Annual Holiday Art Fair at the Dennos Museum Center

The annual Dennos Museum Holiday Art Fair will open Thursday, October 26, 5-8 pm and continue Friday through Sunday, October 27, 28 & 29, throughout the museum.  Fine arts and crafts from 48 Michigan artists, Christmas and Chanukah gifts, arts and crafts kits and more are just a few of the enticements for holiday shoppers.  Hours will be Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m.

The Holiday Art Fair has become well known for featuring fine arts and crafts by Michigan artists. The Art Fair is an invitation only event and each year guests can find their favorite artists from past years and this year ten new artists to keep the sale fresh and exciting. Artists are encouraged to bring original art in all price ranges but especially priced art below $30. This gives customers lots of choices for choosing original art as holiday gifts.  The fair is well balanced with artists representing the mediums of blown glass, soft and metal sculptures, pottery, prints, printings, photographs, jewelry, fibers and much more. 

In addition to the original works of art, the sale will feature a large selection of Christmas ornaments from around the world, as well as Hanukah and Christmas gifts plus craft and science kits for kits.  Items chosen for the show are hand-made, unusual gifts, the kind that make museum stores a special place to shop.

Again this year there will be an education benefit raffle to help raise funds to offset the cost of school visits.  Many schools in the region have had budget cuts, which prohibit them from visiting the museum.  Schools will be able to apply for funds to help offset the cost of buses or admission.  Last year over 2,000 students benefited from this fund.  The holiday artists have generously donated a piece of art for the raffle. Tickets will be only sold on site for $2 each and 6/$5. 

The holiday sale is staffed by volunteers, and proceeds from this fund-raiser event go towards the museum and education programs.  There is no admission charge for Thursday evening and the three days of the sale.  Parking is free and available in the museum gated lot and throughout the college campus.  For more information you may call the Museum Store at (231) 995-1586 or visit

The Dennos Museum Center is open daily 10 AM to 5 PM, Thursday’s until 8 PM and Sundays 1-5 PM. Admission is $6.00 adults, $4.00 for children and free to museum members. For more information on the Museum and its programs, go to or call 231-995-1055. The Dennos Museum Center is located at 1410 College Dr., Traverse City, MI 49686, at the entrance to the campus of Northwestern Michigan College.