Art for the holidays
Gallery's December show will feature multiple artists and focus on gifts
Did you know its possible to decorate your Christmas tree completely with items from The Spiral Gallery?
The gallerys annual holiday show, which opens Friday, Dec. 2, and hangs through the end of the month, will feature a variety of tree ornaments, ranging from miniature paintings to ceramic cutouts with lights behind them. The ceramic ornaments feature snowflakes and holiday messages such as Joy and Peace on Earth.
I can picture Am (Griswolds) white ceramic ornaments with the lights inside, said gallery member and painter Connie Athman when discussing her favorite parts of the show. I have several of those on my tree. Its mostly decorated with ornaments from the gallery.
Though the gallerys monthly shows typically feature one artist, the holiday show includes work from nearly all of the gallerys members.
The emphasis of the show is on gifts for the holiday season. Rather than having to wait until the end of the month, items can be purchased and taken immediately to be given to family members and friends in time for the holidays. All pieces in the show are less than $100.
Usually most things are between $15-30, so its art anyone can afford, said Griswold.
Because of the diversity of artists participating, the show features a variety of pieces. In addition to ornaments, items in this years show will include jewelry and Christmas cards.
Some of the items, such as jewelry and tye-dyed socks by Sue Dumolt and photography by Boyd Holloway, will make gifts the recipient will enjoy year-round.
I love seeing the variety of gifts, Athman said. Its a really fun event, and an exciting time.
She estimated that the gallery has been doing the holiday group show for 10 years. She likes the variety of items that are available.
Sometimes artists who tend to create large pieces do smaller things for this show, she added. If theres a specific artist you admire whose work is usually just too large for you, you might find value in this show.
Athman is excited to see the what her fellow gallery members create for this years holiday show.
Last year, Annette (Reisbick) created little felted Christmas trees that we called Whoville trees because they look like they belong there, she recalled with a smile, referring to the town in the Dr. Suess tale, How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
Both Athman and Griswold agreed that there is a special value in handmade gifts.
I think people will always love handmade gifts, Athman said. Our whole society is in favor of receiving and giving something that came from someones hands and has some life to it.
Griswold believes people often give handmade gifts to those closest to them.
Theyre from someones heart. Even if you didnt make it, theres something said about the value of the person (youre giving the gift to), she said. Handmade is hands down the best.