This week, the ART 110 class trip to the gallery was a little different. Instead of exhibits, the School of Art was hosting a holiday art sale where art students were selling some of their pieces. I was very excited to visit because this was my first time attending the holiday art sale at CSULB. Everything in the gallery was very nice. My personal favorite were the prints they had on sale. While I was looking at the prints, I got to talking to the two artists supervising that particular room, Ramona Gomes and Sam Medeiros. When talking to them, I learned that the SOA Holiday Art Sale was originally put on by most of the ceramics artists, however, the other artists who do woodworking, fibers, jewelry, and sculptures hopped on board and the art sale grew from there. Sam, a student studying woodworking, even had some of his own stuff for sale in the event. He was selling a beautiful chess box that according to him, took him 10 days to make 5 of. One of the questions I asked the two was about how they decided what pieces they wanted to sell and which they wanted to keep for themselves. Their answers were a little different because Ramona made prints, something that is easy to replicate and sell. Sam, however, made things with his hands so his answer was about how badly he needed money that week.
Although I didn’t buy anything, I had fun at the holiday sale and enjoyed looking at all the art and connecting with artists.