Good turnout at holiday market

mgaytan@losbanos enterprise.comDecember 13, 2013 

A two-day holiday art show and market at the Ted Falasco Arts Center was the place to shop, eat and take photos with Santa Claus after the Downtown Christmas Parade.

On Dec. 6, the first day, the center was full of vendors showcasing handmade art. Paper dolls, hand-painted cards, knick knacks, jewelry and handcrafted pieces made from old car parts were just some of the artwork available during the sale.

Organizer Cyndi Roelofs, said the event had a good turnout. “It was a huge success,” she said. “It never seemed crowded, but there was a steady stream of shoppers.”

Myshelle Narcisso, of Los Banos, who was shopping on the night of Dec. 6, said the market suited her. “I live to shop,” she said.

Roelofs said people liked the unique selection of handmade items.

Paul and Kimber Baran, who have a business called RE-defined, said they sold many of their pieces on the first day.

The Barans craft their creations from recycled material such as car parts and scrap metal.

“People just love it,” Kimber Baran said, “and they love the idea of recycling and redefining what that item will now do.”

A portion of what was made by the artists will go back into the Arts Council to help with other projects.

“It’s community,” Kimber Baran said. “For us, it’s good to get our product out there and contribute to something as important as the Arts Council.”

Seventeen vendors participated, and Roelofs said each one plans to take part again.

Reporter Marina Gaytan can be reached at (209) 826-3831 ext. 6562 or mgaytan@losbanos enterprise.com.

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