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Find local art and handmade gifts at Utah holiday markets opening this month

A new show from the American Institute of Graphic Arts is among the season’s earliest holiday markets.

(Courtesy photo) Work by artist and designer Camille Nugent at an art market. Originally from Jamaica, Nugent creates vibrant digital collages with images of women of color combined with words of encouragement.

Talking about her recent work can bring Camille Nugent to tears.

Originally from Jamaica, Nugent creates vibrant digital collages, with images of women of color combined with words of encouragement. She looked inward for ideas during the isolation caused by the pandemic in 2020, she said, and her art became “more like a journal, like personal self-care, because it was a very stressful time.”

So it has felt healing this year to find a connection with those who see her designs, she said, as people at art shows ask, “‘Where does this come from? What does this mean? What was the idea behind this?’

”And it was a little bit hard for me to talk about, and I even cried with a few people, because it resonated so much with them,” she said. “It feels good to know that I’m not alone in the way I was feeling. It was a hard time and we all had a very emotional year.”

Nugent is one of the artists who will be participating in a new holiday art market scheduled for Saturday by the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA). Its Salt Lake City chapter is hoping the show will support local creatives, connect the community and offer an alternative solution for finding gifts.

While more markets — offering art, locally grown and made foods and other handmade goods — will open across the Wasatch Front in December, the new AIGA show is among a list of early-bird options that are open this month. Last year, many annual shows were canceled, changed to an online marketplace, or moved locations to accommodate social distancing.

AIGA Design Market

Nugent will be selling prints of her digital art creations, as well as hoodies, T-shirts, totes, notebooks and cards, and will be sharing a booth with her brother, Spencer Nugent of 5050 Creative Labs. She also will participate in Craft Lake City’s Holiday Market in December.

(Courtesy image) Artist and designer Camille Nugent with her work at an art market. Originally from Jamaica, Nugent creates vibrant digital collages, with images of women of color combined with words of encouragement.

Her work “references and touches upon being Black,” said Nugent. “A lot of what my work speaks about right now is otherness.”

The AIGA Design Market will be held on Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Ember SLC events venue, 623 State St., Salt Lake City. Local creatives and designers will sell home decor, stationery, jewelry and apparel at the one-night event. Free admission. Find details on its Instagram page, @aigaslc.

Ongoing markets now open

Neighborhood Hive Pop-Up Market • The Neighborhood Hive is based on a concept similar to Seattle’s Pike Place Market, with open shopping at owner-operated store fronts of small businesses such as Hello! Bulk Market and Olio Skin Care. The pop-up will be going through the holidays, every Saturday, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. in the parking lot of The Neighborhood Hive, 2065 E. 2100 South., Salt Lake City. More info at theneighborhoodhive.org

Salt & Honey Market Holiday Makers • This seven-week holiday pop-up will be full of handcrafted, one-of-a-kind, unique gifts from the best of Utah’s makers. At two locations, Salt & Honey Market, 926 E. 900 South, Salt Lake City, and Fashion Place mall, 6191 S. State St., Murray. Going on now until Jan. 2. Hours vary by location. Visit their instagram page @saltandhoneymarket for the most up-to-date information.

Winter Farmers Market • The downtown indoor Winter Farmers Market will feature over 60 fresh food and craft vendors, selling locally grown produce, meat, eggs, cheese, baked goods, sauces, condiments, chocolate and unique holiday items. The Gateway, 400 W. 200 South, Salt Lake City; Saturdays, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. through April. Free admission. More info at slc farmers market.org.

(Bountiful Davis Art Center) Handmade books by artist Mary Wells at a previous Winterfest Art Jubilee at the Bountiful Davis Art Center. The market offers affordable, unique items from artists and artisans from all over the state.

(Bountiful Davis Art Center) Earrings from Studio Ramiii at a previous Winterfest Art Jubilee at the Bountiful Davis Art Center. The market offers affordable, unique items from artists and artisans from all over the state.

Winterfest Art Jubilee • An assortment of affordable, unique, handmade items from artists and artisans from all over the state; with everything from watercolor and oil paintings to jewelry, pottery, fiber art pieces, and handmade books. Bountiful Davis Art Center, 90 N. Main St., Bountiful; Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m and Saturday noon–5 p.m., now through Dec. 23. Free admission. More info at bdac.org.

Opening this week

The Dickens Festival • Olde English shops, hundreds of period costumes, fortune tellers, carriage rides and Father Christmas will be at the 40th anniversary of the Dickens Festival. Utah State Fairpark, 155 N. 1000 West, Salt Lake City. Nov. 18–Nov. 20, 10 a.m –9 p.m. Tickets $8-10 on Eventbrite.org.

Herriman Holiday Marketplace • The Second Annual Herriman Holiday Marketplace will have local vendors, live entertainment, visits with Santa, a Giving Tree, food trucks and swag bags to the first 50 customers. W&M Butterfield Park, 6212 Butterfield Park Way, Herriman. Nov. 19, 2-8 p.m.; Nov. 20, 10 a.m–5 p.m. More info on Good4Life Markets Facebook page.

French Annual Holiday Market • 2nd annual French Christmas Market selling French-made products and supporting French-owned small local vendors in Utah. Nov. 20, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the lobby of the Jewett Center for the Performing Arts, at Westminster College, 1840 S. 1300 E., Salt Lake City. Find more information on Utah Accueil’s Instagram page, @utah_accueil.

Opening next week

The Hive Market SLC • An artisans’ pop-up market provides locally made goods for the holidays. Trolley Square, 602 S. 700 East, Salt Lake City, and a new location in the Outlets Park City mall, 6699 N. Landmark Dr., Park City. Mondays-Saturdays 10 a.m.–9 pm. and Sundays 12-6 p.m. starting Black Friday weekend through Christmas. Free admission. Find details at The Hive Market’s Instagram page, @thehivemarketslc.

Wheeler Holiday Market • Over 30 local vendors selling handmade gifts from home decor and toys to cookies and coffee. Live music for guests to enjoy. Wheeler Historic Farm Activity Barn, 6351 South 900 East, Murray. Nov. 26-28, Friday, 5-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission. Masks are strongly encouraged. More info at slco.org/wheeler-farm.


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