Resident Artists Create Holiday Fair

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Kendal residents enjoyed a hint of the holidays with a little shopping December 1 with a holiday art fair held on campus.

Held with appropriate social distancing and other safety measures, residents and staff browsed a wide selection of unique handmade items in Kendal Hall. For some residents, it was the only opportunity for in-person holiday shopping, and the vendors and shoppers were all excited to share in the fun.

Initially organized by Ruth Tafel and Nancy Ruley, the other artists eagerly agreed to join in. Jo McMurty displayed her art drawings and note cards. “This is been so festive, and so fun,” she said.

Nancy, one of the organizers said planning and creating her bags and beaded necklaces kept her busy during quarantine, and “She was very happy doing it.”

Shoppers like Bruce left with plenty of gifts for family. Bruce was shopping for beach themed items to gift family members and proudly displayed a lovely wood carving and several boxes of gift cards.

The resident artists of Kendal at Lexington have been active contributors to other events and displays over the years, including the recently renewed art display where artwork from Kendal residents will be displayed on a rotating basis. Others have also supplied local Lexington galleries with their work as well.

Those artists participating in the December 1 art fair:

Jo McMurtry – note cards, drawings

Nancy Ruley – felted bags, beaded necklaces

Ruth Tafel – woven scarves, wraps, ponchos, small purses

John Winfrey – paintings, note cards

Meg Stackpole – Moravian stars, ornaments, knitted items

Mitzi Piller – pillowcases, table toppers, lap quilts, needlework

Nelson Potter – wooden bird carvings

Anne Preuss – note cards, paintings

Tony Tafel – Rockbridge area framed photos

Louise Tardy – small tote bags, made-to-order address labels

Ted Burrowes – framed photos