Jacoby Arts Center leaders are inviting the public to “shop outside the box” this winter, as they are hosting a very special event through Dec. 31 — the Holiday Market 99.
It features hundreds of unique handmade gifts, all for less than $99.
“There’s never been a similar holiday shopping event on this side of the river,” says Dr. Delores Kilgo, art historian and fine arts consultant for Jacoby. In celebration of this event, Jacoby will offer extended hours — instead of being closed Sundays, they will be open from noon to 4 p.m.
The market is a project of Friends of Jacoby, a group created to support Jacoby’s activities and programs. It will feature more than 70 artists and designers from the area as well as from around the country and continent. There will be arts and crafts, unusual accessories, apparel, seasonal items, home and garden décor, including hand-crafted birdhouses and many other items. Prices range from $10 to $50 to “show the public that unique handmade items can be affordable,” Kilgo says.
Highlighted items include knitwear by St. Louis designer Cristinrae, Aluminations lamps made from recycled vintage aluminum kitchenware by St. Louis collector and designer Ken Cohen, jewelry created from a Job’s tears tropical plant by Canadian designer Reet Tischenko, and even Heart’s Desire hand-crafted wooden toys and games for children.
In addition to gift items, clothes, jewelry and trinkets, the market will offer fine art and craft items, paintings, prints and photographs. The market also will feature functional and decorative glass and ceramic pieces. There will also be clothes for babies and toddlers as well as toys and games. Handmade clothing and accessories are offered in many styles, “ranging from hip to chic to classic,” Kilgo says.
Kilgo says the marketplace will advance Jacoby’s hopes of becoming a destination for buying handmade and artful gifts in multiple ways — first, 30 percent of the profits from the marketplace will go to the center. Kilgo says she hopes the market will bring more people in and raise awareness about all Jacoby has to offer the public.
“We hope to make people aware of Jacoby as a shopping destination,” she says. “We have a year-round gift shop.”
Added to this, Kilgo says plans are in the making for a second, expanded gift shop. The market will be a preview of this. She says she hopes to make Jacoby a “destination shopping venue for shoppers who want to buy art and one-of-a-kind, handcrafted décor and apparel.”
From the youngest to the oldest, from new art fans to fine art collectors, “the market has something for everyone,” Kilgo says. “It’s a one-stop family shopping extravaganza.”
For information on Jacoby Arts Center, 627 E. Broadway in Alton, call (618) 462-5222.