Nobles County Art Center's annual Holiday Show and Sale opens Friday

This year's show features expanded hours, including Saturdays from now until Christmas.

Colorful glasses
Glasses made by Wilmont native Chad Balster are among the items featured at the Nobles County Art Center's holiday show and sale, which opens Thursday in Worthington.
Tim Middagh/The Globe
We are part of The Trust Project.

WORTHINGTON — Seven new artists are among the 20 individuals slated to showcase their works during the annual Nobles County Art Center Holiday Show and Sale, which opens Friday.

Grant funding coming to Worthington, Pipestone.
Matthew 25 reminds us that we encounter Christ in the neighbors around us, especially people who are experiencing needs.
Holiday expectations of unalloyed happiness can be pretty unrealistic.

Show hours are noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 23. The Nobles County Art Center is located in the lower level of the War Memorial Building, 407 12th St., in downtown Worthington.

Center director Kimberly Kooistra said this year’s show is one of the largest, in terms of participating artists. She welcomes the public to stop by and shop among the many handmade items that range from jewelry to pottery, Christmas ornaments to greeting cards, and paintings to photographs. You will even find a Pine Valley, Minnesota artist’s rendition of the 1990s-era toy sensation, Furby.

Kooistra said while many of the artists are either from the area or grew up in the area, the Pine Valley artist and another from Waterloo, Iowa, are among the exceptions.

Perennial participants in the show are Jerry and Kathy Deuschle, of Luverne. Jerry makes a variety of pottery pieces and sculptures in his home studio, while Kathy creates jewelry. One or the other has participated in the Nobles County holiday show and sale numerous times in the history of the show.


Jerry Deuschle plans to bring bowls and sculptures, many of which were made in his studio in the past six months. While he tries to spend time in the studio every day, he also teaches ceramics classes at Minnesota West Community & Technical College Jackson campus, and opens up his home studio for students to come in and create.

“It’s so relaxing to start working with clay,” Deuschle said. “Your worldly problems go away and you’re concentrating on putting two pieces of clay together.”

Jewelry handmade by Susan Middagh, of Worthington, will be featured at the Nobles County Art Center's Holiday Show and Sale.
Jewelry handmade by Susan Middagh, of Worthington, will be featured at the Nobles County Art Center's Holiday Show and Sale.
Tim Middagh/The Globe

Jewelry designer Susan Middagh, of rural Worthington, is also an annual participant in the show. With 15 years as an exhibitor — the same number of years she’s served on the Nobles County Art Center board of directors — Middagh will showcase some of her latest jewelry pieces, including necklaces, earrings and bracelets. She will also have for sale one-of-a-kind sculpture pendants and badge pulls.

Middagh enjoys participating in the show because it helps raise money for the art center. A percentage of each item sold goes to the art center to help fund future programming.

The designation also includes the contiguous counties of Jackson, Murray, Nobles, Redwood, Brown and Watonwan.
"Safety is our first priority for our attendees and staff."
Encarnacion is scheduled to make his initial court appearance Dec. 6.

“I like the variety of things they have (at the show),” Middagh said. “From decorations to jewelry to paintings, cards, knitted items, hand-blown glass ornaments and some glassware.”

Nan Karr Kaufenberg, of Redwood Falls and formerly of Luverne, is regionally known for her linoleum block prints that are combined with
watercolor painting to create uniquely original cards and framed art.

Using a black, oil-based ink for the block prints, Karr Kaufenberg then hand colors the print with watercolors. Each design is copied anywhere from 12 to 20 times, making them truly limited edition prints.

Block prints
Block prints made by Nan Karr Kaufenberg were used to create cards that are available for purchase at the Nobles County Art Center.
Tim Middagh/The Globe

Karr Kaufenberg has been working with block prints for about 30 years, and estimates she’s had her work displayed at the local holiday art show and sale for the past 20 years.


“The first time I ever put a print in the art center was in 1994,” she added.

The Nobles County Art Center’s Holiday Show and Sale features expanded hours this year, from Monday through Saturday, starting Nov. 4 and continuing until Dec. 23.

Read more from Julie Buntjer:
Mark Loosbrock is president and CEO of the State Bank of Lismore.
“Olivia wouldn’t wake up,” Rochelle recalled being told. “When I heard about the crash, my heart just felt like it was outside my body. I was praying to God, please don’t take my babies.”
“I was born on Dec. 19 and I was brought home in a stocking that the Luverne hospital made — just a few years ago.”
“Just think of the safety of the kids. If the kids were going through that and would cut themselves on a glass jar … (the donations are to be) going for a good cause. I don’t want to stop (the can collection) either.”
... the gratitude jar is about forcing us to not dwell on the bad. There’s bad news, bad people, bad experiences, bad days that we all encounter. The challenge is to not let the bad news consume us ...
The Clovers 4-H Club hosted the event at the Brewster Legion Hall.
Minnesota State Patrol responded to the scene at 6:15 p.m.
“We pause this special week to honor all veterans. We’re free so we could honor our elections again yesterday. We have freedom because of veterans who stood up for their beliefs.”
The Adrian graduate returned to area following six-year stint in Texas, South Korea.
Two weeks ago, Deslauriers and his crew fished Lake Bella, about 8 miles south of Worthington, where they harvested an estimated 30,000 pounds of buffalo fish, a few thousand pounds of common carp and a small amount of sheepshead.

Julie Buntjer became editor of The Globe in July 2021, after working as a beat reporter at the Worthington newspaper since December 2003. She has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism from South Dakota State University.
What to read next
A wide variety of vendors will be on hand selling handcrafted, one-of-a-kind and gift items.
“We just have a small space, but it’s a place to start. It is so totally awesome, though! The church is doing that for us as part of their mission work. It’s wonderful that they are supporting us by allowing us to use that space.”
Southwest Minnesota expected up to 6 inches of snow in Tuesday morning storm.
The bat, once common across northern Minnesota forests, has been decimated by white-nose syndrome.