Anita Brechtel of Wheaton was taking a break from her painting class Friday at the DuPage Art League when she found the perfect item in the gallery gift shop: a handmade tote bag made by seasonal crafter Louise Katonall.
Brechtel's find was just what organizers had in mind when they opened the annual "Yuletide Treasures" sale that runs through Dec. 24 in the art school and gallery at 218 W. Front St. in Wheaton.
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The holiday gift show features handcrafted pieces by art league members and four other crafters. Sale items include small ornaments, pottery, jewelry, greeting cards, and hand-painted glassware and candles.
There are also paintings and samplings of photographic art that are available during the rest of the year as well.
"We try to have a variety of items this time of year," said Marguerite Paris, a member and volunteer at the art league, "unique things that you can't get in a box store."
Some of the items are made from recycled materials such as sweaters and turned into mitten ornaments, hats and scarves.
Proceeds from the sale benefit the not-for-profit art school and gallery and help provide art classes for children and adults.
"This is our main fundraiser of the year," said Yvonne Thompson, office manager and organizer of the sale. "It helps to keep the doors open."
Sale hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.
For more information, visit www.dupageartleague.org or call (630) 653-7090.