Artists wanted for upcoming holiday market

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The Leland Cultural Arts Center, which includes an in-house gift shop of handmade items, will open its entire facility to craftsmen during its holiday market next month. Photo by Hilary Snow.
The Leland Cultural Arts Center, which includes an in-house gift shop of handmade items, will open its entire facility to craftsmen during its holiday market next month. Photo by Hilary Snow.

Calling all craftsmen–the Leland Cultural Arts Center is seeking artist submissions for its upcoming holiday market.

The center is currently looking for art, fine craft and handmade gifts for its A Very Merry Crafted Market on Friday, Nov. 13 and Saturday, Nov. 14.

The unique market is different in that it doesn’t require artists to be on site during the two-day event. Leland Cultural Arts staff and volunteers will handle all publicity, displays and sales.

And there is no entry fee, either. The Friends of the Leland Arts Center will retain 30 percent of commission, with the remainder of sales going to artists.

Friday night’s event is a ticketed preview party with food, drinks, music and the opportunity to shop the market first. Artists are encouraged to attend, free of charge, to mix and mingle with guests and shoppers. The Saturday market is free and open to the public.

Originally intended as a Leland community center, the building near Magnolia Greens that now houses the arts center remained unfinished and unused at the entrance to Magnolia Greens when the economy took a dip several years back. A dedicated group of residents lobbied the town to use the site for arts classes and other offerings.

The Leland Cultural Arts Center, which opened in March, offers courses in photography, jewelry-making and painting, as well as acting courses in its theater that is fully equipped with sound and lighting. The center also has a yoga and dance studio, and offers arts classes for children and teens.

The priority deadline for the holiday market submissions is Friday, Oct. 9 and the final deadline is Friday, Oct. 23.

Click here for guidelines and application. For questions, contact the center at lcac@townofleland.com or (910) 385-9891.