A celebration of local art work will highlight the holiday season as Desdemona’s Art Gallery hosts its open house Saturday, Dec. 8. “We’ll be open from 10:30 a.m. to at least 7 p.m.,” said gallery manager Bailey VanKirk, “and after 4 p.m., many of our artists and craftsmen will be here to meet the public. We’ll have complimentary refreshments to toast the season, several give-away contests to enter, and many of our artists are offering special prices for the event.”
“In the six months that we’ve been here we’ve worked hard to bring together the best artists from around this area, and it’s been difficult,” said Laura Brown Egan, owner of the gallery. “There are so many good artists in the Lake Erie Islands region, but we’ve managed to attract the very best of the bunch.”
Van Kirk will be unveiling her new oil on canvas seascape, “Low Water Gulls“ , as will Brown Egan with, “Beneath the Surface”.
Also attending, and new to Desdemona’s, is photographer Roman Sapecki, with his series commemorating next year’s bicentennial anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie. The sepia photos feature the US Brig Niagara juxtaposed with Perry’s Victory Monument.
Fused glass artist Ben Kendall will be in attendance all day with a selection of his jewelry. Purchase any two of his pieces and receive a free “Bendant”, which make great stocking stuffers.
Diane Freedman of Port Clinton, widely known for her mirrors framed with encrusted seashells and beach glass, will be there with a new collection of ornaments. Also appearing are wood artist John Brabander, photographer Jeanne M. Schwerkoske and watercolorist Ari Eickert.
“We hope to see a great turnout,” states VanKirk, “It’s not only our holiday party, we’re also celebrating six months in business.” Desdemona’s is located five miles east of Port Clinton on Route 163, at the intersection where State Rt. 269 heads north to East Harbor State Park. The gallery shares the small plaza with the Canoe Club Wine Bar and Allure Printing. For more information, call 419 732-0189.