Gift Guide: The Gift of Making Art

December 8th, 2009, 4:27 pm by Sara

Shop local, we say. And support local artists.

You can do both at The Shop at The Arts Center, which always has high-quality, one-of-a-kind gifts made by local artists, all at a great price. They’re open through December 24th.

Or, more in the line of metaphorically teaching someone to fish, you can buy gift certificates for classes at the Arts Center. They’ve got a slew of them, from from the more typical drawing, painting and pottery courses to classes in video, yoga and exotic cupcake making. There are also classes specifically aimed at children and teens.

Over the years I’ve taken several classes here, and I’ve always enjoyed them, met interesting people and learned a lot. You (or the lucky recipient of your gift certificate) will too.

ACCR, 265 River Street in Downtown Troy.


Gift Guide: Mmmmm…Cashmere….

December 4th, 2009, 12:46 pm by Sara

Cuddly Mongolian cashmere goats

Cute and cuddly Mongolian cashmere goats

We’re all living with tightened budgets, to some extent, this year. You might think that you can’t afford pricey cashmere apparel and gift items this year. You’d be wrong.

Via Rural Intelligence, Cashmere Sample Sale is a cash-and-carry popup store on Warren Street in Hudson that is offering bargains on coats (from $50), sweaters (from $75), shawls ($7 and up) and a host of other items. They’re open daily through December 24. Seems like it’d be worth a trip anytime, but especially this Saturday during the Hudson Winter Walk, when they’ll be open until 8:30pm.

Gift Guide: It’s ArtCentric Day here in Nippertown!

December 3rd, 2009, 9:48 am by Sara


I like these headbands in case anyone wants to know.

I like these headbands in case anyone wants to know.

In honor of Debra Lockrow’s efforts to revitalize her neighborhood (and because it’s a rockin’ little art and gift shop) today’s gift guide focuses on ArtCentric Gift Gallery, a boutique stuffed with an eccentric variety of artworks, aprons, handbags, jewelry, small sculptures and other perfect gifts.

Need a plan? This Sunday (December 6) is the Troy Victorian Stroll, so you can stop by between 11am-5pm and also check out the paintings on Proctor’s facade.

Gift Guide: 99¢ and Up @ MCLA Gallery 51

December 2nd, 2009, 4:43 pm by Sara

99centsandup_s_MCLA Gallery 51 in North Adams has an opening reception on Thursday (tomorrow) from 5-7pm for 99¢ And Up: Art For a New Economy:

In these dire times of shrinking bank accounts, government bail-outs, and increasingly abstract concepts of value, there is an ever-growing need for creative survival and re-inventions of “worth.” For your consideration, we offer a selection of small, affordable works: in a sense these objects are “priceless,” but with a price tag somewhere between 99 ¢ and up. What’s it worth to you?

Give the gift of art, because it’s priceless. Free admission, do some bargain-priced shopping, support local artists and experience reality through creative eyes. What’s not to love?

Gift Guide: Baseball Box Set Bonanza

December 1st, 2009, 2:05 pm by Greg

As a public service to you many readers who are still searching for the perfect gifts for your loved ones, we’ll be spotlighting at least one gift suggestion daily this month. Most will be homegrown and/or handmade, but sometimes we’ll just point out something delightfully absurd.

Like “Signature Line: The Official World Series Film Collection” DVD box set.

Ah, yes, the box set is really getting out of control.

WorldSeriesThe “Official World Series Film Collection” set collects the dramatic and historic highlights of baseball’s World Series across six decades of World Series Films (1943-2008). The encyclopedic set is divided into 14 eras, featuring 50 hours of unforgettable baseball action captured on 20 remastered DVDs.

The 20-disc set lists for $229.95, but several online outlets are currently offering it for as low at $170.

But the true blue die-hard baseball fan might want to opt for the limited edition “Signature Line” version of the set – the one that features the Major League Baseball-authenticated autographs of a dozen Hall of Famers and World Series heroes.

That’s right, you can purchase a limited edition box set autographed by Yogi Berra, Bob Gibson, Reggie Jackson, Johnny Bench, Whitey Ford, Gary Carter, Bob Feller, Rollie Fingers, Carlton Fisk, Brooks Robinson, Mike Schmidt and Bruce Sutter.

The “Signature Line” box set is being offered in a limited edition run of only 100, and it’s available exclusively at and

For just $2299.

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