WESTERLY — The Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly will celebrate the opening of its November show, "Laying Track For The Holidays," this Friday during an opening reception.

"November is the ideal time to give the gift of art," said Linda King, a North Kingstown-based artist and gallery member in a statement. "The Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly is the perfect place to view stunning art by local artists featuring small, affordable 'Giftable Art' for holiday giving."

The November holiday show will feature the arts of woodworkers, sculptors, photographers, painters in all media, jewelers and potters, King said, and a wide range of work by the gallery's associate members will also be on display. 

King said the gallery will be collecting donations of art supplies for the Jonnycake Center throughout the months of November and December and visitors are encouraged to "drop off donations at the gallery to help give the gift of art and spread some holiday cheer."

Suggested art supplies include paint, markers, pastels, brushes, canvases, and textiles, such as fabric, yarn, leather and paper.

"Give the gift of art to someone special, or a neighborhood child, and discover just how beautiful small can be," she said.

A series of classes will also be offered in the next few months, King said. Artist Cherie Phillips will host a workshop on Nov. 9 called "3 Quick De-stressing Creative Activities," where participants will learn how to transfer inner stress and anxiety onto paper. The cost is $40. For more information contact Cherie at 401-525-6765 or at rag.dollhouse@yahoo.com

On Nov. 5, Paige Vargo-Willeford will teach a synesthetic watercolor painting class. The cost is $50 for non-members and $45 for gallery members. For more information contact Paige at 401-714-1979 or at paigehannahvw@aol.com.

— Nancy Burns-Fusaro

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