Holiday Fair

An open house for the Mansfield Art Center Holiday Fair takes place on Nov. 22.

MANSFIELD -- Everything will be decked in gold this year to celebrate the 50th time the Mansfield Art Center has brought artisans and unique gifts together for the annual Holiday Fair.

The 50th anniversary will be the theme this year. Starting with the traditional preview party on Friday, Nov. 22, the Fair will run Nov. 23 through Dec. 30. The event is sponsored by Richland Bank with Mark and Zoi Romanchuk.

Mansfield Art Center Holiday Fair photo

The Mansfield Art Center Holiday Fair starts on Nov. 23.

From the stunning art in the upper and lower galleries to the special gift selections in the Gallery Shop, attendees will find beautiful fine art, fine crafts and unique gifts for their holiday shopping.

A new feature this year will be handmade items from the Malabar Farm Spinning and Weaving Guild. Many local Ohio Artists will be featured as well as merchandise selected by Roger Coulton, the Mansfield Art Center’s merchandise coordinator.

“This is an opportunity to shop for unique and one-of-a-kind gifts at the local level,” according to George Whitten, Executive Director.

The Soup au Fair has been a tradition during the annual Holiday Fair. Homemade soups and desserts are served between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, starting Dec. 3 through 20 thanks to the efforts of The Mansfield Art Center volunteers.

“A great way to have lunch with your friends as well as business colleagues,” Whitten said.

Ladies Night Out is an event during the Holiday Fair open to women in the community on Dec. 12, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Wine and cheese will be served while you shop plus special entertainment will be provided. This is a free event sponsored by the Richland County Foundation Women’s Fund with a percentage of sales proceeds going to the Women’s Fund.

With construction underway for the new education wing, the Mansfield Art Center is looking forward to completing sometime in mid 2020 and open next fall with an after school program for Mansfield City Schools entitled Tyger STEAM. This new wing will house university level high fire kilns for glass blowing, glass fusion and ceramics.

“We are working diligently to follow our mission to enrich the lives of all children, families, and adults, through the arts,” said Susan Gentille, Marketing/Development Director.

The Mansfield Art Center is at 700 Marion Ave., Mansfield, Ohio. It is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m Tuesday through Sunday, is closed on Monday. Website is

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