Holiday Art Fair organizer Patty Boyer says part of the fun of the annual event is when it's almost over.
"Toward the end of the evening, the artists will go around and trade (merchandise) with each other, what we have left over," she says. "There's so many fun, unique gifts out there."
There will be even more to buy this year, though, as the Holiday Art Fair will feature more than 70 vendors at the Lawrence Arts Center - about 20 more artists than last year.
"The place will be packed on all three floors," Boyer says. "We'll be chalk-full."
The fair, which is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, followed by a reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., features fine arts gifts such as painting, ceramics, textiles, woodwork, silverwork and more.
And the more works that sell, the better. The fair is a fundraiser for the Lawrence Arts Guild.
"We receive a 10 percent commission from what the artists sell, and that actually goes to provide programs for the entire year," says Linda Baranski, guild president.
The funds also go to student scholarships and promoting the area arts scene.
Along with the artwork, which was approved in a juried process, there will be strolling musicians to maintain the festivities. Boyer, who is organizing the fair for her 11th year, is pleased with the variety of performers she's bringing to the event. They include Maria Anthony, Megan Hurt, Scott Tichenor, Bill Crahan and Mary Ann Carter playing instruments including the flute, mandolin and guitar.
Additionally, Woodlawn School students will have a bake sale in the arts center basement.
Boyer encourages the public to come out for the free event to get into the holiday spirit.
"It really is lovely," she says. "There's a lot going on. There's always a lot of good energy, good music, good food, and this year it's going to be jam-packed with a lot of good art.
"We're pulling from outside communities, too, a lot of new people in the fair. There will be a lot out of the ordinary this year."
Boyer adds that it's great to shop locally, too.
"Come down and help support the arts," she says. "Get something new and unique for your loved ones, too."