Have a friend or family member with a big blank wall that makes you mutter under your breath “for the love of everything holy, don’t you have any pictures?”
Or do you know someone who wears dime-a-dozen earrings likely purchased at a big box store in a buy-one-get-one deal?
Or how about a loved one who relishes the idea of receiving a one-of-a-kind gift?
The Sunday after Thanksgiving is an opportunity to shop for those folks and purchase truly unique items while supporting regional artists and their work.
Oil City hosts a citywide Artists Sunday event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on November 26.
The nationally recognized Artists Sunday is purposely sandwiched in among the giant Thanksgiving weekend marketing successes of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday.
Among the goals of the program listed on the national website is uniting artists and the community.
In Oil City, this is done by partnering artists who don’t necessarily have public locations, with a known business where they can show off their work.
The potential is drawing in potential clients to the area, according to Barbara Pierce, the Arts Oil City and local Artist Sunday coordinator.
This will be Oil City’s fourth year participating.
“Last year we made it a full community event with businesses participating by hosting artists,” she said. “This year we have even larger participation.”
Pierce said they have some regional artists coming into the city to increase the offerings from last year.
Writers, jewelry makers, artists, photographers and several unique crafters will be in locations on both the north and south side of the city.
Participating businesses are Williams Travel, Core Goods, Woods and River Coffee, Clifford’s Carpets, Collect 76, Oil City Art and Frame, The Artist Attic, Baked Goods from Heaven, Wye Bridge and the Transit Art Gallery. Art studios on the second floor of the National Transit building and the Graffiti Gallery on Seneca Street will be open.
Visitors can also watch special effects makeup artist Kaleb Lewis, who appeared on the reality show Face Off, and his students put the finishing touches on the characters they have been creating during his recent classes. A red carpet style presentation of the work will be done at 4:30 p.m. in the Great Room of the National Transit building.
Artists Sunday will kick off with Oil City’s mayor Bill Moon reading a proclamation at 11 a.m., also at the National Transit building.
Maps and directories will be available on the Arts Oil City Facebook page and at different participating locations that day. Pierce said there is still room if additional artists are interested in participating.
Visitors should enjoy the range of items from note cards to large-scale original art, according to Pierce. “Everything from stocking stuffers to (high quality) original paintings,” she said, emphasizing the event promotes hand-made original works while providing a truly unique shopping experience.
Artist Sunday runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. November 26 in locations throughout Oil City’s north and south side business districts. There is no fee to attend.