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The end of an era: Memphis College of Art is holding its last Holiday Bazaar

The Memphis College of Art’s Holiday Bazaar has been the go-to for discovering and supporting local artist. It is now in its 69th and final year as the co...

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – The Memphis College of Art’s Holiday Bazaar hasbeen the go-to for discovering and supporting local artist.

It is now in its 69th and final year as the college prepares to close next year. In the field of art, there’s no such thing as coincidence.

“I didn’t choose this spot. This spot chose me,” saidRose Conway, Nautilus Pottery Owner.

Conway is a pottery artist showing her work for the first time atthe Holiday Bazaar.

“When I arrived on Wednesday to set up, I noticed that thismedallion of Burton Callicott was in the middle of my display,” saidConway.

Not knowing who Callicott was, Conway did some research. 

“I found out that he started out as a ceramic artist. He wasthe founding member of Memphis College of Art,” said Conway.

He was a ceramic artist, just like her, sharing a love for rainbowprisms.

“November 23rd, 16-years ago was the day many Memphianscelebrated his life. That’s when he passed. It happens to be the final day ofthe Memphis Holiday Bazaar, so you know I’m just honored to be here,” saidConway.

It is an honor shared with other artists, as this last year forthe event. 

“I think it’s one of the best if not the best art market forthe holidays in town. I’m really disappointed that it’s the last one.”said Grace Siler, MCA Senior Illustration Student. 

“One of my favorite things about the event is that it reallybrings the community together,” said Olivia Wall, MCA External EngagementCoordinator.

They are crafting what they love for others to see. 

“It just warms my heart. It’s very validating of what I’vechosen to do after retiring from the Navy after 24-years,” said Conway.

The Holiday Bazaar is a two-day event with more than 120 local artists. The preview purchase begins Friday evening. The open market is all day Saturday. Learn more HERE.