Gallery Watch

THERE'S AN OLD ART WORLD joke that nobody rushes out to buy art as a stocking stuffer. But these days, they might."Small works" shows are all the rage this holiday season and the price for one of these pieces can drop as low as two figures. MAMA’s Holiday Hop on Madison Avenue December 1st, put on by the Madison Avenue Merchants Association, will offer a multitude of shopping options from 12pm-5pm. Mahall’s Bowling Alley, for example, will be home for the day to many crafters and artists selling their handmade masterpieces ready to wrap and put under the tree. In conjunction with the Holiday Hop, the Pop Shop will have it’s annual True Value Vintage Show opening reception from 1pm-4pm and 6pm-9pm- featuring artist works inspired by their own holiday memories. After “Hopping,” if you’re still up for shopping on December 1st, jump over to Local Girl Gallery for the Sip Into the Holidays Auction. This will be a benefit for the Lakewood Commission on Aging, where you can pick up a handpainted wine, champagne, or martini glass to be ready to toast to the Holidays in style. The Auction runs from 7pm-10pm.

Word on the street is that when in doubt, you should buy jewelry for girls. Let’s take this a step further; make it more original. Instead of getting her a simple silver something-or-other from Tiffany’s, or some diamonds (not always a girl’s best friend), try checking out Bela Dubby’s annual Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, December 8 to find a one of a kind designed piece for that special someone. Find her something nobody else has – she’ll love it (and you)!

Jim Hamilton, Timothy O’Connor and Dean Kulhanek are just several of the local and national artists that you will find at Wobblefoot Gallery this holiday shopping season. For those more prudent gift giving types, think of art as an investment vehicle and valuable part of any estate. Large or small it will be a gift that will be treasured for many, many years to come.

This year, why not forget the battery-operated whatsa-magigie or the mass-produced widget and give a one-of-a-kind gift made by an artist? Of course, if you're recession-proof and confident of your taste, you can spring for a contemporary painting or sculpture. If not, remember the holidays are a time when many galleries cater to once-a-year gift shoppers, offering smaller works, decorative objects and even wonderful Holiday decorations—perfect for that stocking(even if it’s yours).



bela dubby13221 Madison Avenue
Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10 am – 10 pm, Friday and Saturday 10am-midnight.

Beck Center for the Arts 17801 Detroit Avenue

Local Girl Gallery 16106 Detroit Avenue

216.228.1802 Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 12pm-5pm and Friday-Saturday 12pm-6pm

Pop Shop Gallery and Studio 17020 Madison Avenue
216.227.8440 Hours: Monday-Friday 4pm-8pm, Saturday 2pm-6pm.

Wobblefoot Gallery and Frame Studio1662 Mars Avenue

216.226.2971.Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am-4pm.


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Volume 3, Issue 24, Posted 1:27 PM, 11.14.2007