Let’s face it, Christmas shopping is getting a little bit old. The big box stores offer the same gift sets every year, and we buy things because we have to, not because we really want to. Almost everything is China-made, and it breaks after the first month of use. Forgive me if I sound a little grim, but I have an alternative for you. Why not give the gift of art this year? Local or not, you can be sure it is one of a kind and it will last a lifetime. I stopped by a couple of galleries downtown and picked out a small selection of unique items for you.
Cake platter, Fondue set, Serving dish and so much more. This unique piece of art from the Pot Shop (301 E. 5th Street) can be put to so many uses and will go great in everyone's home. Price: $45
Cute and funny, the "No Holes" Salt & Pepper Shakers are a great conversation piece. Their unique design makes people admire the craftsmanship of the artist. You can find them at the Pot Shop on 301 E. 5th Str. Price: $25 per set.
This beautiful acrylic painting by Gaile Harms can be found at the Train Depot Gallery on Front Street. It is part of the Mid-Missouri Fine Arts Society "Small Works for the Holidays" exhibit. Price: $75.
Crazy about birds? Take a look at "Song in the Wild" by Ron Emig, hanging at the Train Depot Gallery on Front Street. Price: $85
A cosy corner at "The Art Center Custom Gallery and Framing" on 120 W. Main Street. Leopard Chair by Apostrophe Arts ($500), Ceramic by Jemerick Pottery ($245), Colorado Pastel by Barbara Remley Martin ($500), Dogwood Canyon by Kelly G. Martin ($200).
Cream and sugar, anyone? This whimsical set by Julie Balogh can be found at the Art Center on Main Street. Price: $175.
Why not go with a classic? "Midnight Mass" is available at Gary R. Lucy Gallery on 321 W. Main Street. Choose between a framed print ($225), a dozen cards ($14.95) or a Christmas ornament ($21.95).
Another beautiful print by Gary Lucy, "Main Street", takes us back in time. A wonderful gift for everybody who has Washington in their hearts. Price: $225.
The wonderful work of Bryan Haynes is at display at Mannwell's Coffee Alley on 110 W. Main Street. For more information on prices, look up his website:http://www.artbybryanhaynes.com
Last, but not least, you can find some of my work at the back room at MannWell's Coffee Alley. Pictured above, "Open Road", $85.
I cannot take credit for this picture, but I really like the message and I had to pass it along. The downtown businesses have a lot to offer, along with Missouri-made items and personalized attention. Shop local this year. Start the trend.