"Many have followed the format and submitted square pieces," said McNair. "It's kind of fun and is an interesting to show to hang playing with the relationship between the squares."
The show opened for previewing on Nov. 30, and a reception is planned for Noel Night, Dec. 6, from 5 to 8 p.m. Ah Haa also invites all of its beloved volunteers to gather at the school at 4 p.m. on Noel Night for an appreciation party.
Among those submitting square paintings is Nancy B. Frank, whose "Frog Ball" employs the faux painting techniques Frank is known for. "It's absolutely gorgeous," said McNair. "A really good example of her techniques, which she will teach in a class this winter."
Long-time Ah Haa director and artist Judy Kohin submitted encaustic paintings which use wax as a vehicle for the pigment that McNair says are really exciting. Painter Michelle Ray, who recently returned to the area, submitted black-and-white collage paintings. These depart stylistically from the sun-bleached palette of her previous work.
Other artists observed the 12" x 12" theme with materials typically reserved for three-dimensions.
"John Hopkins, who is an annual contributor to the show, has taken his fused glass a step further and framed them," McNair said. "They are abstract forms that are really quite lovely. You could set them on a ledge in front of a window or against a white wall, which will let the light through."
Many artists scaled down their work, including Brittany Miller and Michelle Curry Wright, who both have small paintings in the show.
Embracing the third dimension, Sally Whitehead and Dawn Campbell entered ceramics, and Flair Robinson has submitted decorative boxes and assemblage paintings. Sculpture by Rita Bakos, holiday ornaments made by ceramic artist McNair are among the additional one-of-a-kind, locally made holiday treasures that are in the show all priced with the holiday shopper in mind.
"The artists were more than fair in their pricing this year," said McNair. "There are some nice, fun small pieces for as little as $12, and nothing is priced above $500. There are quite a few wonderful pieces under $100 which is amazing for the quality that is in this show."
For more information, call Ah Haa at 728-3886.