New U.S. citizen to hold Holiday Art Market in Centennial

'European market experience' to offer gifts, fine arts, decor


Since arriving in the United States 10 years ago, Tania Rustage has been pursuing an art career, putting up her work in galleries and shows — but she couldn't quite find the festive market atmosphere from back in Europe.

“So if you can't find one … create one!” Rustage said in a news release. She and fellow artist Julie Horsting brainstormed and worked to “bring to life a European style, open air market.”

Rustage, who was born in England and lived in South Africa most of her life, became a U.S. citizen last year. She's bringing her worldly experience to The Big Tool Box and Highlands Garden Center, in southwest Centennial, for her first Holiday Art Market.

“This market has become a giant labor of love,” and the property “will be transformed into our personal work of art,” Rustage said in the release.

The event on the first three days of November at 8080 S. Holly St. will be “an immersion of the senses … visual, tactile, tastes, aromas” and entertainment, Rustage said in the release. She bills the market as an “outdoor village of fine arts, unique gifts and seasonal decor.”

The market will feature about 30 vendors, including new artists and more “seasoned” ones, the release said. Rustage makes pottery, she said in the release.

On the night of Nov. 1, dozens of elementary-schoolers from the Young Voices of Colorado choir will perform, and on Nov. 2 and 3, the Forté Academy of Music will have students perform on and off throughout the day, according to Rustage.

“We are offering an entire festive experience,” Rustage said.

The event will run 4-8 p.m. Nov. 1, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 2 and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 3.

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