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The Artistic Holidays are Coming!

by Debbi Swanson Patrick

Nothing gets a bunch of dedicated artists moving like a deadline, especially when that deadline is for the annual Christmas Boutique at the Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery, which opens Monday, November 20 at 10:00 AM.

This festive event begins before Thanksgiving so relatives visiting Mesquite, or locals going elsewhere, can shop for the holidays. Imagine the shock on your relatives’ faces when you arrive with your hand-designed holiday gifts for them. They’ll have to go out and get you something!

The Gallery has more than 200 members, many of whom participate in the Boutique. Featured are ceramics, stained glass, sculpture, leather goods, paintings, jewelry of all descriptions, cards for all occasions, items to beautify your home, and of course, ornaments and other holiday decorations. All are handmade and ready to take home.

One very special element returns this year. Not every city has their own Christmas story, so author, Barb King, and illustrator, Diana Coonradt will return to sign their charming book, Christmas Eve in Mesquite, that debuted at the gallery last year. Their book is available for purchase during the Boutique.

Adding to the Boutique ambiance is the Lucky 13 National Small Works Competition on exhibit in the galleries during November and December. All images are 13-inch x 13-inch, or smaller, making them perfect for almost any space. The public is invited to the Mesquite Fine Art Gallery’s Art Reception on Thursday, November 16 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

The Mesquite Fine Arts Center is located at 15 W. Mesquite Boulevard, Mesquite, Nevada. Hours are Monday through Saturday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Hours are extended during the Boutique until 7:00 PM on Monday, November 20, and Wednesday, November 22.

For more information on membership, workshops, and other exhibits, visit or call (702) 346-1338.


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