Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Center's Artists Sell Work

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Center's Artists Sell Work

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With its new monthly trunk sales, ArtCenter Manatee wants to give shoppers a chance to see new ideas and perhaps spice up their wardrobes.

A recent show featured Earthen Arts, with four local female artists who use recycled materials to create art and items for those interested in looking good and helping the environment.

"I've never been to one before," Laurie Crawford said as she perused items for sale at the trunk show.

Wares in Earthen Arts' traveling show included necklaces, handbags and ideas for several ways to remake a T-shirt.

The necklaces created a dramatic effect while simultaneously being light and comfortable to wear, ideal for hot Florida nights.

"We call it Florida-friendly," Earthen Arts artist Kelley Burdette said. Also on view and available for purchase were hand- crafted jewelry and dresses made like quilts from an assortment of sources, all one-of-a-kind pieces.

"We wanted to help the ArtCenter, there is an art shop here," participating artist Kelley Love said.

The trunk sale aimed to shine a light on a hidden gem within the ArtCenter. In the Artists Market, local artists sell artwork, including pottery, sculpture and jewelry.

Earthen Arts displays at the Artists Market and is the first group to participate in the trunk sale. There will be different set of artists each month, all from the Artists Market.

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