Hickory – Shop HMA, Hickory Museum of Art’s (HMA) newly renovated museum store, seeks area artists to display and sell their works as part of its Second Annual Holiday Open House and Festival on Saturday, Nov. 19 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The annual open house is the official kick-off to Shop HMA’s holiday season.

“Last year’s event was a huge success, thanks to support from our community and involvement by so many local artists,” said Clarissa Starnes, Shop HMA Manager, who added this year’s turnout is expected to be even larger.

“We look forward to kicking off the holiday season with the Second Annual Holiday Open House and Festival,” Starnes said. “Not only will visitors get to shop locally created artwork and interact with the artists themselves, but they can also visit the newly renovated Shop HMA museum store and find unique gifts.”

Cost to reserve booth space during the open house and holiday festival is $50, with artists retaining 100 percent of self-managed sales. HMA will provide one round table for displaying sale items. Additional display items must be provided by artists. Artists already featured in Shop HMA are encouraged to bring additional items for self-sell that day, since they will be asked to leave merchandise in the Museum shop for register sales.

Deadline to reserve space is Oct. 16. Space is limited and booth locations will be assigned at time of registration. For more information or to reserve booth space, contact Clarissa Starnes, Shop HMA Manager at 828-327-8576, ext. 210.

Hickory Museum of Art is located on the SALT Block, 243 3rd Avenue NE, Hickory. Hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.HickoryArt.org or call 828-327-8576.

Photo: Area artist Dan Greaser interacts with shoppers during last year’s Holiday Open House and Festival in the galleries at Hickory Museum of Art.