Gathering of the Artists holiday art show and sale returns Saturday

Artists George Ferreira and Kathleen Wobie are shown at the 2011 Gathering of the Artists. Both return for this year’s event on Saturday at the Thomas Center. (File)

Published: Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 12:59 p.m.

When Sandra Matasick recalls last year’s inaugural Gathering of the Artists Holiday Show at the Thomas Center, two things stand out: how busy it was, and how shocked everyone working the show was.


Gathering of the Artists

What: Second annual holiday art show and sale featuring local artists, live music and refreshments
When: 1-9 p.m. Saturday
Where: Thomas Center for the Arts, 302 NE Sixth Ave.; Doris Bardon Community Cultural Center, 716 N. Main St.
Admission: Free

Artists attending:
Thomas Center
John Tilton: Ceramics
Steve Howell: Ceramics
Pete Senesac: Jewelry
Anne Gilroy: Painting
Harriet Huss: Painting
Anne Seraphine: Painting
Susan Torgerson James: Wearable items
Candace McCaffery: Quilting
Ande Lister: Painting
Greg Johnson: Sculpture
Kathleen Wobie: Painting
Sandra Matasick: Jewelry
Leland Shaw: Ceramics
William Schaaf: Sculpture, painting
Eleanor Blair: Painting
Kana Handel: Painting
George Ferreira: Sculpture, wood furniture
Bill Flusche: Wood furniture

Doris Bardon Community Cultural Center
Norman Jensen: Painting
Sandra Hadley: Drawing
Dixie Biggs: Woodturnings
Jason Straw: Wood furniture
Leslie M. Peebles: Printmaking
Sara Nash: Painting
Marty Fielding: Ceramics
Natacha Monnalisa: Painting
Marco Razo: Painting
Scott Meyer: Stone sculpture
Joanna Clark: Sculpture

“It was amazing. We opened at 1 o’clock and from 1 to 5 we could not move. We couldn’t even look sideways,” says Matasick, who is the show’s coordinator. Since then, the show has had to expand to include a second venue, “so that Gainesville can see more of the amazing talent that lives in the area.”

The second annual Gathering of the Artists show is set for Saturday from 1 to 9 p.m. at the Thomas Center and at the new, second location: the Doris Bardon Community Cultural Center, commonly known as The Doris.

The event’s goal is to bring local artists together in one place for the public. “A lot of times you’ll go to an art gallery and not even meet the artist. This is a great way to come out and meet people whose work you’ve been seeing for a long time,” Matasick says. “It’s like a small art gallery for each artist.”

The holiday show will occur at both venues simultaneously. The musicians performing Saturday — Cathy Dewitt, Feral Willcox, Charles Gattone and Teague Johnson — will rotate between both venues. Light refreshments, including wine and homemade cookies, will be served as well.

“We thought that (the Doris) was an obvious choice,” Matasick says. “It’s only three blocks from the Thomas Center. They’ve done an amazing job at getting the word out.” The Thomas Center’s central location, as well as the ease with which people know about it is what led them to choose the building.

Participating ceramic artist, potter and sculptor Steve Howell says the fact that the Thomas Center is decorated for the holidays gives the show a different feel compared to other art festivals and shows. “It’s much more intimate. There are only 18 artists at the Thomas Center and 11 at The Doris,” he says. “I love to do shows outside, but this show is a little more special.”

Howell, who has been a potter for just over 40 years, says that the local artists participating are remarkable, such as one of his favorites, John Tilton. “We’re really lucky to have people like that in our community,” Howell says.

There’s no cost to attend the show. Matasick says that all of the money goes back to the artists, which is unusual for art shows and festivals.

“Gainesville is unique in the fact that it has a phenomenal number of artists in such a small area, and this is just a sample,” says Matasick. “Just because they’re local to Gainesville doesn’t mean that they aren’t widely known.”

This year’s Gathering of the Artists will be dedicated to the memory of Lennie Kesl, the renowned Gainesville artist who died Nov. 23 at age 86, Matasick says.

The Thomas Center is at 302 NE Sixth Ave, and The Doris is at 716 N. Main St. For more information, visit The Doris’ website at or the Gathering of the Artists Facebook page at

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