All I want for Christmas is for everyone to have an original piece of Utah art in their home. Is that too much to ask? You can get a jump start on making this dream a reality by going out to the Holiday Strollthis Friday.
What’s that you ask? You just went on Gallery Stroll two weeks ago? Yes, I know. You’re right. December is different. The galleries try not to smother the holiday by putting the stroll too close to Christmas time, so in December it’s the first Friday rather than the third. But that’s good; you want a head start on your shopping.
Now, I can’t control the weather or anything, but even though I wish it would snow a little bit because c’mon, a little snow is festive. I just checked the weather and according to my widget, the skies will be clear and the air will be cold. Dress warmly because you’re going to have some serious holiday shopping ahead of you.
The great thing about the Holiday Stroll is the galleries are savvy to the gift giving season and hang a lot of smaller paintings and gift items for you, so you’re not dropping 12 grand for Grandma. Instead, you can buy her a little glass ornament at Evergreen Gallery handmade by Morag Totten.
Or you can hit the craft sale at the Finch Lane and Park Galleries. Pottery makes a great gift for friends and family, and if you hit Red Kiln at the right time, you might get to see a wheel throwing demo which is pretty cool.
If you’re done with your holiday shopping hit the Rio Gallery, where they’re hosting the 5th Annual Hammers Inc. Art Festival, you’ll be treated with some beautiful artwork, live music, coffee, hot chocolate and other goodies. If you’re still feeling generous, volunteers will be taking donations for the Utah Avalanche Center. The rescue crews we have here are unbelievable. They risk their own lives to save the lives of others and need all the resources we can provide for them.
Also, have you been to the Art Market at the Sugarhouse Garden Center?
It’s happening all weekend. The holidays are a great time to be out and about. Lots of shops with lots of sales, but don't neglect the galleries which are also decked out for the season and a great place to visit.
Laura Durham is assistant editor at 15 Bytes, Utah's Art Magazine, and is a contributor for Salt Lake magazine.