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The Art Barn School of Art is rolling out its third annual Holiday Gift Gallery to let people shop local.

A nonprofit art education center, located in a repurposed barn at 695 N 400 E in Valparaiso, will offer many unique gifts made by local artists and artisans.

“Starting Nov. 13, Art Barn School of Art will overflow with small items perfect for holiday giving,” Executive Director Amy Davis Navardauskas said. “During our third annual Holiday Gift Gallery, visitors will find works of fine art and fine craft at price points designed for every budget. Purchases will support local artists as well as art educational programs in your community.”

The art on display includes ceramics, woodworking, textiles and jewelry. People also can peruse smaller pieces like drawings, prints, paintings, mixed media and photography.

The Holiday Gift Gallery opens Wednesday and runs through Jan. 6. An opening reception with light bites and refreshments will take place 2-4 p.m. Nov. 20.

The Art Barn requires face masks regardless of vaccination status and encourages social distancing.

It also is planning an ornament workshop 1-4 p.m. Dec. 4.

“Seasonal workshops for families blend art-making with festive themes while strengthen the adult-child bond. Whether working collaboratively or individually participants make decisions together, encourage each other and learn from one another in a safe, creative environment,” Navardauskas said. “Create festive one-of-a-kind holiday ornaments as gifts for loved ones or keep for your own collection. Several stations will be set-up for hand-crafting ornaments using paint, garlands, yarn, buttons, beads, glitter and more. Guidance and assistance provided. Cookies, punch, hot cocoa, and music will keep spirits bright during the afternoon.”

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