by LookSEE | November 30, 2017
It's the most wonderful time of year for purchasing art by local artists, and LookSEE is here to get you started!
Sparkle Plenty is Quirk Gallery’s annual holiday showcase of emerging and well-known jewelers. This year’s theme is Bloom. Six artists were chosen based on the fresh and exciting floral themes in their work. The show opens tonight with a reception, or head down to First Fridays in the Arts District and take a peek.
Art 180 is turning its exhibition space, Atlas, into a holiday market, and they are throwing an opening party this First Friday, December 1st, from 6-9pm. Eat, drink, and be merry while you shop for art made by 26 local artists. Art 180 has curated this market with accessibility in mind, so you can pick up something wonderful for under $500.
The Monster Drawing Rally at 1708 Gallery is a live art-making extravaganza. On Saturday, December 9th, come see many of Richmond’s favorite audiences at work, then jockey for position in the gallery to purchase your favorite for $65.
If prints are your thing, look no further than Studio Two Three’s annual Winter Print Fair. On December 9th and 10th, you can check out Studio Two Three’s beautiful space in Scott’s Addition, grab some sustenance at the grilled cheese and tomato soup bar, and peruse prints by 35 local makers.
If you like your holiday shopping with a side of locally made brew, it seems that almost every brewery or cidery in town has got you covered. You can check off your Christmas list at The Veil, Blue Bee Cidery, Center of the Universe, and Hardywood, among others.
If you like to sleep with your fine art, then you won’t want to miss the trunk show of Elizabeth Few Studio’s Leizu Collection, impossibly beautiful and luxurious hand-dyed silk goods. December 16th at Verdalina.
And Richmond's many exceptional art galleries are always a great place to find the most special of holiday gifts - original artwork. Page Bond Gallery has even put together a guide to works that are under $1000 to help get your creative gift-giving juices flowing.
So start making your list and give the gift of art this holiday season!
Paige hosts the LookSEE podcast and is a freelance audio producer, an art lover, and a lifelong Richmonder. Her favorite place to be is in a museum. A close second is a bookstore.