’Twas a magical Holly-Day for all

November 18, 2012 • National News

Jacy Smith checks out the Anderson Nursery collection of sand animals during the Holly-Day Magic expo at the Roswell Convention and Civic Center, Friday. Mark Wilson Photo

Artists and crafters presented one-of-a-kind works Friday and Saturday during the annual Holly-Day Magic expo at the Roswell Convention and Civic Center.

For 32 years, the event has served as a showcase for artisans and crafters to present their ideas and wares, said Joyce Tucker, who organized the event this year, along with Debora Lucas, Nancy Forrest and Trina Padilla.

“It is a wonderful shopping opportunity for unique, handmade works that also [auth] benefit community,” Tucker said.

Proceeds from the event’s ticket sales, booth fees and prize drawings will benefit organizations such as Police Athletic League, Assurance Home and First Tee of the Pecos Valley, as well as the city’s high school students.

In the past, the event has raised as much as $9,000.

The event featured more than 80 booths, each with handmade crafts and products, such as jewelry, clothing, foods, dolls, candles, and fine art.

One of the exhibitors this year was Frank Fang, a California-based artist who creates vibrant, eye-catching tiles depicting various scenes and subjects. Fang participated in the event last year and said he hoped to achieve similar success.

This year’s featured artists were Paul and Jane Nevarez of Jus Rope’n Kreations.

Based in Roswell, the pair creates western-inspired home décor items, such as clocks and baskets, using old cowboy nylon ropes, horseshoes and rasps. The two self-taught artists brought a wide variety of products, including crosses, kitchenware, mirrors and lamps.

“We try to make functional art,” Jane said. “We want people to use our items and enjoy them — not [let them] collect dust.”

One such item is a butterfly wind chime set made from metal, baked until it turned purple. “Our wind chimes won’t break,” she said.

The couple has participated in the show for more than seven years and said since the show is juried, the emphasis is on handmade. “So, you have high quality art; you don’t have junk,” Jane said.

Jill Norris and her daughter A’Lora were among the many who wandered the aisles between booths Friday evening. They were in search of Western, woodworking items. They have attended the event for several years; what they like is the variety.

“Everything’s different,” Jill said.

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