The Artery Studio will be opening its doors to the public April 28-29, as it once again holds its Mothers' Day Art Sale and Open House. Local artists will be selling work specifically made with moms in mind, including pottery, jewelry, mosaics, paintings, notecards, and more. The sale will take place 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. ET Saturday, April 28 right in the studio, located at 214 Williams Avenue in Port St. Joe.

A Preview Party and Sale, will be held 5-9 p.m. ET Friday, April 28, giving people the opportunity to meet and mingle with the artists, and to have the best selection of art to choose from.

The Artery is bringing back the special “Kids Only” shopping section. There will be work by various artists, priced at $15 and under. Purchases in this section will be gift packaged, so kids can keep their purchase a surprise – even if mom is at the sale.

Many of the participating artists make their work right at The Artery with other area artists taking part as well. With Mothers' Day right around the corner, all of the artists have included work that would make unique gift items and are priced accordingly. “Each year our artists work with Mom in mind,” said Leslie Wentzell, owner of The Artery, and herself a working artist. “We work hard to come up with new items each year, but you can still find some of the sought-after favorites.”

The Artery is a working art studio which is open to the public for classes and drop-in art activities. The studio will be transformed for the sale, but underneath it all,

“You'll get a glimpse of the fun and funky atmosphere here,” Wentzell said.

There is a strong emphasis on pottery in the studio, because Wentzell is a clay artist, but she also brings in other artists to teach a variety of classes, including painting, mosaics, mixed media, and more.

“Just as important as the art experiences here at The Artery, is the sense of community and fellowship,” Wentzell said. “Seeing the studio, and more importantly, meeting the people who come here to be creative is one reason we open our doors for an event like this.”

The Artery holds two Studio Sales each year – one in early December for the Christmas holidays, and one in Spring, traditionally right before Mothers' Day.

For more information call Wentzell at The Artery, 227-5741 or visit