Indian River bazaars, art shows have unique gifts for family and friends

Willi Miller, Special to TCPalm Published 2:00 p.m. ET Dec. 13, 2018

Buzz60’s Elizabeth Keatinge shows us some pretty extravagant holiday gifts. Buzz60

Bazaars and art shows are a good place to fine unique gifts.(Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

What? You haven’t finished your shopping yet and you’re beginning to feel frazzled, possibly even desperate?

Relax. Treasure Coast arts organizations have you covered and everybody wins.

If you missed the Sebastian River Art Club’s Holiday Bazaar last weekend, never fear. Donna Wares, interim president of the club, says their Little Gems still will be available Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays throughout the holidays at the club at 1245 Main St. in Sebastian.

Little Gem could apply to the Sebastian River Art Club itself, but in this case it describes  very small works of art created by members for display or as tree ornaments for this annual fundraiser, now in its sixth year.

The club project has provided the Ecumenical Council Food Pantry with $1,300 already this season for its holiday meals program.

Sebastian River Art Club is an all-volunteer organization with about 180 members, 50 or so of them the volunteers that keep things humming, Wares said. A member of the club for seven years, she will become vice president in the new year when Richard Gillmor takes over the helm. 

Wares has been the club’s Art Around Town chairperson for four years, coordinating art exhibits — yes, around town.

“We currently exhibit in Sebastian River Medical Center, Riverside Coffee Tea and Books, Sebastian Chamber of Commerce, North County Library, Sebastian City Hall and some other small businesses and doctor offices,” she said

Like many newcomers to the area, Wares joined the club as a seasonal resident and “found the friendly atmosphere and willingness to share a godsend. It is truly an inspiring club with very talented artists.”

Members share their talent and experience in workshops and classes all year, open to the public. Schedules and registration information is on the Web site.

Some of the remaining Little Gems will be for sale in the club tent at the Art by the River show 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Dec. 15 in Riverview Park in Sebastian.(www.sebastianriverartclub.com)

Vero Beach Art Club’s final Art in the Park for 2018 is in good time for holiday shopping, Dec. 16. Dozens of artist members set up their displays on Ocean Drive at Humiston Park in Vero Beach from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at least once a month through season, usually beginning in November and ending in April. Jan.6 will be the first Art in the Park in the new year.

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Indian River Citrus, 1997

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McKee Botanical Garden, 1999

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Cattlemen of Indian River County, 2008

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Woman's Club, 2009

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Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, 2010

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The Treasure Coast, 2011

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Blue Cypress Marsh Conservation Area, 2012

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Indian River Lagoon, 2013

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Jaycee Park and Conn Beach, 2014

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The Garden Club of Indian River County, www.gardenclubofirc.org, has created a Vero Beach Centennial tree ornament, presented in a gift box with a history by Alma Lee Loy for 2018. Outlets are on the Web site. 

Riverside Theatre and Vero Beach Theatre Guild are offering gift certificates to stuff in a stocking or hang on a tree.

The experts at Simply Money give tips on how to scale back spending money on gifts during the holiday season. Cincinnati Enquirer

Holiday music

There’s plenty of holiday music this weekend. Handel’s Messiah is 7 p.m Dec. 15-16 at First Baptist Church of Vero Beach. (treasurecoastchorale.org)

Indian River Charter High School’s holiday concert is in two venues: First United Methodist Church 7 p.m. Dec. 16  and St. John of the Cross Catholic Church 7 p.m. Dec. 17  (irchs.org)

Willi Miller writes about Indian River County. Contact her at caribsea@bellsouth.net.

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