MARIETTA - A variety of arts and crafts shows will be held in the weeks leading to Christmas.
The Local Artist Show and Holiday Sale will be held Nov. 16 and 17 at the Lafayette Hotel where the show's featured artisans include painter Beth Nash, potter Margaret Lazer, tile artist Marlene L'Abbe and decorative iron worker Betsy Cook. Hours are 5-9 p.m. Nov. 16 and 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 17.
Items will include needle felting, wood carving, calligraphy and stained glass, Sharon Hanse, event organizer, said.
"It's high quality, really fine arts and crafts," she said.
For L'Abbe, who is showing her work at the show for the fifth time, the show has always been "very successful."
L'Abbe said she is using a new sublimation technology process to print her original hand-painted designs on tile.
Paper goods artist Claire Bogard said she always looks forward to displaying her pieces at the show.
A $2 donation will be taken at the door.
Bogard's described her artwork as "very novel" for the area.
"That same weekend, those looking for goodies for placing beneath the holiday tree can visit the Marietta High School band boosters 20th annual arts and crafts show.
Items available will include baked goods, primitives, apparel, jewelry, photography, holiday decor and fiber craft, said show coordinator Beth Spaziani.
The arts and crafts show will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Junior Fair Building at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Marietta. Concessions are available during the show. Strollers are welcome.
Third on the roster for that weekend is Peoples Bank "Fighting 4 Life" Relay for Life team craft and vendor show. Scheduled for 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 17 at Marietta's Gilman United Methodist Church, show proceeds will benefit Washington County Relay for Life.
Get ready to wrap up the last of your Christmas shopping on Dec. 1, when the O'Neill Center hosts its Annual Craft & Bake Sale and the Betsey Mills Club has its annual Christmas Village craft show.
More than 20 crafters and bakers in Washington County will be selling their goods at the O'Neill Center sale.
Handmade items will include jewelry and knitted and crocheted articles. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. by RSVP of Washington County.
Crafters from as far away as New Martinsville and Zanesville will show their work at the Betsey Mills Club annual Christmas Village craft show running from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
The annual event has been done "for well over 35 years," said event organizer Christine Wark. She expects there will be 45-50 crafters at the show, which is overseen by the Betsey Mills Club Girls Council. Featured crafts will include jewelry, knitted pieces, baby clothes, homemade brooms, guilts, stained glass items and repurposed pieces.
A light lunch will be served from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. A $2 donation will be taken at the door. All proceeds will be used to keep the Betsey Mills Club going and be placed toward bills and repairs, Wark said.