Christmas Marketplace at the Jaques.

Fall into Christmas …the Jaques Art Center features fall gift items as well as Christmas gift items and decorations. During the transition of fall into Christmas Marketplace, the Jaques will be offering coffee and cookies. Stop in and shop while enjoying hot coffee/cookies during this chilly time of the year.


The Christmas Market is an annual fundraising event for the Jaques Art Center. The Carnegie Gallery is transformed into the Christmas Market featuring local and regional art and giftable items for sale. The sales not only enhance the coffers of local/regional artists but also help support the non-profit 501c3 Jaques Art Center. Christmas Market lasts until Dec. 21.

People can meet the local/regional artists who participate in the Marketplace at the vendor reception on Nov. 9, from noon until 3 p.m. This is a free event where people can come and visit with the vendors and discuss their product and services with them. Refreshments will be served.

Admission is free at the Jaques Art Center, which is open Tuesday through Saturday. Christmas Marketplace hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and on Saturday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Consider becoming a member to the Jaques Art Center. Members receive a 10% discount on items purchased all year long, including Christmas Market items.


Jaques is offering a “Fund-Raiser” insulated bag for a donation of $10 or more to the Jaques to help continue the events offered throughout the year.

Now that many grocery stores encourage shoppers to bring their own bag to help save the environment, this insulated bag is just the thing. It also would be a big hit under the Christmas tree filled with gift items.


This year’s theme for Jaques Christmas Teas will be “A Walk Down Memory Lane” by Shari Tetrick. Tickets may be purchased for either Tuesday, Dec. 3 or Wednesday, Dec. 4. Teatime is from 1-3 p.m. There will be tea and tiers of treats for $20. Call 218-927-2363 to make reservations.


The Jaques will serve doughnuts and cider after the Fish House Parade, Nov. 29. Performing will be the YoYo Mama’s and Papa.


While at the Christmas Marketplace, take time to sign out a canvas for the Community Canvas Event. Once every thee years, the Jaques hosts this event. Anyone can sign out a canvas (free) to spill their creative juices on with painting, photography, needle craft, paper crafts, or whatever their mind comes up with. Young. Old. Teens. Anyone. The canvas needs to be returned by April 1 and all 300 canvas will be displayed at the Jaques.

After the Community Canvas event closes, the artwork will go to the Aitkin County Friends of the Art’s building at the Aitkin County Fairgrounds, and be displayed throughout the fair. People can opt out of the fair display if they so choose.

When the event(s) are finished, canvasses can be picked up at the Jaques Art Center. Further information will be posted.


For those who would like to keep up with what the Jaques Art Center is doing, they can subscribe to the ‘What’s Up?’ newsletter by emailing to to subscribe.


Jaques Art Center’s Rotating Art Program welcomes Mark Baloun’s Edward Jones Office in downtown Aitkin. Artist Kimberly Heft Cook’s metallic artography is featured. Stop in and view this edition to Aitkin and to the rotating art program.

All art in the Jaques Rotating show features local artists and their art is for sale.

Aitkin Public Library, Diane Runberg; Workforce Center, Chip Borkenhagen; Neighborhood Bank, Mary White Kochenderfer; Haberkorn Law Office, Duane Barnhart; Mid-Minnesota Credit Union, Pamela Andell; Security State Bank, Adele McDonell; Bremer Bank, Adele McDonell; Blackrock Terrace, Linda Causton; Edward Jones, Kimberly Heft Cook.

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