Tuesday, December 7, 2010

EclectiXmas Tips - Buy Local, Handmade and Artsy!

This weekend and coming up - are a bunch of arts and crafts fairs- in all neighborhoods and walks of life. As well as many wonderful art shows at various venues. This year, more than ever, these galleries, shops and small businesses need the dollars to keep going. So make an effort to do most your shopping where it will help support the artists in your community. Most of the art venues have made an effort to cull together very reasonably priced arts and gifts for this season. And since this stuff isn't made in China and flown here using jet fuel, these are green and environmentally friendly ways to shop. Made in America! Not too mention they are one-of-a-kind, full of talented flavor and soulfully created. Come on - wouldn't you much rather get a cool little wall piece or some hand sculpted earrings than another scarf you will never wear?
We have listed just a few events around town below (many with Eclectix artists, of course)... but if you can't make these, at least take a few minutes to research some events nearby. It sure beats dealing with those cranky pushy shoppers at the mall!
-In San Francisco-
The Affordable Art Show (most art is under $300)
December 10th:  7 – 10 pm and Dec. 11th: 3-8 pm
(63 Bluxome Street) 
San Francisco
A group show of Bay Area artists plus some from So. Cal. Last year’s show was awesome! 
Alice Koswara, Dave Eggers, Kellie Peach Nash, Phoneticontrol, Jared Konopitski, Mike Law, Greg Boudreau, Hugh Leeman, Susan Bennett, Josh Herbolsheimer, Michael Slack, Jose Guinto, Angela Penny, Cait Willis, Nelson Loskamp, James Kimba Anderson, Lil Tuffy, Terri Berman, Gabriela Halsey, Marc Sanchez, Ben Walker, Douglas Alvarez, Erica Steiner, Miha Fmt, Patrick Ma, Aaron Toth, Roque, Ballesteros, Isabel Samaras, J Fuchs Art, Jenna Colby, Jessica Huston, Jessica Ward, Kelly Thompson, Patricia Mitchell, Liesa Lietzke, Lisa Mei Ling Fong, Luc Martin, Michael Fleming, Michelle Waters, Missy Feigum, Mr.clam Lynch, Ross K Jones, Sho Murase, Walt Hall, Wendy Shapiro
-In San Francisco-
"Tiny" (small pieces under $400)
Through December 23rd..
1815 Polk Street (between Washington & Jackson)
San Francisco, CA  94109
-In San Francisco-
December Group Show
(over 2 dozen artists with affordable works)
403 Francisco st. @ Powell in North Beach
San Francisco

-In Berkeley-
Holiday Gift Showcase
Dec.10th - Jan.2nd
Annual Friends, Family and Patron Appreciation Sale, Dec. 10th, 4-8pm
1652 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94709
-In San Jose-
"Robot Girl"
Christine Benjamin's solo show, a local artist who creates her own fun and brightly colored cast of characters. 
Monsters, robots, aliens, skeletons & more, culled from her childhood memories and emotions.
Show runs from Dec. 3rd to Jan. 3rd 2011
Caffe Trieste (upstairs)
315 S. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113
-In San Jose-
"Have Yourself a Crazy Little Christmas!"
Show runs from Dec. 8th to Jan. 7th, 2011
Come check out original off-beat artwork for sale from super-talented local artists like Deborah Barba, Carlos Villez, John Hageman, Christine Benjamin, Sheri DeBow, Kurtis Rykovich, Lacey Bryant, Laura Collin Bennett, Michael Foley, Michelle Waters, Nicolas Caesar, and Christian Cinder and more! And what Psycho event would be complete without Psycho karaoke as well! 
Reception and Party: Sunday, December 12th from 10AM to 3PM
2006 S. Winchester Blvd, Campbell, CA 95008
HOURS: Monday - Thursday 6am-9pm
Friday 6am-11pm | Saturday 7am-11pm | Sunday 7am-9pm