Jessica Hicks wants “to create a safe space for people to do some Christmas shopping and forget the craziness of the outside world for a while.”

Hicks, along with her husband Michael, owners of Bel Air Art Center, want to do their part in ensuring that this holiday season, no matter the pandemic, political instability and divisive social issues, is as special as it always is.

Bel Air Art Center will host its second annual Deck the Walls Art Sale from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. While Jessica Hicks is requiring masks and social distancing and providing hand sanitizing stations, she is offering Private Preview Sale Appointments from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday for people who are concerned about being in crowds during the health scare.

Unique, locally handmade items such as paintings, metalwork and pottery will be available for purchase for every budget. As most businesses have suffered due to COVID-19, this event will give the community the opportunity to help local businesses and artists who have experienced trying times this year.

Hicks also is the owner of Willow Tree Yoga, which shares the same space as Bel Air Art Center and will be offering yoga packages available for purchase this weekend. Gift cards also can be purchased at this time.

Bel Air is partnering with My Sister’s House, which provides support services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Nash and Edgecombe counties. My Sister’s House will be selling hot apple cider and a calendar, which was a collaborative effort with Bel Air Art Center. All proceeds will benefit My Sister’s House.

Bel Air Art Center is located at 115 S. Church St. For more information, call 252-955-3186 or email