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All kinds of art offered for gift-giving


Last updated 12/6/2019 at 1:51am

FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook School of the Arts will add to local festivities with its first major holiday art sale Saturday, Dec. 7. All together the sale will present work by more than 25 artists who teach or study at the school. The sale will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 310 Alvarado St. east of Main Avenue in downtown Fallbrook.

In addition to ceramics, featured media will for the first time include glass, jewelry, baskets, painting and digital art. This event encompasses the school’s larger purpose of giving more residents a chance to make art of their own.

Last year the school tested the waters with a ceramics-only event. This year, their goal is to help the Fallbrook community, which is already known as a place for art, gain a more complete sense of the many kinds of art is available to learn just down the street.

“This is a highly unusual facility, not just for a town of this size, but compared to any independent organization,” Dixon Fish said, who oversees fine art printmaking at the school. “We have four production-quality etching presses, which is more than you would find at a lot of colleges.”

The glass and ceramics departments are equally well equipped, Fish said. There is something to appeal to many different interests: in addition to printmaking, kiln-fused glass and ceramics, the school also teaches watercolor and acrylic painting, collage and mixed media, calligraphy, silver smithing, stained glass, book arts, fabric arts, basketry and more.

In addition to selling completed artwork, the event will also include walk-in, mini-project activities. For a small fee, attendees can create an etched glass ornament or create a printmaking project of their own. There will also be a pottery wheel demonstration by the school’s ceramic department. The public is invited to come and enjoy the event.

Susan Hirsch, who has been a glass artist for the last decade and is the head of the glass department, said she hopes that lots of people get the chance to participate.

“I think some people feel glass art is fascinating to look at, but it’s kind of a mystery. Our classes let you get behind that mysterious curtain. Come and see how these things are made.”

Fallbrook School of the Arts has been offering community art instruction since 1999.

Submitted by Fallbrook School of the Arts.


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