The Alliance for the Arts gift shop is expanding once again. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 9, more than a dozen local artists will display their hand-crafted items throughout the Alliance's main gallery.
Participating artists include Aboriginals, Gay Cable, Katie Gardenia, David Hammel, Tom Haydock, Shawn Holiday, Lucia Garcia Designs, Susan Mills, Marta Sicajan, Studio 201 Artists, Vibrant Stained Glass and the Union Artist Studios. The artists will display their own artworks against a backdrop of those on display as part of the Art of the Book exhibit which opens at the Alliance on February 1. According to Alliance Exhibitions Coordinator, Krista Johnson, everything from scrapbook-style assemblages to sculptures literally carved from the pages of old, hardbound books are considered altered book art.
"This is guilt-free shopping at its best,"notes the Alliance in its press release announcing the event. It's a great opportunity to find a wide variety of locally-made, truly unique Valentine’s Day gifts while simultaneously supporting local artists.
Alliance members get a 10% discount on all purchases. Coffee and refreshments will be served throughout the day.
Located in the Alliance for the Arts lobby, the gift shop supports local, independent artists and features jewelry, hand bags, pottery, paintings, fabric art, repurposed art, hand-made books, photography, and much more.
During the gift shop sale, the Alliance GreenMarket will be taking place outside until 1:00 p.m., with a free yoga session at 9:30 a.m. and a community drum circle at 11:00 a.m. And the Relay For Life Family Fun Day is on February 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the amphitheater field.
The Alliance for the Arts proudly supports artists and arts organizations in our area as the state designated Local Arts Agency for Lee County. The Alliance for the Arts galleries and gift shop are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1:00 on Saturdays. The Alliance is located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard, just south of Colonial Boulevard. To become a member, please visit http://www.artinlee.org/JoinUs/membership.html or call 239-939-2787.