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Calling All Artists And Craftspeople: East End Arts Is Accepting Entries For Annual Holiday Boutique

Olivia Braat

Birch Candleholders by Jesse Realander. (Courtesy Photo)

Is it ever too soon to begin thinking about holiday shopping? Of course not - especially when it comes to one of a kind finds.

East End Arts is currently looking for local artists and artisans to participate in its upcoming Holiday Gift Boutique at the East End Arts Gallery in Riverhead. Open Saturday, November 12th to Friday, December 23rd (for all you last minute shoppers), the seasonal shop will feature a plethora of artistic, extraordinary handicrafts. The artisanship market will take up the Gallery's three rooms and shoppers can look forward to buying creative and unique items ideal for gift-giving or personal enjoyment each holiday season.

An ornament crafted by Mary Anne Huntington. (Courtesy Photo)

"Our annual Holiday Boutique is the opportunity East End Arts provides its members (or anyone who becomes a member) to feature their talent and skill in the making of one-of-a-kind items designed to be given as special gifts," noted Jane Kirkwood, East End Arts Gallery Director. "The items will include jewelry, art wear, greeting cards, ornaments, floral arrangements, fiber art, baby clothes and on and on." Visitors know that they're supporting locals while purchasing a product that is a truly special gift. "From the response we've had in past years, we know there is an East End consumer who loves the idea of giving these unique holiday gifts made by the amazing artists of eastern Long Island," added Kirkwood.

Artists interested in being a part of the holiday season magic must submit an online application by 5 p.m. on Thursday, October 20th. Following application review and acceptance, artists will be notified and scheduled for in-person inventory drop-off appointment which will be scheduled between Wednesday, November 2nd and Saturday, November 5th. Artists must be or become members of East End Arts to participate.

Jewelry by Dana Neger. (Courtesy Photo)

The Holiday Gift Boutique at the East End Arts Gallery will spark the holiday shopping season on Saturday, November 12th from 12 to 5 p.m. It will be open for visitors on Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays from 12 to 4 p.m. - through Friday, December 23rd. So when you're in need of one of those last minute holiday presents, don't forget about the Holiday Boutique.

The East End Arts Gallery is located at 133 East Main Street in Riverhead. For more information on the East End Arts Holiday Gift Boutique, call 631-369-2171 or visit www.eastendarts.org.

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