SUN CITY CENTER – Finding the perfect holiday gift was no problem for shoppers attending the recent Holiday Walk hosted by the Sun City Center Community Association.
Visitors were able to peruse a variety of unique, handmade items created by the association’s arts and crafts clubs, including lap quilts and pottery, knitted baby sweaters and afghans, handmade cards and original paintings as well as wooden cutting boards and toy trains.
Among the artists on hand for the event was Sun City Center resident Lawrence MacAlister, the featured gallery artist for the Sun City Center Art Club.
MacAlister saw the Holiday Walk as an opportunity to expose more visitors to his award-winning, large-scale scenic paintings created with acrylics. His specialties include the ability to render realistic clouds.
“A professional meteorologist came in and asked if I was a meteorologist because he could identify the types of clouds I painted,” said MacAlister. The artist may have began painting while in college, but stopped until eight years ago when he joined the art club.
In the club’s main room, members Mary Chabot and Vickie Robertson sold note cards featuring their works of art, which will be on display in the gallery in January. Chabot paints watercolors and Robertson prefers pastels and acrylics. A reception in their honor will take place Jan. 8 from 2 to 4 p.m.
In the Woodcarvers Club meeting room, Bill Cashman was busy working on a carving of British Admiral Lord Nelson, while Bill Anderson focused on his carving of an Asian elephant. Anderson said he’s preparing to teach fellow woodcarvers how to carve the elephant sculpture during a series of classes March 18 to 29.
“I’m always amazed by the variety and creativity of the clubs’ items during the Holiday Walk,” said Phyllis Hodges, publicist for the walk. In addition to allowing visitors to purchase holiday gifts, the walk is a great opportunity to expose SCC residents to the wide range of clubs available to them, she said, noting the community association hosts 155 of them. “There’s really something for everyone,” she said.
Among the clubs participating in this year’s Holiday Walk were the Ceramics Club, Pottery Club, Art Club, Weavers, Stained Glass Club, Bunka Club, Shellcrafters, Sew n’ Sews, Woodcarvers and Sawdust Engineers.
D’Ann Lawrence White is a freelance writer who can be reached at [email protected]