Art shows provide holiday gift options
Those not sure what to get others this holiday season might want to consider a little art.
Both the Baldwin Community Arts Council and Art Affair are kicking off their holiday art shows this weekend, and will feature a variety of art, much of it done by local artists.
Art Affair, 622 High St., is opening its third annual month-long art show from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.
Amanda Owen, student director, said approximately 16 artists will have their work on display. Several of the artists are local, including Yvonne English, Rosemary Murphy and Don Gauthier, and some are from Lawrence, Olathe and, even, Maryland.
All of the art has never been displayed before and is new. Black and white photography, blown glass and watercolors will be some of what is featured.
"There's a huge variety of three-dimensional art, both functional and non-functional," Owen said.
All of the art displayed is for sale, she said. Everything at the holiday show is less than $300.
"Compared to other art, this is an inexpensive place to buy unique holiday gifts," she said. "This is a chance to support local artists."
The holiday art show runs through Dec. 17.
BCAC is also getting into the holiday spirit with its fifth annual holiday art show.
The show will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 4 and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 5 at the Lumberyard Arts Center, 718 High St.
"It's going to be two really good weekends," BCAC President Christy Carlisle said.
Between 15 and 20 artists, many of whom are local, are expected to have their art on display and for sale during the two weekends. Carlisle said artwork will include handmade beaded jewelry, ornaments, pottery, paintings and photography.
She said the art will be displayed a little differently this year.
"It will be more of a decor setting," she said. "So that way you might be able to visualize the art above the mantel or some other place in your house."
All of the art on display will be on sale for $100 or less. Ten percent of all sales will go to benefit the Lumberyard Arts Center.
"It's very affordable," Carlisle said. "Any of it would make wonderful Christmas gifts."
In addition to the art, cookies, coffee and hot chocolate will be available.
The Victorian carolers will return again this year and perform each day of the art show from 2 to 6 p.m.
"It'll be the full sights, sounds and smells of the holidays," Carlisle said. "It'll be a little preview of the holidays."