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Holiday gift guide: These Austin galleries are selling unique, locally made artwork
The end of the year is the perfect time to reminisce. Critics compile their favorites, while writers are busy putting together their “best-of” lists. Here in Austin, two galleries are assembling exhibitions showcasing the best of this year’s art scene. The show openings are back to back, Friday and Saturday, so plan your weekend accordingly.
December 6 — 7-10 pm
grayDUCK Gallery, 608 Monroe Street, Suite C
Before moving to a top-secret location on the East Side, Jill Schroeder and grayDUCK Gallery are having one last blow out party. Fourteen of the galleries finest artists worked with master printmaker Satch Grimley to create unique small batch prints for a show that is sure to captivate any audience.
Prints can make a great gift and this sale will offer a large amount to choose from. The stylized illustrations of Terrence Payne and Katy Horan will be great for your cool grandma. Or purchase an ethereal work by Jennifer Davis for that trash collector who just rocked it this year.
December 7 — 7-11 pm
Tiny Park Gallery, 1101 Navasota St. Suite 2
Curators/owners Brian Willey and Thao VoTang will have a packed house this Saturday. The duo asked 30 of their favorite artists from the past year to participate in a salon-style exhibition. The selected contributors work in a vast amount of mediums and range from painters to photographers to sculptors.
Contemporary art can be seen as an investment as well as a thoughtful gift. Instead of getting your nephew a savings bond, why not give him a piece of artwork from critically acclaimed University of Texas professor Margo Sawyer? And put down that worthless Chili’s gift card because you’re buying Mom an exquisite original photograph by Elizabeth Chiles or Anna Krachey.
PRO TIP: Tiny Park Gallery is located in the blossoming Rosewood neighborhood which is full of one-of-a-kind shops and boutiques that can help you cross even more names off your gift list. Try East End Wines for great selection and beautiful ambiance. Take Heart offers up secret treasures and charming designs and stop by Switched On for the mad scientist musician in your family.
SEND OFF runs from December 6 - 22. For more information, please go to their website.
A Catalogue runs from December 7 - January 18. For more information, please check out their site.