Richmond Art Center’s 54th Holiday Arts Fest draws a crowd

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By Zach Chouteau

The Richmond Art Center (RAC) hosted the 54th edition of their popular Holiday Arts Fest on Sunday, and a bustling turnout enjoyed the 50-plus artisan vendors, engaging make-your-own-art tables and some tasty food offerings.

The free event was held at the RAC’s 2540 Barrett Ave. headquarters from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and provided plenty of cool holiday shopping opportunities, from ample jewelry creations to trippy terrariums, paintings and much more. An expanded offering this year was a special area for some of the event’s nonprofit partners, with numerous visitors dropping by tables hosted by such groups as Girls Inc. of West Contra Costa, NIAD Art Center, and RYSE Youth Center.

Art-making fun included a button-making station where it was possible to have a pin-on button made out of a pre-made image or your own illustration. My four-year-old son Logan got a big kick from seeing one of his trademark smiley face drawings instantly turned into a pin he proudly wore out of the event.

Foodie flair added even more flavor to the festive function, with three local food trucks on hand and the presence of the Richmond-based Benoit Casper Brewing Company and Far West Cider Company.

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