Sanibel art gallery to offer great deals during annual sale
The Tower Gallery on Sanibel is ready to go for its 13th annual Attic Sale on Oct. 18-19.
The event provides art enthusiasts and supporters the chance to browse through and purchase work from some of the co-operative’s award-winning artists – at discounted prices. The sale will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days, with artwork on the gallery’s porch and under tents on the grounds.
On Oct. 19, the sale will continue indoors until the gallery closes at 6 p.m.
“It’s become a very very popular event,” Marianne Ravenna, a member of the co-op and chair of the gallery’s events committee, said. “People actually arrange their vacations around our Attic Sale.”
She noted that the artists really lower the prices of their pieces to make them affordable.
“We have customers who come every year,” Ravenna said. “It’s for everybody.”
There will be sculpture, paintings, prints, raku, photography, hand-painted bowls, jewelry and more.
“There’ll always be original paintings that will be discounted,” she said. “Everyone seems to have pieces available, whether they’re original or giclee.”
Ravenna explained that a giclee is a higher-resolution print.
“It looks more like an original,” she said.
Many of the member artists work around an island theme – making their pieces a perfect vacation keepsake. For example, Ravenna creates bowls featuring local fish, shells, plants and flowers.
“A lot of our artists try to do local themes,” she said.
The event is also a chance to meet the gallery’s artists, many of whom will do demonstrations on the deck or help customers. Artists Katie Gardenia and Kelly Morrison are back and will be present.
“We will have a good number of the artists there helping out,” Ravenna said.
“We should have probably close to 10 or 12 artists,” she added.
The sale serves as a way for the artists to get involved with the community and gallery.
“The Tower Gallery is a co-operative of local artists from Sanibel and Captiva and the Fort Myers area,” Ravenna said. “We all work shifts in the gallery – we are like a big family.”
There are a couple of new members this year.
“And then there’s a lot of us who’ve been in the gallery for years,” she said.
The public is encouraged to stop by.
“Some people can’t afford art, but this day they may find something that they can afford to buy,” Ravenna said. “And the holidays are coming up, so it’s a great way to purchase some gifts.”
For those unable to make it, the gallery usually still has deals available the next week.
For more information, call 239-472-4557 or visit www.towergallery.net.
Tower Gallery is at 751 Tarpon Bay Road.