By Reagan Scott
LINCOLN (SNR) – This year marks the first year for the St. Gianna’s Art and Gift Gallery.
The event will be held in the Guadalupe Center between Gianna’s Java and Gelato and Catholic Social Services in Lincoln from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8.
Shoppers at the event will have the opportunity to purchase gifts for friends and relatives while supporting a good cause. Fifteen percent of all proceeds from the Art and Gift Gallery will be donated to St. Gianna Women’s Homes in Lincoln.
St. Gianna Women’s Homes assists women and their families fleeing domestic violence, or who are being coerced into having an abortion, according to the organization’s website.
The Art and Gift Gallery was adapted from the Sacred Art Show, which was held twice a year in the John XXIII Diocesan Center. That event also had art and gifts for sale, but the name was misleading for some, according to organizers.
Ryan Fischer, co-director for the event, was asked if he would be willing to take over the Sacred Art Show, which led to the decision to re-brand the event.
“We’re just creating a space for people to look for items to give as Christmas gifts,” Gianna’s general manager, and co-director for the event, Jake Mousel said.
The Art and Gift Gallery will feature 23 artists, most of whom are from Lincoln and the surrounding area. In fact, when the event was announced, Fischer and Mousel quickly ran out of room for vendors.
“There will be items like statues, paintings, jewelry items, music and other Christmas gifts,” Fischer said. “A vast majority will have something to do with Christianity, if not Catholicism.”
Most the of the items, the directors estimated, will start as low as 10 dollars, with some of the more expensive paintings and statues reaching a couple hundred dollars.
During the event, customers will have the opportunity to visit Gianna’s Java and Gelato for coffee, gelato, breakfast and lunch (Related: see slideshow). All proceeds from Gianna’s go to St. Gianna Women’s Homes all year long.
Last year, St. Gianna Women’s Homes provided 17,992 nights of housing to 35 families, including 45 children. In addition, 12 families successfully completed the program and moved to permanent housing.
As an additional incentive, Mousel will be offering 20 percent off the price of coffee and gelato with receipt from an artist at the show.
Mousel said, “You’re supporting local artists, finding quality, uplifting, Christian gifts and supporting a good cause.”
Fischer echoed his sentiments saying, “You’re going to find really neat Christian gifts for family and friends and you’re helping women in need. It’s definitely for everyone.”