You can get a jump on your holiday shopping far away from those crowded stores.
The Farmington Valley Arts Center is hosting a fundraiser Friday night to kick off its holiday season. It's just the start of what you'll find there through the holidays.
Jim Brunelle is one of about 20 artists who will open their studio doors for the traditional Candlelight Opening on Friday night. "It's the best time to visit the facility because all the artists are present, all their latest works are on display. We're all really proud of what we've been working on over the last year," said Brunelle.
You'll also be able to walk through two galleries: the Fisher Gallery, featuring the work of the Artists in Residence at the Farmington Valley Arts Center, and the Drezner Gallery, which will display work from the visiting Simsbury Open Studios.
You'll find all kinds of art on display including paintings, ceramics, watercolors, prints, and sculptures.
Of course, you can browse and buy!
"Patrons can go by the facility, look through the windows, peer in to see what they might be needing for the holidays or collecting for their own possession," said Brunelle.
As President of the Farmington Valley Arts Center, Roy David is also overseeing its restructuring and says this year's 34th annual Candlelight Opening comes at a time the center is bouncing back from tough financial times.
"We've been a year in restructuring. Things are on a positive basis. We've got good community support," said David.
Besides the Candlelight Opening on Friday night, the studios and galleries will also be open to the public on Saturday where artists will be offering free demonstrations. They'll also be open on Black Friday and every Saturday through the holiday season.
"It's a chance to view wonderful art by Connecticut artists who are well known throughout the community, and the state, and some nationally," said David.
"All the work is primarily one of a kind, handmade, very unique with special attention to detail," said Brunelle.