Give the Gift of Art

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There’s a bit of snow in our central Pennsylvania forecast for tomorrow; and this will prompt people to think about buying holiday gifts. I want to encourage my friends/customers/students/readers to please make a commitment to support your local artists: splurge for a loved one with a gift of an exquisitely-soft knitted scarf that will feel like a hug from you when worn; or a hand-crafted mug that will not cost much more than a few Starbucks lattes, but make every beverage sipped from it taste more delicious; a pair of one-of-a-kind earrings designed and crafted with care; a hand-made journal that will be treasured forever; a pet portrait to remember a special furry companion when they are no longer present; hand-spun yarns to delight the knitters on your list… In my thinking, the only gifts that are more significant than original, hand-made art are gifts of charity to those in need, such as donations to Heifer International; but this is not either/or gift-giving. You’re allowed to do both.

If you can make your own gifts, or support local artists, or donate to those in need — please do it!
(But don’t order more stuff that those on your list do not want or need. Spend your money in ways that express your heart-felt values.)

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Published in: on November 6, 2014 at 6:19 pm  Leave a Comment  

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