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Gary Payne

Christmas in October

Council benefits from three days of gift shopping

Early bird shoppers, get ready. The Greater Denton Arts Council is prepared to help you start crossing gifts off of your holiday shopping list.

“Shoppe for the Arts” starts today and continues through Saturday at the Center for the Visual Arts, 400 E. Hickory St.

The merchandise — tableware, luxe jackets, wreaths, Christmas ornaments and more — have been selected by Joanne Moses, co-owner and buyer for Elements of Design, a popular retail shop on the downtown Square that closed its doors several years ago. Gift wrapping services are available.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. today; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday; and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Lunch will be available for sale at 11 a.m. each day in Festival Hall at the center.

Shoppers who buy raffle tickets have a chance to win a designer Christmas tree that will be on display during the three-day event.

Money raised at the event benefits the arts council’s educational programs, exhibitions and support of local nonprofit arts organizations. For more information, call 940-382-2787 or visit

— Lucinda Breeding