Open House and Gallery of Lights to include many visitors from North Pole
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Santa’s Open House and the Gallery of Lights by the Elm Street Cultural Arts Village will be free to the public and will feature appearances by Santa and his elves, the Snow Princess, and other visitors from the North Pole. 
<br>Special to the Cherokee Tribune
Santa’s Open House and the Gallery of Lights by the Elm Street Cultural Arts Village will be free to the public and will feature appearances by Santa and his elves, the Snow Princess, and other visitors from the North Pole.
Special to the Cherokee Tribune
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WOODSTOCK – The Elm Street Cultural Arts Village is having Santa’s Open House and the Gallery of Lights on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the historic Granger House.

The event will be free to the public and feature appearances by Santa and his elves, the Snow Princess, as well as other visitors from the North Pole.

Those attending can enjoy free hot chocolate and photos with Santa. The gallery of luminaries, lighted trees, and other luminaries will be available to enjoy on the Elm Street Green. On display will be a preview of holiday art and “Woodstock Vignettes,” a collection of paintings by Kristina Havens.

The local fine artist received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Buffalo State University, and a Master of Fine Arts in painting from Texas Christian University. Havens’ work features nude drawings, portraits and multimedia works inspired by fashion photography.

The oil painting collection by Havens is “snapshots of life in Woodstock,” said featured artist Ann Litrel.

“They show people in their everyday actions in Woodstock. The paintings involve local businesses and landmarks. Interestingly, people from the community will sometimes recognize the people in the paintings. It is a great series,” Litrel said.

Litrel graduated from the School of Art at the University of Michigan before moving to Cherokee County to continue her art career.

She worked as a commercial artist and enjoys painting the land and its creatures. Litrel created the “Eternal Garden” in 2001, featuring nature images and paintings of landscapes later in “American Visions.”

A holiday piece will be shown of Litrel’s work, “Santa in Woodstock.”

Work by artist Shawn McLeod will also be shown as well as others from the community.

The viewing will serve as a preview, with selections from Havens’ collection going on sale in May.

“Havens has been told many people are very interested in the art,” said Christopher Brazelton, the operations direction at Elm Street Cultural Arts Village.

The Elm Street Cultural Arts Village is hosting the event for the first year.

Elm Street offer performances, instruction and exhibits year round. The Arts Village offers plays and musicals, camps and classes in drama, art and music as well as concerts, recitals, pageants, art exhibits, the iThink Improv Troupe and much more.

The Granger House is located at 113 Elm St. and the Event Green has already been completed on the four-acre site.

Plan are underway for community gardens, restoration of the 100-year-old farmhouse into art gallery and studio space, historic preservation programming and in the future final phase – a state-of-the-art performing arts center.

For more information, call (678) 494-4251 or visit www.elmstreetarts.org.





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