Borderland Artist's Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair Has Hawaiian Theme This Year

POSTED: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 6:07pm

UPDATED: Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 11:43am

EL PASO- An art gallery in central El Paso, will deck the halls with a Hawaiian luau.

The Hal Marcus Gallery is celebrating its yearly Happy Holidaze Arts and Crafts Fair and this year they're going with a Hawaiian theme. You'll have the chance to have some fun and maybe even cross off some of those on your Christmas list.

For the past 41 years, local artist Hal Marcus has transformed his gallery into an arts and crafts Christmas fair for one day of the year.  "It started off in my home in the early 1970's and then we had our gallery on Boston Street. Then we had the gallery Downtown and this is the first year here at this place," said Hal.

This year, he's inviting everyone to wear their Hawaiian shirts, leis and straw hats and join in on the tropical celebration at the gallery's newest location on Oregon Street.  Twenty vendors are scheduled to be on hand selling their homemade products from tie dyes, jewelry, hats, clothing, and hand soap.

"Stuff for children; little toys, teddy bears, so stuff for everybody in the family. Nice stocking stuffers," added Hal.

And there are many items at the gallery to purchase like Christmas cards, calendars, little trinkets and of course artwork.  "It’s great for buying gifts and finding out what's new with the local art community. It's a fun event. It's a tradition for us," said Hal.

Among some of the books to purchase is "Nine Seasons: Beyond 2012". Hal designed its cover and is based on ancient Mayan and Aztec knowledge and a cookbook called "Abuelita's Kitchen".  "It has 350 recipes by 200 different contributors. It's all southwestern food. It's awesome, locally-produced," said Hal.

And no celebration would be complete without food and entertainment with the featured artist being Hal’s daughter, who has appeared on "America’s Got Talent".  "Adelaide, who's a hula hoop dancer, she's half of the Shimmy Sisters, she's coming in with her artwork and she' also doing belly dance and hula hoop, which ties in with the hula dancers from Hawaii."

Hal says no matter what the weather is like outside, a great time is guarantee at Happy Hawaiian Holidaze.  "So come on out, get your Hawaiian shirt on. The sun is going to be shining and we'll have a luau," said Hal.

Happy Hawaiian Holidaze is scheduled to take place this Saturday December 17th at the Hal Marcus Gallery. It's located at 1308 North Oregon Street. The event starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. and it's free to attend. For more information visit

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