Museum Matters: Celebrating 22 Years, 30 Artists With The Holiday Artists Market | ETC


Craig Hadley, Dennos Museum Center

Many don’t know it, but I’m actually a historian by training.

I spent a lot of time in graduate school sifting through archival material and borrowing books from other libraries for research projects ranging from the Gemini space program and its construction in St. Louis, to exhibits that examine Japanese-American history and its connection to free speech.

Maybe that’s why I always look back in an effort to reflect and look to the future.

So it’s no surprise that I thought back to last year’s Mini Holiday Artist Market when writing this article – and WOW, what an incredible change of events since fall 2020.

A year ago, we told you that the entire market would move to a virtual platform with a brand new store website generously funded by the Art Bridges Foundation.

While we were grateful for the opportunity to continue the market in a virtual format amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we deeply missed welcoming artisans and visitors to our community museum.

This year, we look forward to hosting the annual on-site Holiday Artists’ Market at the Dennos Museum Center.

“Our Holiday Artists Market is an annual fundraiser for the Dennos Museum Center,” said Nicole Zeiler, director of the museum’s boutique.

“Now in its 22nd year, the market offers a lively shopping experience showcasing art and handmade products including pottery, jewelry, woodworking and metalworking, textile art, printing, painting, mixed media and more by over 30 Michigan artists. ”

Hope you take a moment to visit the store’s website for more details on featured artists including Barbara Van Pelt Ceramics, Carol Murray Jewelry, Dick Davis Ironwork, and Karin Fish Fiber .

Over 30 artist biographies and more are available online at:

Whether you choose to shop the online store or visit us in person to enjoy the current exhibitions, the Discovery Gallery for kids, the conversation with friendly staff and volunteers, and the Holiday Artists Market, know that we are deeply grateful for the opportunity to serve our community through this very special event.

Craig Hadley is the Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Dennos Museum Center in Traverse City.


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