November 18, 2009

Upcoming art events offer unique gift possibilities

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The School of Art and Design at Southern Illinois University Carbondale has plenty of ideas for that person on your Christmas list who has everything already.

They -- whoever they are -- won’t have the original art available at upcoming sales events, guaranteed. Why? Well, it’s original artwork, and original artwork is a great gift for others or for oneself.

Here are some upcoming School of Art and Design sales events:

G.A.P.P. Presents

The Graduate Association of Painters and Printmakers offers an open studio and mini-print preview sale on Dec. 2, 4:30-8 p.m. in the Glove Factory (432 S. Washington Ave.), in room 202, upstairs. Take a peek at the studio space and buy some art made there. If you can’t make it, look for the G.A.P.P. at the Holiday Craft Sale, Dec. 3-4 at the Student Center.

Southern Clayworks

Get a sneak-peek at the Holiday Pottery Sale during a preview sale on Dec. 2, 4-8 p.m. in the ceramics studio in the Pulliam Hall Industrial Wing. You can find the studio by coming into the breezeway between Wham and Pulliam. If you miss the preview, attend the sale on Dec. 3, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. in the ceramics studio.

Southern Glass Works

Come to The Glass House (1002 W. Whitney Ave.) for the annual holiday sale, featuring glass ornaments and much more. The sale is Dec. 2-3, 4:30-8:30 p.m. All proceeds go to the School of Art and Design match of the Windgate Foundation Challenge Grant.

Art Over Easy 5

Art Over Easy is more than just an art auction. It is an art gala. This year it is 7-9:30 p.m. on Dec. 4 at the Surplus Gallery in the Glove Factory. The event features live and silent auctions presenting art from faculty members, students and alumni of the School of Art and Design, as well as art donated by artists in the community. Refreshments, music and a festive atmosphere round out this sale to make it an evening celebration as well as a great place to purchase art and help aspiring artists present and future. Art Over Easy is also one of the major fundraisers for the School of Art and Design.

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