CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- FestivALL Fall organizer Betty Rivard hopes holiday shopping will begin this weekend, not on Black Friday.
FestivALL Fall will feature 30 juried artisans at the Harvest Gift Boutique of Fine Arts and Fine Crafts from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 26 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Woman's Club of Charleston, Elizabeth and Virginia streets.
"It ranges from pretty expensive jewelry to inexpensive soaps. Hopefully, there's something for everyone. It lends itself to all types of gifts. I want to encourage people to begin their holiday shopping here. Everything is unique and handcrafted, many with natural elements and ingredients," said Rivard, producer of the FestivALL Charleston art fairs
"We have very high standards. We have a seven-person jury. The 30 featured artists all volunteered to be part of FestivALL Fall. They are really amazing.
"Robert Riffe is from Preston County. He is a jewelry artist and works with metal and stone. He is so exquisite. He only does two fairs. He is so good at what he does and has quite a following. I feel honored that he likes our fair," Rivard said.
"Keri Newman is from Huntington. She does sculpted glass figures and beads. I don't know how she does it. It is so cool. She is so imaginative."
Soap maker Sheryl McCutcheon is from Roane County. Her website for her company, Swallow Tail Soaps, states she uses all-natural ingredients with the goal of making high quality soaps with "fantastic moisturizing properties and excellent aroma" at an affordable price.
The boutique is family-friendly with free make-and-take activities for children.