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Christmas Through Lowell helps area artists

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The home of Mary Bommarito, where 11 artists show off their creations during Christmas Through Lowell.

LOWELL, Mich. (WZZM) -- Fifty homes, churches, and businesses will sell their arts and crafts this weekend. It's all part of "Christmas Through Lowell."

Every year, Mary Bommarito clears out her home -- except for furniture.  She and ten other artists display their work -- everything from paintings to wood turnings and handmade soaps.

"We have a lot of people that come and can't wait for us everywhere, and it's really been very nice," she says. 

The idea started when Bommarito and several other artists decided to hold a gallery in Mary's home to raise money for their craft. With little response, they moved the event to the same weekend as "Christmas Through Lowell."

"The Christmas Through Lowell really helps, for a lot of people this is how they get through the Christmas months," she says.  "They're able to spend the money for Christmas for their kids. This is really a big deal." 

Bradley Youngstrom is another artist showing his work in Mary's home.

"I sculpt and create Santas," says Youngstrom.  "I paint.  I will also have fresh pine wreathes and Santas here."

He says the event is not just fun for the community, it supports artists all year long.

"It helps me out immensely right now," says Youngstrom.  "I am an artist -- that is what I do -- so I'm trying to make a living with what I create.  This weekend is a good opportunity for that." 

Christmas Through Lowell runs Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

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