The Best Gifts Come From Artists

Here’s Where to Find Unique Artist-Made Items

Rachael and Erik Messner of Messner Bee Farm sold their local raw honey at last year’s Holiday Swing sale of gifts by Midwest makers at Union Station. (Union Station, Kansas City)
Patti Warashina’s color lithograph, “Fan Dance,” is part of the Lawrence Lithography Workshop 2018 Holiday Sale. (Lawrence Lithography Workshop)

Lawrence Lithography Workshop 2018 Holiday Print Sale

Lawrence Lithography Workshop founder Mike Sims has produced prints with some of the top artists in the country as well as local luminaries. This holiday season LLW will offer from 15 to 70 percent off dozens of original prints by Luis Jimenez, Ed Paschke, Akio Takamori, Roger Shimomura, Marcie Miller Gross, Peregrine Honig, Michael Krueger, Andrzej Zielinski and many others.

When: Nov. 14 to Dec. 22, Wednesday – Friday,
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Lawrence Lithography Workshop,
2011 Tracy Avenue
Info: lawrencelitho.com


The 8th Annual Holiday Swing
The annual sale at Union Station of handmade gifts by Midwest makers and wares from vintage vendors offers baby items, bath and body products, ceramics, jewelry, knits, glassworks, plants, edibles, a cash bar and much more.

When: Dec. 1 and 2, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Union Station
Info: thestrawberryswing.org


Earrings by Tarshianna Morrow-El and T-shirts by Warren “Stylez” Harvey will part of the El-Scari Harvey Art Gallery Holiday Sale. (courtesy of El-Scari Harvey Gallery)


El-Scari Harvey Art Gallery Holiday Art Sale

Housed in the Center for Spiritual Living Kansas City in the 39th Street West area, this gallery founded by poet Natasha Ria El-Scari and artist Warren “Stylez” Harvey is “dedicated to the presence and potential of marginalized visual artists.” Visitors love the space, the welcoming owners and the variety of art to be found there. If you haven’t been, check it out during the gallery’s holiday sale, featuring hand-crafted candles, T-shirts designed by Harvey, scarves and books by El-Scari, hand crafted earrings and accessories, books and surprise art specials!

When: Nov. 23, 3 to 7 p.m.; Nov. 24, noon to 4 p.m.; Nov. 25, 9 a.m. to noon
Where: 1014 W. 39th St.
Info: www.facebook.com/elscariharveyartgallery


Wedding dresses designed by nine Kansas City Art Institute fiber students, including Obinna (left) and Josie Eckerman (right) will be on display in the school’s Vanderslice Hall during the KCAI End-of-Semester Exhibition and Sale, Nov. 30 – Dec. 2.(from the artist / photo by Claire Ryser)


Kansas City Art Institute End-Of-Semester Sale

There’s a fun twist to this year’s end-of-semester event, with a display in Vanderslice Hall of high-end wedding dresses created from repurposed materials by nine students. Irreverence runs in the blood of art students, so expect the unexpected in these garments. You’ll find gifts galore in studio departments throughout the campus, including prints, paintings, photographs, ceramics, fiber works and more. All proceeds benefit individual students and KCAI studios.

When: Nov. 30, 5 to 8 p.m.; Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Dec. 2, noon to 5 p.m.
Where: Kansas City Art Institute campus, 4415 Warwick Blvd. For a campus map, visit kcai.edu/campus-life/campus/
Info: www.kcai.edu


Cups by Renee LoPresti (from the artist)
ornaments by Nicole Aquilano (from the artist)

Belger Arts Holiday Shop

The popular Belger Arts Holiday Shop at Belger Crane Yard Studios features an extensive selection of ceramic works by studio members as well as many national and regional artists, including handmade pottery, ornaments, jewelry, wearables, prints and more Visit www.belgerarts.org to purchase works from the annual Holiday Book.

When: Special Holiday Event: Nov. 30, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Also open regular gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday – Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Belger Crane Yard Studios, 2011 Tracy Avenue
Info: www.belgerarts.org


“Sweet On,” an exuberant installation by Paul Henry Ramirez in the Kemper Museum atrium, stretches across three walls, ending in a flourish at the Kemper Museum Shop. (courtesy of the artist and Ryan Lee, New York © Paul Henry Ramirez, paulhenryramirez.art)
Jewelry by Jamie Gray will be part of the Kemper Museum Shop’s Small Business Saturdays Pop Up on November 24. (Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art)

Kemper Museum Welcomes the Holidays with Pop-Up at the Museum Shop

The Kemper Museum shop always goes all out for the holidays, stocking a variety of artist-made gift items. Get a jump on your holiday shopping Nov. 24 at the museum’s Small Business Saturdays Pop Up, featuring jewelry by Kim Casper, Jennifer Janesko, Manda Wylde and Jamie Gray; ceramics by Momoko Usami and textiles by Whitney Manney.

When: Nov. 24, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, 4420 Warwick Blvd.
Info: www.kemperart.org


These “Minimalist Ceramic Tumblers” by Kansas City artist Amy Troester will be featured at the KC Clay Guild Pottery Sale & Studio Tour. The price is $28 each. (from the artist)

KC Clay Guild Holiday Pottery Sale & Studio Tour

Clay artists have studios all over the city and KC Clay Guild’s annual pottery sale and studio tour offers the perfect opportunity to explore a bunch of them, while doing a little holiday shopping. Stop by KC Clay Guild’s space at 200 W. 74th St. in Waldo for an overview of works by participating artists, or dive right in by downloading the tour map at https://kcclayguild.org.

When: Nov. 30, 5 to 9 p.m. and Dec 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Pick up a map at KC Clay Guild, 200 W 74th St., or download one at https://kcclayguild.org/holiday-sale.
Info: kcclayguild.org


Interurban Arthouse Holiday Artist Marketplace

Sip hot chocolate or hot cider as you peruse a multitude of gift items created by InterUrban ArtHouse studio artists and members. The sale features work by more than two dozen artists, including jewelry, ceramics, leather, paintings, sculpture, photography and fiber works. Gift certificates are available for purchase for memberships, future classes, listening rooms events and henna body art! The sale will include mini gift-making workshops for attendees to create something special.

When: Dec. 7, 5 to 8:30 p.m.; Dec. 8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: InterUrban ArtHouse, 8001 Newton St., Overland Park
Info: www.interurbanarthouse.org


The KC Urban Potters Holiday Sale will feature works by seven artists, including these “Juice Cups” by Meredith Host. (from the artist)
Jana Evans created this “Little Bite Plate.” (from the artist)
Paul Donnelly and Rain Harris collaborated in the creation of this “Pitcher and Cup.” (from the artists)

KC Urban Potters Holiday Sale

You can’t go wrong at the holiday sale of works by KC Urban Potters, a collective of seven of KC’s top ceramics artists founded in 2014.
The artists are making it festive with music and treats as shoppers choose from shelves filled with unique handcrafted gifts. Treat yourself to a handmade mug and fill it with a free cup of coffee from Oddly Correct next door.

When: Nov. 24, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: KC Urban Potters Shop + Studios, 4 Westport Rd.
Info: www.kcurbanpotters.com

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