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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.
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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.

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“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.

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

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“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.

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