While you’ve been fretting over what to get all those people on your holiday list, artisans have been busy making gifts with a creative twist. We’ve put together a holiday shopping guide for art lovers, featuring five ways to support arts and culture while working through your shopping list – and snagging some treasures for yourself, as well.
The retail space sells functional and decorative pieces, including jewelry, ceramics, and additional works by 100 or so artists. Visit madephx.com.
The retail and gallery space regularly carries works of functional art by more than 100 Arizona artists. Visit practical-art.com.
Artists will show and sell paintings, sculptures, photography, jewelry, and other work during this fall’s festival, which happens in downtown Tempe Friday, December 6, to Sunday, December 8. Visit tempefestivalofthearts.com.
Dozens of artists will be showing and selling work in mediums ranging from glass to wood during this festival at Margaret T. Hance Park, which happens Friday to Sunday, December 13 to 15. Visit phoenixfestivalofthearts.org.
Artists working in several mediums are participating in the Mesa Arts Festival, which takes place on the Mesa Arts Center campus Saturday, December 14, and Sunday, December 15. Visit mesaartscenter.com.
Shop for local artworks while you’re making the exhibit rounds in Phoenix on First Friday, December 6, and Third Friday, December 20. Watch for December art walks in other cities, as well. Visit artlinkphx.org.
Museums and Galleries
The museum’s Ceramics Research Center in Tempe carries works from coffee cups to wall art created by Arizona artists. Visit asuartmuseum.asu.edu.
The Heard Museum has a gift and a book shop, where you can find diverse offerings created by indigenous artists. The museum also sells holiday ornaments. Visit heard.org.
Shop for music-inspired gifts such as books, accessories, and musical instruments at the Museum Store. Visit mim.org.
The Museum Store carries a wide selection of art-related gifts, plus items related to current exhibitions with themes ranging from cars to fashion. Visit phxart.org.
The Shop at SMoCA has a special section called Arizona by Design, which features works by Arizona artists. Visit smoca.org.
The Museum Store at Western Spirit offers an eclectic assortment of objects, including books, hats, handbags, home décor, and jewelry. Visit scottsdalemuseumwest.org.
The center carries greeting cards, ornaments, jewelry, and works of art by more than 50 Arizona artists. Visit shemerartcenter.org.
The gallery sells jewelry, functional objects, and other works by Valley artists working in several mediums. Visit visiongallery.org.
The nonprofit arts organization, which focuses on works by Latinx and indigenous artists, carries prints, functional objects, and other works by local artists. Visit xicoinc.org.
Performing Art Centers
The Store at Mesa Arts Center is an artist cooperative that sells works created by Arizona artists. Mesa Arts Center also sells gift cards, which can be used to purchase performance tickets, take art classes, or shop in The Store. Visit mesaartscenter.com.
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The Store at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts sells a diverse assortment of objects, including jewelry, kitchen wares, books, scarves, music CDs, and artworks. Visit scottsdaleperformingarts.org.
The Store at Tempe Center for the Arts carries works by Valley artists, including paintings, jewelry, cards, home accessories, and wearable art. Visit tempecenterforthearts.com.