December 8, 2013

AAC’s Guide to Last Minute (Art) Gifting

Struggling with finding the perfect gift to give for the holiday season? Come, ask the experts! According to the Washington Post, we’ve got you covered with multiple gift giving options for those you love!

For those who love and appreciate the arts as much as we do, a membership to AAC is the perfect route. Memberships include discounts on classes, priority registration for the classes and special events we hold, and invitations to exclusive events AAC holds throughout the year. Different types of memberships are available to personalize the gift to best suite the person in mind.

If the idea of discounted classes sparked your imagination, giving a class as a gift is great option. What better gift than to nurture the talent of an artist in your life? AAC presents classes that allow students to excel as artists. From their lessons, students gain insight about technique and artistic principles as they develop individual artistic styles. Click here to check out information about current and upcoming classes.

Another option this holiday season is to give a catalogue of the exciting exhibitions we’ve presented at AAC. All catalogues are available for purchase at the front desk of AAC.

  • A handmade book featuring a year of sketches of the Dupont Market
    A handmade book featuring a year of sketches of the Dupont Market

    The Dupont Market catalogue compiles all 53 graphite-on-paper drawings by local artist Anita Walsh. The aesthetic and tactile book can be purchased for $35.

  • The Green Acres catalogue investigates the congruence between art and agriculture to engage the public in conversation regarding food, agriculture, and urban farming and livability. Author and independent curator, Sue Spaid, discusses artists who have developed and realized novel farming practices to inspire self-reliance, improve food quality, demonstrate sustainable farming techniques, engender community actions, and foster local identities. Green Acres is available for purchase at the cost of $40.
  • Resident artist Pam Rogers and Radio Sebastian collaborated to create {Agri Interior} : Process+ in which the catalogue contains personal reflection, poetry, famous quotations and photographs of created environments. The catalogue cost is $25.

    Pam Rogers and Radio Sebastian. {Agri Interior}: Process+
    Pam Rogers and Radio Sebastian. {Agri Interior}: Process+

If not a catalogue of the art, you could always give your loved one actual art! AAC currently hosts thirteen resident artists whose work is available for sale; prices of the work range, with art available for costs as low as $20. Check out our resident artists and check their websites for art that stands out to you.

Resident Artist Becca Kallem creates whimsical and endearing illustrations and has fine art prints of them for sale at great rates! Give someone a one-of-a-kind gift of art while supporting local artists.

Can’t decide with all of our great options? Gift certificates are available that can be applied towards any of these options.

A simple project that makes a stunning gift! Plastic wrap, aluminum foil, a coloring book, and markers gives you a gorgeous stained glass effect
A simple project that makes a stunning gift! Plastic wrap, aluminum foil, a coloring book, and markers gives you a gorgeous stained glass effect

Lastly, if you are leaning towards personalization, and you love how it feels to give and receive homemade gifts, AAC is offering a one day class on Dec. 14, Gift Mania!, for 4-6 and 7-10 year olds. As an unexpected bonus, while the kids are making gifts, parents can join the Fall Solos Gallery Talk. In this class, the children will be creating a secret special something to give to their loved ones.

Of course, if the loved ones in your life aren’t so hung up on the material side of life, they might appreciate a donation made to AAC in their name. By giving to AAC, you give the gift of art to the entire community.

-written by Lindsay Bullock, AAC’s Fall Education Intern

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