Great Gifts for Arts Lovers

By anne
November 26, 2007 - 02:10.

The appearance of December 1st on this week’s calendar comes as a surprise to me, perhaps because my Minnesota lawn is still bright green. I have not yet begun my Christmas shopping, a delay for which I blame global warming. (How do South Americans get into the mood without snow? And do their mall Santas wear flip-flops?)

Ah, but I’m an arts lover and am always, always, always in the mood for giving something artsy (or receiving…hint hint!). Keep on reading for a list of great places to shop for the arts lover in your life. In giving the arts as gift, you are not only pleasing a loved one, you are supporting artists, too!

Visit The Placement Gallery Shop to find affordable paintings, ceramics, miniatures, prints and cards by Amy Rice, Allen Brewer, Tom and Nancy Coleman, Jennifer Davis, Greg Gossel, JAO, Nick Howard, Yuri Arajs, Allen Christian, Keegan Wenkman, Ernest Miller, and other local artists. By Saks at Gaviidae Common, 651 Nicollet Mall. Open 10am-7pm Mon.-Fri. and 10am-6pm Sat. through Dec. 24. 612-338-3799.

Keep your favorite arts lover in-the-know with a subscription to Exploring T.O.S.C.A. magazine (T.O.S.C.A. stands for Theater, Opera, Shakespeare, Culture, Art). You can get two subscriptions for $45, or splurge on the Arts Lover Supreme package for $95 (see or call 612-481-3206 for details).

Ivey Awards Gift Certificates are a great idea for theater lovers. They’re $25 each and are used like cash at any of 63 Twin Cities professional theaters—so the recipient can choose a venue and performance that’s convenient for them. Order online at

Sometimes art comes in the form of a book, from a published photography collection to poetry engraved on handmade paper. Check out Minnesota Center for Book Arts at 1011 Washington Ave. S., downtown Minneapolis. Open 10am-5pm Mon., 10am-9pm Tue., and 10am-5pm Wed.-Sat. 612-215-2520. For gifts with an Asian theme, check out new books by photographer Wing Young Huie and Macalester prof Wang Ping.

In the immortal words of Maria in The Sound of Music, “These are a few of my favorite things!” More ideas to come in a day or two, and please send me your suggestions for arts loving gifts!

Happy Holidays!

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