Saturday, November 24, 2012

Holiday Handmade

I hope everyone had great turkey times, quality time with family and friends, and some much needed relaxation this Thanksgiving. With the holidays coming quickly there are lots of opportunities to shop local and support the artists around you. Here's a taste of some of the things I'll be involved in during the next month. 

Spark! Art Share Update
We've just finished jurying the artists for next year's Spark! Art Share, and are busily working on updating the website, finalizing details and getting ready to sell next year's share. Based on feedback from our surveys, we've changed the structure of the share to include more choice of artwork, a lower priced share and fewer (but more fun) pick-ups for customer convenience. We hope these changes will keep Spark! accessible and exciting and work well for artists and customers alike. Take a look, let us know what you think, and sign-up today!  Consider giving a Spark! Art Share to someone really special this holiday.  (Earrings from a new Spark! Artist, metalsmith Heather Beck)

AWM Online Sale
Artisans of WMASS is hosting an online promotion throughout the next few weeks. Participating artists will have free shipping from 11/25-12/8 and 15% off from 12/9-12/15. Check out the Artisans of WMASS website to find out who's participating, and find us on facebook.  Snag some veggie earrings or other gifts during this sale from my etsy page. 
Holiday Pop-Up Shops
There are lots of holiday pop-up shops popping up. You can find my work at the Artisan Gala Shop in Greenfield, along with many other beautiful items such as this blue dragonfly set  from Good Dirt Pottery.  There's also the Hilltown Christmas Place in Williamsburg, and Spencertown Academy's Handmade Holiday Shop in Spencertown, NY.  For a list of more pop-ups and other local stores that carry handmade items, check out the shop local page compiled by Artisans of WMASS. 
December Shows

This Sunday, December 2,  I'll be at "A Classical Holiday" at the old Classical High School in Springfield from 12-5. Tour the renovated condos, check out artwork made by 20 local artists, and enjoy music and refreshments. 

Local art galleries are hosting Small Works shows for those of you looking more for fine art than functional art. Freedom Trails Gallery at Valley Frame Works Amherst and Easthampton City Arts are two that I can recommend. 

Last, I think, but possibly the most fun (for me!) so certainly not least, I'll be co-hosting a last minute shopping event and holiday party in Northampton on December 21st, from 5-8. More details coming on this one soon, but it'll feature work from Katie Ray Arts, BMW Ironworks,  Carolyn Clayton, Taylor Ceramics, and Heather Beck.  

Hmmm... I'm sure I'm missing something but I'm sure that's plenty for now!