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Holiday Art Sale Celebrates 48th Year

Published: December 1, 2015

CSULB’s School of Art is celebrating the 48th year of its Holiday Art Sale. From Sunday-Thursday, Dec. 6-10, students and faculty of this nationally recognized visual arts program will provide a special holiday shopping opportunity for lovers of art and fine crafts.

Hundreds of unique pieces will be on display and available for purchase in the student galleries. Students and faculty members participate in the sale, with a significant percentage of the proceeds going to support scholarships, guest speakers, supplies and individual program needs. The sale officially begins at 4 p.m. on Dec. 6.

Original works showcase the diverse and comprehensive programs offered through the School of Art, the largest academic department on the campus. From photography to fiber, ceramics to illustration, metals to jewelry, the art sale features work for every taste and every budget. Prices for individual pieces are expected to range from $25 to $500.

Sale hours are Dec. 6, from 4-7 p.m. and Dec. 7-10, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., with hours being extended until 7 p.m. on Dec. 9. Historically, patrons begin lining up two to three hours prior to the opening of the sale in order to ensure the best selection of these one-of-a-kind objects. Cash, check and Visa are accepted forms of payment.

School of Art professor Tony Marsh, a member of the university since 1988 and head of the ceramics program, thinks there are two reasons for the sale’s 49-year longevity: handmade art and the people who want it.

“We have a dedicated following of people which grows every year,” said Marsh who earned his undergraduate degree at CSULB. “Our long-standing patrons want things made by hand and they also like the idea of helping young artists. This sale gives people the chance to obtain something hard to find and provides a wonderful annual event that allows people to acquire handmade art just before the holidays.”

The appeal of handmade goods is in their idiosyncratic nature, connection to cultural history and tradition, according to Marsh.

“These are not objects created by a programmed machine,” he said. “Handmade objects are unique and frequently hard to duplicate as opposed to so many of the things in this world made by machines.”

Patrons shop at a previous Holiday Art Sale event.
Patrons shop at a previous Holiday Art Sale event.

The funds raised go to support student scholarships and travel.

“The sale reflects the School of Art’s creative diversity,” said Marsh. “We have multiple programs from fibers to jewelry to ceramics. Every program decides for itself how the money is to be divided. Essentially, all the money raised goes back to benefit the students whether that means a school speaker, travel or the acquisition of a needed piece of equipment.”

Marsh encourages both the campus and surrounding community to participate in this year’s Holiday Art Sale.

“It offers access to very reasonably priced handmade things that reflect the arts and crafts available here,” he said. “There are students who have gone through the program to become very successful artists. This is the community’s chance to collect art created by future stars in their fields and this is no exaggeration. This sale serves the needs of holiday shoppers and collectors at the same time it serves the needs of students. It is a win-win situation.”

The Holiday Art Sale takes place in the department galleries and courtyard, located in between the Fine Arts 2 and Fine Arts 3 buildings on the southeastern section of the campus. Parking for the sale is available in Lot 8, off East University Drive. From the parking lots, patrons are asked to follow the directional signs leading to the sale.