TCH to host Arts, Crafts Show
The Community House is kicking off a new initiative in support of the local art community.
The facility will host an Arts and Crafts Show on Nov. 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., which is the first one scheduled as a monthly activity for the coming season. The events are free and open to the public.
Director of Marketing and Event Planning Sarah Jacobson explained that the Sanibel-Captiva Art League holds an Art on the Veranda event every month during season outside Bailey’s General Store to spotlight its members’ work. The events have been canceled until further notice due to COVID-19.
“So, they came to us because we exhibit their art once a month,” she said of the rotating exhibits available for view in-person and virtually. “We have a really great working relationship with them.”
The SCAL asked if something like Art on the Veranda could be organized, and TCH agreed.
“We know artists are struggling right now to exhibit their work,” Jacobson said.
Participation in the monthly Arts and Crafts Show is open to SCAL members, but the facility also expanded it to non-member artists and crafters. Interested participants must be locally-based.
“That was really important for us — to keep it all local,” she said.
They also must submit samples of their work as part of the application process.
“So it’s not mass-marketed goods,” Jacobson said. “So it’s truly handcrafted homemade items.”
“It’s encouraging people to shop locally and support local,” she added.
The November show will spotlight 17 participants, of which most are from Sanibel or Captiva and a few are from across the causeway. There will be holiday gift cards, ornaments, jewelry and more.
“It feels like it’s more set for the holidays,” Jacobson said. “In addition, there’s a bunch of fun art scenes from around Sanibel and Captiva. There is stained glass. There’s some shell crafts.”
TCH Resident Chef Jarred Harris will have his chutneys, pickles and more for sale.
“There’s a wide variety of gifts,” she said.
In light of the pandemic and to keep everyone safe, there will be measures in place.
“Temperatures will be taken for the vendors and the shoppers. Masks will be required,” Jacobson said, adding that no food will be served, so attendees do not have to worry about people taking them off.
“We will have a one-way entrance and guideline arrows on the floor, so they can visit each vendor safely,” she said. “If they want to go back to a vendor in the beginning, they’ll have to re-enter.”
Staff will also be monitoring occupancy to allow for social distancing.
“And we’re using the whole facility,” Jacobson said.
Residents and visitors are encouraged to stop on by.
“With everything going on, we want everyone to feel safe and have a fun place to come and do their local holiday shopping,” she said.
The next show will take place on Dec. 6.
Interested participants must apply by Nov. 22 at www.sanibelcommunityhouse.net. The categories are open, but not limited, to: clothing, crafts, culinary, jewelry, original art, photography and pottery.
For more information, call 239-472-2155 or visit www.sanibelcommunityhouse.net.
The Community House is at 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.