"Merete Kristiansen and Kate Barron may be on the verge of revolutionizing the Canadian art world."
- anne watson, the vancouver observer
The clock is ticking… you’re about to panic, because you’ve left your Christmas Shopping until the very last moment!!! Calm down. As always, we’ve got your back.
Here is a list of some great last minute gift ideas for the lovely, artsy people in your life. We've told you what they are, where to get them, and how much they cost, the rest is up to you.
1. Art Kits
You may have a little Picasso in your family, or know a child that would love to let their imagination run wild through their very own art. Art Kits, are a great gift for the kids in your life! Where to buy: Opus Framing & Art Supplies, multiple locations
How much: Typically start at $40+
2. Exit Through the Gift Shop (DVD), A Banksy Film or Wasteland
Great films that have inspired many, and with HMV and so many movie shops closing these are great, and now inexpensive gifts!
3. Photography Classes or Painting Lessons from Local artists!
We all know people who have fancy digital cameras and no idea how to work them, or friends who have always talked about taking a painting class but have never gotten around to doing it. Classes are a great idea for people of all levels. Starting typically around $50 they’re a very creative and always appreciated gift!
*Vancouver Artist, Zoe Pawlak regularly teaches classes out of her studio in East Vancouver. http://www.theartmarket.ca/users/zoe-pawlak
4. Art books
Books are always a safe bet, especially considering we have so many new Canadian art books that share historical works, the political controversy that surrounded them and their influence on shaping Canadian cultural identity.
Where to buy: Chapters, Indigo, Amazon.ca
How much: Prices Vary
5. A membership to your local Art gallery!
E.g. Vancouver Art Gallery
Support and enjoy the visual arts all year long. A regular visit to the gallery is $19.50, so going a few times per year will make this worth it - in addition to all the other great benefits of being a member. With reciprocal memberships to the Glenbow Museum and the Royal Ontario Museum it's 3 for the price of 1! Go online to check out all the great events coming up in 2011.
How much: $75 for an individual membership or $120 for a household membership (2 adults and up to 3 kids under the age of 19)
6. Miscellaneous Artsy gifts to inspire you!
All museums have gift shops!!! There’s a ton of great items from books, to ornaments, purses and even great ties and jewelry! Don’t forget that members usually get a discount (typically 20% off).
7. Digital Cameras + Photo Printing
All Black’s & Caya stores across Canada have a great selection of digital cameras, 1 hour photo printing at their locations! From novice point and shoot cameras to high tech DSLR lenses, Black’s & Caya make a point to offer FREE lessons as well as a price match guarantee!!!
How much: Digital Cameras starting from $129.99
What are you doing still reading!?! GO out and get shopping!!!
Merry Christmas from Kate + Merete!!