By Morgan Bryce
Find locally handcrafted or handmade art items at the Art Haus’s “Director’s Art Show and Sale” on Dec. 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Art Haus was conceptualized and brought to life by J. and Ginger Stern of the Henry J. Stern Family Foundation. In a January interview with the Observer before the center’s opening, the siblings explained that the building is a continuation of their mother Roslyn’s passion for the arts, who was a longtime arts within the Opelika City Schools system.
“Visual arts is very important to us … how we grew up, what we did. We were both kind of artists in our own way, not in visual art, but in a creative (sense),” the Sterns said. “The community needs it, (but) things have changed, things have shifted. There’s a phenomenal potter’s group going on here but there’s really no places to paint.”
This sale will be the first public event hosted at the Art Haus, which will consist of pieces from members of the venue’s board of directors, a group of people with artistic backgrounds and skills. Also present for the event serving food will be the Auburn-based food truck Sword and Skillet, known for their delectable and creative takes on seafood.
“We are excited to continue to bring the Art Haus from concept to fruition, this will be a major step in that direction. We will learn a lot from this event and it is our hope to have more events like this, to go along with teaching opportunities,” the Sterns said.
Following is a list of some of the makers and their that will be present at the sale:
-Carole Carson – hand-painted Christmas ornaments, door hangers, church paintings and notecards
-Jeff Conway – several art pieces for public viewing but not for sale
-Barry Fleming – traditional pottery
-Margaret Mayfield and family – jewelry and pottery
-Behzad Nakhjavan – 2013 charcoal drawing with dark-metal frame
-J. Stern – Fluor acrylic art paintings and
-The Studio Sisters (a local painting club that uses the Art Haus) – various paintings.
No admission is required for guests.
For more information, like and follow the Art Haus’s social media pages or visit www.opelikaarthaus.com. The venue is located at 500 N. Railroad Ave.