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Support your local artist

The first Artisans Fair at Sturdivant Hall has come and gone, and if the crowds are any indication, people are excited about the possibility to shop at home for items made by local talent.

Now, through Dec. 17,  this possibility still exists through the Holiday House.

This annual event also offers an array of items produced by Black Belt artists and craftsmen. Many of the items on sale cannot be purchased at very many stores, at least not at the level of quality offered with the handmade versions.

We all know how important it is to keep local dollars circulating. There have been plenty of articles related to  that idea. Shopping locally at events like the Holiday House takes this concept a step further.

It’s important to support our local artists because they give our region personality. Each artist puts their heart and soul into each work. Each one is a personal creation, and each work is special.

As with any other job, local artists have to make money to continue to practice their craft. What better way to help them along than by providing local support. There are so many items out there that would make a great gift. This Christmas, give someone a personal connection to the Black Belt. Support local artists.