Arts. The tasty menu will include lattes, hot chocolate and cold drinks; cinnamon rolls, scones, sugar cookies, and assorted desserts; fruit and cheese plates; sandwiches; hearty soups; and more.


Holiday Art Fair is open to the public on Friday, November 20, from noon until 
5 pm; Saturday, November 22, from 10 am to 5 pm; and Sunday, November 18, from 11 am to 3 pm. General admission tickets are $4; children under 12 are free.

All proceeds from the fair benefit the exhibitions and education programs of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and Overture Center for the Arts.

Holiday Art Fair 2009 is generously sponsored by Wells Fargo and welcomed by Magic 98 and

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2009 Holiday Art Fair 

Sandy Atkins-Moran
Genesis Designs
Carrollton, TX

JoAnn Baumann
J. Designs
Glencoe, IL

Paul Bergum
Rio, WI

Bonnie Blandford
Grand Rapids, MI 

Beki Borman
Milwaukee, WI

Joel Brokaw
JK Creative Wood
Kalona, IA

Brenna Busse
Dancing Barefoot
3D Mixed Media
Minneapolis, MN

Audrey Christie
Short Horse
2D Mixed Media
Dodgeville, WI

Dennis Davis
Davis Studio
Gary, IN

Dylan & Amy Engler
Engler Glass
Columbus, OH

Nate and Hallie Evans
Allamakee Wood-Fired Pottery
New Albin IA

Doreen Forcier
Doreen Knits
Madison, WI

Anne Gary
Naperville, IL

Scott Hale
Scott Hale Fine Art
2D Mixed Media
Bozeman, MT

Patricia Hecker
Tattoo Dreams
3D Mixed Media
Bloomington, IN

Joe Hoynik
Los Angeles, CA

Dewey James
Luna Muse
2D Mixed Media
Minneapolis, MN

Geoffry Johnson
Handcrafted Musical Instruments
Johnstown, CO

Pam Kehoe-Peterson
Rockford, IL

Mary Klun
Ninde Designs
Superior, WI

Antoni Kozlowski
Amber 92
Shelby Township, MI

Craig Lossing
Craig Lossing Woodturning Studio
Lino Lakes, MN

John Luesing
John Luessing Associates
Chicago IL

Erika Mock
Superior, WI 

JornLynae Mork
Fort Atkinson, WI

Ryan Myers
Stoddard, WI

Carolina Niebres
Carolina's Healing Vessels
Prescott, WI

Gena Ollendieck
Indigo Star Books
3D Mixed Media
Cresco, IA

Gina Pannorfi
Chicago, IL

Carol Pflughoeft
Digital Art
McFarland, WI

Luke Proctor
L. Proctor Ironworks
3D Mixed Media
Mt. Horeb, WI

Susan Richter-O'Connell
Sheboygan, WI

Gary Rowley
Earth Elements
Harrold, SD

Irena Saparnis
Battik Studio
2D Mixed Media
Willow Springs, IL 

Sharon Snoeyink
Sharon Snoeyink Studio
3D Mixed Media
Grand Rapids, MI

Don Suiter
Turned to Treasure
Fergus Falls, MN

Mike Taylor
Hamilton, MI

Steve Uren
Northwoods Rustic Creations
Marquette, MI

Yuki Wakamiya
Madison WI

Amy Weh
2D Mixed Media
West Bend, WI

Joyce Wilson
BBJ Custom Design
Madison, WI

2009 Holiday Art Fair

Cher Diamond
Maurie's Fine Chocolates
Luxurious Artisnal Chocolate made by Cher
Madison, WI 

Karin Henning
Tastefully Simple
Classic Appetizers, Everyday Dinners, Wonderful Gifts
Madison, WI

Maya Madden and Wayne Farra
Bird of Paradise Tea and Chocolate
Whole Leaf Artisan Tea for Brewing and Tasting
Spring Green, WI

Claude and Ellen Marendaz
The Chocolate Caper
Homemade Chocolates
Oregon, WI 

Joseph Melli
Melli Chocolates LLC
Hand-Pulled Candy Canes and Fine Chocolates
Cambridge, WI

Ken Monteleone
Cheese, Cheese Accessories, Crackers, Preserves
Madison, WI

Michele Nicholson
Natural, Quick, Easy and Delicious Mealtime Solutions
Madison, WI

Barbara Schmock
Barbie's Homemade Cookies
Homemade Gourmet Chocolate Chip Cookies
Madison, WI

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