Local series provides a cavalcade of smart, creative gift ideas designed to
make your holidays merry and artful. We're asking local tastemakers, arts
leaders and curators of culture for their ideas for best bets.
Today's Gift Giver: With her exhibit
opening at the Indianapolis Art Center this week, conceptual figurative painter
Pentecost is more than a little busy. A packed schedule is par for the
course for this artist, illustrator, logo designer, mural planner and 2014 Skip
McKinney Faculty of the Year Fellow with the Art Center. But she took a moment
away from preparing for her retrospective exhibit of sculpture, drawings,
paintings and digital media artwork to spotlight another local artist who
showcases the beauty of both nature and watercolors.
Courtesy of Vandra Pentecost
Vandra Pentecost suggests clevering up how you package gifts to show even more thought and creativity.
Her Recommendation: The nature gift cards created by Wildworks artist Carrie
Wild, which you can get on the
artist's web store. "These are great for nature lovers and fans of
beautiful, sensitive work from a local watercolor artist. Carrie combines
technique and narrative in her pieces, and I think that creates a whole world
for her images to live in."
Another recommendation from Pentecost: To set the stage for your unique gift, show your originality with its presentation. Bag the gift bag idea and embellish boxes and other clever packaging materials instead. "Use your creativity to wrap
your presents," says Pentecost. "For a child's gift box, add elements to make
an animal face. For a teen, spruce up a CD cover and make it into a gift card
attached to a larger present wrapped in a new T-shirt. For those into
recycling, use comics or decorate brown paper bags with leaf-shaped stamps cut
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