Holiday shopping is a work of art or two

It’s the season to buy other people things they may or may not want with money you may or may not have to spare. Purchasing large quantities of mass-produced goods during the holiday season is obviously what keeps the wheels of the industry turning endlessly, but a great way to bolster the local economy and buy unique gifts for locals. loved ones in your life is to shop locally and support Savannah’s Small Businesses.

There is a huge community of local artists and artisans who could benefit from your support this holiday season. Whether you’re looking for a meaningful painting or another non-traditional work of art, or even a lovingly handmade tchotchke or two, there are plenty of options to shop locally this summer. holidays. Below is a sampling of different events and venues that offer holiday shopping opportunities. The list is by no means exhaustive. There are plenty of other places that wouldn’t fit here, but hopefully this gives some ideas to those looking for something a bit out of the ordinary.

The Kobo Gallery Holiday Deal: 6pm-8pm Dec 7; 33 Barnard Street; kobogallery.com. Kobo is a downtown co-op gallery that’s great to visit any time of the year, but their holiday party offers something special for the season. There will be a variety of handcrafted holiday ornaments on sale to benefit Hospice Savannah as well as their regularly fantastic selection of local art, jewelry and other locally designed products by artists like David Kaminsky, Dicky Stone , Dana Richardson, Angela Burson, Matt Toole, Tobia Makover, Preston Orr and Daniel Smith.

First Friday market in December, “White Elephant” exhibition: 6pm-9pm Dec 7; Sulfur Studios, 2301 Bull Street; sulphurstudios.org. Yes, you can definitely get to two art events in one night. Especially when both are as good as Kobo and Sulfur Studios. This first Friday, Sulfur is having a big shebang which will include a winter block party with the Big Cheese food truck, their regular open studios where Sulfur artists will have their own wares to sell, and a street fair which will include lots of vendors. premises with an assortment of always interesting local creations. Their fourth annual “White Elephant” exhibit will also be on display with all works by local artists under $200.

City Market Open Day: 6:07 Dec; savannahcitymarket.com. City Market is home to a number of colorful and varied galleries, including AT Hun, Douglas Wisdom, Signature, Stephen Kasun, Haitian-born Alix Baptiste, and artist Gullah Sabree. This year offers another holiday treat with their open house. As they describe this year’s event: “Stroll through the flickering light of over 500 luminaries lining our two-block yard, lulled by carolers.” Pick up treats from the shops in the town market and watch for a glimpse of Santa Claus.

Picker Joe’s Christmas Party to Benefit Coast Pet Rescue: 6-9pm on December 8; 217 E. 42nd Street; information on Facebook. Strictly related to the arts, for a good cause and there are many interesting items to find. Their celebration will feature DJ – MXM Productions, with a guest appearance from Savannah Pipes & Drums. Festivities include Savannah’s award-winning Sandfly BBQ, assorted door prizes and more. Suggested $5 donation for Coastal Pet Rescue, which deserves every penny.

Desoto Street Holiday Market: 10am-5pm Dec 15; Desoto Avenue between 40th and 41st; information on Facebook. This “holiday interpretation” of the Desoto Street market will be in the shadow of Two Tides Brewery, which is co-sponsored with Forest and Fin Shop. Holiday-themed fun will include the Prowl food truck, hot holiday beverages and desserts, live music by the Corey Chambers Jazz Band, kids’ activities, maker and vintage booths, and special dark beers from TwoTides. There will also be a pet adoption drive with Coastal Pet Rescue during the family and family event.

Savannah Third ThursdayDec. 20: 5-8 p.m.; various downtown locations; Facebook.com/912ThirdThursday. This new monthly event is meant to encourage more people to get out and watch “after-hours art” every third Thursday of the month. Participating galleries are staying open later than normal and this month offers the perfect opportunity to browse some of the downtown art spaces for your last minute shopping. Some participating galleries include Roots Up Gallery, Tandem Art & Design, Downstairs Gallery, and Savannah Art Association.

Holiday Artist Collective: until January 5, Photopoint Gallery, 30 Cherokee St., Richmond Hill; deepsouthphotopoint.com. Run by the fabulous Joy Dunigan, this place offers “an upscale holiday art market featuring unique collectibles, original paintings, authentic photographs, fine art prints and gifts created by local artists” .

Laney Contemporary Holiday Shop Evening: 5pm-9pm Dec 12; 1810 Mills B. Lane Blvd.; laneycontemporary.com. Discover new small works for sale from represented artists like Betsy Cain, a selection of works from special guests like Lovelane Designs and small collage works by Marcus Kenney.

There are a number of other arts-related holiday events that have already taken place as of this writing, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still patronize the local businesses and galleries that help give back to Savannah its dynamism. There’s so much to mention, but notable ones include Rooting and Location Galleries in the Design District, as well as their neighbor Short P.W. featuring artists from Haiti, the Caribbean and Latin America, as well as various books, cooking utensils, locally produced dry goods and finely crafted interior décor. Starlandia art supplies in the Starland District is hosting a holiday art sale for the wonderful nonprofit Buckle it up Savannah! from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on December 7. And of course, Savannah is dotted with various museum stores like Telfair Museums and ShopSCAD. Go ahead and support your local artists and businesses!

Kristopher Monroe is a writer documenting the intersection of art and community. Contact him at [email protected] and follow on Twitter @savartscene.