The Contemporary Dayton has transformed its gallery into the Annual Holiday Gift Gallery. More than 70 local and regional artists have created original, fine art pieces perfect for holiday gifts. LISA POWELL / STAFF

NOW OPEN: The Contemporary Dayton has the holiday season wrapped up with handcrafted gifts  

Shopping for a one-of-a-kind gift can be merry and bright at The Contemporary Dayton’s Holiday Gift Gallery. 

The gallery space has been transformed into a holiday wonderland for the annual event showcasing more than 70 local and regional artists. 

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“It’s always the most fun, colorful, original, homemade shopping experience that everyone looks forward to all year,” said Eva Buttacavoli, executive director and chief curator. “The idea is to come and find an original gift.” 

The Contemporary Dayton’s Annual Holiday Gift Gallery begins Nov. 14. More than 70 local and regional artists have created original, fine art pieces perfect for holiday gifts. Dennis Walker has created colorful glass ornaments. LISA POWELL / STAFF

Visitors can browse a variety of work from fine craftsmen including glass ornaments, ceramic pieces, knit scarves and tabletop sculptures. 

The gift prices are at every level Buttacavoli said, ranging from $15 to $500. 

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“Some people are unsure about buying contemporary art. This is a perfect entrance into that idea because a gift by a local artisan can be very affordable.” 

Twenty-five artists were commissioned to create hundreds of ornaments in their style and medium that are $25 and under. Commissions from the gift gallery will benefit the artists and the Contemporary Dayton. 

The Contemporary Dayton has transformed its gallery into the Annual Holiday Gift Gallery. More than 70 local and regional artists have created original, fine art pieces perfect for holiday gifts. LISA POWELL / STAFF

Shelves and wall space in the gallery are filled with unique objects. Among the selections are colorful hand-blown glass art by Jim De Lange, knit hats and scarves with unique stories created by Susan Brockman and a contemporary hall table made from metal and American black walnut by Burgess Gow. 

The normally white-walled gallery space is also a work of art. 

 

Chris “Red” Newman, a Dayton Emmy award-winning set designer, has created a “wow factor” decorating with oversized whimsical cutouts of holiday trees and ornaments. Artist Atalie Gagnet was commissioned to paint large-scale lettering throughout the gallery that reads “All is bright.” 

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The Contemporary Dayton’s Annual Holiday Gift Gallery begins Nov. 14. More than 70 local and regional artists have created original, fine art pieces perfect for holiday gifts. Colorful pendants are made by Guustie Alvarado. LISA POWELL / STAFF

There will be three pop-up parties and celebrity gift wrap nights during the event. 

“Pop-up Pastry Shop by St. Anne the Tart” will be held Thursday, Dec. 5 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Rubi Girls will be the celebrity gift wrappers. 

On Thursday, Dec. 12 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. “WYSO in the House” will feature DJ Radio Basim with special food truck vendors. Luke Dennis and Nike Dakota from the radio station will be gift wrapping. 

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The Contemporary Dayton’s Annual Holiday Gift Gallery begins Nov. 14. More than 70 local and regional artists have created original, fine art pieces perfect for holiday gifts. Among the pieces are paintings by Doug Fiely. LISA POWELL / STAFF

“Beer & Peanuts,” featuring select brews from Ale-Fest organizer Joe Waizman will be Thursday, Dec. 19 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The celebrity gift wrappers will be Mayor Nan Whaley and the city commissioners. 

“This time of year is so special for our visitors because they come in and we have completely transformed the gallery,” Buttacavoli said. “It’s warm and inviting and full of handmade fine crafts that our artists in the community have created.” 

WANT TO GO? 

WHAT: The Contemporary Dayton Holiday Gift Gallery 

WHEN: Open now through Dec. 21. Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. On Thursdays and December First Friday, the gift gallery is open until 8 p.m. Closed Sunday and Monday. 

WHERE: The Contemporary Dayton, 118 N. Jefferson St., Dayton 

MORE INFO: (937) 224-3822 or www.thecontemporarydayton.org

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