Gathering of the Artists returns for third year with extra day

This Dec. 8, 2012 file photo shows the artist Steve Howell at Gathering of the Artists Holiday Show at the Thomas Center in Gainesville.

Published: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 11:48 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 11:48 a.m.

With new artists, more entertainment and a second day to peruse, one of Gainesville's most exclusive art sales is returning bigger than ever for the holiday season.


Gathering of the Artists
What: Third annual holiday art show and sale by local artists with live music and refreshments
Where: Thomas Center, 302 NE Sixth Ave.; The former Doris Bardon Community Cultural Center, 716 N Main St.
When: 1-8 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
Admission: Free


John Tilton: Ceramics
Steve Howell: Ceramics
Peter Senesac: Jewelry
Anne Gilroy: Painting
Harriet Huss: Painting
Anne Seraphine: Mixed media/painting
Susan Torgerson James: Wearables
Candace McCaffery: Quilting
Ande Lister: Painting
Greg Johnson: Sculpture
Sandra Matasick: Jewelry
Leland Shaw: Ceramics
William Schaaf: Sculpture/painting
Eleanor Blair: Painting
Martin Gates: Sculpture
Bill Flusche: Wood furniture
Natacha Monalisa: Painting
Dixie Biggs: Wood vessels

Jason Straw: Wood furniture
Jacquelyne Collett: Glass
Leslie Peebles: Printmaking
Barbara Knutson: Ceramics
Michael Kemp: Printmaking
Meagan Chaney Gumpert: Ceramics
Cristine Cambrea: Painting
Logan Marconi: Painting
Norman Jensen: Painting
Catherine Boswell: Ceramics
Regina Roper: Jewelry

The third annual Gathering of the Artists holiday event will feature a diverse group of 18 artists at the Thomas Center and 11 at the former Doris Bardon Community Cultural Center, presenting works ranging from paintings to jewelry to wood furniture. The event is free and open to the public Saturday and Sunday at both locations.

“All of these artists are award-winning. It's not very easy to be invited to the show,” organizer Sandra Matasick says. “It just a great way to see some fine works of art.”

Each artist will be present alongside his or her work. Price tags will range from $45 to about $10,000, Matasick says.

The first Gathering was held in December 2011 with 18 artists at the Thomas Center. The Doris was added as a second location in 2012. Although the Doris closed in September to find a new location, the 716 N Main St. location is still available for the Gathering.

While the Gathering was a Saturday-only event in the past, it will continue into Sunday this year, allowing more flexibility for both artists and patrons.

“The extra day allows us to reach more people, and to give the artists more time.” Matasick says. “It was stressful for us to unload and load all in one day.”

New artists presenting at this year's event include Jacquelyne Collet, whose “Glass Constructions” often incorporate found objects, and Michael Kemp, who makes handmade, one-of-a-kind prints.

“It's not printed on a computer,” Matasick says. “We don't have people selling cards or computer prints. It's part of the quality of the show.”

Though most of the artists are returning from 2012, Matasick says patrons shouldn't expect more of the same.

“They've all worked hard to make new works of art for this year,” she says.

The event will feature musical entertainment on both days and at both locations, including several local jazz artists and a traditional Mexican band.

“It's all local artists, musicians and businesses supporting each other,” Matasick says.

Steven Solomon, co-owner of Leonardo's 706, says the restaurant has been a sponsor of the Gathering since its first year.

“We're very involved with the art community in Gainesville,” Solomon says. “This is just an extension of our commitment to the arts.”

Solomon said he feels a town's character comes from independently owned business and local artists.

“Every Gainesvillian ought to turn out for this,” he says. “This is how we meet. It's over art and good food.”

Matasick says the event allows the artists to bring their work to a larger audience that often doesn't get to see it.

“This caliber of artist is not widely seen outside of the gallery.” she says. “We wanted to make an upscale way to meet the artists and shop for the holidays.”

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