The Holiday Bazaar at the Princeton Art Guild House features 26 artists and offers the community a chance to indulge in Christmas- and holiday-themed art and shopping.

“I thought this was a good way to, not only dress up the gallery but to create a Christmas shop,” said Princeton Art Guild Director Melissa Peek.

She said the bazaar is unique in that it explores the 26 artists’ collections and displays in November and December. It’s the first time the guild house has created such an event.

In the Charles Alvin Lisanby Gallery, Christmas trees and ornaments adorn the floor, walls, and fill the space with colorful art and crafts.

Peek noted some of the pieces on display are soaps, bird feeders, and quilts among other items.

To coincide with partnering events in the community, the guild house is open today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. On Thursday, Dec. 16, the guild house is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Normal hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The last day of the bazaar is on Thursday, Dec. 30, at 2 p.m. The member gallery remains open during the bazaar.

In addition to giving artisans a chance to support themselves, the Princeton Art Guild has a display in the Holiday Bazaar to help with raising operational funds.

Peek said each bazaar artist donated a piece to the guild’s display in hopes of generating sales for the Princeton Art Guild. The art guild is not taking any commission during the bazaar — artists receive 100% of sales.

Kim Brown, of Caldwell County, is featuring her SOAP (Sooting Oasis of Aromatic Pleasure) handcrafted products. Brown creates various soaps, lotions, sprays, and other products. She’ said she’s offering baskets and bundles as well.

She said supporting local farmers enables her to create body products that contain locally-sourced ingredients, like carrots and mushrooms.

The bazaar is Brown’s initial entry into a guild exhibition, although she has been a member for five years. Her products are available on Facebook, at Posh on Main in Evansville, Keeping it Rural in KY in Sturgis, and at the Farmhouse of Paducah.

Another artisan contributing to the bazaar is Lyon County-based artist Sheri Marshall. Her work encompasses quilts, fused glass, and handmade stoneware.

Navigating a path of teaching, Marshall instructs students at South Dakota State University and is teaching a new class at the guild next month.

Beyond teaching and making art, Marshall is a certified flight instructor, training the next generation of pilots in her spare time.

She started with pottery at 16, and museums and gallery travel continue to charge her creative element.

Marshall is a new Princeton Art Guild member — she joined during the 2021 Black Patch Heritage Festival.