A sample of gourd art by Bob and Yolanda Espinoza, participants in this year’s Holly-Day Magic event. (Courtesy Photo)
A more extensive version of this article will appear in Vision Magazine, available Thursday, Nov. 21. The article in Vision will include interviews with the event’s featured artist Bobby Goode, fours maker Lynne Hooper and local painter Pat Hittle.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas — a Southwest Christmas.
Bringing together the colorful sights, homegrown tastes and the unique feel of art and food primarily from the Southwest as well as other parts of the nation, the 33rd annual Holly-Day Magic Art and Craft Show will soon offer locals the chance to kick-off their holiday shopping and support local causes all at once.
Furthermore, with more than 80 booths and about 70 vendors, shoppers will not only be able to cross names off their “nice” list, but are also bound to find items impossible to part with.
Holly-Day Magic will take place at the Convention and Civic Center Friday, Nov. 22, from 10:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 23, from 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Holly-Day Magic has an admission fee of $1, while children under 12 are admitted for free.
Once inside the Convention Center’s main hall, visitors will find themselves in the presence of some of the best in art and food, as assured by Holly-Day Magic organizers.
“This is a juried show,” said Holly-Day Magic organizer Joyce Tucker. A committee of four individuals has approved all vendors, after potential vendors send the committee pictures of samples of their work.
“We’re very careful about not having too much of a similar thing,” Tucker said. “This doesn’t mean we just have one (vendor selling) jewelry, but it does mean all of our jewelry is all very, very different.”
Tucker noted that Holly-Day Magic vendors are primarily from New Mexico, but at least five states will be represented in the event.
Available items will include home decor, baskets, furniture, candles, cookbooks, soaps, Western-themed creations in rope and leather, purses and more. Scrumptious goodies will include pumpkin rolls and cookies by Debora Lucas, as well as popcorn. Pecos Flavors Winery will be present. Martin’s Capitol Cafe will offer lunch and dinner during both days of the event.
Also a major fundraiser for the Police Athletic League, Holly-Day Magic will offer an opportunity to enter to win one of three donated items: a 6-inch cheese bowl with serving pieces created by artist Bobby Goode, a framed, giclée print by painter Pat Hittle or a $50 gift certificate from Cattle Baron Restaurants.
Holly-Day Magic has also been known to donate proceeds from the event to Assurance Home and The First Tee of the Pecos Valley. Last year’s Holly-Day Magic event raised more than $8,000 to help support youth in the community.
“It’s a fun social event,” Tucker said of Holly-Day Magic. She added an invitation to the public to “a fun experience shopping for unique, handmade items, (and) an opportunity to help the youth of our community.”