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Cool Stuff Made Locally Available at Stifel and Schrader Centers

WHEELING — Oglebay Institute’s annual Holiday Art Show and Sale not only benefits shoppers looking for unique gifts it also supports local artists.

The exclusive six-week show provides an outstanding opportunity for some of the region’s most talented artists and craftsmen to sell their handcrafted items to thousands of enthusiastic shoppers in two Wheeling locations – the historic Stifel Fine Arts Center, located at 1330 National Road and the Schrader Environmental Education Center, located in Oglebay Park.

“Part of Oglebay Institute’s mission is to serve as a resource for artists and emerging artists and provide opportunities for them to exhibit, sell and promote their work to the public. The Holiday Art Show and Sale provides space, staff and marketing resources to artists and gives shoppers an opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind gifts for the holidays while becoming familiar with the word of local artisans,” said Misty Klug, Oglebay Institute director of marketing and communication. “Support for our local artists is especially important in 2020 since many large art fairs and festivals, such as Oglebayfest, had to be canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The Stifel Center and Schrader Center are transformed into holiday marketplaces with more than 50 vendors setting up shop for the holiday season. Area residents and visitors can shop hundreds of unique gifts from pottery and paintings to jewelry and textiles to home décor and gourmet goodies.

Klug added, “Many of the participating vendors do not have store fronts. OI’s Holiday Show and Sale provides them a brick-and-mortar location to sell their merchandise through the entire holiday shopping season.”

Klug said she is delighted to see the Holiday Show and Sale being embraced by the community.

“The show has become a tradition among holiday shoppers,” said Klug. “It continues to gain popularity, with attendance and sales increasing steadily each year. Loyal attendees come ready to buy each year. The show also attracts new visitors each year, particularly people with an interest in shopping local and purchasing more personal gifts for their loved ones.”

The talent of the artists and quality of the merchandise keep people coming back year after year, Klug explained. Other factors in the show’s success, according to Klug, include the “festive, friendly shopping environment” and a shift in consumer buying habits.

“The ‘Buy Local’ concept is expanding, which is certainly good news for our local artisans,” she said.

The Holiday Art Show and Sale is proudly sponsored by United Bank. It will continue through Dec. 23. Admission at both locations is free.

OI’s Holiday Art Show & Sale is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday at the Stifel Fine Arts Center at 1330 National Road in Wheeling and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Schrader Center in Oglebay Park. Both locations are closed Thanksgiving Day.

For more information and show hours, visit www.OIonline.com or call 304-242-7700.

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