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Sanibel art gallery to offer up great deals during annual sale

By TIFFANY REPECKI / trepecki@breezenewspapers.com - | Oct 20, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED The 14th annual Attic Sale will return on Oct. 23-31 at the Tower Gallery on Sanibel.

The Tower Gallery on Sanibel is ready to go for its 14th annual Attic Sale on Oct. 23-31.

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., with the first three days featuring more of an outdoor event than the last six days.

“It was a way to give back to the community,” co-op President Susan Sadler said of the event’s formation. “A lot of local people come and they can’t afford the regular prices of our art.”

“People loved it,” she added of making it an annual tradition. “People enjoy it.”

Sadler also noted that providing quality art at lower prices does not just benefit the community, it benefits the co-op artists who can use the funds to purchase materials for creating new pieces.

“And we’re making room for all our new work,” she said.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the co-op has made some adjustments to this year’s sale.

“For the first three days, we’re trying to have it mainly outside,” Sadler said, explaining that there will be tents set up filled with art. “Although, there still will be work in the gallery and on the porch.”

There will be artists manning the tents to ensure social distancing.

“And there’s going to be three or four check-out stations,” she said, explaining that the intent is to prevent long lines and maintain distancing. “This will be more convenient and safer for everybody.”

From Oct. 26-31, the sale will continue with artwork set up inside of the gallery.

Attendees are required to wear masks and follow CDC protocols.

“Everybody has to follow the CDC’s recommendations. You have to wear a mask,” Sadler said, adding that all of the co-op artists in attendance will be donning their masks. “We’ll all be wearing masks.”

She noted that the gallery purchased hand sanitizer.

“We’ll have sanitizer stations by all of the tents,” Sadler said. “We’re just being very careful and we expect everybody else to be careful — and we should all have a good time.”

The Tower Gallery represents over 25 local artists working in a multitude of mediums, including sculpture, oil painting, watercolor, acrylics, raku, pottery, photography, jewelry and more.

“We’ve got paintings, acrylics, oils, ceramics, jewelery,” she said. “The whole shebang.”

The event is also a chance to meet the artists and learn about their work.

“Meet-and-greets, we’ll all be there,” Sadler said. “We’re looking forward to seeing people, and we hope to see some familiar faces and some new faces.”

Attendees can also bid on an acrylic piece titled “Community Painting.” A larger painting, sized at about 40-by-35, it was created last season following an event that was organized by the gallery.

“Attendees got to paint on it, to make their mark,” she said, explaining that a couple of the co-op’s artists then transformed the canvas into a unique and one-of-a-kind piece.

The public is encouraged to stop by.

“Support your local artists and come out,” Sadler said.

For more information, call 239-472-4557 or visit www.towergallery.net.

The Tower Gallery is at 751 Tarpon Bay Road, Sanibel.