It looks like the holiday season has arrived early at the Progress Energy Art Gallery in downtown New Port Richey.
The art gallery is having an opening reception tonight (Friday, Nov. 2) for its Handmade Holiday Gift Gallery, a seasonal exhibit that puts a spotlight on creations by local artists that make good gifts to wrap up with a bow or stuff in a stocking.
“It helps to show the quality and artistic ability of the local artists,” said Nancy Ciesla, director of the gallery.
This year, the exhibit features quilts, decorations, handmade purses, wearable art, stained glass, sculptures and other small creations. Items on displays can be bought, and prices range from $1 to $100.
“They’re inexpensive, great ideas for gifts,” Ciesla said.
The gallery is opening earlier this year than previous years. It gives visitors more chance to shop before the holiday.
There are about 30 artists represented in the gallery, including, for the first time, the West Pasco Quilters' Guild. Proceeds from art sales go to artists and the art gallery, which is run by Greater New Port Richey Main Street, a nonprofit that focus on downtown revitalization.
Want to pick up some food right after the opening? You can pay a visit it the First Friday Farmers Market and Art, which is returning tonight. The farmers market event is located in Railroad Square, one block east of Grand Blvd on Nebraska Avenue, and Cavalaire Square, one block East of Grand Blvd between Nebraska & Missouri Avenues.
The market features 22 vendors. Products offered include plants, produce, jellies, jams, baked goods and crafts.
The Progress Energy Art Gallery is located at 6231 Grand Blvd, New Port Richey. The opening reception for the gallery goes from 6 to 9 p.m. The farmers market runs from 5 to 9 p.m.
After tonight, the gallery will be open for early shopping Wed - Sat, noon - 6pm.