October 31st, 2020

Christmas at Casa a one-stop shop for Christmas gift ideas


By Mabell, Dave on November 16, 2019.

Dan Michener, president of the Chinook Woodturning Guild, shows potter Elaine Harrison some of his work during the setup before the opening of the Christmas at Casa holiday sale. Herald photo by Ian Martens @IMartensHerald

Dave Mabell

Lethbridge Herald

dmabell@lethbridgeherald.com

For the seventh year, it’s “Christmas at Casa.” More than 100 artists and artisans are showing some of their new work, offering it for sale as locally-made gifts.

But the sale extends to four other Lethbridge locations as well. Casa is sharing the spotlight with the Southern Alberta Art Gallery, the Etsy Lethbridge Maker Market, the Lethbridge Society of Glass Artisans, the Oldman River Potters’ Guild and the Allied Arts Council of Lethbridge.

“There’s a lot of great artists in Lethbridge,” says Keline Devine, communications manager at Casa. “We encourage people to visit all five.”

For those that do – and get their free “passport” stamped today – there’s free entry in a Tuesday draw for a gift basket.

“Christmas at Casa has become an annual holiday tradition,” Devine says.

This year it’s showcasing fine art and crafts created locally, with 46 booths representing more than 100 artists. Exhibitors include men and women who create their work at Casa as well as others who have home studios.

All have a Lethbridge connection, Devine says.

Some of the show’s hard-to-find items will include king-sized bowls made by Lethbridge wood turners, and whimsical pottery items depicting animal-inspired robots, she adds.

Adding to the occasion, Devine says, will be entertainment by musicians who teach in the university’s music conservatory – located on Casa’s second floor. “Pop-up cafes” will also open, featuring Red Engine Coffee and Macs & Custard.

“You can make a big dent in your shopping list, enjoy holiday music, have a macaron and some local coffee,” suggests Tara Gillanders, projects manager for the Allied Arts Council.

Casa admission is free as always, but visitors are invited to bring a donation for the Lethbridge Food Bank. Casa is also a drop-off point for donations to this year’s Angel Tree project.

Doors will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Casa along with the Southern Alberta Arts Council on 7 Street South and the pottery and glass works show at Westminster Community Hall. The Etsy Christmas Market at Mortar & Brick, also on 7 Street South, will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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