Check Out Brandon’s Hidden Treasures At Fourth Annual Gallery Hop

Members of the Brandon League of Fine Arts and the Brandon Arts Council Roxanne Tobaison, Betty Fairbanks, Anne Drewery and Doreen Donovan hope that the community will come out and find all of the hidden treasures that the greater Brandon area has to offer at the Fourth Annual Gallery Hop.

The Fourth Annual Gallery Hop (“Bring Art Alive…Find the Hidden Treasures of Greater Brandon”) will be held on Friday, September 9, from 5-9 p.m. and on Saturday, September 10, from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. throughout the greater Brandon area. The public is encouraged to visit each of the 12 participating venues.
The venues include the Beaux Arts Gallery, The Bead Boutique, Leonard’s Academy of Dance, Laughin’ Ladies, Orange Home Accessories, The Pottery Patch, Sketch and Sip, Stacy Larsen Photography, The Way 2 Dance, The White Rabbit Antiques and Collectibles, the Brandon Ballet (open only on Saturday) and Music Showcase (open only on Saturday).
Each venue will offer an activity for Gallery Hop attendees. You may find handmade creative products and fun activities as well as discounts and gift certificates. The Gallery Hop is co-sponsored by the Brandon League of Fine Arts (BLFA) and the Brandon Arts Council. The weekend culminates with a reception at Center Place on Saturday, September 10, beginning at 5 p.m. Center Place is located at 619 Vonderburg Dr. in Brandon.
As attendees travel to the venues, they receive a stamp from the venues. If you receive eight stamps (can be from either Friday or Saturday), you are eligible to enter the raffle of fantastic baskets at the reception at Center Place.
At the reception, the winners of Artworks 2011 will be announced, and there will be a silent auction of decorated/painted bamboo plates made by BLFA’s artists. Artworks is a prestigious, juried show that attracts artists from all over the Tampa Bay area.
The Gallery Hop was started as a way for the community to get acquainted with artists and business owners who support the arts in the Brandon area. Roxanne Tobaison, co-chair of the event said, “We want the community to discover all of the “treasures” that we have in our area.”  Tobaison added, “The Friday night component was added as a way to allow more people to get out and visit the venues.”
All money that is raised by Artworks and the silent auction is donated to Center Place for funding of its children’s programs.
For more information on the Fourth Annual Gallery Hop, please visit www.centerplacebrandon.org or call 685-8888.