The Mountain Valley Arts Council announced this week that its Holiday Cheer Quilts Exhibit and Holiday Art Market are now open at its gallery at 440 Gunter Avenue in Guntersville. Hours are Tuesday – Friday 10 AM – 5 PM, and Saturdays 10 AM – 2 PM, with extra late hours during the Night Before Christmas festivities Dec. 4 – 5. Both will be on display until January 5th.

These quilts will put you in a holiday mood quickly. Participants include:

- Kathy Murray of Guntersville with her Going in Circles quilt which she machine-pieced and quilted.

- Marquita Jones of Guntersville with her Hunter Star quilt, Kaleidoscope quilt, and Red Holiday Truck quilt which she machine-pieced and quilted.

- Linda Kay Ledbetter of Albertville/Guntersville with her Squares & Half-Squares quilt which she machine-pieced and quilted. She hand-pieced and hand-quilted her American Beauty quilt from a pattern from the Southern Living American Quilts book from 1988.

- Ileen German of Arab with the holiday quilt she machine-pieced and quilted.

- Jan Langley of Guntersville with a lovely Log Cabin holiday quilt which she machine-pieced and Kathy Murray machine-quilted.

- Debbie Gunter of Guntersville with two hand-appliqued and quilted small quilts and a hooked rug table runner and trivet with holiday themes.

MVAC’s Holiday Art Market with unique and artistic gift options from area artists is also open. Artists include:

Shirley Troilo of Divine Inspirations with her hand-painted ornaments and flower arrangements; Cherri Jones from Ginger Sweets Bakery with her ornate 1800s-design cookies (but freshly cooked)! James Davidson with his intricate woodwork boxes; BJ Mitchell with her hand-beaded jewelry, purse, and decorative bowl; Debra Schmidt of From The Earth with her ceramic mugs, plates, and ornament tags; Gina Pratt with her hand-painted gift bags, buttons, greeting cards, matchboxes, and handsaws; Deborah Belcher with her original oil paintings; Mason Holcomb with his original acrylic paintings; Emily Busby with her custom pottery; Mary Brewer and Judy Norstrom of Lake Shore Creations with their wood furniture and driftwood art; and maybe more.

The MVAC Gallery is large enough that masked visitors can easily maintain a healthy 6-foot distance from others, so come in and enjoy art for the holidays.

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