Carolina Artisan League (CAL) celebrates its first year as an organization with an inaugural holiday shopping event 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Nov. 3 featuring local art, free admission and benefitting the Isabella Santos Foundation.
Carolina Artisan League is a thriving small arts group in South Charlotte.
More than 20 local artists will participate in the show. A special “Girls’ Night Out” is planned for 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 2 featuring wine tasting, treats and a shopping preview.
“Our Holiday Art Show is the culmination of several years of charity events and is a good way to connect our arts group with the community by doing good while finding a circle of fans for our fabulous handmade art goods. This year, we have expanded to a bigger show than ever at the South Charlotte Banquet Hall (9009 Bryant Farms Road) with a preview party, wine tasting followed by a full day of Saturday shopping,” said Courtney Scott, event director.
CAL was formed in the spring from a small, close-knit group of artists who had exhibited together through the years.
“We decided to join forces and combine all of our varied skills in event planning and social outreach and create an unique shopping experiences while promoting our own small businesses,” Scott said.
Raffle sales will benefit the Isabella Santos Foundation, due to the Santos’ family South Charlotte roots and the wide reach of groups they support.
“Isabella’s battle with cancer touched so many lives in our community,” Scott said. “Many of our artists are mothers and some of our artists carry kids’ products, so there is also an emotional attachment to this partnership.”
Attendees to the CAL Holiday Art Show will find a wide range of affordable art and handmade items.
“This event gives people a chance to give a gift with great meaning … Each gift purchased comes with a CAL note card telling the recipient that they’ve opened a gift that benefits a local cause,” Scott said.