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Forty-three local artists showed off their work at the sixth annual Takoma Park holiday art sale on Dec. 14 at the community center.

In a city known for its density of artists and support of the arts, the sale was in high demand from artists and their customers. This was the third year in which a jury selected vendors from 65 applicants.

Vendors displayed pottery, jewelry, painting, photography, wood pens, clothes and accessories to name some. Rob Rudick, a local photographer who helped organize the sale called it “our best year.”

“We had a constant flow of people for the first time and everybody reported good sales,” he said.

Karin Abromaitis sold pottery and jewelry, and her earrings were a top seller this year. It was Abromaitis’ second year in the sale. She makes mostly copper jewelry - “I use a technique called fold-forming,” she said, for some earrings, others are made of tangles of wire.

Abromaitis also works in theater, directing plays locally and teaching theater and opera at George Washington University and the University of Maryland.

Sara Daines and Emily Cohen of the Takoma Park Housing Department also assisted in coordinating the sale, and the Arts and Humanities Commission sponsored it, provided funding, refreshments and volunteers.

Cohen estimated that several hundred people showed up for holiday shopping.