By Ron Giofu
The Gibson Gallery is ready for the Christmas holidays and wants to help the community get ready as well.
The gallery is hosting its annual “Holiday Art at the Gallery” and it runs through Dec. 11.
“It’s basically a smaller version of Art by the River,” explained Bonnie Deslippe, publicity director at the gallery. “We have it every year as a fundraiser for the gallery.”
Deslippe explained they used to rent space to vendors but changed formats about five years ago to where vendors can now drop off items with a percentage going to both the gallery and the vendor if there are any sales. She added it allows more people to participate and also frees up space for people to shop.
“It freed up the vendors to go to other events,” said Deslippe.
Among the items available at this year’s Holiday Art at the Gallery are jewellery, woodworking, stuffed animals, books, Christmas decorations, knitting and crocheting and other forms of artwork. There was a bake sale last weekend with a raffle also available for those in attendance.
Acknowledging “it’s not on the scale of Art by the River,” Deslippe said it is a smaller version which allows the Gibson Gallery to raise funds to support itself. It is the final show on the gallery’s 2016 calendar before closing for the winter.
“It’s a way you can support local artists and crafters and get some really great gifts,” said Deslippe.
Deslippe estimated there are over 40 vendors that are participating in this year’s Holiday Art at the Gallery.
“We always get a lot of positive feedback,” she said.