The Westchase Artists Society's annual holiday market will be held this Saturday, Dec. 10 (10am-5pm) at the Westchase Golf Club, 11602 Westchase Golf Drive.
Teresa Trubilla, president of the society, explained to Patch why the market should be a must-do for your holiday shopping this year.
Patch: When was the first holiday market?
Trubilla: The Westchase Artists Society hosted its first Holiday Market in November of last year. We hope to continue to make it a yearly event that area residents can look forward to.
Patch: Why did the artists society begin this event?
Trubilla: The Westchase Artists Society decided to host a yearly holiday market for two reasons. The first was to give our member artists a venue to show and sell their artwork and provide an opportunity to meet other area artists. The second was to help raise money for charity in order to give back to a worthy cause during the holiday season. Last year, we were able to raise $360 for St. Jude Children's Hospital. This year proceeds from the event, as well as a portion of every vendor's profit, will go to Autism Speaks.
Patch: What can shoppers expect to find?
Trubilla: Shoppers can expect to find a wide assortment of gifts to purchase for themselves or as presents. There will be everything from original oil, acrylic and watercolor artwork to greeting cards and matted photographic prints. There will also be hand-made pottery and concrete sculptures to name just a sample of the artwork from our members. There are also outside vendors who will be offering stained glass, jewelry, scarfs and handmade cards. Representatives from Scentsy, Miche Bags, Premier Designs, Thirty-One, Pampered Chef, Arbonne, Kara Vita, Stella & Dot and Avon will be there. We even have a massage therapist! Food samples will be provided by Catch 23, FroYo, Tijuana Flats, Burger 21, and the Westchase Golf Club.
Patch: What are the price points for gifts?
Trubilla: Prices for the gifts range from a dollar or two for cards and ornaments all the way up to several hundred dollars for an original artwork or framed, archival photograph.
Patch: What forms of payment will be accepted?
Trubilla: Most vendors will accept cash or check (with ID) for purchases. Some vendors will also accept credit cards.