Last week, I wrote an article about the Carbondale Clay Center’s Holiday Invitational Exhibition and Sale. This week, I’ve written about the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts’ annual Winterfest event, featuring handmade gifts and stocking stuffer.
For each story, I asked my sources why handmade items make such great gifts, and I got responses I wholeheartedly agree with.
“When people fall in love with an original piece of art, it touches them in a way unlike anything else,” said Jill Oberman, executive director of the Carbondale Clay Center.
“It’s a thoughtful gift that really can’t be matched,” said Jessi Maddocks, an artist whose work is for sale at the Carbondale Clay Center.
“I think handmade items hold a value that mass production doesn’t,” said Mary Parker Ballou, another Carbondale Clay Center artist.
“Original art is a great gift because it’s something that comes from the heart,” said Christina Brusig, executive director of the Center for the Arts.
You don’t have to be an art aficionado to buy handmade and local. Winterfest will have handmade gifts like hats and mittens — who couldn’t use those this time of year? And as for ceramics, functional pottery can serve as a replacement for that mass-produced bowl you bought at a big box store.
With Christmas less than six weeks away (yes, I am counting), I’ve started to think about what gifts will bring a smile to my loved ones’ faces. But I’ve also considered how I can use this time of year to support my new community here in the valley.
Luckily for me, there is no shortage of opportunities to buy local, handmade and beautiful gifts. The only problem is staying focused on buying for someone else rather than myself.
I guess I’m still a kid in that way.
Gallery 809 in Glenwood Springs is hosting an opening reception for their November guest artist, Jennifer Sellers. Sellers’ vibrant work depicts animals, elements of nature and scenes valley residents will likely find familiar, like Sopris Mountain. The reception is from 5 to 8 p.m. at 809 Grand Ave. Sellers’ work will be on display through the month.
From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., head to Rifle’s Ute Events Center for the Rifle Animal Shelter’s Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair and Bake Sale. The theater and stage will be packed with some of the valley’s finest artists and crafters. Breakfast, lunch and refreshments will be served in the lobby, where the bake sale will offer delicious treats for purchase. Buy a handmade ornament off the Christmas tree for a chance to win more than 75 gifts, many handmade by the artists participating in the show.
At the beginning of this year, I worked as an intern at Relix magazine, one of the biggest national jam band publications in the country. While I was there, I learned a lot about that music scene, including who were the biggest and most promising up-and-comers of the genre. Twiddle, a band from Vermont, topped that list, and now they’re performing at the Belly Up on Sunday. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the show begins at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $5. It’s a safe bet that their tickets won’t cost so little for long.
Jessica Cabe is a big “buy local” proponent. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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