San Rafael Artist Receives National Spotlight for Artists Sunday

First, there was “Black Friday,” the massive shopping event that annually kicks the holidays into high gear on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Then came “Small Business Saturday,” which aims to highlight the local mom-and-pop retailers on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

Now comes Artists Sunday, the new art-focused shopping holiday event taking place virtually on Sunday Nov. 29, which is the Sunday after Thanksgiving.

Artists Sunday is a nationwide alliance of professional artists, nonprofit community organizations and sponsors encouraging consumers to do their holiday shopping with artists, artisans and craftspeople.

In addition to a nationwide directory of artists, Artists Sunday has selected 20 creative folks to feature for its “Best Gifts Picks,” including San Rafael artist and ceramicist Kathy Pallie.

After enjoying a successful career in commercial art design, Pallie discovered a love for working in clay and fiber. Her work ranges in scale from small three-inch coil baskets to large-scale architectural installations, and she combines clay with other media to create three-dimensional pieces that equally embrace the abstract and the realistic. Pallie often finds inspiration from nature in her ceramics, and her works can resemble bark, leaves and other natural objects. For the “Best Gifts Picks” showcase, Pallie offers up “Facets of Light,” her series of intricately designed ceramic candleholders.

“Picking a top 20 that represented diverse mediums and locations was a difficult task,” says Artists Sunday founder Christopher Sherman in a statement. “But the team weathered the storm to choose the best-of-the-best gift picks for this holiday season.”

Artists Sunday’s other “Best Gifts Picks” artists hail from every part of the country, including Arizona, New York, Oregon, Washington, Texas, Virginia, Illinois, California, Massachusetts, Alabama, Wisconsin, Colorado, Connecticut, New Jersey, Maryland, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.

Beyond the “Best Gifts Picks” spotlight and the artists directory, Artists Sunday is also helping artists and art organizations across the country host events and promotions to engage with consumers nationwide and encourage them to “shop art” for the holidays.

The Artists Sunday movement ultimately hopes to uplift artists around the country who continue to reel from the cancellation of in-person exhibition and sales opportunities since last March. A survey from American for the Arts found the arts-and-culture sector has suffered a $13.1 billion economic hit due to the Covid-19 crisis.

“In a year of social distancing, consumers can maintain heartfelt connections with friends and loved ones this holiday season by shopping with local artists and craftspeople while supporting individual artists and boosting the local economy,” Sherman says.  “From one-of-a-kind, handcrafted items to monumental performances that take our breath away, the arts are boundless in their ability to inspire and deliver unique experiences that bring people together.”

Participation in Artists Sunday is free for artists, economic development agencies and nonprofits, who can all sign up to join the movement now. Those interested in viewing the items featured in Artists Sunday’s “Best Gifts Picks” and learning more about Artists Sunday artists, partners, sponsors may visit ArtistsSunday.com. 

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Charlie Swanson is a North Bay native and an arts and music writer and editor who has covered the local scene since 2014.
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