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The combination of arts and retail is indicative of the Fargo community’s attitude toward the holiday season and its art market. Exploring the realm of craft, performance and fine art are prevalent throughout the month, many with a holiday touch.

Jessica Wachter at ecce

After a three-year hiatus, North Dakota native and NDSU alum, Jessica Wachter, opens her latest series of paintings titled “Rebirth” at ecce on Saturday from 6–9 p.m.

Working in a large-scale, expressionist manner, Wachter uses her multi-layered visual experience in curating, interior design and art making to inform her work.

Bright, bold and in constant development, the work reflects the maker in an uncommon way. Wachter has exhibited at ecce in four separate solo shows, had an exhibition in the Plains Art Museum in 2013, showed at Art Basel Miami in 2014 and participated in an artist-in-residency in Medora this past summer.

The opening reception is free, and welcomes the public.

Holiday Makers Market

The Red Raven Espresso Parlor hosts nine local vendors on Saturday from 5–9 p.m. for its Holiday Makers Market.

Raven hosts a monthly craft market, with a variety of crafters participating in a wide range of crafting media. December’s fair is centered around the holiday, and offers an assortment of gifting objects.

Christkindlmarkt

20 Below hosts the German Christmas festival, Christkindlmarkt, Friday through Sunday. Located in the alley space behind the coffee shop, the event is split indoors and out, so it is suggested that participants dress accordingly.

Local vendors will provide food, music, retail and activities related to German culture. Christkindlmarkt, which translates to “Christmas City” will offer traditional brats, glühwein and beer from local German bier hall, Würst.

Event co-founder, Joe Burgum, mentioned the Christkindlmarkt represents a cross between the previously hosted Alley Fair event and this summer’s Red River Market.

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