RIFLE: MIDLAND ARTS COMPANY
If you’re shopping in downtown Rifle, stop by Midland Arts Company at 110 E. Third St. to find a wide selection of local and handmade items.
This cooperative gift shop, which opened in 2005, offers work by six artist-owners and about 30 more artists who live within 60 miles of Rifle. You’ll find handmade soaps and candles, fabric arts, iron work, original paintings, turned-wood lamps, artisan jewelry and pottery.
The artists represented at Midland Arts Company are creating new works all the time, resulting in an ever-changing inventory of one-of-a-kind work.
Midland Arts Company is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, visit http://www.midlandartscompany.com or call 970-625-3068.
NEW CASTLE: SPECKLED FEATHER MERCANTILE
This unique shop at 303 W. Main St. not only offers handmade products by local creatives, but also classes and workshops, like scrapbooking, jewelry making and more. The Speckled Feather Mercantile is truly dedicated to supporting local artists and artisans, as well as molding up-and-comers.
The shop features about 20 artists’ and artisans’ products, including apparel, housewares, food, accessories, jewelry, wood art, stained glass, paintings, photography, pottery and more. The shop boasts the town’s largest selection of scrapbook supplies and handmade goods.
If you have a friend or family member who would rather spend some time making something of their own, give them an early Christmas gift by signing the two of you up for one of Speckled Feather Mercantile’s upcoming workshops. On Saturday, the shop is hosting “It’s A Sign,” a workshop where you can create your own distressed milk paint sign. On Tuesday, relax and get creative with a Wine and Paint Party at the Black Dog Saloon where you can paint Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree.
Speckled Feather Mercantile is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, visit http://www.speckledfeather.com or call 970-573-6378.
GLENWOOD SPRINGS: CENTER FOR THE ARTS
The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, 601 E. Sixth St., does so much to bring art and entertainment to the community — from its Summer of Music series to its wide array of classes for children and adults.
But the Center’s annual Winterfest sale is especially handy around the holidays. Around 15 artists, almost all of whom live in the valley, have work for sale. Not only will purchasing from Winterfest support those artists, but it will also support the Center for the Arts, as it receives a 30 percent commission on all sales.
You’ll find stained glass, ornaments, handmade soaps, apparel, handblown glass, paintings, jewelry, photography and more. Anything you purchase will be one-of-a-kind, and you’ll be supporting a local nonprofit.
The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, visit http://www.glenwoodarts.org or call 970-945-2414.
CARBONDALE: DECK THE WALLS
The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities’ (CCAH) annual holiday show and sale, Deck the Walls, looks like a perfect cross between an exhibit and a gift shop. Set up at The Launchpad, 76 S. Fourth St., this show features work from 40 artists, almost all of whom live in the valley.
Gifts you’ll find at Deck the Walls include jewelry, textiles, skin care products, fine prints and cards, ceramics, candles and more.
Like the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, the CCAH plays a vital role in the arts community in Carbondale by offering classes in visual and performing arts for children and adults and hosting a variety of arts and cultural events throughout the year. Purchasing from the Deck the Walls show not only supports the local artist who created the work, but also the CCAH.
The Launchpad is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information, visit http://www.carbondalearts.com or call 970-963-1680.
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