Artique in Kamas will host a First Friday artist opening and holiday celebration on Dec. 6. The event will feature the work of 15 artists and an appearance
Artique in Kamas will host a First Friday artist opening and holiday celebration on Dec. 6. The event will feature the work of 15 artists and an appearance from Santa Claus. (Photo courtesy of Katie Stellpflug)

Artique boutique in Kamas will usher in the holiday season with a collective First Friday artist opening on Dec. 6.

The event will run from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. and Santa Claus is scheduled to make an appearance as well.

"The whole thing will be a celebration and all the artists who show at Artique will be in the spotlight," she said. "We'll also have light refreshments — the typical holiday snack items, hot chocolate and cider and other drinks."

Children and whoever wants a photo with Santa will get that opportunity between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., Stellpflug said.

"A friend of mine, Sherri Eiting, will be taking complementary photos of everyone with Santa, and she will email the photos straight to them," Stellpflug said. "It's a great option for them and there is no danger of losing any prints."

Still, people may donate money to Eiting for taking the photos.

"She's a neighbor of mine and does photography here and there," Stellpflug said. "She just offered to do this."

Having Santa at Artique during the holiday celebration was a last-minute idea last year, Stellpflug said.

"It was so exciting and festive for the people who came in," she said. "So I wanted to do it again."

In addition to Santa, the night will feature the works of Artique's artists on display and available for purchase.

"We have roughly 15 artists, including me, who show at the shop," Stellpflug said. "Some have been with me since we were called the Starving Artist Exchange back in 2011. Others have come within the past two months.

"People have continued to approach me with their works and it's been a great experience to have all these new items and artists join us," she said.

The items are as diverse as the artists, Stellpflug explained.

"We have everything from ceramics, photography, jewelry, paintings, bath products and great knit and crochet items, including scarves and hats," she said. "So this is a great way for people to come in to buy handmade gifts that were created locally for their friends and families.

Artique in Kamas will host a First Friday artist opening and holiday celebration on Dec. 6. The event will feature the work of 15 artists and an appearance
Artique in Kamas will host a First Friday artist opening and holiday celebration on Dec. 6. The event will feature the work of 15 artists and an appearance from Santa Claus, seen here with Artique owner Katie Stellpflug. (Photo by Sherri Eiting)
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Stellpflug doesn't know how many of the artists will be at the event, but said some will be there.

"We will have as many of the artists that are part of the Artique lineup as we can," she said.

This month marks a milestone for Stellpflug, who became Artique's solo owner last year.

The gallery and shop was originally established in 2011 and called The Starving Artist Exchange.

Stellpflug ran it in partnership with Alisha Niswander and Cassidy DuHadaway, who left to embark on other endeavors.

"It's kind of interesting for me because I just did a three-year celebration of the gallery in general, but I also have a one-year anniversary for Artique itself coming up," Stellpflug said. "It's not easy running this without those other two partners and I miss them greatly at times. But I wouldn't be here without that start I had with Cassidy and Alisha."

Even so, Stellpflug gets a lot of help from the artists who show at the gallery.

"We do run it like a co-op, but I am the business and financial end of things, and it's rewarding that I can say that I did it," she said. "Here I am a year later and more and more people walk in the door every day."

Next year, Stellpflug plans to have Artique participate in more arts festivals and events in Summit and Salt Lake counties, which she started doing this past summer.

"I also want to try to broaden my horizons and reach out into the community to bring new artists in," she said. "I am currently trying to think of what I'm going to do in the upcoming year."

Artique, 283 N. Main Street in Kamas, will host a holiday celebration on Friday, Dec. 6, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.art-ique.com.