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Kristkindlmarkt in Springville December 6 Noon to 8 p.m.

You're invited to the first Kristkindlmarkt in Springville, a holiday gathering of local artists and craftspeople on Saturday, December 6, Noonish to 8 p.m. in downtown Springville, CA The Kristkindlmarkt is the brainstorm of metal sculptor, Dean Diaz de Leon, among others. Dean’s specialty is “found metal”. He finds historical metal, photographs it in situ in order to record its provenance, and then reshapes it into a work of art. Dean is hoping to capture and share some of the excitement he felt as a youth in Germany during the holiday season. Dean has hand built kiosks using reclaimed wood. These hand built kiosks will be the backdrop for this event. Local artists will display and sell their handmade wares in this unique European atmosphere. The Kristkindlmarkt originated in Germany and Austria and dates back to the late middle ages. It is traditionally a street market that is related to the celebration of Christmas during advent, primarily the four weeks before Christmas Day. Kristkindlmarkt means “Christ Child Market” in German. The belief is that the Christ child, or Christkind, delivers all the Christmas presents to the children on Christmas Eve. Be sure to stop by my kiosk where I'll have my ceramics, (topferkunst), and some lavender, (lavandel), items from my garden, (garten). Other art work available that day will be metal sculpture, wooden sculpture, glass sculpture, inlaid wooden boxes, jewelry, weavings, organically grown oranges and more. There will also be a book signing, a mural unveiling, and a Christmas tree lighting. So bring the family and join us for a fun filled afternoon and evening in the foothill town of Springville. Linda Starr Blue Starr Gallery Springville Lavender Gardens

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