Royal Oak Tribune
Shop the Holiday Market for the perfect gift
Purchases from Anton Art Center’s annual gift shop help to support local artists
It’s never been easier to buy the perfect gift.
This year’s presentation of the Anton Art Center’s Holiday Market will be featured online to allow customers to shop safely from the comfort of their home with convenient shipping or curbside pickup options and for a limited time inperson for those who like to browse.
“We’re really looking forward to launching the Holiday Market online - it is going to mark a significant update to how we’ve approached Art Market sales. We are also very excited to start welcoming our community safely back into the Anton Art Center! Though we’ve been offering some limited classes recently, the Holiday Market is our first big chance to invite our community to come back and visit,” said Terri North, Anton Art Center board president.
Anton Art Center staff and volunteers will reopen to the public for special shopping Saturdays, Nov. 21 and 28 and Dec. 5, 12 and 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This year’s installment of the fan-favorite market features many longtime participating local artists who are known for their artwork and holiday wares along with a few newcomers.
Facemasks and health screenings will be required of in-person shoppers, screenings consisting of a temperature reading at the door and responses to the standard COVID-19 screening questions. Additional Center for Disease and Control protocols are
in place and staff and volunteers will be cleaning high-traffic and touch surfaces before opening each hour the building offers inperson visits and following closure. Attendance restrictions will be in place.
“We are committed to the health and safety of our shoppers, volunteers and staff, and want to ensure a safe and comfortable shopping experience,” said
The Holiday Market operates on consignment so it serves as an important source of sales and income for local artists, with total sales continuing to increase year over year.
At last year’s sale artists earned $45,000.
This year it is particularly important for patrons to consider the market as a source of unique
gifts as the pandemic continues to hamper in-person commerce for artisans and small businesses.
“Artists rely on gallery and market sales such as these to earn a living, and our Holiday Market sales event is the single largest opportunity we are able to offer local artists each year. Your purchases support artists directly through consignment payments, and indirectly through Anton Art Center exhibit and education programs,” said Phil Gilchrist, executive director of the Anton Art Center.