Should we buy Christmas gifts?

The anxiety over the economy and the falling of a pox upon all of our heads both literally (H1N1) and figuratively has many people contemplating the end of life as we know it. The demise of the earth through the catastrophe of climate change is almost a pleasant alternative to suddenly coughing and then dying in a “Love Story” type movie scenario painted by media. Distrust is growing of  leaders in the areas of food production and other societal concerns such as, “Where the hell is my job?”

handmade black crochet and macrame purse

handmade black crochet and macrame purse

So with those issues firmly in mind, we head out to our cars to purchase some nice articles made in China that (we are recently told) are lowering our male’s sperm counts, poisoning our babies and altering us in ways not even capable of being analyzed as yet. Credit card? Who is going to use a credit card when it is for many people the rubber raft on a possibly sinking ship. Perhaps tug boat would be a more appropriate metaphor. If all else fails, shove off in your mastercard or climb into your visa to keep you from going under immediately. To live to regret another day, is always an option.

embossed black and blue roses

embossed black and blue roses

We have discovered that our Christmas present will be the replacement of the electrical service to the house because we have to meet new stipulations…. and we weren’t informed until our insurance was four days from the deadline for renewal. Such a nice surprise in our Christmas socks. But you know what? It would have had to be done one day. We can winge and wring our brows, our hands, our lips. What does that do? So our Christmas is pretty much decided.

even the sewers of Paris have Art Deco beauty

even the sewers of Paris have Art Deco beauty

Others are looking around for something more meaningful than the recently traditional experience. A suggestion that I can offer is now is the time to buy experience.

Kelowna is full of artists and artisans and crafter who can make a beautiful hand-made gift that is special. Most of us who work in the arts are willing to do commissions for our clients.

How about buying a class for someone? The Potters Addict in the Rotary Centre has classes for children.http://www.bonnieandersonartist.com/andersonclasses.html

I offer classes through UBC-O and private classes in my studio.

Instead of spending money on a cheaply made mass manufactured one of thousands item, you can buy something very special this year. Because your money matters and has to go a long way, buying local contributes to the economy, saves the environment and gives the recipient something very personal.

Think about it. This Christmas can be special. And you can keep your credit card as the rope ladder to throw out the window, should the need arise. We all need insurance, hey?

Christmas Shows Kelowna’s Cultural Core

1. Ars Longa: nine person show

Art Exhibition and Sale

355 Cornish Road, Kelowna, B.C.

October 25th from 7 to 10 pm

Friday 24th, 12 to 6

Saturday 25th 10 to 5 pm

Sunday October 26 10 to 5 pm

2. “Reminiscence of Europe: Multi-media and photographic pictures of Rome, Florence, London, Paris.”

One Woman Show by artist Cherie Hanson

Unitarian Fellowship 1310 Bertram Street

November and December

Viewing available to all who rent the space

Open to the public 11:45 to 12:30 Sundays.

All images for sale. Just contact me.

3. Potters and Artisans 18th Annual Christmas Show and Sale

High Quality arts and crafts, gifts for every occasion

November 7, 8, 9. at the Rotary Centre for the Arts.

421 Cawston Avenue, Kelowna. B.C.

Friday 5-9, Saturday 10-8 and Sun. 9:30-4:30.

4. Livessence; A gift of color

November 14th and 15th in the Rotary Centre for the Arts Atrium

colorful drawings and paintings from figurative artist members of Livessence.

5. Salon Refuse

November 1st

Presented by the Artists@Work group of resident artists

Rotary Centre for the Arts.

Great place and time to pick up gifts of art at a new, lower price.

6. “Off the Wall” art extravaganza

November 7, 7:30 – 10 pm

Food, champagne, live entertainment $100 for two people

art sale fun-raiser for the Summerland Art Gallery

Mainstreet, Summerland

contact slandarts@telus.net

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7. Gallerie Diamante

On line Auction

33 artist/50 works of art

www.galleriediamante.com

You don’t have to go 100 miles to find spectacular gifts of art.