Everybody knows what my sweetheart gave to me on the 12 days of Christmas. This year, I'm going to surprise her with a few gifts.
On the first day of Christmas, I'll give her a sculpture of a large moose. And other gifts will follow: two marbled scarves, three cat pins, four Christmas wreaths, five gold rings, six ducks a crashing, seven courtship baubles, eight printers printing, nine gals a weaving, ten potters throwing, eleven ladies stitching and twelve artists painting.Where did I get these gifts? From holiday arts and crafts exhibits in and around Salt Lake City, namely: the Triangle Gift Shop, Utah Designer Crafts Gallery, the Park Room and Park Gallery at the Art Barn - and the gift shops at Kimball Art Center and the Bountiful/Davis Art Center.
As I gallery-hopped from shop to shop, I hoped to find gifts ranging from traditional to innovative, from whimsical to practical and from low-priced to - inexpensive!
- The Triangle Gift Shop overflows with creative gifts, thanks to the efforts of gift shop manager Robin Roberts.
He says that the colorful, whimsical and light-weight animal pins by Dena Defrank are selling fast. And so is the animal jewelry by Doug Simmons and Pat Eddington.
This year, Andrea Martin's T-shirts show off more than black silk screen designs; she has introduced colors that give them greater appeal.
Other eye-catchers: Joan Cowles' embossed snowflakes, Dale Jenssen's jewelry made of reconstituted plastic, Amy Hopkins' fanny packs that are reversible to reveal a different color and John Bruce's unpainted nutcrackers. And there are dyed silk scarves by Raili Fuller, pottery by Christopher Gittins, and Christmas tree ornaments by in-state and out-of-state artists. The Hmong courtship baubles make ideal ornaments, and they are inexpensive ($2 each).
- The eight co-owners of the Utah Designer Crafts Gallery are putting on quite a show this holiday season. Frances Garrett and Pat Harader show off their best jewelry creations. Kathy Kankainen, Becky Menlove and Sandra Ence Paul display woven scarves, shawls, clothes and wall hangings. Martha Haley continues to experiment with Shibori resist on her silk wearables.
John Burt's expertise in ceramics takes a variety of forms - functional pottery to wall plaques. And batik artist Roberta Glidden brightens up the gallery with her scarves, clothing, and framed batiks.
In addition to works by the eight co-owners are crafts by more than two dozen consignees. Anyone who has been in the gallery won't forget the laminated wood creations by Kaethe Radomski, the high-fired porcelain pottery by Sharon Mickelsen and the distinctive ceramics of Jim Stewart.
Add to that list the fused-glass jewelry by newcomer Kim Kole of Park City. Her jewelry is an exciting mix of iridescence, color and texture.
- The lower level of the Art Barn is filled with exciting gifts waiting to be purchased by you and placed under your tree when not a creature is stirring, not even a moose.
One of the first things you'll encounter is a delightful wooden moose sculpted by Steven and Connie Condie.
It won't take long before you're admiring Judy Jackson's hand-knitted bears, Glen Richards' pull-toy animals, and imaginative Christmas wreaths by a number of artists.
But that's only the beginning. You'll admire pottery by Lee Dillon, Edward Palmer and Maryann Webster; jewelry by J. Steven Hansen, Roger Fuller and Pat Eddington; woven items by Kathy Kankainen, Peggy Neely and Joan Reynolds Cowles. But wait! Take a closer look at Cowles' "weavings." Actually they have been drawn with pen and ink, and then embellished with stitchery.
- The gift shop at the Kimball Art Center is bulging with a variety of affordable gifts. As you walk in, look in the left corner and you'll spot Roger Davis' pottery topped with daffy ducks; exquisite carved-wood fish by Dr. Gill Sanders; stained-glass lamps by Karen Steffensen; fine needle baskets by Sharyl Kinnear; large wood vases by Roger Hardy; and small paintings by Diane Balaban, George Handrahan, Glen Hopkinson and Lynne Millman-Weidinger.
Some of the other popular items in the gift shop are prints of Park City by Jim Coyle and Judy Taylor; and ceramics by Lee Dillon and Kerri Rasmussen.
- Tempting viewers at the Bountiful/Davis Art Center are original art works priced at $250 and under. Some of the 78 talented artists participating in this show are Cynthia Fehr, Norma Forsberg, Phyllis Horne, Thomas Leek, Nancy Lund, Carl Purcell, Edith Roberson, Diane Turner and Richard Van Wagoner.
These and other artists have recorded their creativity in a variety of mediums. Some works that particularly appealed to me were Emmerett Atzet's multi-media piece "Stormy Sky," Richard Brown's watercolor "Jerusalem Market," Dale Bryner's Prismacolor "Plums," Lynn Cozzens' pastel "Morgan Landscape" and Harry Taylor's woodcut "Summer."
Adding interest to this Christmas show include pottery by Craig Haaser, Bruce Larrabee and Wendy Wood; Christmas wreaths by Jan Boardman; treasure pouches by Kathleen McMahon; hand-knitted scarves by Patricia Stephen; and jewelry by Eleanor Irvine and Stan Roberts.
So, if you're still searching for gifts to shower on your sweetheart, why not visit these gift shops? Not only will you avoid the crowds, but you'll find one-of-a-kind gifts that will definitely delight your sweetheart - and other loved ones.
Gift shop and gallery hours:
- Triangle Gift Shop, Salt Lake Art Center, 20 S. West Temple (328-4201) - Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, from 1-5 p.m.
- Utah Designer Crafts Gallery (38 W. 200 South, 359-2770) - Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (through Dec. 22); shorter hours on Dec. 23 and 24.
- Park Gallery and Park Room, Art Barn, 54 Finch Lane (596-5000) - Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
- Kimball Art Center, 638 Park Avenue, Park City (649-8882) - Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.
- Bountiful/Davis Art Center, 2175 S. Main, Bountiful (292-0367) - Monday, 5-9 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 2-5 p.m.