Oxford Arts Alliance shares the holiday spirit at Artisan Gift Shop
By J. Chambless
Handmade clothing by Stillwater Fibers.
By John Chambless
The holiday spirit is in full force at the Oxford Arts Alliance, and the annual Artisan Gift Shop is stocked with small artworks and locally made crafts. From stocking stuffers to big splurges, the show has plenty to offer.
The charming painted crocks by Nancy Swope would look at home in any country décor, and the folky prints of local landmarks by Jennifer Wojnar are appealing. Teen artist Jen Roth has a very nice selection of pet portrait notecards, prints and a few originals that show a talent well beyond her years.
Ki Crittenden's beautiful pierced ceramic lights are dazzling centerpieces for any home, and a great gift for yourself or that someone special. There's a nice array of handmade jewelry of all kinds by regional artists, including earrings by Desert Dreams Design Studio which are made from recycled plastic gift cards and well-chosen little embellishments. They're both hip and environmentally beneficial.
You'll find locally made soaps and lotions by Hopewell Herbals of Oxford and Ann Bee's Naturals, and warm handmade gloves, scarves and hats from Stillwater Fibers. There are little Christmas tree ornaments, including clothespin figures and the “melted snowman” globes that are just pure fun.
The case full of very affordable handmade glass vases and bowls by Jason Brady of Oxford is a must-see. And among the wood crafts, Three Ravens Woodworks has some wonderful picture frames that have striking contemporary designs. You'll also find an elegantly crafted table, steps, bench and quilt rack.
The merchandise will be restocked by the artisans as the show continues, so whether you're idly browsing or in search of that perfect handmade gift that you'll never find at the mall, this is the place to visit.
The Artisan Gift Shop continues through Dec. 23 at the Oxford Arts Alliance (38 S. Third St., Oxford). Hours are Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (until 8 p.m. on Fridays). The show is closed on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday. For more information, visit www.oxfordart.org.
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