Combine Christmas with local art at Brookings



BROOKINGS, SD (KELO) – Christmas is just around the corner and the Brookings Arts Council is already celebrating.

The event is known as the Festival of Trees and it is a time when community members can come and view beautifully decorated trees and purchase from local artists in the historic library building which is now the Brookings Arts Council. .

A short walk down this cane lane and you will be greeted by a wonderful Christmas experience, festive trees filling the Brookings Arts Council. Each tree has been decorated by different organizations across the city.

“I love the people who come in and see the joy on their faces that they can see the decorations and come to visit the arts council,” said Ashley Ragsdale, director of the Brookings Arts Council.

At the event, you will find 17 decorated Christmas trees as well as local artwork by over 20 artists.

“We have several artists who have Etsy websites and stores, but they might not have a storefront. We are therefore able to offer them this storefront during the holiday season. we hope to encourage people to buy locally, but also to support artists in our community, ”said Ragsdale.

“It’s a chance for a lot of people to take their stuff out for people to see and it’s really a lot of fun, there are a lot of wonderful things here,” said Karen Kinder, owner of Karen Kinder Art.

Spread the important message of supporting local businesses this holiday season.

“It would be great if we could have it all the time, but especially now you know people are looking for something special to give their families and it’s especially special when you can look at the artwork and it’s named after someone in the community you know, ”said Rachel Funk, owner of Funk Ceramics.

“Being able to find that one of a kind something that you can’t find anywhere else, you can always find that here and then the taxpayer money stays in Brookings and you support local artists so we can continue to have wonderful fun at things like this in our community, ”said Sarah Dorn, owner of Mama Peacock.

The event is now open until January 6. During your participation, you can also vote for your favorite Christmas tree.


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