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Thursday, December 14, 2006

Art-to-Buy at the Dayton Visual Arts Center

I spent such a long time browsing at the Art-to-Buy showroom at DVAC that I had to feed the parking meter twice. Artists are so amazingly creative with the gift items that they bring to this venue every year at the holiday season. The variety is unbelievable, from pottery and paintings to artistic tambourines.

Quilters offer wall hangings and potholders. There are scarves: dyed silk and knitted in stunning colors. Felted hats and handbags, both practical and dressy. Funky, funny and elegant ornaments hang from trees throughout the gallery. I found handmade books and calligraphy that took my breath away (and some of my cash.)

The handmade jewelry is spectacular: silver, ceramic, beaded and glass earrings, necklaces and bracelets. There was a good crowd there this afternoon. I hope there will be even more shoppers buying the artwork, paintings and photographs for gifts. It's a great way to support art and local artists.

Every wall is covered with art. Here a rack of wonderful handmade ceramic mugs and framed artwork share a space with more pottery and gifts on stands. The work is professionally and lovingly created and displayed, as well as reasonably priced. We are very fortunate to have such a great place to buy original art during this annual exhibition. 118 N. Jefferson St. in downtown Dayton.

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