Gallery Aglow and Christmas Market

Get all your holiday shopping done early at the Gallery at the Park in Richland! Throughout November and December, the gallery will be hosting the Allied Arts Association’s Gallery Aglow event.

Gallery Aglow has been an annual tradition for over 30 years, and each November, local and regional artists submit hundreds of works to the show. Stop by the Gallery at the Park to see beautiful decorations and to purchase unique, handmade gifts such as ceramics, glassware, jewelry, fiber art and metal work.

During this event, you can also buy wreaths, trees and other holiday décor. These items were all made by Allied Arts volunteers, and the proceeds go toward funding the Allied Arts Association, which in turn gives back to the community.

Fundraisers such as this allow the Allied Arts Association to continue providing scholarships and expanding programs like Beads Behind Bars and Art Connection. These programs play an important role in the community by making art education more accessible and allowing participants to explore their creativity and gain a greater sense of their own value.

Christmas market

On Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, the Gallery at the Park will present its own version of the Christmas market, a German custom dating all the way back to the Late Middle Ages.

The Christmas season would be marked by the appearance of these street markets, which traditionally included drinks, Christmas cookies and handmade Christmas items such as toys and decorations.

At the Gallery at the Park, volunteers will be providing complimentary candy and warm cider, and in the spirit of the traditional European Christmas markets, they will also have gingerbread cookies for sale. Guests will also be able to purchase unique Christmas items made by gallery artists. On the days of the Christmas market event, the Gallery will have extended hours, staying open until 8:30 p.m.

Emma Barnes