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Holiday art fair showcases gingerbread houses, gourmet food & more than 90 artists exhibiting work for sale

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Without frequent exposure to art, viewers may struggle to discern whether they’re looking at an impressionist masterpiece or out a heavily smudged window. Start your eye-training with today’s Groupon to the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art’s 41st annual Holiday Art Fair, held on Friday, November 18, from 2 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, November 19, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, November 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Choose between the following options:

  • For $5, you get two one-day admissions (a $10 value).
  • For $9, you get four one-day admissions (a $20 value).<p>

For more than 40 years, the Holiday Art Fair, partnering with the Overture Center, has showcased musical performances, gourmet treats, and artists exhibiting work for sale. This year’s fair, held at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, presents a juried exhibition of more than 90 artists’ works in mediums such as jewelry, glass, and fiber, as well as contemporary paintings and photography. A gallery of gourmet holiday refreshments keeps most visitors from devouring the gingerbread-house exhibit. Various arts groups, including the Madison Youth Choirs, will perform for audiences throughout the weekend. Shoppers can enjoy the quiet competition of a silent auction, or peruse vintage wares at the rediscovered arts and treasures sale. Funds raised by the art fair will support free educational programs and exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, as well as the Overture Center’s educational programming. Buyers of this Groupon also enjoy an additional 10% off at the Museum Store.

Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

A 7,100-square-foot sculpture garden is only the tip of the iceberg at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. In fact, the garden is also the tip of the museum—it’s on the facility’s roof. Designed by Cesar Pelli, the sprawling building encompasses an eclectic array of modern works, including a 5,000-item permanent collection that incorporates pieces ranging from Frida Kahlo’s works to John Coplans’ black-and-white self portrait, which shows only his feet.

A rotating lineup of temporary exhibits complements the permanent core, and a regular event schedule features films, talks, and performance by masters of their craft. Visitors can browse art books and craft jewelry in the museum store, where all purchases support artists and designers.

Customer Reviews

It was fun to go to the winter fair; lots of artists and places to see
Sarah M. · November 22, 2016
Went to the Christmas market. so many talented people and was able to find unique gifts for Christmas. And all the workers and volunteers were very helpful and friendly
Margaret · November 22, 2016
Great exhibitors, great use of space and terrific samples.
Joan G. · November 22, 2016
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