One of the aims of the Pasco Arts Council is to expose people to the work of local artists so they can appreciate and support the area's creative culture — in other words, they want to get them hooked on local art.
The current exhibition at PAC's headquarters and gallery, The Arts Center, does that figuratively and literally. "Hooked on Walls," a collection of hook art by Carol Kaehler, is on display through Oct. 25.
Kaehler, a longtime PAC favorite whose work has frequently been a highlight of exhibitions, specializes in wall-hook art, a sewing art form that dates to 19th century England. Similar to rug hooking and quilting, it consists of creative designs sewn into a canvas. Strings of yarn are pushed through the canvas and "hooked" in place in the back.
While Kaehler's works may make the perfect holiday gift, there will be plenty more artistic styles to choose from when the PAC holds its Clothespin Art Sale from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 20 at The Arts Center.
The event will feature artwork in several media — watercolor, oil, pastel, acrylic and mixed media — by local art instructors, PAC members and students. The artwork is presented unframed, which helps keep the price down for the signed originals. Everything at the sale will be priced under $100.
Proceeds from the sale will benefit the artists and Pasco Arts Council.
Along with the art, the Centennial Park Garden Club will offer some of Mother Nature's handiwork with their monthly plant sale.
Also, the Baker House, the oldest house in West Pasco, will be open for free docent tours.
At 1:30 p.m., the Centennial Park Library will welcome popular Florida fiction author Tim Dorsey, who will speak about his books, including the latest release, "Pineapple Grenade."
Dorsey will be available to sign copies of his books before and after his presentation.
The Arts Center, 5744 Moog Road, is adjacent to the Centennial Park Branch Library. It is open from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays and from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
For more information, including about classes, workshops and exhibitions, visit www.pascoart.org or call (727) 845-7322.