Local artists offer a range of Christmas gift options through the Edgecombe County Cultural Arts Council's annual Great Tarboro Art Bazaar. The event runs through Nov. 29.

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Local artists offer a range of Christmas gift options through the Edgecombe County Cultural Arts Council's annual Great Tarboro Art Bazaar. The event runs through Nov. 29.

Arts bazaar boosts artists, arts council

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Local artists have the chance to show their creativity and help Christmas shoppers this month through an annual event at the Edgecombe County Cultural Arts Council.

The council’s 22nd annual Great Tarboro Art Bazaar has filled the Blount-Bridgers House with works by about 45 local and regional artists, a release says. The works include textiles, ceramics, wood pieces, paintings, photographs, crafts and holiday-themed gift items.

“We have a number of returning and new featured artists,” the release says. “Each year, we invite artists who work in a variety of mediums to participate. ... There is something for everyone’s taste. ...

“We think that it is a great time to find an affordable, creative gift that not only will make you and the gift recipient happy, but will support our local and regional artists.”

Returning artists in the bazaar and the medium they work in include Ken Thompson, oil paintings; Motsie Brooks, watercolors; Stan Corbett, wood; Wendy Furgeson Whitehead, fabrics; and Susan Owens, cloth.

New artists showing their works include Susan and Lanny Pelletier, ceramics; Anne Starrs, stained glass; and Margaret Hilpert, fabrics.

Sales at the bazaar also serve as a fundraiser for the council, which keeps 30 percent of the selling prices. Last year’s event raised about $6,000.

The bazaar is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The bazaar opened Nov. 7 with a preview party for council members. In addition to the works on display, the event included music from the Chambergrass Duo and refreshments.

Membership in the Arts Council is tax-deductible and is available starting at $15.

For details, call 823-4159.