Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Great Gifting: Seeing the Art Around You


By now, "buy local" is a mantra for everything from where we shop for groceries to where we buy our books. Not that the internet doesn't provide a handy outlet when the thing you're looking for isn't available locally or the price is prohibitive. But there's nothing like going to your favorite neighborhood bookshop, browsing the shelves or talking to the owner…you know, in person…and discovering, say, a new favorite author.

Same goes for buying gifts from local artists and designers. I mean, not that there isn't some decent mass-produced stuff out there, but isn't it more fun to say something was made by a friend, a neighbor or even someone in the area, particularly if it's totally gorgeous?

With all the holiday bazaars, gift shows and studio tours going on, it's not hard to find something for everyone from beer drinkers to great-aunties. Here are a few local artists to get you started, and feel free to add your own faves in the comments section!
Read the other Great Gifting posts: Eating is Believing, Giving From the Heart and Keeping Spirits Bright.

6 comments:

Happy Nest Too said...

Thank you, Kathleen! What an honor to be included!

KAB said...

You deserve it!

Clare Carver said...

wow thank you!!! I'm posting a Kathleen inspired holiday chicken special on my blog right now!!! : ) you are the best : ) cheers! clare

KAB said...

Here's a direct link to the fabulous chicken sale. I just love Clare's work!

Charlotte Smith said...

I LOVE Clare's paintings!!

KAB said...

Yes, Charlotte, she is über talented, that one!