Handmade gifts for everyone on your list
● By J. Chambless
The Oxford Arts Alliance is packed with handmade gifts this month. (Photo by John Chambless)
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A bin full of small paintings by local artists, for sale at $30, with all proceeds benefitting a scholarship fund.
By John Chambless
If you have someone on your holiday list who's impossible to buy for, you no longer have any excuses, since the Artisan Gift Shop is open at the Oxford Arts Alliance. The show packs an admirable range of handmade gifts into one big room, making this a must-stop for gifts -- or for a little something for yourself.
Three Ravens Woodworks has elegant wooden cutting boards and very cool picture frames, as well as candle stands that have the elegant simplicity of a design by Frank Lloyd Wright.
There are handmade purses and toddler clothing, and a virtually unlimited variety of handmade jewelry, ranging from Victorian-inspired to sleek and contemporary, by Cheryl Gross, Stormflight Designs, Plethora Gifts, Bohemian Bea, Andrea's Whimsies, Jay Stutman Designs and others.
There are some intriguing abstract charcoal drawings by Patti Paulus, as well as some of her mountain landscape drawings. You'll also find holiday ornaments that don't look like anything available at the mall. Mike Elliott shows handmade pens and implements that turn writing instruments into art, and Ki Crittenden has some of her always-dazzling pierced clay lamps.
For stocking stuffers, you'll find handmade natural soaps in exotic fragrances such as sandalwood myrrh, peppermint, and lemongrass rosemary. There's natural honey from Elkton, note cards by Clarissa Sherrow and others, painted gourd birdhouses by Midge Diener, really clever functional pottery pieces by Susan O'Hanlon, and a whole lot more.
Don't waste time hunting for distinctive gifts this month -- the Oxford Arts Alliance has everything you'll need.
The Artisan Gift Shop is open through Dec. 23. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Fridays. The Oxford Arts Alliance is at 38 S. Third St. in Oxford. Visit www.oxfordart.org for more information.
To contact Staff Writer John Chambless, email firstname.lastname@example.org.