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The December Gallery features small works by AFTA Members for under $200

Arts & Ends Holiday Sale features crafts and art by local creatives

FORT MYERS, FL (Nov 15, 2023)– The Alliance for the Arts (AFTA) will kick off the month of December with the Annual Members-Only gallery exhibition, Small Works Off the Walls. The opening reception will be Thursday, November 30, from 5-7 pm, and the exhibition will be on view until December 30. The free event features the works of AFTA Members as well as light refreshments provided by Jayne Baker. 

Small Works Off the Walls features original artwork in a variety of mediums created by members of AFTA, all priced at $200 or less. All sales are “cash and carry,” making this exhibition different each day that it is on view.

Another annual tradition takes place on Saturday, December 2, from 9 am-1pm, when AFTA presents the Arts & Ends Holiday Sale on the GreenMarket grounds, featuring local crafters and artists selling homemade items from ceramics to custom spice blends. Participating vendors include Anne Schroeder, Earth Girl Magic Gifts, Eunique McKnight, Fort Myers Beach Art Association, Kathryn Reid, Kelly Morrison, Kinga Labedzki, Lehigh Acres Art League, Margot Elmore, Minna Maillakakis, Monica Shintani, The Mossy Cottage, Nicky Bender, Ocean Blooms, Painting with Eunique, Pat Hart, Paula Arts, Rabbit Paws Art, Rose Jung, and Trippy Shells.

Also on view in December:

Theatre Lobby Gallery: Martha Cantu

Martha Cantu is a portrait artist based in Immokalee, Florida. She is well-known for her work on the new welcome sign of Immokalee, which features her painting “Field of Dreams.” 

Member Gallery: The Students of Marilyn Hedlund 

In Fine Arts Acrylics classes taught by Marilyn Hedlund on Monday and Wednesday mornings, students are encouraged to loosen up and enjoy the painting process as much as possible.  They are taught the basic principles of seeing and making art as originally taught at The Alliance starting in the 1990’s by artist Gail Bennett in his impressionist and abstract styles.  However, students of any style or experience will benefit from these classes as works are critiqued with the goal of learning basic elements in art of: form, composition, color, value, and size.

About Alliance for the Arts

The Alliance for the Arts (AFTA) is a nonprofit community visual and performing arts center located in the heart of Fort Myers, Florida. Since 1975, the Alliance has been committed to transforming lives and improving community through the arts. The Alliance campus and galleries are open to the public from 9am to 7pm Tuesday through Friday, and from 9am to 1pm on Saturdays. AFTA is located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard just south of Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers. For more information, please call 239-939-2787, visit us at, or find us on Facebook and Instagram.

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