ST. PETERSBURG — New works by artist Allison Massari will be among the offerings Friday at Angels After Dark, the annual holiday boutique to benefit children's ministries at First United Methodist Church. The series of paintings and monotypes is titled "Happiness." Massari's fall jewelry collection also will be available.
The St. Petersburg native was severely burned in a car crash 10 years ago and seriously injured in another accident in Colorado in 2001. She now lives and works in Tiburon, Calif.
Nearly 40 merchandisers from the Tampa Bay area and beyond will participate, offering a variety of home accessories, pewter, furniture, baby items and more. More than half of this year's vendors are new to the show, event co-chair Mandy Rutledge said.
Strawberry Farm's handmade pillowcase dresses for little girls; Fiberologie's handmade totes, pillows and aprons; One Lucky Dog's canine clothing and treats; and FLI's custom T-shirts will be among the offerings. Angie Valenti, whose late father was a Methodist minister, will donate all of her earnings from a special series of tees.
Dozens of restaurant, spa, health club and getaway packages will be available for the silent auction.
Chick-fil-A will offer breakfast, Parkshore Grill will serve happy-hour appetizers and there will be free Kahwa Coffee.
Organizers also will provide free, secured child care with reading, art and movie stations.
Proceeds from the event support the children's activities at the church and outreach efforts that include providing school supplies for disadvantaged children and donations to area shelters, children's homes and charities such as the St. Petersburg Free Clinic, Help-A-Child, Habitat for Humanity and the Salvation Army.
Hours for Friday's gift mart are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Bank of America Tower, 200 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Information: 560-4872.