Art show offers one-of-a-kind holiday gifts

The Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center’s newest art show will allow visitors the opportunity to purchase unique handmade gifts for the holiday season.

The Small Works and Holiday Show runs now through Dec. 20 and showcases a variety of affordable artwork created by 168 WCAC member artists.

Among the pieces are paintings of nature, winter and holiday scenes and other designs as well as photos, and other wall décor; sachets; bookmarks; jewelry; holiday greeting cards and note cards; books and CDS; pins, scarves, and other wearable art; rock paintings; and holiday ornaments. Gifts range in price from less than $20 to more than $100.

“We are very excited about the range in mediums in this year’s show,” said Apryl Altman, WCAC’s artistic vice president and one of the coordinators of the show.

“We have a nice variety of things for people who are looking for unique gifts. New this year we have hand-painted silk scarves that are just beautiful…. There is something for everyone.”

The Small Works and Holiday Show features artwork in WCAC’s Main and Fireside Galleries by new exhibitors as well as those who are veterans in their medium. Roughly 160 wall paintings are available for purchase in addition to the other pieces on display.

This is the second year Ann Lee’s work has been highlighted at WCAC. Lee makes free-lace scarves using scraps of old silk as well as jackets, pillows, wall quilts and embroidery using a variety of fabrics.

“I’m so glad to have this opportunity to show my work,” said Lee, who moved to the area a few years ago from Massachusetts. “I joined WCAC before I even moved down here. WCAC president Janis Wood has been very encouraging.”

Traute Leemann, a native of Germany who began making hand-painted silk scarves in 1986, has about a dozen scarves on display at this year’s show. Leemann also creates one-of-a-kind pillows, sachets, wall hangings, and other pieces and has shown her work at WCAC on and off through the years.

“The art center took a chance on me, and it’s been incredible,” she said. “I love coming out and connecting with people through art.”

Want to go?

The Small Works and Holiday Show runs through Dec. 20 at the Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center, 110 Westover Ave. The show is free and open to the public. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 757-229-4949 or check out visitwcac.org.

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