Local studios and galleries loaded with Christmas gift ideas

Got an art-lover on your Christmas shopping list? Or perhaps you are one yourself, and need some creative inspiration? Local studios and galleries are open for Christmas business now and through December. 

The Oliver Art Gallery on Main Street presents “Christmas Miniatures” this month. You will find plenty of gifts that won’t break your budget or fill your whole wall space. Greeting cards, small sculptures, jewelry, mini prints, and original artwork with prices ranging from $3.50 to $100.   The artists have trimmed the gallery with festive lights ready to welcome you and get you in the spirit of the season.  

Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm 
34848 – 97th Street, Oliver BC
778 439 3320

A visit to Paw Prints Studio and Gallery makes a lovely afternoon drive  up to Willowbrook.  They have John Salsnek cards, collectibles, prints, and originals, suited to every budget from a Christmas card to that special must-have splurge!

Christmas Showcase
Sunday December 4
1 – 4 pm
148 Carr Crescent, Willowbrook
Gift wrapping! Refreshments!
(Pictured: “Reds” by John Salsnek)


Thea Haubrich, of Twin Lakes Encaustic Art, is offering

Encaustic Christmas Cards Workshop
Saturday December  3, 2011
9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Leir House, Penticton, BC

The focus of this course will be the creation of Christmas cards using basic Encaustic painting techniques, aperture cards, contour stickers and standard card making supplies like coloured cardstock and stamps. Most techniques are quick and simple. Learn to paint a beautiful scene, ready to send to your appreciative friends!  Every level welcome.

Thea also has ready-made encaustic greeting cards for sale, plus kits and tools for the novice to pro encaustic artist.  An encaustic starter kit would be perfect for someone on your list keen to try this glorious glowing art form. Private and semi-private art classes can also be arranged. Another great gift idea for the whole family or your favourite group of friends! Check out Thea’s online shop here: www.encaustic.ca/shop  Learn more about Twin Lakes Encaustic here: http://theahaubrich.com/

The Oliver Sagebrushers host Cowboy Christmas at Rustico this coming weekend. Tour their new Quail’s Roost Gallery expansion at Rustico Farm & Cellars Winery.









If you have a funky hipster on your gift list, you can’t go wrong with Robot Leather Shop, with progressive leathersmith Damian Brazeau. Tooled belts and cuffs, fashionable bags, and awesome hand-molded leather masks in an array of shades from natural to neon. Check out the Facebook page and go to “Photos”: www.facebook.com/group.php?v=wall&gid=192442397351  Brazeau’s work is being shown at the

One of a Kind Show and Sale
Thursday December 8 – Sunday December 11
10:00 am to 9:00 pm (Thurs – Sat)
10:00 am to 5:00 pm (Sun)
The New Vancouver Convention Centre
1055 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC

To visit the workshop in Oliver’s industrial park or place an order, call (250) 535-1467 or info @ robotleather.com

Keep your Christmas dollars local, and turn your hum-drum gift list into a work of art!