'Deck Your Halls With Works of Art' From the Belknap Mill (323 w/3 col Gagne) Gagne photo 3 col.

LACONIA — Those looking for unique and unforgettable items for holiday gift-giving will want to check out the new Belknap Mill Art Gallery at 25 Beacon Street East in Laconia. Nine artists are displaying their paintings, drawings, and pottery at the new, 1,000-square-foot gallery. All items are offered for sale, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the ongoing cultural and educational programs at the Mill.

The Mill held a A Meet the Artists Night on Nov. 21, providing an evening of tours, wine, and hors d'oeuvres, with an opportunity to meet the talented people who are sharing the gallery space for the first six months. The show includes pottery, a hand-decorated wooden bench, sketches, and works of art in oil, acrylic, and watercolor.

The Mill's special "Deck Your Halls With Works of Art" event, running Nov. 23-Dec. 3, also will showcase the works of three other artists — Pamela Charon, B.J. Eckardt, and Kazuko Okubo — with displays in the Mill's Riverside Gallery.

While there, check out the items for sale in the Mill's gift shop and take a tour of the museum with its display of knitting machines and the powerhouse that provided the energy to power the mill when it was operating for the manufacture of socks.

There also will be an opportunity to purchase chances to win a painting by Roger Gagne, "Shaker Sabbath", valued at $750. Tickets are available at the front desk, and online on www.belknapmill.org. A maximum of 250 tickets will be sold, with the drawing to take place on New Year's Eve.

Admission to "Deck Your Halls" is free during regular Mill hours (weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), with another chance to meet all the artists on Saturday, Nov. 30, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served at that event.