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Last updated 12/13/2007 at Noon

Handbags and other leather works by Burt Watson are available at the Art Center.

The Art Center of Fallbrook is hosting its annual “Art of the Holiday” show and sale of a variety of items handcrafted by artisans of our region.

The show literally sparkles with various items that are displayed works of art but are also for sale. Several of the pieces are holiday-related in theme and others just make great Christmas gifts.

Mary Perhacs, executive director, mentioned that nothing in the show is manufactured – it’s all handmade.

The show runs through December 23.

Art of the Holiday

Looking for an intricately decorated gourd or a colorful hand-blown vase? You’ll find them at the Art Center.

• A sculpture entitled “Coral Reef” by Larry McClelland will be sure to please those with seafaring souls. This pink-hued bottle-shaped sculpture looks like it just came out of the ocean with interesting shells and pink barnacles adhering to the sides.

• Pottery which is lovely, yet useful, was created by Kelly and Trent Berning of Berning Gallery, Fallbrook. One fascinating piece entitled “Chopstick Bowl” has flowing edges with two holes on one side to provide a place to slip chopsticks. Tea sets and other bowls are also in this collection.

• Beautiful and colorful felt items made by Arlene Watson using the complicated “Nuno” process include wispy scarves, necklaces and other items.

• Ed Anderson of Bonsall has created exquisite “turned wood” goblets, plates and bowls out of rich burl and other woods. These are found in various colors that blend well with the natural wood.

• An artistic use of black and red gourds by Judy and Larry Cunningham is a unique way to decorate your home with flair. Their “Panda Bears” piece would make an imaginative statement on any mantle or end table.

• Glasswork includes “dichroic” glass hearts with gold interiors by Rose Goehner, glass dishes by Scott Kempton and various colorful pieces by Leo de Wit.

• Gorgeous leather handbags in various designs with semiprecious stones and elaborate beadwork were handcrafted by Burt Watson. He has also created a unique collection of belts and pillows.

• For the horse lover, Brenda Peo offers a collection of wire sculptured horses in all sizes with wispy wire manes and tails. Her large horses are fashioned with a metal heart hanging in the chest area.

• “Wearable art” is a good description of the fine hand-woven ponchos, capes and vests offered by Jean Degenfelder.

• Various hand-blown Christmas bulbs and Santa Claus figurines will bring holiday cheer to your home.

• Numerous pieces of jewelry are available, including earrings, necklaces and bracelets made from turquoise and other semiprecious stones.

• The label “Designs by J” is a collection of stunning necklaces handmade by Jane Higgins using various semiprecious stones, glass, metals and even wood.

“Art of the Holiday”

Art Center at Fallbrook

103 South Main

(760) 728-1414

Ed Anderson of Bonsall created these beautiful

Through Dec. 23

Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Sun. 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

No admission charge


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