Friday, November 12, 2010
First, let me tell you about the organization that is sponsoring this amazing event. In 1966 twelve people got together and decided that Foley and Baldwin county needed to be introduced to culture in the form of the arts. The first cultural event was a live symphony performance. That was just the beginning and the PAA has been going strong ever since. Performances, exhibits and festivals that occur here in Foley and surrounding areas in Baldwin County are due to all the hard work and planning of the PAA. Our schools benefit greatly from programs that they offer, such as the Artists in school programs, theatre, dance, poetry and even mime. There is even a Scholarship and Merit Awards program that the PAA sponsor.
Foley is blessed to have others that help support the PAA and that enables them to continue to strengthen our cultural enviroment. Support from local businesses and the city itself. Local artist help by becoming guild members and placing their works at the art center. The PAA can then use their proceeds of those consignment sells to help aide in their wonderful events and programs.
Now that you know a bit of the history and that there are many events and programs sponsored by the PAA let me tell you about the one Santa is talking about. It's the annual Trim-A-Tree Christmas Event. It always starts the second Friday in November and runs through til the 22nd of December. The doors of the gallery open up at 10 a.m. and close at 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. There really are some amazing artist works to be found, that range from paintings (oils, acrylics and even crayons...yes I said crayons....amazing) there are baskets, gourds (painted and natural) coastal art (shells, sand and drift woods) Christmas ornaments adorn some beautiful Christmas trees (look closely for there are so many to choose from) knitted and crocheted scarves and items, purses, signs, birdhouses, jewelry and of course those whimsical ooaks (one of a kind sculpts) from Southern Ooaks. There is surely something for every person on your Christmas shopping list to be found at the Foley PAA gallery.
If you are planning a winter get-a-way to Gulf Shores, Orange Beach or even Pensacola make sure you come through our little town of Foley and visit the gallery and some of the other local shoppes around it. I promise, the trip will be well worth it.
Just to entice you a bit...here are some of the artist's works that can be found during this amazing event. Please respect the artist works shown here and do not copy in any form. These photos belong to the PAA and their artist. I am posting with the permission of the gallery director. Now scroll down and enjoy and plan that little trip to see us.