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

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – 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 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,” said Rose Conway, Nautilus Pottery Owner.

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

“When I arrived on Wednesday to set up, I noticed that this medallion of Burton Callicott was in the middle of my display,” said Conway.

Not knowing who Callicott was, Conway did some research. 

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

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

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

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

“I think it’s one of the best if not the best art market for the 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 really brings the community together,” said Olivia Wall, MCA External Engagement Coordinator.

They are crafting what they love for others to see. 

“It just warms my heart. It’s very validating of what I’ve chosen 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.

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