It may be the last one of the year, but the December edition of Bottle Works’ Third Thursday on Third Ave. Gallery Night is stuffed as full as a Christmas stocking with holiday fun. The 6 – 8 p.m. Dec. 20 event is a last minute shopping bash, an artists’ reception and an exciting fundraiser all in one.
The highlight of the evening is the Bottle Works’ second Battle of the Bartenders. December’s “All in Good Spirits” Bartender Brawl is between Cambria County Commissioner Tom Cherniski and Johnstown City Council Member Marie Mock, who will be dueling it out behind the bar to raise funds through tips for the Bottle Works. Guests will “vote” for their favorite bartender by tipping their favorite bartender. Donation votes can be made in advance at https://squareup.com/store/bottle-works-arts-on-3rd , on Bottle Works’ Facebook page, or in person at the Bottle Works. Every dollar counts as a vote and all tips will benefit the Bottle Works’ Lifelong Learning Arts Initiative.
The Gallery Shoppe and the Merry Mart will be open with gifts and original works from more than 50 regional artists. In addition, two exhibits offer nearly 200 more options to take home one-of-a-kind art. The Studio Arts Quilt Association’s Eye of the Needle Exhibit is on display in the Art Works’ Main Galleries, with a complimentary exhibit Connections on display in the Tulip Building’s Black Box Theatre, featuring small fiber art pieces that are priced to sell at $85 each. Additionally, in the Art Works Event Center, the Small Works, Large Space exhibit showcases 147 pieces that do not exceed 12”. “This small show makes a big impact,” Laura Argenbright, Bottle Works executive director said. “This is our first juried show, with local, national and international entries. The wide selection and affordable pricing of the smaller pieces makes this an excellent choice for holiday shopping. There is nothing like giving an original work of art that is truly one-of-a-kind.” While shopping or enjoying the exhibits, visitors will be treated to a large display of mini-foods, live music and the opportunity to mix and mingle with the exhibiting and resident artists.
Admission to the Small Works, Big Party is free, but a $5 donation is suggested.