The Little Art Shop
129 First Street Benica, California
Gallery and Gift Ghop

December 2019 Newsletter

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Holidays! 
Everyone knows the place to be for exciting local art is down by the water in Benicia. So many events and festivals as you will see in our newsletter. We invite you to come to our shop where everyday we are open from 11 am to 5 pm and there is always an artist on duty ready to help you. We've got the best view and can't wait to share all the beautiful art we have from over 30 local artists.

The Little Art Shop has brought in 5 talented

new artists for the Holiday Season.

Kelly James - mixed-media artist
Kerry Lee - intuitive painter and teacher
Robyn Brakel - sculptor and pottery teacher
George Theodoris - horticulturist and photographer
Maria Brana - watercolor artist 

We Have Gift Certificates!!!
We now have unique GIFT CERTIFICATES for this Holiday season!
Inside our gallery and gift shop we have hundreds of artworks and gifts for $50 or less. Come in and see our $50 gift certificates that are actually beautiful 7" x 7" signed art plaques for giving to your loved ones or yourself. :) 4 different styles to choose from. Support Local Art!
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Amazing handmade ornaments
by our amazing local artists and more on the way!

Shells by Marilyn Hertzberg
Felted by Kathy Matsumura
Heart by Carolyn Appenzeller
Painted balls by Kerry Lee
Wooden by Rejina Christopher

New works have arrived!

*Abstracts by Ted Trammel
*Mosaic frame by Oona Campbell
*Painting by Michael Miller
*Wooden flying ducks by Dave Hughes


*Zen Stax by Elizabeth Denton
*Glass owl by Jo Rene' Danel

*Wooden Alligator by Dave Hughes
*Hammered metal jewelry by Gail Dominguez

And just in case you thought we were joking or exaggerating about having 1000's of local art works inside our gallery and gift shop! 
 Click below:

Click to view 1000's of art works inside our gift shop
What a joy it was seeing everyone who came

out for Small Business Saturday!

Our featured artist for December  
Carolyn Appenzeller
I have always loved the beauty of design and color.  Working with my hands has always been a wonderful way to relax and de-stress.  However, my 45 year professional life as a healthcare COO/CEO left little time for the pursuit of my artistic side.  Retirement two years ago has finally enabled me to spend time developing my artistic interests.   I find that trying to translate what is in my mind to an art piece challenges me to problem solve.  Working with various materials and colors takes me to a meditative place and the hours that I put into my work becomes a labor of love.  Year round, I make natural looking wreaths and jewel embellished frames and boxes.  With every season, I expand my work to include seasonal items such as pumpkins, Christmas ornaments and Easter eggs.  I am always experimenting with new items and learning as I go. 
When not working in my “happy place” studio, I enjoy spending time with my husband, four children and four grandchildren!

Coming Events
Join us at The Little Art Shop this Friday, December 6th,
for a holiday celebration - candy, give-aways and art!
A cherished holiday tradition enjoyed by thousands of residents and visitors. The holiday season kicks off with the Holiday Open House at 6pm. Merchants keep their doors open until 9pm serving seasonal refreshments. At approximately 6:30pm at the foot of First Street the public can view the lighting of the Christmas tree and enjoy Kris Kringle & The Mistletones. Wine and beer station at Benicia Main Street, 90 First Street. Holiday carolers dressed in period costume and other local musicians add to the festivities.
Best of Umpqua Holiday Show Now thru January 4th
The public is invited to the Reception on
Thursday December 12th, 5:00 - 7:00 pm. 1395 E 2nd St, Benicia, CA

Featuring artists from the 2019 season and two of our very own: Linda Hubbard and Rejina Christopher
Janet Brock, Donna Covey, Vicki Dennis, Celeste Joy, Cydne Kaye, Tibby Lerner, Susan Lane, Peter McNeill, Connie Millholland, Marilyn Schaeffer, Marcy Orendorff, Lynda Silva, John Tullis,, Robert Schwiebert, Susan Street, Terry Hughes and Brock Sanders.
Christmas Parade & Holiday Market
Sat., December 14, 10am-3pm

In its 25th year, the Christmas Parade & Holiday Market takes over First Street with holiday cheer at 10am. The parade starts at First and D Streets and continues up First Street, ending at H Street. The parade features local marching bands, dancers, and Santa. The Holiday Market features handcrafted and gourmet gift items. The Holiday Market hours are 10am to 3pm, located on First Street between B and D Streets.

This Exhibit has approximately 80 amazing art pieces selected by three jurors: Sarah Barsness, Jeanne Lorenz & Jen Tough.

Mark your calendars and join us in celebrating the accomplishments of artists from the Northern California area!
  While at the Gallery, please vote for your favorite artwork for our People's Choice Award -- the Artists will appreciate your vote!
Congratulations! Our very own Mike Miller and Jess Robinson have been accepted into in this juried show!
The Fairfield-Suisun City Visual Arts Association presents: 'White Noise'
- a new visual arts Exhibit showcasing original art work created by our Members.
Exhibition Dates: Nov 22 - January 19
Location: Lawler House Gallery, 718 Main St, Suisun City, CA   
Hours: Fri thru Sun, 12 Noon - 4pm
Thankful for all our blessings!
As this year ends and the new one begins we are so thankful for the connections that we have made this year. 
We are a community of creators at The Little Art Shop who encourage, promote and support each other and those who enter our gallery. Art is our journey - we have not arrived. We are experimenting, exploring, learning and growing on this creative path that stretches out in front of us. The Little Art Shop honors crafters and experimenters, the learned and the novice. Our mission is to inspire creative flow and encourage growth in whichever area your own creativity displays itself. May you and yours have a blessed Holiday Season.
Rejina and Mel Christopher
Owners of The Little Art Shop
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy Holidays!
Thanks to all our artists who make us shine.
Sondra Perry 
Barbara Barnes Green 
Mel Christopher 
Rejina Christopher 
John Richard Lloyd 
Michael Elson Miller 
Ted Trammel 
Jo Rene’ Danel 
Barbara Richardson

Linda V. Hubbard
Jessica Robinson
Linda Schreibner
Kathy Matsumura
Mary Gail Taylor
Oona Campbell
Kevin Denton
Elizabeth Denton
Gail Dominguez

Gina Perdomo-Rothman
Linda Peonsin
Marilyn Hertzberg
Carolyn Appenzeller
Robyn Brakel
George Theodoris
Kelly James
Kerry Lee
Maria Brana

Lindsey Killingswort
ill Evans 
Saida Burboa 
LorriMarie Jenkins
Nicky Ruxton
Sharon Price Campbell 
Lyn Lasneski 
Karen Feagins 
Angela Pochka
Cecilia Climaco
Pat Whalen

Scott Zoog 
Richard Flores 
David Hughes

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