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Gnomes, those mustached dwarf companions from fairy tales and legends, are appearing this year Christmas market to Carnegie Gallery. I say guys because the International Association for the Protection of Garden Gnomes, based in Switzerland, insists that there are no female gnomes.

Each December, the Dundas Gallery transforms into a joyful world filled with paintings, prints, ceramics, glass, jewelry, clothing, textiles and tree ornaments, all handcrafted by dozens of prominent local artists. . This is a major fundraising event for the nonprofit artist gallery.

Merike Koger makes gnomes. They are small enough to snuggle up in one hand and hang on the branch of a Christmas tree. Each gnome sports a conical red hat, bulbous nose, and white whiskers.

A pair of red hat Estonian gnomes made with felt by Merike Koger, $ 18 each.
A pair of red hat Estonian gnomes made with felt by Merike Koger, $ 18 each.Douglas haggo

Over the years, Koger says, she dabbled in beadwork, weaving, knitting, paper crafts, and calligraphy.

“I hope to continue making lace in the future,” she says.

She started sewing dwarfs about six years ago for students and teachers at the Estonian school in Hamilton where she teaches. Gnomes are called päkapikud in Estonian.

“When the pandemic struck and we went into containment in March 2020, I desperately needed something to occupy my hands,” she says. “I rummaged through my craft cupboards and came across my stash of felt and stuffing for the gnomes. However, I had a limited supply of faux fur that I use for beards.

So like many makers facing a shortage of materials due to COVID, Koger improvised. Gnomes, she thought, should be smaller.

“A Christmas present from a friend years ago, a handmade ornament of a little mouse peeking out of a stocking, occurred to me and was my inspiration for these gnomes.” , she says. “As the lockdown continued, so did I. I ended up with over 200 ornaments. “

Dundas’ potter, Barb Sachs, has hand-built many wonderful imaginary and real creatures for about 30 years. Polar bears, made from raku fired clay, were some of his early creations. She still loves to do them.

Polar bear and two cubs, handcrafted from raku fired clay by Barb Sachs, $ 450.
Polar bear and two cubs, handcrafted from raku fired clay by Barb Sachs, $ 450.Douglas haggo

“I like the simplicity of the shapes of the bears,” she says. “Due to their hollow and openness, they make a perfect vehicle for the white crackle glaze I use.”

Sachs rolls and bends each bear from a thick sheet of clay. A rolling pin is handy. Some bears are solitary, others have one or two cubs that playfully climb over them. All of them have a sturdy body and a small head.

Lorraine Roy loves trees and her sewing machine. A leading textile artist, Roy has exhibited his magnificent textiles of trees and landscapes for more than 30 years.

Framed textile by Lorraine Roy, Fertile Ground # 25, $ 325.
Framed textile by Lorraine Roy, Fertile Ground # 25, $ 325.Douglas haggo

A tree takes center stage in “Fertile Ground # 25”. Roy places the tree against a white sky. She then devotes more than half of the composition to what is under the tree. It conveys it through patches of fabric edged with black fabric.

Cornelia Wilhelm, still one of the most prolific contributors to the Christmas market, makes clothes, bags, teacups, Christmas stockings and tree ornaments from recycled woolen felted fabric. Never one to leave a solid surface, she adds patterns and markings with appliqués, embroidery, beading and sequins.

Ceramic Llamas and Santa Claus by Christie Gruppe, $ 18 each, and a black fabric teddy bear by Jill Creighton, $ 25.
Ceramic Llamas and Santa Claus by Christie Gruppe, $ 18 each, and a black fabric teddy bear by Jill Creighton, $ 25.Douglas haggo

Some of its multicolored birds have red, blue, yellow or orange heads. Her curly-end Christmas stockings are trimmed with felted flowers, lace, braiding and pearls. And the tea rooms are decorated with flowers, butterflies or flowery teapots.

Other equally stunning creations include the clay tree ornaments by Christie Gruppe and Katherine Matwiyiw, the little fabric teddy bears by Jill Creighton, the wooden Santa Claus, the penguins and angels by Robert Snider and the Exquisite dolls of Monika Shedden – to name a few.

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Regina Haggo, art historian, lecturer, curator, YouTube video maker and former professor at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand.

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Where: Carnegie Gallery, 10 King St. W., Dundas

When: until December 31

Telephone: 905-627-4265

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