THE ART OF GIFTING
My daughter, Audrey, and my daughter-in-law, Liko, are both devoted fashionistas with impeccably tasteful instincts and aesthetics. With a lush bouquet of diverse talents between them, they share one in particular. Each practices gift-giving as an art form. Every time I visit one or the other on their respective east and west coasts, there are always special treasures greeting my arrival.
Beginning my recent Seattle stay, Liko and Simon gave me a bowed bundle of Seattle chocolates, locally roasted coffee beans and wished-for portfolios from the Japanese market. When encouraged to open the guest closet door, I found three precious frocks only Liko could have chosen for me.
Oh what joy and happiness is mine being the recipient of such perfect gifts of thoughtfulness! I feel considered. I feel loved. I feel cherished. I feel tremendously fortunate.
By observation, I’ve learned a secret Audrey and Liko bring to their art of gifting—with eyes for the artful, unique and original, they shop year round making their selections whenever and wherever they appear.
This Friday, September 11 at 6 pm, is the free Opening Reception for “Collective Perspectives: Canvas to Clay” showcasing new art by Tom Jones and Brent Skinner. Please join us. You’ll find remarkable paintings, classy ceramics, artfully practical mugs and much, much more with a range of price points to please.
Arriving in October, “Sibling Inspirations” will fill our galleries with the exquisite, multi-media creations of internationally known sister and brother artists, Rebecca and Bill Perry. In this stunning Exhibition you’ll discover irresistible, imaginative photography, one-of-a-kind jewelry and a multiplicity of artworks from the whimsical to the provocative.
With “Falling into Place”, November will showcase the two and three dimensional paintings of Diana and Jim Bray, well-known, married Joplin painters sharing a passion for making art beautifully sing with inspirations they find in people and places and in dimensions beyond our physical world. This lyrical collection has been created especially for your viewing and purchasing pleasures.
artCentral’s Holiday Boutique, our fund-raising benefit supporting artCentral’s community outreach programs, will be our season’s beautiful dénouement. Beginning with our evening Boutique Preview Party on Thursday, December 3, you’ll find Hyde House transformed into a shopping dreamland filled with distinctive creations from artCentral artists’ studios and workshops. The Exhibition and Sale continues through Friday and Saturday.
Mark your calendars, visit artCentral and chat with our art-savvy gift consultants. We’re here to serve and assist you with your special selections, as we join together to foster art, artists and the giving of gifts as an art form.