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Hudson Star Observer
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River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

Holidays at Blue Ridge gets shoppers into the seasonal swing with a four-weekend sale inside the cozy cottage barn at Jill and Dennis Burke's town of Troy home. The show started 10 years ago with about a dozen local and regional artists. Now it features the work of about 30 artists from the area: River Falls, Hudson, Baldwin, Roberts, Menomonie, St. Paul and other regional towns.

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The Berkes added Thursdays to this year's schedule: Thursdays 1-6 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Nov. 19.

Expect to see a wide selection of artistic and functional wares: Paintings, garden sculpture, scarves, quilts, jewelry, pottery, hand-painted gourds, jams, jellies, soaps, wood carvings, photography, hand-dyed fabrics, glass plates and sculpture, handbags, knitted mittens and more.

Many River Falls artists offer their work at the show: Potter Doug Johnson, artist Leslie Batt-Lutz, jewelry-maker Joan Brathol, dyed fabric from UW-River Falls student Emily Larson and several others.

People may recognize some of the other artists whose work gets featured at the show:

  • R.L. Pechuman from Roberts who makes Rag Time Rugs
  • Sharon Schwarz from Hudson who makes handbags and cushions
  • Gene Nelson from Baldwin who makes handmade boxes from exotic woods
  • Anne Kerfoot from Hudson (a retired River Falls school teacher) who paints watercolors, originals and prints
  • Gladys Ware from Hudson who makes quilted items and soft sculptures including "sister dolls"
  • Brenda Maasch from Esko, Minn., who makes fragrant soaps and other bath products
  • Tom Nelson from St. Paul who sculpts garden art and usually displays work at the River Falls Art on the Kinni event
  • Sally Rogers from Menomonie who paints local and regional scenes in watercolor
  • Mark Lusardi from St. Joseph who makes raku pottery and bright-glaze wall sconces

    Unusual items make holiday shopping at the cottage interesting. For example pick up some aromatic rug powder, pickled cauliflower, bittersweets or a small pillow that reads "tonight" on one side and "not tonight" on the other.

    The Berkes used to hold the show on the first floor of their home and move out just about everything to make room for all the art. Now they set up the art in a cozy two-story barn they built a few years ago. An old-fashioned wood-burning stove keeps Jill's Cottage Barn toasty warm.

    Blue Ridge Growers, where Holidays takes place, sits northwest of River Falls and southeast of Hudson at 246 Carlson Lane, which can be accessed from County Road MM outside River Falls.

    Learn more by logging onto www.savorwisconsin.com and searching for Blue Ridge. Contact Blue Ridge at 425-8289 or blueridge@pressenter.com.

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