Holiday season is officially upon us. For some, this means a joyous time spent with family, copious amounts of food and relaxation by the fire. For others — erg, me — it means having a panic attack before rushing off to do last-minute shopping for an extended family including 12 (or is it 13?) cousins, friends, kids and a partner.
Lucky for last-minute shoppers and meticulous pre-planners alike, we at ArtsATL have curated a guide to local holiday shopping options. Whether you’re looking for baubles, knickknacks or other take-home art, these creative crafters have it all, and there’s nothing more thoughtful than a gift that gives back to the community by supporting local artists.
Spruill Gallery Holiday Artist Market. Through December 23. Spruill Gallery.
For more than 25 years, the Spruill Gallery’s Holiday Artists Market has been an annual tradition. Set in a Victorian home from the 1800s, this holiday market showcases handmade work from more than 100 local artisans. The market offers a variety of items, from ceramics and blown glass to bath products and holiday décor. New to the market this year are hand-blended teas from Thistle & Sprig, fruit spreads from Regina’s Farm Kitchen and pottery by Yesha Panchal and others. Returning to the event are favorites Think Pots, Reckless Eye Studio jewelry, Glak Love ornaments and the paintings of Lacy M. Freeman.
Goat Farm Open Studios and Holiday Sale. December 14. The Goat Farm Arts Center.
Three cheers for supporting local artists, which the Goat Farm Arts Center takes pride in doing with this year’s open studio and holiday sale. For three days, resident makers, artists, craftspeople, engineers and more open their offices, studios, workshops and secret laboratories to the public. Participating studios include Belyew Photography, Goat n Hammer, Kickass Cosplay, Maggie Davis Art and more.
Indie Craft Experience Holiday Market. December 9 at 11 a.m. Yaarab Temple.
The season promises a reprieve from the hot, humid Georgia summer and rings in holiday shopping opportunities. Founded by Shannon Mulkey Green and Christy Petterson, Indie Craft Experience Holiday Market returns for another year. ICE features more than 60 craft and vintage vendors, a variety of local food vendors and music by DJ Zano. Several booths will display art of different media including Bertha Escoto’s handmade ceramics, cartoon portraits and mini comics by Gina Kirlew, the beloved Tiny Doors ATL and many more. Parking is free, and $5 cash gets you into the market.
Atlanta Christkindl Market. Through December 23. Atlantic Station.
By tradition, Atlanta’s Christkindl Market returns to Atlantic Station to provide all the lights, ice skating, magic and shopping attendees can handle. The market invites shoppers to give a variety of products made by traditional German, Austrian and Swiss products and craftsmanship. Presented by the nonprofit organization German-American Cultural Foundation, the event provides a long-term fundraiser and means of spreading the German culture in the Southeast. Keep your “hanger” at bay with authentic bratwurst, glühwein, beer and other gourmet street food that pays homage to the German-American friendship. Family-friendly music entertainment keeps the mood light, and a variety of activities informs and educates on the German culture. Get learnt.
Little Things. Through January 4. Swan Coach House Gallery.
Returning for its 19th year, the Little Things exhibition features more than 100 local artists and offers works for sale in a variety of media including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, printmaking and three-dimensional art. “Every year I select a different group of artists in an effort to be inclusive and to showcase a variety of work — both in medium and in style — that is being produced in our state,” says Curator Marianne B. Lambert. “It makes me happy to see how many people love this show and the crowd that comes to buy the affordable work displayed.” Artists this year include Lisa Alembik, Liz Anderson, Steven Anderson, Linda Armstrong, Maria Artemis, Rose M Barron and many others.
Winter Solstice Gift Market. December 21 at 5 p.m. East Atlanta Village Farmers Market.
Alberolingarn Designs holds a fantastic market on the day of the winter solstice (December 21) to welcome in the colder months. More than 20 local crafters, artists and creators including Twin Ravens Studios, Unchained Emily, Sweet T’s Candles and Garden Goat Co. will offer a variety of items for sale for last-minute shopping. Drogo Coffee and Tea will keep spirits warm with hot drinks to celebrate the longest evening of the year. A large fire pit will be on hand for roasting s’mores, lighting the Yule Log and burning the solstice wreath. But while enjoying the cozy warmth of the fire and tasty drinks, it’s important to remember those less fortunate: the market hosts a clothing drive accepting donations of warm clothing.