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It remains the gift that keeps on giving.

The 24th annual Kenan Holiday Gift Show, which runs next weekend, includes handcrafted work in all price ranges by 52 artists and designers.

The show runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. next Sunday on the Kenan campus, 433 Locust St.

Events take place in the Kenan Mansion, the former carriage houses and the education center.

More than 100 Kenan volunteers assist the artists and give their time to this show, which provides funding for arts scholarships, area school art projects and Kenan Center programs.

Joyce Lane, co-chairwoman for the event, said the show also brings together three major Kenan affiliates: the Arts Council, the Quilters Guild and the Herb Club.

The Quilters Guild will raffle a quilt that members have been working on all year, and the Herb Club will offer a display in the Taylor Theatre with a large array of garden and herbal gifts for sale.

The Arts Council, which has hosted the show for the last 24 years, will offer a variety of raffles, including a theater package that includes two tickets to Studio Arena, Lancaster Opera House, Irish Classical Theatre, UB Center for the Arts, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kavinoky Theatre, Musicalfare Theatre and Lockport's Four Season Players. A second raffle is for dinner and an overnight stay at Lockport Holiday Inn. A third raffle is for two outdoor Asian garden pots from ProGardens.

"Funds raised are used to benefit the Kenan Center, including start-up funding for the new Student Art Gallery at the Kenan Center," said Lane.

Artists come from as far as South America to participate.

Seventeen new crafters join the show this year, and offerings include solid wooden bowls with natural markings of local wood; art-inspired jewelry based on Monet, Rodin and more; the family tradition of hand-painted Ukrainian eggs; handmade purses with original designs and detailing; and vintage silver plateware, including spoon chimes and hostess service sets. Also, Robert Rimmer returns with his folk-art Santas, after an absence of many years.

Also available are sculptured dolls, ornaments, masks, handcrafted bears, antique lace items, pottery, baskets, inlaid game boards, figurines and angels, decorative painting, floral arrangements, birdhouses, wood chimes and even gourmet items, such as jams, mustards and chocolate.

The show also features its Greenhouse Cafe, which is transformed into a twinkling winter wonderland and offers soups, sandwiches and desserts catered by the Shamus Restaurant.

Admission is $2; parking is free.


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