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December 17, 2014
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Nothing Here is Made in China

Tapestry purses by Fairy Tale Originals' Catherine Winerman of Milford, PA. $38.
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By Jane Bollinger

One day not long ago, I wandered into a cute little gift shop in Hawley, PA full of one-of-a-kind artworks. Each piece here has been created by a local artist or artisan. The shop, named The Art Market, located in the Silk Mill, 8 Silk Mill Drive in Hawley, is run by the Wayne County Arts Alliance (WCAA) as a place for the organization’s members to show and sell their works. While you’d expect to find paintings and sculpture here (and you will), the shop also is full of hand-crafted holiday gifts in a wide range of prices.

From pottery tea pots to reversible patchwork caps to tapestry purses, from hand-crafted wooden boxes to knitted scarves to jewelry by very different artists and much more, the diversity of art surprises and delights.

During the holiday season the gift shop/gallery will host a special art show called “Solstice” featuring works such as a Victorian carved horse by Steve Layman, a circus painting by Gabrielle Feldman, Chagall-like sculptures by Richard Lichtenstein and a selection of drawings and paintings by Charles Woods.

“We love it when people discover our space and respond so favorably to it,” said Tamara Murray, executive director of WCAA. “We have such diversity of artists and artwork. And nothing here is made in China,” she added.

The Art Market welcomes shoppers and browsers alike. “One aspect of our mission is to enrich our community through the arts,” Murray pointed out. “So, do come out and see us this holiday season.”