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Giving | Go Ahead, Bring the Art Home

Friday, December 7, 2007

Looking to give art this year? First, the good news: It seems as if every other art space in town is hosting some kind of holiday open house, affordable art fair or the like. The bad news? Most have already taken place. Most, but not all. Here are a few recommendations for last-minute shoppers:

For those wanting to go native: The National Museum of the American Indian's Holiday Art Market features the wares of native artists and craftspeople in the museum's Potomac Atrium. Details: Saturday-Sunday from 10 to 5:30 at the museum, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-633-5285). http://www.nmai.si.edu. Free.

For that special someone: Students, alumni, faculty and staff of the Corcoran College of Art and Design hawk one-of-a-kind fine art, jewelry and ceramics in the museum's atrium. Details: Friday-Saturday from 10 to 3 at the Corcoran, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1801. http://www.corcoran.org. Free

For everyone on your list: Students, faculty and staff of the Maryland Institute College of Art take over the school's Brown Center atrium to sell prints, posters, stationery, kids' items, ceramics, jewelry, textiles and clothing. Details: Friday-Saturday from noon to 6 at 1301 Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore. 410-225-2300. http://www.micadesign.org/artmarket. Free.

For those who must have a true original: Why buy art when you can make it? Drop off the young ones (kindergarten through 12th grade) at the Arlington Arts Center for one of several two-day children's giftmaking workshops while you finish shopping. Details: Each workshop is Saturday and Dec. 15; sessions run from 11 to 1:30 and from 2 to 4:30 at 3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703-248-6800. http://www.arlingtonartscenter.org. Cost is $40 for the two-day session; registration required.

If you like shopping online and are willing to take a chance, you might want to give gifts by these acclaimed local artists:

Linda Hesh. Surprise that special someone with a mug, T-shirt, door hanger or tote bag by the Trawick Prize finalist. Choose from such slogans as "I Feel So Lost" (from her "Desolation" project) or "I Like Brown People" (from her more button-pushing "White Liberal" product line). http://www.lindahesh.com/artproducts. $20-$40.

Elizabeth Lundberg Morisette. Known for her use of such unorthodox materials as twist ties, keys and zippers in her whimsical sculptural work, the artist has begun making necklaces out of Fisher-Price's line of Little People toys. Act quickly, the artist advises: "They're selling like hot cakes." http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5035588. E-mail rugworks@comcast.net. $100 and more.

Karin Birch. The artist, whose mixed-media work is part of "Pricked: Extreme Embroidery" at Manhattan's Museum of Arts and Design, sells a set of notecards featuring reproductions of her embroidery-, beadwork- and paint-based images. http://www.karinbirchnotecards.blogspot.com. Also available at the Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. $16.

-- Michael O'Sullivan

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