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.

Fran Lightman Gibson a Philadelphia painter working primarily with oil on canvas.
I attribute the source of my artistic inspiration to my love, fear, and awe of nature as it both represents and defines the tension and optimism of life. My “Take Any Road Series” encourages the viewer to have the confidence to experience life no matter how difficult or confusing, beautiful, or powerful. All of this exists with an underlying structure of assumptions.
I think we all see the world a little differently and feel our own experience uniquely.  I paint using what all of my senses have given to me as the experience.  When I paint the sky, I am feeling the wind, putting it to music in my head, remembering the smell of the chance of rain, tasting the air, seeing the clouds dance. 
Fran Lightman Gibson
Fran Lightman Gibson

Fran Lightman Gibson a Philadelphia painter working primarily with oil on canvas.
I attribute the source of my artistic…

Fran Lightman Gibson a Philadelphia painter working primarily with oil on canvas.
I attribute the source of my artistic inspiration to my love, fear, and awe of nature as it both represents and defines…

Fran Lightman Gibson a Philadelphia painter working primarily with oil on canvas.
I attribute the source of my artistic inspiration to my love, fear, and awe of nature as it both represents and defines the tension and optimism…

Mindy Flexer makes magical realist, figurative, oil paintings. She uses observation and invention to explore identity and family relationships, and the way personal history resides within the larger arc of time. Her current work is about our extraordinary historical moment, when climate crisis threatens all life on earth, and climate justice offers the possibility of global transformation to a just and equitable world. Her visual language of a seamless world of people, animals, and place, is the language of the interconnection of all life on earth. Flexer’s paintings speak about climate in a language personal enough for people to hear it. Her goal is to inspire people to action. She hopes to connect people to themselves and each other, so each person can find their place in the mass movement necessary to create a sustainable future. In this way, she sees her paintings aspart of the great web of healing she deeply believes can save our planet.
Mindy Flexer
Mindy Flexer

Mindy Flexer makes magical realist, figurative, oil paintings. She uses observation and invention to explore identity and…

Mindy Flexer makes magical realist, figurative, oil paintings. She uses observation and invention to explore identity and family relationships, and the way personal history resides within the larger arc…

Mindy Flexer makes magical realist, figurative, oil paintings. She uses observation and invention to explore identity and family relationships, and the way personal history resides within the larger arc of time. Her current…

Yixuan Pan
Yixuan Pan
Elyce Abrams is a Philadelphia abstract painter using acrylic and acrylic spray paint on panel or paper. Often showing work in grids or installations, her nonobjective work explores the relationship between abundant joy and deep concern that often shapes our contemporary lives.
Elyce Abrams
Elyce Abrams

Elyce Abrams is a Philadelphia abstract painter using acrylic and acrylic spray paint on panel or paper. Often showing work…

Elyce Abrams is a Philadelphia abstract painter using acrylic and acrylic spray paint on panel or paper. Often showing work in grids or installations, her nonobjective work explores the relationship between…

Elyce Abrams is a Philadelphia abstract painter using acrylic and acrylic spray paint on panel or paper. Often showing work in grids or installations, her nonobjective work explores the relationship between abundant joy and…

Jared C. Balogh
Jared C. Balogh
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