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The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft (KMAC), located at 715 W. Main Street, will host the popular holiday exhibition Holidazzle 2011: The Art of Giving from November 7, 2011 through January 15, 2012. The annual show features a diverse selection of art and craft for sale created by more than 30 local and national artists. Holiday shoppers looking to give unique gifts will find one-of-a-kind hand-crafted items including works in jewelry, ceramics, wood, glass, fiber and more, ranging in price from $40 to $4,500. The opening reception will be held on Friday, December 2 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm in conjunction with the First Friday Trolley Hop.

Participating artists in Holidazzle 2011: The Art of Giving are: Casey Hyland, JoAnn Grimes, Matthew Cummings, Dobree Adams, McMahan Furniture Company, Fleece and Flax, Summer Eliason, Collette Fortin, Posey Bacopoulos, Sissy Watson, Kasha Ritter, Roxy Lentz, Walter Hyleck, Lonnie and Twyla Money, Bob Diehl, Marilyn Foulke, Chad Balster, Liz Kerrigan, Justin Rothshank, Vallorie Henderson, Carol Green, Warren Mather, Robbie Mueller, Kelly DeFayette, Kara Nichols, Elvira Lopez del Prado, and Kim Edwards.

This year’s Holidazzle will also include a special three-day trunk show by Kea Carpets and Kilims from December 8-10. Kea Carpets and Kilims offers a combination of ‘in house’ designed custom rugs, and tribal rugs and textiles from around the world. The custom collections of modern rugs, designed by Azy Schecter are hand tufted in 100% New Zealand Wool. The tribal collection, chosen by Susan Gomersall, is the culmination of thirty years of traveling around the world, seeking out unusual tribal and village carpets and textiles. The collection includes vintage and antique pieces.

New holiday-themed inventory is also now available in KMAC’s Award-Winning Gallery Shop, which showcases the work of more than 200 artisans year-round. Shoppers will be delighted to find traditional d├ęcor items and whimsical pieces including ornaments, Thanksgiving centerpieces, and winter wearables such as scarves and hats.

Holidazzle 2011: The Art of Giving is sponsored by J. Stuart Mitchell III, UBS and Findlandia Vodka. For more information, please call (502) 589-0102 or log onto www.KentuckyArts.org.

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