By Kirsten Laskey
It is not the usual scene at the Fuller Lodge Art Center. When walking into the space, there is no definite show being displayed in the gallery.
What visitors are greeted with is the Affordable Arts Sale, a treat that only comes once a year.
The space has been cleared and filled with every type of art available. There isn’t a corner or niche in the place that isn’t displaying a piece of jewelry, a painted pottery bowl, a watercolor painting or other pieces of art.
“Everything from lamps to wall art,” Marketing Director Nancy Coombs said.
It is not just art being celebrated but the holiday season. There are artificial trees that are either sparkling white, wire sticks or evergreens encrusted with powered snow that showcase a wide assortment of ornaments. Spinning racks display holiday greeting cards and holiday tunes play on the sound system.
“It’s starting to feel like a holiday, which is nice,” Director Ken Nebel said.
Fuller Lodge Art Center will host a Holiday Open House Dec. 8 in conjunction with MainStreet’s WinterFest. Cookies and cider will be served.
Nebel said more than 100 artists are participating. Some names may sound familiar such as Thelma Hahn, Doug Coombs, Fran Stovall, Cricket Messersmith as these artists’ work have appeared in past Affordable Art Sales. Others such as Elena Young, Elizabeth Faust and Bill Hamilton are new to the event.
Additionally, local artist Kathleen Veenstra is showcasing her paintings and pottery in the Portal Gallery.
This sale offers more than an opportunity to purchase holiday gifts that can not be found on shelves of a big-box store – it is a chance to get into the holiday spirit with others and reconnect with artists and individuals who come to the Affordable Arts Sale.
Nebel said it is “great to be out on the floor talking to people you haven’t seen in a while.”
Fuller Lodge Art Center is at 2132 Central Ave., across the street from Ashley Pond.