Gingerbread Extravaganza at art walk
Fairfield 1st Fridays Art Walk is partnering with the Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce and Fairfield Hy-Vee Food and Drug Store to celebrate one of Fairfield’s sweetest traditions Friday: the annual Gingerbread Extravaganza.
Now in its ninth year, the Gingerbread Extravaganza once again fills the air with spicy aromas and visions of sugar plums. Complete with peppermint lanes and sugar-plumed roofs, the gingerbread contest entries are coming in and will be displayed in shop windows around the Fairfield square.
The event offers merriment and entertainment for the entire family; a night of holiday enchantment filled with caroling, visits with Santa Claus, storytelling with Ms. Claus and a children’s gingerbread workshop. To top off the night, horse-drawn carriage rides and multiple musical performances are planned.
The children’s gingerbread workshop will be 6-8 p.m. at the Fellowship of the Holy Spirit on the east side of the square. Parents are invited to help their kids construct graham cracker houses with the mountains of colorful candy. The workshop is free, and supplies have been donated by Hy-Vee.
Friday Night Event Lineup
• Children’s Gingerbread Workshop - Fellowship of the Holy Spirit, 6-8 p.m.
• Visit with Santa Claus in his Kandy Kane House - northeast corner of Central Park, 6-8 p.m.
• Mrs. Claus storytelling - Finnywicks, 6-8 p.m.
• Van Buren Children’s Choir - northeast side of the square, 6 p.m.
• Bowman children singing - the square, 6:30 p.m.
• Christmas carolers - around the square, 6:30-9 p.m.
• Horse drawn carriage rides, 6:30-9 p.m.
• Sharon Bousquet Christmas performance - east side of square, 8:30 p.m.
• Gingerbread contest and display - around the square.
• Dave Leffler Quartet - Christmas Jazz performance, Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, 7:30-9 p.m.
• Children’s coloring at Celltech - west side of the square, 6-8 p.m.
Ready for the season
Fairfield merchants, galleries and venues are putting on the glitz as they go all out for Fairfield 1st Fridays Art Walk. From beautiful gifts and delicious food to wonderful services, Fairfield businesses on the square know just how to brighten the holiday.
For more information on Fairfield 1st Fridays Art Walk, an Iowa Tourism Event of the Year and recipient of the Iowa Tourism Office’s Tourism and the Arts award event, contact Dania De Bortoli at 233-8883, email@example.com or www.fairfieldartwalk.org. or the chamber at 472-2111 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Galleries and venues
Americus Gallery will be showing Christopher Kufner’s original oil paintings featuring Italian landscapes and large-format photography on archival paper of the Tuscan countryside. Works by Kim Kufner, Dale Divoky and Pedro Lujano also will be shown.
The Fairfield Art Association Main Gallery in the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center continues to feature its annual Membership Exhibit.
Fairfield Arts & Convention Center will host Christmas Jazz by the Dave Leffler Quartet at 7:30 p.m. in the Atrium. The Dharma Foundation’s annual Holiday Trade Fair will be from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the center.
Health and Wholeness will have work displayed by the previous owner of Emerald Gallery: Anastasia Kitakis Hurlin.
Henderson Frames and Gallery’s reopening will be kicked off with a 20-year anniversary celebration during the art walk, with music, coupons, apple cider, hot cocoa and candy canes. The “no name” progressive jazz quartet that played during the September art walk will play from 7:30-9:30 p.m. A “name-that-band” contest will be held, with a prize of a $50 gift certificate for the best suggestion.
ICON Gallery will be exhibiting the work of Madeline de Joly and Gillian Brown through February.
Blue Fish Clothing will host a small quality artisan show during the art walk and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Hand painted artisan clothing and artisan crafts and jewelry will be displayed.
The Mosaic Studio will have artwork by Jeri Felix, Tye Huggins and Karla Christensen Fine Art and Handiwork through December. Included in the array of creativity are paintings, photographs, sculptures, mosaics, hand-knit scarves, beaded jewelry and photo greeting cards.
Fairfield Elks Lodge will host a Holiday Open House: Crafts and Gift show from 6-8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.
The Beauty Shop will host the December Maker’s Market during the art walk and every day until Christmas Eve. Young artists will show a wide variety of high quality, unique gifts and art, such as handcrafted cards, ceramics, jewelry, winter wear/knitwear, hand-tailored clothing, vintage clothing, local business/services gift certificates, local albums/vinyl, screen printed items and wall art. An Art House Vintage Re-Launch party, with local band Trouble Lights’ album release show, is set for 7 p.m. Friday.