Berkeley artisans set to open their studios for holiday shopping

November 25, 2014 - garden totes

BERKELEY — Think of a Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios as a holiday value hunt.

With map and office in hand, start by selecting an area within a four-square-mile area or a specific artist or medium. Many studios are in a same building or clustered within walking stretch from one another, so a mini-area hunt is easy. It’s tough to suppose a nicer approach to shop.

The 24th annual eventuality starts a weekend after Thanksgiving and continues by Christmas Eve, charity a possibility to emporium locally for singular and artistic gifts, accommodate and support a some-more than 100 artists and craftspeople in relaxed, interesting environments.

On arrangement will be an array of high quality, domestic items, many one-of-a-kind.

There are pieces for high-end budgets, of course, though many equipment start in a $10 to $15 range. Fine art and crafts embody blown glass, organic and musical ceramics, ornaments, Menorahs, lamps and lighting, embellished and tradition furniture, garden art, building cloths, one-of-a-kind clothing, textiles, many styles of jewelry, leather bags, recycled art, sculpture, photography, paintings, mosaics, stained glass, strange prints and works on paper.

The free, self-guided debate is a win-win for a artists and a public.

“The artists and artisans adore to showcase a work in a possess sourroundings and a holidays are such a ideal time to do it,” pronounced Susan Brooks, metalsmith, painter, and co-founder of a event. “Every year we get a new assembly since your possess studio is substantially a best venue that we can have. You can uncover people what we do, a extent of your work and we have a full studio to uncover it.”

Shoppers get an inside demeanour into a artists and their craft. By assembly a artist they learn a small of their story, how they emanate and can even ask questions about a sold routine or technique. Studios are welcoming, mostly with cookies and cider on palm to raise a experience.

Among a some-more than 100 participating artists are veterans of many seasons and others new to Open Studios.

Carol Lee Shanks, co-founder of Open Studios with Susan Brooks, will be display wardrobe pieces, handmade by a artist, one during a time, along with some of her weave art pieces.

She says a eventuality is a approach to deliver a open to her art.

“I am participating in a Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios since it is a best approach for me to showcase a full operation of my work, she said. “The art savvy throng can revisit my operative studio/showroom and come divided with a larger bargain of my pattern aesthetic.”

Rigel Stuhmiller, a relations newcomer, will have a far-reaching accumulation of equipment for sale, including hand-pulled, hand-carved prints, art reproductions, letterpress art calendars, all forms of stationery, and lots of screen-printed kitchen towels, holiday cards, and screen-printed receptacle bags. She’ll also have samples and seconds for sale during a large discount.

The eventuality allows her to get to know her village in a relaxed, gentle environment. “Open Studio gives me time to speak to people and get to know them a small bit, and clamp versa. we also conclude a event to uncover a wider accumulation of a art we make,” Stuhmiller said.

Aside from charity a fun holiday selling experience, Open Studios can be a commencement of a operative attribute with many, long-lasting benefits.

“We can make your marriage ring, recycle your aged valuables and stones into something new, conform an heirloom from an heirloom, make we a set of dinnerware and blown potion celebration glasses, make singular wardrobe and accessories, and approximate we with art for your walls, your physique and your home,” Brooks said. “You can buy objects, buy a present certificate from an artist, or buy a category for somebody to do something artistic after on.”

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