OPC Artisan Holiday Market Returns November 13

The Older Persons’ Commission (OPC) will host its annual Artisan Holiday Market on Saturday, November 13, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The market, which is open to the public, will feature unique and hand-crafted goods all made by local artists. A $2 entry fee at the door benefits the OPC’s Enrichment & Arts Department, which provides a full spectrum of educational, entertaining and creative classes and outlets for seniors. The market will be held at the OPC, located at 650 Letica Drive, Rochester.

A gymnasium lined with tables of artists and their works.

Seventy-five talented vendors will be on hand selling a wide variety of arts and crafts including custom jewelry, hand-thrown pottery, artisan cards, Christmas decor, fused glass, mosaic tiles, paintings, prints, quilted and hand-sewn items, and more. This is the perfect opportunity to shop for one-of-a-kind holiday gifts that cannot be found in stores.  

Many of the artists return each year and have developed a strong local following. Karen Zale’s upcycled sweater mittens were a huge hit at the last event, and she’s excited to return this year: “I really enjoyed the last Artisan Market. There was a large variety of vendors, many very unique. My mittens were so well received I sold out by 2:00 p.m.” Beth Simon, who makes hand-polished stone jewelry and bottle stoppers is also looking forward to the show: “It’s my favorite show and I’ve watched it grow for years now. The last show was very well attended and people were buying holiday gifts, so vendors were making sales.”

The OPC has a rich art program and is excited to celebrate local talent, so much of which has been fostered in classes at the facility. All funds raised from the $2 entry fee will be used towards furthering the organization’s Arts and Enrichment Department, and for helping seniors discover their hidden creative talents.  

The Market is made possible through the Presenting Sponsorship of American House Park Place and American House Village, proud supporters of the OPC’s effort to promote creativity in the community.  

Stop in and shop to get a jump on gifts for everyone in the family. For more information on this event and others, visit the OPC website www.opcseniorcenter.org or call 248-656-1403.

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