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story.lead_photo.caption Women for the Arts hosts their annual Holiday Open House and Arts Market at the Regional Arts Center next weekend. (Submitted photo)

The Texarkana region has gifted artisans and artists who will offer handmade and heartfelt gifts this week for people on your list.

The Regional Arts Center's Open House & Arts Market will be this Friday and Saturday.

It is a highly anticipated, one-stop shop, located at Fourth Street and Texas Boulevard.

Presented by the Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council's Women for the Arts and For Arts' Sake Gift Shop, the market runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The RAC will be packed with artists and artisans. This marks the market's eleventh year, having started with seven or eight artisans on year one. Last year's market included about 50 artists.

The event is held on several levels of the Regional Arts Center.

The two-day gift extravaganza offers the opportunity to shop for unique, one-of-a-kind gifts.

Vendors with unique items for purchase include potters, artists, woodturners, leather goods makers, ornament makers and bakers. Visitors can find everything from handmade scarves to jewelry. Woodturners will feature everything from rolling pins and toys to inlaid wooden bowls.

In addition to the art, visitors have live music to hear throughout with performers.

There are gifts just right for the winter holidays now upon us.

Proceeds will go toward TRAHC programming.

Why has the arts market and open house succeeded and grown over the years?

Word of mouth from the people who visit this event each year has helped.

Plus, the city has been receptive to having this sort of art available. Some of it is crafts, but it's of a very high quality.

Also, it's not mass produced and everyone can meet the artist right there at the market.

For more information, call TRAHC at 903-792-8681.

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