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October 28, 2009

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Local artists’ work to be sold at Harn Museum special event

GAINESVILLE, Fla. —Whether you’re looking for a heartwarming gift or a one-of-a-kind present, the Harn Museum of Art’s Local Artist Trunk Show is the place to find your holiday gifts. Visitors may complete their holiday shopping early, from 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 8.

Filling the Galleria with booth displays, the event will feature clothing, jewelry, paintings, photography, pottery and other objects by local artists whose works are for sale in the Harn Museum of Art Store. A portion of the profits from each sale supports the Harn Museum.

“This is an opportunity for the community to meet the store’s local consignment artists in an intimate indoor setting” said Kathryn Rush, Harn Museum Store manager. “Everyone should take advantage of the increased inventory, and purchase art made locally.”

Nature photographs by John Moran and wood turned bowls by Sylvia Scudder make thoughtful gifts for anyone who loves the environment.

For the fashionable ladies on your list, consider handmade jewelry by Melanie Brewster, Emily Covell, Lea Hale, Sandy Matasick, Peter Senesac, Laura Smith, Sally Stein, Judith Greathouse, or Ira Winarsky of Babbette’s Beads. Pair the jewelry with clothes designed by Nina Bergen for an entire look.

Pottery by Kate Murray and Lee Shaw, ceramic sculpture by Ira Winarsky, and glass works by Jay McIver are distinctive gift options for anyone on your list. Paintings by Eleanor Blair, Gary Borse, Kana Handel, Miriam Novak, Peter Senesac, Vivian Jendzio and Carol Barber also will be available for purchase.

Admission is free. For more information, call 352-392-9826 or visit

List of Local Artists
Carol Barber, Painting
Eleanor Blair, Painting
Gary Borse, Painting
Melanie Brewster, Jewelry
Emily Covell, Jewelry
Judith Greathouse, Jewelry
Lea Hale, Jewelry
Kana Handel, Sumi-e Ink paintings
Vivian Jendzio, Painting
Sandy Matasick, Jewelry
Jay McIver, Glass
Holly Merton, Jewelry
John Moran, Photography
Kate Murray, Pottery
Miriam Novak, Prints and paintings
Sylvia Scudder, Wood turned bowls
Peter Senesac, Painting and jewelry
Lee Shaw, Pottery
Rhea Smith, Painting
Laura Smith, Jewelry
Sally Stein, Jewelry
Ira Winarsky and Babbette’s Beads, Ceramic sculpture and jewelry

Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art
The Harn Museum of Art is an integral part of the University of Florida. The museum’s permanent collection holds nearly 7,000 works, including African, Asian, modern and contemporary art and photography. The museum enhances the university’s activities and serves a culturally diverse audience through the exhibition of works of art and educational programming. Admission is free. Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Parking is free on weekends. The Camellia Court Café is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Harn Museum of Art is located at Southwest 34th Street and Hull Road at the UF Cultural Plaza. For more information call 352-392-9826 or visit

Media contact :
Tami Wroath, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
Harn Museum of Art
352.392.9826 x116

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