The Maye River Gallery will host its 13th annual Holiday Fundraiser throughout the Christmas season by offering special hand-crafted items, with proceeds going to two local charities.

This year, member artists gathered at jeweler Susan Knight’s home for a Pinecone Gnome workshop in November. The fun little creatures will be the centerpiece of this year’s holiday offering. 

Fifteen local artists founded the Bluffton gallery in 2007. During that first holiday season, Beads for Life/Uganda became a small presence in the gallery that normally offers locally produced art and accessories exclusively.

The response from clients was supportive of the project’s focus of women helping women, so the artists agreed it would become an annual affair.

Agencies that have benefited from the Gallery’s fundraising efforts in the past are: Hospice Care of the Lowcountry, Second Helpings, Family Promise, Memory Matters, and Calhoun Station, among others, as well as this year’s designees for a second time, Deep Well and Bluffton Self Help.

Total contributions to date exceed $10,000.

The gallery also offers ornaments and Christmas trees by PEP (Program for Exceptional People) during the holidays and their decorative garden stakes other times of year.

The Maye River Gallery, located at 37 Calhoun St., represents varied media by member artists Earline Allen, Penny Beesley, Cindy Chiappetta, Jo Dye, Monica Ferguson, Susan Hindrichs, Susan Knight, Judy McElynn, Joyce Nagel, Mary Segars, Barb Snow, Jennifer Rocco Stone, Kathy Tortorella, Marci Tressel and Helen Taverna.