Notre Dame College Campus Community Offers Arts, Crafts for All Seasons

Several faculty and staff joined students in showcasing their artistic talents at the College's second annual Holiday Bazaar.

A total of nearly 25 vendors, highlighted by multiple tables of student and alumna artwork, participated in this year's pre-Christmas craft show and shop. Along with a dozen faculty and staff, artists included the Sisters of Notre Dame, parents and grandparents of current students and other family, friends and members of the community. Wares ranged from everyday to holiday decor, fashion jewelry and accessories, gift baskets, baked goods and even pet treats. 

Handmade items are still available for perusal and purchase year-round from those who work and study on campus through personal appointments. Some faculty, staff and students also offer their wares via online stores.

From students

The Notre Dame Art Club represented by Kayla Holcomb, senior studio art major; Jacob Gregory, a sophomore criminal justice major; and Yuxin Xia, a senior early childhood education major, promoted their original works at the Holiday Bazaar to raise money for the student organization. They offered decorative molded polymer clay art therapy pens, balloon-baking flour stress balls, peppermint and hot chocolate drink mix Christmas tree ornaments and fabric holiday-themed and Falcon spirit wreaths.

“You don’t have to be an art major to be in Art Club. It’s fun just to bring different minds together to be creative, especially at this time of year” said Holcomb, who is president of the organization this year.

In addition to these current students displaying their works for sale at the Holiday Bazaar, Notre Dame alumna Danielle Summers, a 2016 graduate in biology who creates inspirational, holiday and humorous acrylics on canvas, returned to campus  to participate in the art and craft show for a second straight year. She also came back to Notre Dame to work with the College’s Career Services Center on mock interviews in preparation for graduate school applications. Summers is a caretaker for a child with cerebral palsy and is planning to pursue an advanced degree to become a physician’s assistant.

“I like to paint because it helps me relax from work,” Summers said. “The canvases I create can make for a quick dorm room decoration for students.”

Also at the Holiday Bazaar, Rachel Morris, M.A., retired chair of the art department and now adjunct faculty at Notre Dame, provided matted student-produced photos and prints for framing as well as former student class projects  like ceramics, sculptures and note cards for sale. Proceeds benefit the art department.

Of faculty and staff

This season, College faculty making return engagements to the second annual  campus event   with their wares included Estamarie Fairchild, M.B.A., assistant professor of management/information systems, knitted winter mittens, scarves and other accessories; Amy Kesegich, Ph.D., associate professor of English, fashion jewelry; Jacqi Loewy, M.A., associate professor of communication and theatre, embellished candelabra, desk organizers and even toothbrush holders made with bricks washed ashore from Lake Erie; Louise Prochaska, Ph.D., professor of theology/women’s studies, adorned note cards; and Lynn Zimmerman, Ph.D., assistant professor of English and chair of arts and humanities, art magnets. 

Faculty and staff new to the event this year were M. Logan Johnson, Ph.D., associate professor of biology, and his handmade clay "Cranky the Christmas Coal" ornaments, and Sr. Eileen Quinlan, Ph.D., professor of English and communication, with her recently published novel and nonfiction book.

Bruce Jones, Ph.D., professor of professional education, dressed as St. Nick, added to the Holiday Bazaar by offering free "Selfies with Santa," complete with jingle bells, photo props and complimentary candy canes.

Hillary Kursh, M.F.A., academic affairs coordinator, offered styled signs, wall hangings and related holiday décor. Lisa Kelly, administration assistant in the ASC, displayed her bead work, and Patricia Swed, accounts payable coordinator, presented design tins, coasters, centerpieces and more made from recycled and re-purposed items.

Former faculty and staff Fran Ulrich, Ed.D., previously a faculty member in the Division of Professional Education, offering ornamental garlands, and Liz Cappabianca, who served as former coordinator of student leadership and engagement at the College, selling homemade sweets, both came back to campus for the art and craft fair, too.

The women's golf team also was represented at the Holiday Bazaar with bake sale items for hungry shoppers with a sweet tooth.

In the New Year

Fresh off their appearance at the event but after winter break, the Art Club also will co-host a free “Mocktails and Canvas” event with the Notre Dame Office of Student Engagement on campus from 7-9 p.m. Monday, February 12, in Regina Gym. Based on similar community events that feature cocktails and painting lessons during a traditional happy hour timeframe, Holcomb said members of the organization will offer alcohol-free drinks during the evening campus art session. .

The student art organization also sponsors the annual All-Student Art Show and Senior Art Show at the College each spring as well as various exhibits in the student art gallery of the Falcons’ Nest student center. Works are often made available for purchase. Details are forthcoming.

For every season

To purchase arts and crafts throughout the year from members of the Notre Dame community, contact individual faculty and staff artists via email by searching the online College directory. To view student artwork for sale, email Morris.

To learn more about family members and community vendors who visited the College, contact Fairchild, who coordinated the Notre Dame Holiday Bazaar.

Handcrafts made by and for the Sisters of Notre Dame are available at the gallery in their Notre Dame Education Center in Chardon, Ohio. Details for the Sisters of Notre Dame items are on their website.

December 2017


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