by Cori Hilsgen
Nine local artists are teaming up for an annual holiday art sale to be held from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6 at two locations, Bruno Press and the Minnesota Street Market.
The Market will host four featured artists, and Bruno Press will host five featured artists, who will display and sell various forms of their art.
Bruno Press owner Mary Bruno will have her presses inked up and ready to demonstrate her processes. She will also have cards, prints and the new 2015 “Best Minnesota Hometown” calendars available for purchase. The calendar features St. Joseph in it.
Also showcasing their work at Bruno Press will be Nick Campbell from Steve Diamond Elements, Amy Skeate-Carlson from Amy Olivia Handcrafted Jewelry, Katie Ballantine with her pottery and Jen Steinkopf and Keri Schueller from Seed to Sprout Signs.
Homemade snacks and hot and cold beverages will also be available at Bruno Press.
“The featured artists at Bruno Press and Minnesota Street Market will be selling their wares and you can choose something from everyone to check everyone off your shopping list, or just come to look,” Bruno said.
Market co-op art chairperson Alicia Peters said the Market will welcome artists Joe Singewald with his pottery, Jill Dubbeldee Kuhn with her painting, Tony and Pat Peroutky with their photography and Sally Millerbernd with her fiber creations. The market will offer food from ingredients at the Market, along with hot apple cider.
“The vision of the holiday art show aligns with the co-op’s mission supporting local art sustaining our community,” Peters said. “It’s always an honor to be included with Bruno Press and the artists selling their work at her studio. Stop in to get a one-of-a-kind gift for the holidays, by a local artist.”
The artists are hoping visitors will find some unique gift ideas.
“This could be the day you get all of your shopping done and you can feel super awesome about yourself because you shopped local and you supported hard-working artists in your community,” Bruno said.
“Stop in at both locations to get a taste of the talent we have in the area of the arts in our community,” Peters said. “It’s one of the many reasons I love living and contributing to the St. Joseph community.”
Bruno said most items at both locations will range in price from $5 and up. There will be a few high-end items, but most items will sell for under $35.
She said the annual holiday art sale began in 2010 when she was invited to be a part of the 21 East Ash annual holiday art sale, hosted by Jim Loso, who is now deceased. The following year, she opened up her shop and an art crawl was held between Bruno, Loso and the Satellite Gallery. The Minnesota Street Market was added as a stop the following year. This year, the sale will feature the two venues of Bruno Press and the Market.
Bruno Press, which is a small letterpress print shop in the garage off the house where Bruno grew up, is located at 154 Fifth Ave. SE, St. Joseph and the Minnesota Street Market is located at 27 W. Minnesota St., St. Joseph.