Monday, September 30, 2013

Time to think Halloween!

We have some fun choices in jewelry for you, and decoration for your home here at The Gift Shop just in time for Halloween.

This wonderful hand stitched witch by artist Connie Sochacki would look "scary" as a centerpiece, or flying on her broom in your front window to greet the trick-or-treaters.

And so that you can look your best we have ceramic pins, earrings, and necklaces from a new artist at The Gift Shop, Rosi Triano. Most of her jewelry at this time has a Halloween theme, but some are great for fall...or anytime. So cute!

Get here soon, because on October 20 we start dismantling The Gift Shop to get ready for Christmas Market which opens November 15-December21.

And don't forget:

Mount Clemens Zombie Walk

The Anton Art Center presents the 3rd Annual Mount Clemens Zombie Walk Fundraiser!   When: Saturday, October 26, 2013, 9PM Where: Downtown Mount Clemens, MI
Zombie Registration at 7:30PM at the Art Center:
Zombies 21 & Older $5; Under 21 $3
  Food Truck Rally for hungry ZOMBIES Best Zombie Prize Free Zombie Makeup Workshop (Thursday, 10/24)
Contact The Anton Art Center for more information at 586-496-8666.

Friday, September 27, 2013

We have more hand-made quilts!

We had a very good response to the wonderful hand-made quilts for sale in The Gift Shop during The Anton Art Center's "Quilts of Gee's Bend" exhibit. So good, that we asked the quilters of First United Methodist Church, here in Mount Clemens, to bring us more to offer in The Gift Shop. Each quilt is beautifully done. Some are in bright colors, others are in earth tones, and still others have a softer palette. Each cozy quilt is about 4'x5', just right for over your lap.

The quilts will be available through October 19. On October 20 we start taking down The Gift Shop to make way for the annual Christmas Market, which opens November 15.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Art has a sense of humor!

Daren Dundee is one of our most collected artists at The Anton Art Center, and he has pieces in The Gift Shop that you can have for your own. He creates each work from found objects and his vivid imagination. Even the title for each piece is so clever it will bring on a smile and a chuckle! Here are a few of his little gems.

This piece is called: "24 Foot Trawler"....(see the little feet in the hull?)

"Crystal Bonsai"

"Wedding Toast"

Come in and take a look for yourself!

Friday, September 20, 2013

We have a new wood artist

The Gift Shop has a new wood artist, Greg Towne.  His pieces are just beautiful! Some of his work uses a technique that creates a lovely play of light and shadow. The finishes are lustrous, and the choice of different woods makes for interesting contrasts. I especially love when the grain of the wood shows through, and he has really achieved that special effect.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Our look has changed!

The new look for The Gift Shop blog is cleaner and less distracting. After all...what I want to shine is the artwork, not the background. There are also new "reactions" buttons where you can have an opinion about a posting without having to comment on it. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE comments! This feature will just make it easier for those of you who want to leave a quick word.

Our address has also changed to: . Like the blog it is now cleaner and simpler. I have enabled a redirect for the old address, but my tech skills are shaky at best, so I hope it works!

Friday, September 6, 2013

New pottery in The Gift Shop

One of our most popular pottery artists, Cheryl English, has just brought in some new work to The Gift Shop. All the pieces are reflections of her deep love and knowledge of all things "garden".

Beautiful leaf bowls that look like tiny little bird baths. Lovely nesting bowls with deep texture and pretty glaze. Not pictured here, but definitely worth a look, leaf sconces to hang on your wall.
Come in to see these and all our other treasures and check out the new exhibit "Monstrous" opening on Saturday, Sept. 7. at The Anton Art Center.

Monday, September 2, 2013

All about Michigan!

We have quite a few talented artists here at The Gift Shop who create pieces with Michigan themes, including: Gayle Krause, Constance Powell, Darlene Bosman, Jackie Brooks, and Winnie Chrzanowski. Plates, pins, photos, pen & ink, paintings, cards, calendars, you name it. Whether you want an iconic view of Detroit, a stunning photo of the Mackinac Bridge, or serving plates shaped like the state (both peninsulas), you will find it here.

If you are a resident of our fair state in need of a keepsake, or a visitor who wants to take home a little bit of Michigan, we have something for you at The Gift Shop.  

Reminder: The Art Party is coming! The theme this year is Black & White. It is an evening of dining and entertainment to benefit The Anton Art Center. Save the date: Thursday, September 19, 2013.