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12 Artists at Upcoming Holiday Tea

(10/17/12) Twelve artists will be displaying and selling their work at the Partners of Black River Memorial Hospital's Annual Holiday Tea, which will be held at Black River Memorial Hospital on Thursday, November 8th from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The theme for the 2012 Holiday Tea is, "Christmas in the Village".

The planning committee member responsible for securing artists, Judy Hansen says the artist will have distinctly unique works and there will be a nice variety of artwork and crafts for sale. "We're pleased to offer so many talented artists and crafts," she says. "This will be a great opportunity for people to purchase unique gifts for the holidays". The artists are featured below:

Jennifer Damrow of Wausau is a jewelry designer and owner of Exclusive Inspirations. She uses Argentium Sterling Silver and 14K gold filled wire to create her unique wire wrapped and beaded jewelry. All of her stones are hand cut and come from numerous locations across the globe. She has won numerous awards for her work.

Sue Michaelson, Black River Falls, and Monique Parent, Hudson WI. Sue will display her vibrant original nature water colors including floral and woodland scenes. Both framed and matted pieces will be available along with Christmas cards and bookmarks. Monique has a home studio "Glass Garden Designs" in which she designs Glass Pendants, earrings, dishes, vases and business card holders. Sue collaborates with her daughter Monique to paint the intricate designs Monique places on the glass.

Kathy Mertig of Black River Falls, offers handmade and quilted items including wall hangings, table runners and candle mats.

Lori Scharlau, Deb Marg, and Sherry Skogstad, Black River Falls. Lori and Deb will have a variety of handcrafted items, including: mittens from recycled sweaters for adults and children, clothing for 12" and 18" dolls, hand-woven scarves and shawls, and Santa's from recycled fabrics. Sherry will display her one of a kind handbags either quilted or embroidered. These bags are fun and functional with two interior pockets, an interior key fob and feet to protect the bottom of the bag.

Bob Tamblin of Princeton WI, Old Hippie Candle Company. Bob is a Master Candle maker who has enjoyed candle making for the past 43 years. He will bring a large variety of Christmas Candles and other custom candles including Pillar, Luminaries, Sand Candles, and Mandles.

Dave" Woody" Meyer and Sally Laubach, both of Black River Falls. Dave will have original 5"x7" and 8"x10" photography matted and ready for framing. He will also have original photo all-occasion and holiday greeting cards. His photography includes nature, wildlife, flowers, Wisconsin and Jackson County scenes, Black River dam and sport personalities. Sally Laubauch, sewing enthusiast, will display and sell her wool ponchos, infinity scarves, and seasonal surprises.

Kathy Perry & Karolyn Gjerseth, Black River Falls. Kathy paints wine glasses, carafes, bowls, candle holders and jars. All glass is painted with Folk Art Enamel Paint which is dried overnight and then baked on. Kathy will also be bringing her handcrafted cards. Karolyn Gjerseth has been making homemade caramels, including chocolate, for over 20 years. The caramels are individually wrapped and perfect for Christmas gifts, and teacher's gifts.

In addition to the artists, there will be a bake sale, the traditional tea table with homemade treats and a visit from Santa at 11:00 (bring your cameras). Also, there will be raffles, Love Light orders, and holiday merchandise for sale in the Partners' Gift Shop.

A $500 cash donation by Jackson County Bank will also be raffled off at the event. Raffle tickets for the $500 cash prize are available in the BRMH Gift Shop or available for purchase at the Holiday Tea event. The drawing will be held at the "Christmas in the Village" Holiday Tea at 2:45 p.m.

The public is invited to stop for tea, coffee and treats while doing some holiday shopping. All proceeds from this event will go to the Partners' programs and services, including their pledge to the hospital for specialized medical equipment.





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