This year, the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) will once again be holding its popular Holiday Artists’ Market. Over the market’s 20+ years of existence, it has grown into Grand Rapids, Michigan’s premier holiday market. Artists, art aficionados, and curious shoppers have come to recognize the UICA Holiday Artists’ Market as the premier place to buy unique art and holiday gifts in West Michigan.
This year, the 21st annual Holiday Artists’ Market will kick-off on December 4 with a special members-only preview from 4:00pm to 5:00pm. The preview-open only to members of the UICA (as a way of recognize the critical support that they provide to the Grand Rapids art community)-will feature a complimentary bar. At 5:00pm, the Holiday Artists’ Market officially opens to the public with a Holiday Party and cash bar that will take place during the market.
On Saturday, December 5, the Holiday Artists’ Market will continue with a sale and cash bar that runs from 10:00am to 9:00pm. From 11:00am to 3:00pm there will be a children’s workshop hosted by Grand Rapids artists. The workshop will give the kids something to do while their parents peruse the art.
The also event offers free admission, free parking, and snacks and beverages for sale.
The market will once again include a broad range of Grand Rapids’ finest artists who will offer a wide variety of art for sale at what are surprisingly reasonable prices. As always, the UICA reviews art in advance to insure that the art sold at the market is of the highest possible quality. Moreover, there is always a good range of art for sale, making it easy to find the perfect holiday gift no matter what your budget. You can find small gifts-such as $5 prints-or more expensive works that cost well over $100. In years past, there has been pottery, jewelry, painting, prints, metal work, photography, drawings, woodworking, and clothing. All of this adds up to hundreds of choices that you won’t find elsewhere in your holiday shopping. Typically, over fifty artists are presented and the event presents a great opportunity for shoppers to interact with the artists.
If you are looking for a unique holiday gift that will stand out and make an impression on its recipient, the UICA Holiday Artists’ Market is an essential stop.
For more on the event and the art offered, check out the UICA Holiday Artists Market on Facebook. The Holiday Market’s Facebook page includes photos of the broad range of art for sale at the Holiday Artists’ Market.