Christ­mas bazaar held at Wish­ing Spring

The Weekly Vista - - News - KEITH BRYANT kbryant@nwadg.com

Wish­ing Spring Gallery hosted a Christ­mas bazaar last Satur­day.

Dustie Meads, who had a ta­ble at the bazaar, ex­plained that it was pri­mar­ily to give peo­ple an op­por­tu­nity for hol­i­day shop­ping and to pro­mote the gallery, which uses its earn­ings to pro­vide grants for arts ed­u­ca­tion in the area.

“It was a co­op­er­a­tive ef­fort, just like the gallery is a co-op,” she said.

The ex­hibitors at the bazaar all have goods for sale at the gallery, she ex­plained, and it was open to any ex­hibitor.

Meads had a ta­ble with dec­o­rated drift­wood, adorned with reds and greens and other hol­i­day decor.

Fur­ther down was Ruth Klotz, who said she’s been paint­ing since 1972 and she’s been in Wish­ing Spring Gallery since 1998. She had an ar­ray of or­na­ments and mag­no­lia leaves painted with car­di­nals, blue­birds and other avian life.

Klotz said she sticks with birds on the ad­vice of her brother-in-law, who sug­gested she find a niche and stay with it.

“It worked,” she said, not­ing that she’s be­come known for her bird paint­ings.

One shop­per, Sherry Eales, of Amar­illo, Texas, was vis­it­ing her mother-in-law in Bella Vista.

She came to the bazaar to shop, she ex­plained, and was es­pe­cially im­pressed with Klotz’s work, as well as the stained glass on dis­play in the gallery.

“Ev­ery­body’s so cre­ative,” she said.

Keith Bryant/The Weekly Vista

Shop­pers look at the arts and crafts on dis­play at the Wish­ing Spring Gallery Christ­mas Bazaar.

Keith Bryant/The Weekly Vista

Among those sell­ing at the bazaar was Ruth Klotz, with hand-painted birds adorn­ing Christ­mas or­na­ments and mag­no­lia leaves.

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