Mother’s Day art sale at The Artery this weekend

Published: Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 10:40 AM.

The Artery Studio will be opening its doors to the public this weekend, as it holds a Spring Art Sale and Open House. The works of over a dozen different artists will be on sale, including pottery, jewelry, stained glass, paintings, notecards, and more. The sale will take place right in the studio, located at 214 Williams Avenue in Port St. Joe, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. this Saturday, May 3. A Preview Party and Sale will be held Friday night from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., giving people the opportunity to meet and mingle with the artists, and to have the best selection of art to choose from.

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. “We've got some new artists participating this year, and many of the past participating artists have expanded their offerings,” said Leslie Wentzell, owner of The Artery, and herself a working artist.

“You'll find lots of functional art – beautiful handmade pieces that serve a function – such as delicately handcrafted hummingbird feeders, wall hangings that double as a secret key-holder, serving trays, unique handmade buttons, and even some salt-n-pepper shakers. These definitely make unique gifts for your mother – or for yourself,” said Wentzell.

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,” said Wentzell.

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, creative writing, and more.

“Just as important as the art experiences here at The Artery, is the sense of community and fellowship,” said Wentzell. “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.”

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