Handmade for the holidays

MARSHALL – If you’re trying to find that one-of-a-kind present for someone this Christmas, the Marshall Area Fine Arts Council is encouraging shoppers to make the arts center one of their destinations.

For the current exhibit, MAFAC is hosting “Celebrate the Season” through Dec. 27, which features work from 20 area artists whose work is part of the exhibit and gift shop programs.

“This exhibit is for visitors and customers to share the gift of art and shop, shop, shop for the holidays with the opportunity to purchase original artwork created by our local artists,” said MAFAC exhibit coordinator Becky Wyffels in a news release.

The exhibit/sale includes photography, designer mittens, jewelry, seasonal notecards, handmade original watercolors, feather art and monoprints.

Two of the featured artists are Joel and Victoria McKinney of Walnut Grove.

“What’s neat about the show is you can go there and buy something and take it home right away,” Victoria McKinney said. “As things go away, we’ll be bringing in new inventory.” Normally, MAFAC will hold artwork that is purchased until the end of the exhibit. McKinney said this will be a great shopping experience, to get something handmade as a gift.

McKinney said that Joel has been creating some new monoprints that are part of the MAFAC exhibit.

“I’ve got some woven scarves there,” McKinney said. “I’ve been playing with ceramics. I’m enjoying it.” McKinney said that she’s made some ceramic buttons for her knitted and woven items.

McKinney said Joel’s monoprints and tiles are one-of-a-kind.

“He has four different formats,” McKinney said.

McKinney said she recently took up miniature embroidery. She was taking a trip to California and was looking for a project to take along; something small that wasn’t knitting. She made up a kit with one needle, thread, canvas and started stitching.

“They’re coming out really neat,” she said. McKinney said she really enjoys working with the different colors and textures with miniature embroidery, making some of the stitches her own creation. Her miniature embroidery work will be going to the Textile Center of Minnesota in Minneapolis.