Local artists spent the weekend at Home Care Services in Valencia showcasing their pieces at a holiday boutique in hopes of raising money for their gallery and selling their handmade work.“The reason why we started the boutique was to raise money for our gallery which is located in Old Town Newhall,” says Norma Warden, the president of the Santa Clarita Artists Association which was the organization in charge of the event.
Proceeds from the event benefited the gallery and featured all handmade items, many made by local artists who are part of the association.“I’m envious of their creativity. I like to see what people are making,” says Marie Stedman, who was shopping for stocking stuffers for her sisters. “We’re all award winning artists,” said Barbara Eisenman, a vendor at the boutique who was selling various ornaments and pottery made from gourd, a squash-like fruit. “I feel like mine are different. There are a lot of ornaments out there. But they are the typical, usual things.” While Eisenman has to be sure her products are unique to compete with the common Christmas ornament, other vendors at the boutique share a similar feeling. “There’s a lot of events going on. A lot of them are holiday boutiques, too,” says Warden. “There’s a lot of competition out there.” During the holiday seasons, many boutiques are held and offer alternative gifts with a more personal touch. “I think people like homemade, one of a kind gift that they are giving,” says Warden. “They didn’t just go to a store and buy it.”