Art vs. the Dreaded Holiday Gift Monster

It’s only about midway into November, and already the holiday pressure’s starting to build (because, unfortunately, not every department store shares the Nordstrom philosophy). It may even start to seem like Ebeneezer Scrooge had the right idea after all: no holiday means no bothering to come up with the perfect gift for every one.

Luckily, Philadelphians are spoiled, which means every one you know can potentially be spoiled, too. Take a tour through craft fairs and auctions being held throughout the season, and you just might have it easy this year.

Want to make your out-of-town relatives a little jealous? Then stop by the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center through November 26 and show off the city’s highlights with a reprint of the images from this year’s Philly Photo Day. With reprints selling for $25 each, it requires a wallet size only a little bigger than the Grinch’s heart.

Stop by AxD Gallery on Thursday, November 18 for the Paint it RIGHT art gallery and silent auction event. It’s a chance to pick up some gifts that count double in the good karma arena, since all proceeds will be donated to THE RIGHT Foundation’s HIV/AIDS program.

Forget about Black Friday. Use the day after Thanksgiving to sleep off all those built-up years of tryptophan in your system and get your shopping done the weekend before – at the first Art Star Holiday Craft Bazaar, featuring work by InLiquid members Brooke Hine and John Murphy.

If you’re still behind once December rolls around, release all the pent-up energy of procrastination by battling to bid in a series of auctions that benefit local arts spaces.

For some liquid fortification from the shopping blues, purchase a ticket to the Champagne Preview and Raffle for The Print Center‘s Annual Auction on Saturday, December 3.

Planning on showing off your favorite punch recipe? Find the perfect bowl to compliment it at the “Battle of the Bowls” auction at the Philadelphia Art Alliance on Tuesday, December 6, which benefits the exhibitions and programs of the Alliance.

If you find the thought of all these auctions intimidating, then visit the Space 1026 auction on December 9. With $5 starting bids on all items, even an auction amateur can feel at ease.

Sandra's colorful and expressive abstract paintings and collages are about "place", and take inspiration from the landscape - While the artworks are not a representation of any specific location, they oftentimes are evocative of landscape. She invites the viewer to engage with her artworks through memory, imagination, and reverie. Working with oil paint, oil pigment sticks, watercolor and other media, her paintings and collages have been described by a curator as “visceral and expressive”.
Sandra Benhaim
Sandra Benhaim

Sandra's colorful and expressive abstract paintings and collages are about "place", and take inspiration from…

Sandra's colorful and expressive abstract paintings and collages are about "place", and take inspiration from the landscape - While the artworks are not a representation of any specific…

Sandra's colorful and expressive abstract paintings and collages are about "place", and take inspiration from the landscape - While the artworks are not a representation of any specific location, they oftentimes…

A Philadelphia-based artist working in painting, drawing and photography who explores themes of social inequality throughout history by utilizing figuration, abstraction and diagrammatic methods.
Daniel Oliva
Daniel Oliva

A Philadelphia-based artist working in painting, drawing and photography who explores themes of social inequality throughout…

A Philadelphia-based artist working in painting, drawing and photography who explores themes of social inequality throughout history by utilizing figuration, abstraction and diagrammatic methods. …

A Philadelphia-based artist working in painting, drawing and photography who explores themes of social inequality throughout history by utilizing figuration, abstraction and diagrammatic methods. …

Matthew Borgen's recent work utilizes imagery from comic books published during the mid-20th century — the genre’s so-called golden age. Using their visual conventions, nostalgic aura, and narrative structure in combination with images borrowed from art history and other popular cultural sources, Borgen has developed a hybrid visual language which he uses in his digital prints and wall installations to make comment on topics ranging from historical, formal strategies of artmaking to issues within the current political and social discourse.
Matthew Borgen
Matthew Borgen

Matthew Borgen's recent work utilizes imagery from comic books published during the mid-20th century — the genre’s so-called…

Matthew Borgen's recent work utilizes imagery from comic books published during the mid-20th century — the genre’s so-called golden age. Using their visual conventions, nostalgic aura, and narrative…

Matthew Borgen's recent work utilizes imagery from comic books published during the mid-20th century — the genre’s so-called golden age. Using their visual conventions, nostalgic aura, and narrative structure in combination…

My figurative work involves eyes, faces and figures decorated with dots of color in motifs of flower, rosette, teardrop, scroll and leaf. For me, they express an allusion to mortality, matter and energy fields.
Chris Curchin
Chris Curchin

My figurative work involves eyes, faces and figures decorated with dots of color in motifs of flower, rosette, teardrop,…

My figurative work involves eyes, faces and figures decorated with dots of color in motifs of flower, rosette, teardrop, scroll and leaf. For me, they express an allusion to mortality, matter and energy…

My figurative work involves eyes, faces and figures decorated with dots of color in motifs of flower, rosette, teardrop, scroll and leaf. For me, they express an allusion to mortality, matter and energy fields.…

Annie Stone cuts out images and uses a unique technique to attach them to each other, interweaving them in a way that creates shapes independent of any background.
Annie Stone
Annie Stone

Annie Stone cuts out images and uses a unique technique to attach them to each other, interweaving them in a way that creates…

Annie Stone cuts out images and uses a unique technique to attach them to each other, interweaving them in a way that creates shapes independent of any background.…

Annie Stone cuts out images and uses a unique technique to attach them to each other, interweaving them in a way that creates shapes independent of any background.…

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