EVERGREEN - Local painter Bonnie Bell invited the public into her Evergreen house Saturday for her annual Christmas Open House as visitors browsed through a wide variety of items on display.

In her kitchen, living room, and den room, Bell had 100 paintings, plus items such as saws, sleds, and ironing boards that she had painted.

Bell wasn't quite sure what one item was. She thought that it perhaps was a brass scale. She decorated it with a painting of fruit.

Penny Gatto, who lives "just down the road" from Bell's Evergreen house in Terry Township, purchased the item and some others.

She liked that Bell was local. Plus, "she does beautiful work," she added.

Barb Rosengrant of Wysox bought a potholder on which Bell had painted a pine branch and pine cones with a Christmas look. She was buying it for a friend and thought Bell was "very talented."

A couple from Luzerne County, Ted Sisco and Kay Mras, were purchasing some paintings, including one of a local country scene.

"Our house is a Bonnie Bell house," Mras commented, noting how their rooms were filled with Bell's work.

Mras said that Bell did a painting of their post and beam home, located at Sylvan Lake.

Over the years, she had Bell paint ornaments for her grandchildren.

One grandchild is buying a home, so she said she was going to get a "new homeowner" ornament for this grandchild.

Bell said she has held her Christmas Open House each year for the past 23 years.

She said it's a chance for people to pick up their orders before Christmas. She even did a baby portrait Saturday.

While most people buy something, they're also welcome to look and enjoy refreshments like Christmas cookies.

"It was as successful as ever," Bell said of this year's event.

Bell said she is considering holding an Easter Open House and she said children are welcome to make appointments with her for drawing lessons on days off from school. Bell can be reached at (570) 297-4752.

Eric Hrin can be reached at (570) 297-5251; email: reviewtroy@thedailyreview.com.