Shop Til You Drop This Weekend…Art Abounds!

If you say that there is nothing to do this weekend, let me tell you that you are seriously wrong!!!
This weekend is going to be jam packed with things to do and see that are what make this city and Delaware such great places to live.  I have been gathering info about happenings for 2 days now and am overwhelmed by all of the shopping local that can be done to make your holiday gift giving unique. And on top of that, you can immerse yourself in art in just about every locale in Columbus.

My weekend is filled with shows, already but I hope to make it out to see some of these amazing crafters and artisans, too!  I will be hosting my first Artsy Fartsy Shopping Party at my home this Friday, 7-10 p.m.  Seven artisans (Teresa Morbitzer: Vintage Vamp; Elena Joldersman: The Red Haired Girl; Karen Buoncristiano: Crafty by Nature; Julie McCala: Branching Creations; Jen Roy: Re-Jen; Audra and Sandi Minter: Crazy Craftin’ Ladies; Aisha Echols: Sweet Simpliciteas and me: Paper Pieces by Vicki )will be set up throughout my home with their wares along with wine and chocolate for a perfect Ladies’night out shopping extravaganza!  Allyson Blackwell of The Pastry Factory will be providing goodies and there will be an assortment of wine and nonalcoholic punch.  This is an by invitation party so please contact me at if you would like to be invited!  There will also be a raffle  basket of these lovely ladies’ goods to benefit the Mid-Ohio Food Bank.  Hope you can join us!

On Saturday, I will be vending at the Gingerbread Cottage in Westerville (check below for more info on that) with lots of other talented folks I know so stop by and say hi if you’re going there!!  Saturday night I plan on taking in the Holiday Hop and finally getting to meet Chad Cochran (one of my fav photographers and a featured artist on my blog).  And to end the crazy busy weekend, I am doing a little pop-up boutique Sunday morning at Immaculate Conception in Clintonville from 9-12….whew!   I’m tired just thinking about the frenzy of activity but am jazzed to be a part of so much fun!

So here goes with what else artistic folks are up to!

I tried to put all of this in chronological order so you can see what’s going on starting with Thursday evening.  Every burb and out lying area has something to offer for holiday shopping so stay away from the mall and Support Local!

Ohio Art League

Annual Thumb Box Exhibition

December 5-28
Opening reception: Dec 5, 6-8pm

During the month of December, the Ohio Art League will host the annual Thumb Box Exhibition of small works by OAL members.  Lisa McLymont, Ralph Corriveau and Donna McCarty Estep are just a few of the artists to be featured.

The first exhibition of this type was held during November 1916 and continued annually during the early part of the League’s history. After a many year hiatus, The Thumb Box Exhibition returned in 2006 and continues into 2013. This year it will be held in the OAL gallery at the South Campus Gateway at 1552 N. High St, Columbus, OH 43201.

Members are encouraged to submit up to three 2-D or 3-D works for inclusion in the show.

  • Work purchased can be taken home starting Dec 22, 12 – 6 p.m.
  • Pick up unsold work at the OAL Gallery: Dec 28, 12-8pm & Dec 30, 12-6p

For more information, please contact the Ohio Art League at (614) 299-8225

Good Vibes Winery in Westerville

Good Vibes Winer

Good Vibes Winer

December 5, 2013 at 5:32 PM marks the 80th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition in the United States.

Good Vibes Winery, the first winery in Westerville, will host a

celebration, starting at 5:32 PM on December 5 – the date and time the 21st constitutional amendment was ratified. The celebration to be held in Uptown Westerville, long known as the Dry Capital of the World, will include wine and appetizer specials.

Westerville, from the time it was incorporated in the late 1850’s, was at the center of the Temperance Movement. Local ordinance forbade the sale of alcohol. This didn’t stop the opening of Corbin’s Saloon at 39 W. Main St. Corbin’s Saloon was at the center of The “Westerville Whiskey Wars”, as the Saloon was twice blown up with gunpowder by locals in the late 1870’s. Westerville took on an even greater role in the Temperance Movement when the “Anti-Saloon League” moved its headquarters to Westerville in 1909. The Anti-Saloon League was at the forefront of the push for prohibition of alcohol. The Anti-Saloon League realized its goal with the ratification of the Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution in 1919.

Good Vibes Winery is located at 2 South State Street in Uptown Westerville. It is between the original Corbin’s Saloon and the Anti-Saloon League Museum. Both are only two blocks from the winery. Also located within easy walking distance of the winery are nearly two dozen early twentieth century homes originally built by Anti-Saloon League leaders. These are now part of “The Temperance Row Historic District” on the National Register of Historic Places.

Good Vibes Winery encourages people to enjoy the rich Westerville history by visiting the museum, walking past the houses in the Temperance Row Historic District, viewing Corbin’s Saloon and sharing their experiences while enjoying wine produced and bottled at Good Vibes Winery in the “Dry Capital of the World” on December 5th, the 80th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition.

Lindsay Gallery

Duff Lindsay's photo.
Friday at 6:00pm
 City Art Center, Delaware OH

city art center

Our artists for December and January have created a unique experience! and in conjunction, we are having a Coat Drive for Common Ground and a Food Drive for FEED Delaware

Pure Roots in Westerville

pure roots

  • It’s time for another “Meet the Artist” event here at Pure Roots just in time for the Holidays! Westerville will be hopping with the tree lighting and then stop on over for refreshments and meet Sarah with The Unique Bird, Kristy with Daisy Mae Designs and Teresa with Beaniestalk! Hope to see everyone!  7-9 p.m.
  • Winterfair

winter fair

Dec. 6-8, 2013

Multipurpose Building
Ohio State Fairground
10 am – 8 pm Friday
10 am – 8 pm Saturday
Noon – 5pm Sunday

Mouton Gallery

brian opening

Enjoy a show of new works by Brian Reaume.
954 N High St., Columbus, Ohio 43201
 Max the Salon
  • the sky is falling Chad
    Max the Salon, 640 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43215
  • New work by Chad Cochran, including many of his ominous skies and structures. Join us for the opening reception at Holiday Hop, at Max the Salon, in the Short North. Work will be displayed December 7th-February 28th.

Howliday Bizarre at Franklin County Dog Shelter

You’re Invited to the

Howliday Bazaar and Santa Photos!  



 $ 20 Suggested Donation for 1 scene or $25 for both


$5 discount with donation of new Kong or Nylabone for our FOTS shop

No waiting in line this year! Register for a time slot for your photos.  Go to our Upcoming Events page.


Photos by Simply Dog Photography

All proceeds and donations will fund the medical and surgical care for our sick and injured Shelter dogs.


Saturday, December 7, 10am – 3pm

(Santa photos 12pm – 3pm)


Franklin County Dog Shelter & Adoption Center, Community Room, 4340 Tamarack Blvd, Columbus

The holiday season is just around the corner and the Dog Shelter has a great event to get you prepared!  The Howliday Bazaar will have plenty of holiday and dog-themed gifts for you and your family.  Honor a pet or someone you love with an ornament from our Giving Tree!  Pick up some great goodies at our bake sale or bring your own treats to donate.

 Learn more about the Howliday Bazaar and Santa Photos and register for an appointment for your photos.  Visit our Upcoming Events page.

“He sees you when you’re sleeping.  He knows when you’re awake. So come on down with your pup, and bring a beautiful cake!!”

mistletoe market

The Grove City Town Center is having its second annual Secret Santa event.  At Secret Santa children can play Santa by purchasing gifts for parents and siblings.  Secret Santa offers a child to purchase a gift for a loved one anonymously.  The tradition of Secret Santa is known around the world by different names. The tradition of Secret Santa dates back many years, but the original Secret Santa is thought to be Larry Dean Stewart (1948-2007), an American philanthropist.

Come to these Festive Market Spaces for your unique, one of a kind, Holiday Gift Shopping (including my friend, The Soap Diva, Linda Chute) .  Something for everyone to enjoy-• Musical performances, Ice Sculpting• Visits with Santa Claus, Reindeer • Holiday Foods & Hot Beverages

Grove City Christmas Parade   7:30 p.m. Start Time
The parade features marching bands, floats decorated in Christmas lights and more. The parade route starts at Park Street Intermediate School, proceeds north on Wilbur Avenue, turns west down Columbus Street, travels south on Broadway through the Town Center then east on Park Street back to the school.

Hilliard’s Hollyfesthollyfest

The Hilliard Area Chamber of Commerce will be having its 31st Annual Hollyfest Arts and Crafts Show on Saturday, December 7 at Hilliard Davidson High School, 5100 Davidson Road, from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.  This craft show features homemade crafts which include floral, wood, clothing, and jewelry items among others.  There will be 118 crafters (including Vintage Vamp, Artistic Flair and River Wolfe Jewelry)from Ohio and surrounding states and the event draws 6000 attendees making it one of the largest one day events in Hilliard.  Santa Paws will be there so you can have your pet’s picture taken with him.

The cost to attend is $4.00, $2.00 for seniors and students.  Parking is free.  For more information, check out our Facebook page at

Gingerbread Cottage in Westerville

gingerbread 2

The 16th Annual Gingerbread Cottage 2013 will be held Saturday, December 7, 2013 10am – 3pm at Westerville South High School 303 S. Otterbein Ave.,Westerville, OH 43081  4 rooms with 130+ terrific vendors, (including me– Paper Pieces by Vicki; Lara Henning- Hen Pen Designs and Heather Lewis-We Are Something Else)Concession stand and bake sale, Raffle tables with baskets and special items donated by vendors, a musical performance by band students, and even a kids activity area with crafts and face painting. Parking is FREE – $2.00 entry fee age 12 and up – strollers are welcome

The Gingerbread Cottage is a fundraising event for the Westerville South Instrumental Music Boosters.  The Music Boosters support the Concert band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band and Marching bands.

Garden Theater Holiday Hop Pop Up And Short North Holiday Hop

holiday pop up 1

Local artisans, crafters & purveyors of fabulous homemade & handmade goods are commandeering the Garden Theater for one amazing day of holiday shopping!holiday hop


Celebrate the Holidays on the first Saturday of December at Holiday Hop along with thousands of visitors who converge on the strip, the epicenter of the High Street Experience. They come to celebrate art and partake in an evening of sights, sounds, food, shopping, and cosmopolitan holiday fun. Though many shops are open earlier, the Gallery Hop officially starts at 4 p.m. and runs to 10 p.m. with restaurants and bars staying open considerably later.

AND  if you happen to be heading to the Steel City (my hometown!)  AKA Pittsburgh, this weekend there will be a number of Central Ohio Artists vending at the Handmade Arcade, including Jesiii and Stinkybomb Soaps!

Handmade Arcade (HA), founded in 2004, is Pittsburgh’s first and largest independent craft fair. Now in its tenth year, HA brings young, innovative crafters and progressive do-it-yourself designers to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center on December 7, 2013 to sell, their handmade, locally produced, and offbeat wares at a bustling marketplace. A highly anticipated annual event, HA attracts more than 8,000 attendees in one day. HA provides craft artists working outside mainstream and fine arts sectors with a grassroots, high-visibility venue to sell wares, build community, network, and share their artistic practice.

Handmade Arcade is run by a collective of creative Pittsburghers who have helped to shape and bolster Pittsburgh’s independent craft scene over the past nine years. The group’s founders — who, along with new volunteers, still run the event today — were inspired to organize a craft fair of Pittsburgh’s own that would tap into a national movement and provide a welcoming venue for artists and shoppers to come together. Handmade Arcade’s growth has coincided with the international resurgence of crafting, as new generations are reclaiming and reinventing craft materials and methods.

An Eco-friendly Home
HA has found a new home at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center (DLCC) in Downtown Pittsburgh. The benefits for vendors, attendees, and sponsors are immense and include:

  • Free admission
  • Increased on-site visibility for sponsors including benefits such as signage, table presence, and more
  • Continued commitment to the environment through the DLCC’s green practices (
  • Space for more vendors than ever before (150+)
  • Addition of new areas to feature demonstration artists (Hands-on Handmade), DJs, and musicians
  • Spacious walkways and visitor/shopper amenities
  • Central downtown location accessible via car, bus, T, bike, and foot
  • Extensive on- and off-site parking
  • Expect even more handcrafted, indie merchandise
  • Wider aisles and more room for vendors
  • Early Birdie passes
  • Refreshments on-site

– See more at:

handmade arcade pghhandmade 2


One thought on “Shop Til You Drop This Weekend…Art Abounds!

  1. This should just about finish my Christmas shopping if I make to even 2 of these events. Thanks for all the great info.

    If you ever decide to do another house party, I would be thrilled to be a part of it. I did a one person party in Richmond, VA in July and had a enthusiastic reception. (No pun intended…or maybe there was.) Have a fabulous weekend Vicki. And good sales to you!

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