Give the gift of art

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Are you looking for that special one-of-a-kind Christmas gift? Something funky like a painting of an alligator with a Santa hat … or just beautiful Beaufort-inspired Christmas cards?  

A portion of BAA’s Gallery will be transformed into a winter wonderland full of fine art and crafts especially created for the holiday boutique, which will be held through Sunday, Dec. 31, at 913 Bay St. in Beaufort.

The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; and from 12:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday.

Local member artists have been working all year to design unique works of art that they will only show in the holiday boutique. 

Hand-made, old-world Santas are always a hit; a return from a sell-out last year. Also included are small painting scenes of the Lowcountry, new lines of jewelry and the gold painted “auratone” photographs. Santa figures painted on glass and wood have also become a sought-after item.    

One of BAA’s potters also created a new line of small ornamental bowls and vases just for this event.  

Additionally, the Christmas tree will be filled with hand-painted porcelain ornaments as well as very popular hand-crafted oyster angels and dried okra Santas.   

Although the gifts are mainly holiday-inspired, not all the new art will be seasonal. Some of the artists have created new products that will just be available for the holidays. 

All items are entirely the creative work of the artist and one-of -a-kind.  

“It’s a great opportunity to buy original art for a small price,” said Kim Painter, gallery chair. “Items start at $10 and small paintings are available for under $25. Once they’re gone you will have to wait until next year for the 2018 collection.”  

The main gallery will also be exhibiting the work of over 65 local member artists.   

Visit www.BeaufortArtAssociation.com.