Pauli Ochi has vision. She gets things done. So this year when she saw some open store fronts near her gallery—Ochi Gallery—she went into action. "I wanted a chance for local artists to gather together to sell their wares for the holidays," said Pauli. "I also wanted to give locals a chance to buy holiday gifts locally, from hard-working, creative artisans—there are going to be some really cool items for sale that are truly unique."
Pauli got together with Jack Bariteau owner of the Colonnade Building and Pauli's landlord at Ochi Gallery. "Jack was instrumental in helping us make this artist collective happen." said Pauli.
Anyone is welcome to the "Holiday Artist Collective". It's a free event for people to window shop or buy some holiday gifts. The Collective will be open from December 20-23 from 11am to 6pm at the Colonnade Building on 370 Walnut Avenue in between Farasha and Holli Jewelers. Here's a sneak peek of vendors and items for sale. And don't forget your checkbook or bring cash, as all artist don't accept credit cards—but many do!
DIANA CITRET / DIANA CRANE CITRET PHOTOGRAPHY
FANCIFUL TERRARIUMS BY BRADEN JON ANDERSON
HEARTS ON FIRE BY MARY ANN CHUBB
JAM DESIGNS JEWELRY AND ACCESSORIES
RAVEN DESIGNS BY BRENNA CAVANAUGH
LaRece Construction's cashmere fingerless gloves and customcashmere sweater, reconstructed from a family collection of vintage sweaters.
JAM Designs will be selling her eternity scarf collection, handmade earrings made with semi-precious stones and Swarovski crystals, necklaces and leather bracelets.
Hearts on Fire by Mary Ann Chubb. Each heart is one of a kind, raku fired—And jewelry too!
Hearts on Fire accepts credit cards.
Anita McCann has been collecting rosary beads and saint medals (from Europe and South America), vintage chains and Buddha medals for years.
Four years ago she started putting the pieces together and selling them as "Comfort Jewels". Each saint medals has meaning that brings comfort for people.
Come see the unique pieces she has assembeled in bracelets, necklaces or by themselves. She also designs custom pieces.
Prices start at $10. Anita also has fun bangle bracelets for the holidays ($35-$45 a set) and a selection of semi-precious rings (gold plate
over silver) and incredible CZ's set in sliver (rings and earrings) by her sister-in law Roxanne, from Malibu, Calif. Highest price being $150. Anita McCann accepts credit cards.
Diana Citret's photography. Some pieces are mixed media.
Gabriel Ohlson's ceramic art is diverse. Clay is an ancient medium whose various methods and forms accentuarte and enhance everyday life.
Gabriel's work seeks out an idealism that has lost its place in modern life and reminds the viewer/user of what is possible.