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Whitworth, Siskind To Host Holiday Bazaar


November 23, 2017

Shannon Whitworth and Sarah Siskind

The Brevard Holiday Bazaar, brainchild of Shannon Whitworth and Sarah Siskind, will again transform the Brevard Lumberyard into a holiday wonderland Dec. 3 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 2016 was their first year and it was a smashing success, packing the Lumberyard with local shoppers looking to support handmade wares. Returning this year will be fine art, up-cycled art, jewelry, pottery, fabric art, wearables and woodworking. In addition, there will be a health and wellness element, a wider variety of baked goods and beverages, as well as live music. Children's activities will include face painting, arts and crafts, movie screenings and a visit from Santa.

Shannon and Sarah met through music over a decade ago. Both singer-songwriters, they often crossed paths on tour but as they got to know each other better, they discovered that they shared an equal passion for creative arts beyond music.

Whitworth's fine art paintings are shown in multiple area galleries and she continues to also do commission pieces. Since last year's Bazaar, she has been busy converting an old barn on her property into a full-blown art studio where she will soon be offering art workshops. A screen-printer as well, Whitworth designs and prints for various organizations and will have a selection of her wearables at the Bazaar along with her paintings.

Siskind, who located to Brevard two and a half years ago with her family, was active in mixed media and design in her earlier years in Winston-Salem, but has settled into making jewelry from pieces she collects while traveling. Much of her jewelry is inspired by music, often incorporating guitar strings, and she credits making jewelry as a meditative break her full time songwriting profession. Along with her jewelry, this year Siskind will be showcasing her gluten and dairy free baked goods, which she also sees as a "creative art."

The two women curated the Bazaar as not only a way to bring local art and handmade items to holiday shoppers, but as a celebration of what they both feel is a thriving creative community. The Boys and Girls Club of Transylvania County who will also be involved in the event, will benefit from a percentage of sales. Food and drink will be available for purchase. This event is free. For more information, visit


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