Thursday, March 31, 2016

Got Cards?...Frame ,em!

We have so many beautiful choices of wall art here at The Gift Shop, from watercolors to oils, photography to collage, bright to pastel, and realistic to abstract. What may interest you is that many of our 2-D artists also recreate their art onto cards, and are perfect for framing all on their own.
Featured this week will be cards from: Catherine Firmbach, Winnie Chrzanowski, Diane Bowman, and Abigail Davidson.

One of Catherine Firmbach's (FIR) cards.

A card from Winnie Chrzanowski (CHRZ).

A set of cards from Diane Bowman (BOW).

Several card choices from Abigail Davidson (DAVI).
(Remember, the letters in parentheses after each artist's name show their code. When you see that code on work in The Gift Shop, you will know who created it.)

Visit us soon to see these cards and so much more at The Gift Shop.
Make sure to see the current exhibit here at Anton Art Center  "2016 Macomb County Annual Secondary Student Show"  on display until April 9.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Flowers Galore at The Gift Shop

Spring is finally here! Wouldn't  it be a great time to freshen up your home with some lovely flower art? We have some beautiful choices here at The Gift Shop from artists Helena Kuttner-Giasson, Winnie Chrzanowski, Hilda Havlik, David Dinsdale, and Mary Tassone.

First are two paintings of spring flowers from Helena Kuttner-Giasson. So very pretty!

Helena Kuttner-Giasson (KUTT)

Next is a photo from Winnie Chrzanowski entitled "Queen of the Prairie".

Winnie Chrzanowski (CHRZ)

This sweet photo from Hilda Havlik is aptly titled "Bloom Where You Are Planted"

Hilda Havlik (HAV)
David Dinsdale  incorporates his photos into glass to create cutting boards and trivets. Here is one of his trivets featuring a coneflower and a Monarch butterfly.

David Dinsdale (DINS)
Mary Tassone has been doing some interesting work with alcohol inks. Here she has painted bright spring tulips a ceramic plate.

Mary Tassone (TASS)
(Remember, the letters in parentheses after each artist's name show their code. When you see that code on work in The Gift Shop, you will know who created it.)

These works and so much more can be found at The Gift Shop. Shop for yourself, or select a unique, one-of-a-kind gift for someone special.

While you are at The Gift Shop be sure to see  "2016 Macomb County Annual Secondary Student Show" . This is an enjoyable and inspiring exhibit. Bring in your children so they can see just what they can accomplish through the Arts!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

New light, bright Spring jewelry at The Gift Shop

Here at The Gift Shop our jewelry artists have created fresh new wearable art just perfect for Spring! Each piece is bright, light and fresh!
Here are samples of some of our Spring necklaces.

Bracelets are just as bright and beautiful!

Aren't they pretty?

Earrings are just as lovely, and many will perfectly compliment our other jewelry selections. Here is one pair of earrings that really says "Spring"!

We also have new polymer clay pins.

Come in to see these, and many more Spring selections.

Don't forget to see the current exhibition "2016 Macomb County Annual Secondary Student Show"  As always I am just amazed what talent these young people display!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Gifts for your Garden and Wildlife at The Gift Shop

We have a few more days to go, but I think we are all ready to think Spring! That means more time outside. Here at The Gift Shop we have some fun and functional creations to add to your outdoor spaces that will brighten your gardens, and help wildlife.

Who doesn't love the sweet sound of wind-chimes? We have them created from glass and ceramic, each with their own special music.
First we have examples of chimes created from glass by Theresa Lowe. She uses fused stained glass, and beads attached to tree branches.

Glass wind-chimes from Theresa Lowe (LOWE)
Next we have ceramic chimes from Nancy Garcia. She uses glazed ceramics, and glass beads, attached to branches for her pieces.

Ceramic wind-chimes from Nancy Garcia (GAR)

How about something special for the birds? Tom Need has created  Oriole feeders for these special birds. Orioles are attracted to the bright orange color of the feeder, and the sweet treats that you add to the glass feeding bowl.
Oriole feeder from Tom Need (NEED)

The birds will also love to drink from one of these special bird-baths from Nancy Garcia. Each is fashioned from ceramic clay, glazed with a wildlife friendly glaze, and a sturdy branch to perch on.

A ceramic bird-bath from Nancy Garcia (GAR)
If you have toads in your yard, they will want to adopt one of these toad houses from Nancy Garcia for their own. They are made from ceramic clay and come in small and large sizes.

A small toad house from Nancy Garcia (GAR)
(Remember, the letters in parentheses after each artist's name show their code. When you see that code on work in The Gift Shop, you will know who created it.)

Come in soon. The weather is getting warmer, and we would love to see you here at The Gift Shop.

Starting Saturday, March 12, be sure to check-out the incredible art work from our talented young people at the "2016 Macomb County Annual Secondary Student Show" here at Anton Art Center.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

New Artists bring fiber, wood, and home decor to The Gift Shop

This week we look at our new fiber, wood, and home decor artists. All five come to us from Christmas Market 2015.

First is Wanda Nowak. She has been very successful creating and selling her brightly lit Christmas decor, now she has brought us decorated lamps for the home. The lamp pictured would be so cute in a child's room.

Owl lamp created by Wanda Nowak (NOW). 

Next we have three fiber artists, each with their own special flair.

Wendy Kwiecinski has a very versatile line of purses, backpacks, and "One-Eyed Monster" badge pulls. All her pieces are created from re-purposed fabrics, and up-cycled items.                

One of Wendy Kweicinski's (KWI) backpacks.

Linda Pussehl sews a lovely line of purses in several sizes. Many designs can be selected to make sets.

Here are several styles of purses from Linda Pusshl (PUS).

Linda Talbot has brought in her bright, imaginative fabric pins. Her three pins below have been fashioned from felt, buttons, and beads.

 Linda Talbot's (TAL) pins.

Victor Pone is a wood artist. His inlaid wooden trivets and bread boards are just beautiful.

One of Victor Pone's (PON) lovely inlaid wood pieces.

(Remember, the letters in parentheses after each artist's name show their code. When you see that code on work in The Gift Shop, you will know who created it.)

The Anton Art Center Newsletter is now highlighting an "Artist of the Month", chosen from our Gift Shop artists. More recognition for the talented artists in our Gift Shop!