Gallery's December show will feature multiple artists and focus on gifts

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: AM GRISWOLD - Am Griswold's ornaments are a fun way to light up a Christmas tree. The ornaments and others will be available at The Spiral Gallerys holiday group show, which opens next month.Did you know it’s possible to decorate your Christmas tree completely with items from The Spiral Gallery?

The gallery’s 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 (Griswold’s) 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. It’s mostly decorated with ornaments from the gallery.”

Though the gallery’s monthly shows typically feature one artist, the holiday show includes work from nearly all of the gallery’s 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 it’s 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 year’s 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. “It’s a really fun event, and an exciting time.”

She estimated that the gallery has been doing the holiday group show CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: SUE DUMOLT - Sue Dumolt's tye-dyed socks are one of many gift options available at The Spiral Gallerys 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 there’s 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 year’s 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 someone’s hands and has some life to it.”

Griswold believes people often give handmade gifts to those closest to them.

“They’re from someone’s heart. Even if you didn’t make it, there’s something said about the value of the person (you’re giving the gift to),” she said. “Handmade is hands down the best.”

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