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Westminster art gallery celebrating start of holiday season with inaugural Evergreen Fest

Members of the Offtrack Art Co-operative get ready for The Evergreen Fest in Westminster. Front row (L-R): Linda van Hart, Linda Decarlo, Andrea Rowinski, Jan van Bibber. Back row: Marilyn Smith, Ona Martin, Carolyn Seabolt, Michael Seipp. Not pictured: Gayle Mathues.
Members of the Offtrack Art Co-operative get ready for The Evergreen Fest in Westminster. Front row (L-R): Linda van Hart, Linda Decarlo, Andrea Rowinski, Jan van Bibber. Back row: Marilyn Smith, Ona Martin, Carolyn Seabolt, Michael Seipp. Not pictured: Gayle Mathues. (Courtesy Photo)

Off Track Art Gallery, an artists’ co-operative in downtown Westminster, is celebrating the start of the holiday season this weekend with its inaugural Evergreen Fest ― a three-day event giving patrons a chance to shop for fine art and gifts while enjoying live music and entertainment.

Linda Van Hart, an artist and partner at Off Track Art, said she and her fellow partners got an allowance from Westminster city officials to host their own pop-up event in lieu of traditional gatherings such as Mistletoe Mart that have been canceled amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Evergreen Fest will feature five tents for outdoor shopping, Van Hart said, as well as a pay station for customers set up int the art gallery’s parking lot at 11 Liberty Street in Westminster.

“It’s a fact that being outside creates a safer environment,” Van Hart said. “And we’ve got holidays coming up. The coronavirus is not going to cancel Christmas.”

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The event begins Friday, Nov. 13 from 4 to 8 p.m. by appointment only. People are asked to call 443-821-7355, or visit Off Track Art Gallery’s website to book a special time to shop in a safe and clean environment.

Local blues musician Christopher James is scheduled to perform songs from his latest album Friday, Nov. 13 from 4 to 5:30 p.m., Saturday Nov. 14 from 12 to 1:30, and Sunday, Nov. 16 from 1-3. James will also be signing CDs on Saturday and Sunday.

Bob Schellhammer, another local artist, is set to perform music during the weekend.

Special event hours are set for Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors can shop indoors with social distancing plus several outdoor tents in the parking lot. Also, a hospitality tent will provide shelter from inclement weather and socially distanced seats for those waiting to shop inside the gallery, according to a news release.

“People have all this time, and everyone is looking for something entertaining that can be safe,” Van Hart said.

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