Make some time this weekend to unleash your artistic shopping genie in order to nab some fabulous, one-of-a-kind treasures.
You can begin Friday evening on the Paseo (NW 30th and Paseo, near Walker, Oklahoma City), from 6-10 pm. Galleries and studios will open their doors to invite you in out of the cold night air, for treats, snacks, entertainment, and exciting new works of art.
Pay special attention to Adelante! Gallery, which is hosting its annual Virgen de Guadalupe and Other Sacred Images show, featuring art and giftware in a wide array of price ranges, created by 12 local artists. (Including me, whose offerings are glass stars, crosses, collaged charms, candle boxes, and mixed media Virgen works on canvas.)
On the off chance you don't manage to complete your gift shopping on Paseo, never fear, for the following day (Saturday, Dec. 6, in case you weren't paying attention), you can delve into Red Cup festivities. The charming, somewhat wacky coffee house (3122 N. Classen, OKC) will open its doors at 7 pm, offering an amazingly amazing display of ornaments and smallish artworks, created by local artists, many of whom are no doubt loyal Cup regulars (nothing like a fabu cup o' joe and a frito pie to keep the muse happy).
Glassgrrl Studios (me, again) will have a number of fresh, exciting creations available there, throughout the month of December. Keep in mind though, things sell fast during the party frenzy, so for best selection, come Saturday.
Several boxes of newly-made glass charms will be offered, as well as collaged pendants, colorful, stained glass stars and crosses, and maybe some insect-inspired creatures. (I only add the qualifying 'maybe' becuase as I type, the insect bits - glass wings and bodies - are lying on the table, waiting to be assembled....
Come out this weekend to wrap yourself in the rich cocoon of Oklahoma artistry, eat some treats, share some smiles, and feel good.