Several Erie-area artists are participating in "Artists Sunday", which is celebrated on the Sunday after Black Friday between Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday.

According to Erie Arts & Culture, Artists Sunday is dedicated to encouraging people to shop with artists and give something special, unique and hand-crafted this holiday season. 

Across the nation, over 3,500 artists are participating in the initiative. 

Locally, Erie Arts & Culture is working 25 local artists from organizations such as the Northwestern Pennsylvania Artist Association (NPAA), the CHROMA Guild and art students from regional colleges and universities who have work available for purchase. 

Through Erie Arts & Culture, artists and their work will be highlighted online so shoppers can easily purchase gifts and support artists. 

Many artists rely on special events throughout the year for sales, but most events were canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

On Sunday, Nov. 29, Erie Arts & Culture's blog and social media will feature a menu of artwork available for sale. 

According to event organizers, Erie Arts & Culture will not be taking a commission on any sales. The full sales amount will solely benefit the artist responsible for the work. 

Any work that does not sell on Nov. 29 will be featured again on Dec. 5 as part of the Erie Arts & Culture End of Year Variety Show and Telethon.