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Festive arts
Art fairs and shows for the holidays

11/23/17
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



 The holiday season brings plenty of opportunities to experience local art. Check out these art shows with holiday-inspired themes, and arts and crafts fairs where you can buy handmade gifts. 

 
• Twiggs Gallery (254 King St., Boscawen) has its holiday exhibition “Glow” on view now through Dec. 16, featuring art that celebrates home, family and friends. Visit twiggsgallery.wordpress.com.
• The Craftworkers’ Guild’s Holiday Craft Shop is open through Dec. 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at the Oliver Kendall House (5 Meetinghouse Road, Bedford). There will be a variety of handmade goods by juried artisans. Visit facebook.com/CraftworkersGuild. 
• The Wild Salamander Arts Center (30 Ash St., Hollis) has its Holiday Art Show and Sale open now through Dec. 23, featuring small artwork by artists defining what “home” means. Visit wildsalamander.com. 
• Rolling Green Nursery (64 Breakfast Hill Road, Greenland) hosts its Holiday Artisan Market on Saturday, Nov. 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit rollinggreennursery.com.
• The Jingle Bell Craft Fair returns to Crowne Plaza Hotel (2 Somerset Parkway, Nashua) on Saturday, Nov. 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eighty exhibitors will show and sell handmade crafts, jewelry, decor, wearable art and more. Visit joycescraftshows.com. 
• Frisella Fine Art (87 Lafayette Road, Suite 6, Hampton Falls) celebrates its 11th anniversary with an art show, “Home for the Holidays,” on Saturday, Nov. 25, from 2 to 7 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 26, from 2 to 5 p.m., at. Visit frisellafineart.com.
• Intown Manchester’s Downtown Holiday Market will be open at Brady Sullivan Plaza (1000 Elm St., Manchester) on Thursdays, Nov. 30, Dec. 7 and Dec. 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays, Dec. 9 and Dec. 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit intownmanchester.com.
• The 40th annual Contoocook Artisans Holiday Craft Fair returns to St. Andrew’s Parish Hall (354 Main St., Hopkinton) on Friday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The juried fair features items by 29 local artisans. 
• The Concord Arts Market hosts its Winter Giftopolis on Friday, Dec. 1, from 6:30 to 11 p.m. in Eagle Square, Concord. Shop a variety of handmade gifts by local artists and artisans. Visit concordartsmarket.net. 
• The annual New Castle Village Christmas Fair is on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the New Castle Recreation Building (301 Wentworth Road, New Castle). Shop a variety of handmade gifts, holiday items and nautical-themed crafts. Visit portsmouthchamber.org. 
• Hampstead Congregational Church (61 Main St., Hampstead) hosts its annual Christmas Fair on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Crafters will exhibit handmade jewelry, woodworking, painted glass, pottery, knitted items and more. Visit hampsteaducc.org. 
• The Picker Collaborative Artists (3 Pine St., Nashua) host their Holiday Open Studio Event on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be handmade gifts including jewelry, fiber arts, photography, fine art, mixed media arts, woodworking and more. Visit pickerartists.com. 
• GFWC Hudson Junior Woman’s Club Craft Fair takes place at Hudson Memorial School (1 Memorial Drive, Hudson) on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be handmade items by more than 100 local crafters. Visit facebook.com/gfwchcc. 
• The Capital Area Artisans’ annual Holiday Fair takes place at Presidential Oaks (200 Pleasant St., Concord) on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Browse handmade items by local artisans, including jewelry, knitted items, holiday decor and more. Visit presidentialoaks.org. 
• Celebrate the giving spirit of St. Nicholas at the Grace Episcopal Church (30 Eastman St., East Concord) Craft Fair on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 9 a.m. to noon. Shop affordable one-of-a-kind holiday gifts and hand-knit treasures. There will also be second-hand jewelry, fresh balsam wreaths and a selection of baked goods. Admission is free. Call 224-2252 or visit graceeastconcord.org.
• The Seacoast Artisans present their first Christmas Pop Up Show at Lafayette Crossing, North Hampton, on Saturday, Dec. 2, and Sunday, Dec. 3. Browse a variety of crafts made by the artisans. Find the event details on Facebook.
• New Hampshire Institute of Art has a Holiday Maker Fair on Sunday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 148 Concord St., Manchester. More than 35 artisans will present handmade items such as ceramics, graphic design art, illustrations, jewelry, paintings and more. Visit nhia.edu/makerfair.
• The Great New England Craft Fair Holiday Shopping Extravaganza is Friday, Dec. 8, and Saturday, Dec. 9, at Hampshire Hills Athletic Club (50 Emerson Road, Milford). More than 70 local crafters and artisans will feature jewelry, scarves, puzzles, woodworking, pottery, metal art and more. Visit hampshiredome.com. 
• The Holly Jolly Craft Fair takes place at Crowne Plaza Hotel (2 Somerset Parkway, Nashua) on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eighty exhibitors will show and sell handmade crafts, jewelry, decor, wearable art and more. Visit joycescraftshows.com.
• Pipe Dream Brewing (49 Harvey Road, Londonderry) will host a Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday, Dec. 9, from noon to 5 p.m., featuring handmade jewelry, woodworking, wreaths and more. Visit facebook.com/pipedreambrewing.
• The New Hampshire Audubon hosts its Holiday Fair on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the McLane Center (84 Silk Farm Road, Concord). A number of local artists will show and sell their work, including jewelry, pottery, photography, greeting cards and prints and more. Visit nhaudubon.org. 





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