Art in the Family returns to the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center

Staff Report

Local author and artist Karla Clark has announced the seventh annual Art in the Family holiday art sale that will be held on Saturday, November 7. The event will run from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., is free of charge, open to the public and parking is free as well.

This year’s show, which began in 2009 in Clark’s Rockford home, will be held in the Mendelssohn Hall Banquet Room at the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center, at 406 North Main Street.

Clark came up with the idea for the event as a way to show tribute to her father, Frank Manarchy, now deceased, a woodcarver who handcrafted ducks, fish and birds. The idea grew, and this year’s show includes 20 local artists, both returning and new to the show.

“Many friends look forward to the art sale to find unique items to give as holiday gifts. We have a wide variety of handmade creations, starting from $5 and up, so there is something for everyone.” Clark said.

In addition to showcasing the unique talents of many artists, the event supports a good cause as well. Some of the proceeds will benefit Autism Speaks, a national autism advocacy organization. Clark’s 23 year old son has autism. “Jonathan has been part of the show since day one. He has sold his color photographs in the past, but now sells paper fire logs, made from shredded, pressed paper.” Clark added.

The artists/artisans include: Sue Abare (watercolors/water media); Zizi Altamore (photography); Mary McNamara Bernsten (“4 Hooligans” line of clothing based on her children’s artwork); Sally Mark (jewelry); Mary Smith (unique art items); Kari McDonald (prints); Beverly Broyles (watercolor paintings, note cards); Sue Ciaccio (cookie/dessert stands); Jonathan Clark (paper fire briquettes); Karla Clark (jewelry, crocheted items, collages/paper art); Linda Cleary (quilted textiles); Lana Ewing (jewelry); Giacomina Francik (jewelry boxes); Barbara McNamara (paintings, note cards); John Naretta (paintings); Sarah Reed (prints); Paula Sentovich (CDs); Anne Bernsten (jewelry, encaustic art); Lisa Greco (drawings, vases); and Rebecca Christensen (neck ware, pillows, hats, seasonal items).

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