Friday, December 21, 2018

Last Minute Christmas Wish List

Did you save your Christmas shopping till the very last minute? Don't worry, no judgement from us! In fact, we'd be happy to help you get out of your Christmas shopping bind!

To make your life even easier, we've put together a list of some of our favorite pieces of local art that will help you tick off every person on your list.

1) A Piece of Home 

This painting by Lindsay Hicks conjures all the feelings of being at home in Halifax. We love the iconic smoke stacks, and how this piece perfectly capture the look of a chilly, damp day in the city.

Lindsay Hicks, Cold Day in Halifax 9" x 12" Acrylic on Canvas, Framed

2) Learning Through Art

My First Canadian Bird Book by Angela Doak is truly a book to be loved at any age. Through her beautiful collages made of intricately cut and layered colored paper, Angela introduces us to a wide range of feathered friends, all of which can be spotted in Canada.

3) Art from Re-purposed Materials

Kim Danio's whimsical and charming creations are also environmentally conscious; each of her pieces are made from reclaimed materials like old shoes, boots, and purses! From lobsters, to ski-doos, to fishing shacks, Kim's work will both impress and bring a huge smile to your face.

Kim Danio, VW Bug with Christmas Tree, Reclaimed Shoe and Mixed Media

4) Something Smelly (a good kind of smelly!)

We've been really obsessed with these Christmas-themed soy candles from the Wax Brewery. These candles are honestly unlike any others; they don't have that chemical and gag-worthy fake scent to them. They actually smell so delicious it's almost tempting to want to eat them!

5) Induldge in Some Nostalgia

Kim Floyd's work never fails to pull at our heartstrings! One of Kim's most recent paintings, "Lollipops on Blue" is a total trip down memory lane. Those glassy, fruit-flavored suckers were definitely a staple Halloweeen candy.

Kim Floyd, Lollipops on Blue, 9" x 12", Acrylic on Board
6) Colorful and Functional

Julian Covey's brightly-colored ceramics are such a welcome sight to the eyes, particularly during these short winter days. Julian's geometric designs are modern and playful, and also perfectly functional for everyday use. Choose a gorgeous vase, or a bowl for your cereal! You can't go wrong with any of these pieces.

7) Works on Paper

We have a fantastic selection of affordable works on paper by some of our gallery artists. The works range in price from $50-$175, and are all ready to fit inside a standard sized frame. These are a great option for those looking for a small, original piece of art!

8) Embroidered Delights!

Yoko White's embroidered hoops are technically impressive, and irresistibly charming. If you're a fan of cats, you'll love Yoko's work (especially this particular piece of a cat with strawberries!). Each piece is conveniently ready to hang, making it a great option for anyone looking for a truly one-of-a-kind art piece.

9) Streets of Halifax

Michelle St. Onge's prints of some of Halifax's familiar streets are digitally-printed on archival paper, and mounted on wood panels, giving them a clean, modern look that we think would fit easily into anyone's home. Her work is also a really great study of some of Halifax's historic buildings.

Michelle St. Onge, Granville Square, 12" x 12", Archival Print on Paper, Mounted

10) Mix and Match!

We're happy to help you pull together a few small items to create a lovely gift combo! We have prints, small pieces of folk art, and all sorts of tiny original pieces of art!

Clockwise from top: Print by Sarah Canon, Folkart Bird by Basil Doucette, Tiny Insect Dome by Damien Webb, Painted Cat Pin by Megan Fildes of Pin Action, andpainted leather change purse by Victoria Brumwell.