These are just two of the hundreds of pieces of fine art that can be yours for the choosing during Heritage Hall’s extensive Holiday Market of handcrafted treasures and one of-a-kind creations.
You’ll find things from friends you know and perhaps never knew they made, and pieces from people who have a talent for creating the things you love this year, and the museum and its dozens of artists welcome you to stop inside for their very special collection.
Hours for the Holiday Market are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and it will also be open this afternoon during the Kappa Kappa Iota Christmas Tour of Homes in Talladega from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. The market will continue to be open to the public through Dec. 20.
“The Talladega area is very fortunate to have so many talented artisans, and it is our pleasure to provide space for these people to display and sell their work,” said Kelly Williams, director of Heritage Hall Museum.
“Our Holiday Market provides an outlet for our patrons to purchase one of a kind, original fine arts and crafts, not only for themselves, but to give as gifts during this holiday season,” she said. “The show and sale exhibition provides a wonderful array of items at every price point, whether you are looking for stocking stuffers or heirloom pieces.”
The market also allows for an outlet for the area’s plentiful supply of talented artists to show their creations, she said.
“And right here, in one place, you can experience so many creative expressions and support many people you may know,” Williams said.
The artists come from in and around Talladega, and represent interests and ideas across the board.
Retired Jacksonville State University art professors Jim and Marie Gasser have both made names for themselves with their handmade and user safe pottery.
Both artists have a beautiful supply of table and kitchen ware to serve a variety of functions, from having perfect eye appeal for any décor to their practicality of use.
“All their pieces are food safe and usable along with being beautiful,” Williams said.
Many of Marie Gasser’s pieces are done in pale shades with accents in contrasting colors, from bowls and covered pieces to vases and pitchers.
Her husband uses lots of color, too, and there are vessels for serving and safe keeping and just giving a home a unique and interesting creative flair.
And from the hands of Cassie and Kenny Love, there are soaps and creams and balms made from their own honey to suit any scent preference or skin care need.
With names like “Lemon with Basil” and just the clean natural scent of the Love’s Honey Soap, the Loves’ honey provides the base for special bath and skin care products with an extra local touch.
Talladega artist Cathy Sorrell has her paintings in the collection, but along with those, she has her crystal and bead dotted stemware and tributes to both Alabama and Auburn football pursuits, along with her own designs of holiday ornaments to add to your decorating collections.
Quilter Adrienne Slater of Talladega County has her quilted Christmas ornaments of intricate designs, as well as quilting inspired key chains, eyeglass holders and pieces for setting the table, too.
Slater has also applied her stitching expertise to delicate pillows and coverings for doll collections and each comes in a set, decorated and ready to give.
From Beverly Strong, there are delicate origami earrings, each fashioned in the form of a crane, and in every color of the rainbow, and every pair comes in its own coordinated gift box, also a creation from the artist.
Potter Joe Williams has a variety of his perfectly shaped tableware designs, with bowls in all sizes and pitchers and plates that can contrast in color or match.
Original paintings in oils and acrylics are another specialty, with pieces from painters Marian Yoe, Nettie Bean, Mary Fountain, Pat Miller, Gina Haynes, Frances Ross and Sandra Holm.
Carver Harvey Waits has a selection of wooden wildlife in his collection and his wife, Julia, offers her knitted scarves to wrap up your holidays.
There are original hand carved, painted Christmas ornaments from the husband and wife team of George and Linda Hartsfield, with designs to give any home a new piece of pizazz.
The pottery in the show also includes work from Lynette Hesser and Sandra Holm, and from artist Kim Deale, her original jewelry designs.
Needle felted ornaments are in place from Nancy Lutchendorf of Talladega, along with her earrings and pendants, too.
There’s photography from Jennifer Alam, and many of her photographs are of local historic sites and other places of interest, some crafted into notecards and prints.
“These are collections of work we don’t always get to see together and may not see throughout the year,” Williams said. “I would urge everyone to stop in and enjoy taking a look at the incredible supply of art we have.”
If you stop in at Heritage Hall Tuesday, there’s a Holiday Open House planned for 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. to showcase the display and offer extra hours for shopping.
There will be live entertainment for the occasion from Kim Gaddy, who will feature lots of holiday tunes for the evening.