The Newark Arts Alliance did a magic trick over the weekend, making Notre Dame Cathedral disappear so it could put a Holiday Art Market in its place.
The huge rendition of Notre Dame Cathedral made by Joe Daigle complete with inside supporting columns visible through the door, was part of a contest that usually highlights a fundraiser.
But as virtually everything in the time of COVID, it morphed into a display without a party.
Instead, it stood quietly in the gallery with three other gingerbread houses, a dog club house (No cats!) by Dragonfly Leathrum, a winter cottage by Carole Fox and a tree house by Mary Anderson.
The art market starts Tuesday with original fine arts and crafts by local artists. It will run until Jan. 2, open on Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday from noon to 4 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from noon to 7 p.m.
Thirteen artisans will offer scarves, ceramics, jewelry, paintings, fiber dolls, photography, quilling, mosaics and ornaments. Admission and parking are free.
Artists featured this year are Val Walton, Eleanor Fink, Sarah Dressler, Terry Foreman, Carole Fox, Suzanne Gaadt, Karen Hornor, Wendi Jacobs, Gilda Jennings, Kelly Martin, Stephanie Przybylek, Annie Sinton, and Mary Jane Tyrie.
The event is spread over six weeks to keep crowds down. Only six guests will be allowed into the market at a time and everyone must wear a mask.
The artists will not be present during the sales, which will be handled by gallery monitors on duty.
“The most that would be in our building would be eight, but we anticipate it being even less than that,” said Terry Foreman, executive director of the alliance.
To help keep the numbers down, the Alliance is offering personal shopping times by appointment, in case someone wants to shop alone. They hope most of those will be scheduled on Monday afternoons from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and on Wednesdays between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. but they need to be booked in advance by writing to email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition to market wares, the Alliance has a Members Gallery Shop filled with handmade items made by its members. That collection is continually re-stocked and anyone can apply for membership and submit their work to be offered for sale.
The Newark Arts Alliance is in Market East Plaza at 276 E. Main St., Suite 102, Newark, DE 19711 For more, go to www.newarkartsalliance.org/event/holiday-art-market-2020/ or call (302) 266-7266.