A gift guide for Treasure Valley arts and culture lovers

Got an artist, art lover, or just an art snob on your list? Consider these ideas.

December 13, 2013 

Got an artist, art lover, or just an art snob on your list? Consider these ideas:

• Put Shakespeare in someone's stocking with tickets for individual plays or an entire season. Idaho Shakespeare Festival now offers gift certificates for any amount. And early-bird deals will save you up to 40 percent depending on the package.

This summer's repertory season is "Deathtrap," opening May 30; "As You Like It," opening June 6; "Les Miserables," opening July 3; and "The Merry Wives of Windsor," opening Aug. 1. The September play is "Steel Magnolias." IdahoShakespeare.org.

• Let the visual art lover in your life explore the Boise Art Museum for a full year. Memberships come with loads of perks, including free admission, invites to opening night parties and special events. They run $35 to $45 for an individual, $60 and $90 for families. BoiseArtMuseum.org.

• If you have a dancer of any age on your list — that includes your ballet-dancing 12-year-old niece — think feet. Most dancers have a collection of foot lotions, scrubs and rollers. Instead, decorate their feet with wildly colorful and funky tights and socks. Dragonfly, 414 W. Main St., Boise, has a knockout selection, including these colorful stockings ($33) and other fun foot coverings from Dub & Drino.

• Many art lovers also love food. Check out this rich wooden cutting or serving board by Boise woodworker Ed Steckmest. He uses scraps from the fine, handcrafted furniture he makes to craft these beautiful boards. This walnut and cherry board sells for $58 at the Boise Art Museum gift shop, 670 S. Julia Davis Drive, Boise, where sales support the museum. (Other boards cost $68 and rolling pins are $29-$36.) SteckmestFurnitureDesign.com.

• For art lovers who also love their pets, think about metal artist Zella Bardsley's charming cat and dog holiday ornaments, cut from her signature brushed steel and hand-painted. They are $12 each at Art Source Gallery, 1015 W. Main St., Boise. While you're there, check out jewelry, coasters, glass, ceramics and art that's ready for giving.

• Screen printer Arin Arthur's silk-screened scarves ($45) paired with leather artist Therese Patek's hand-cut leather necklaces ($14) are beautiful, wearable art. Find them at Mixed Greens, 237 N. 9th St. in Boise. Patek creates the necklaces from scraps left over from making her bold handbags. ILikeMixedGreens.com. For more wearable art, check the Indie Made boutique at 108 N. 6th St. It's filled with handcrafted items by area artisans. ShopIndieMade.com

• Check out UncommonGoods.com. It's got a host of creative gifts to choose from, such as the Mockingbird Birdhouse ($120) by Pennsylvania-based artist Dave Vissat. The online marketplace strives to offer creative, sustainable products at a fair price. And when you check out, you can donate to one of the nonprofits it supports.

• Any artist on your list — from dancer to painter — can use a cool bag to tote their gear around in this year. This bag made from up-cycled materials from Jeni McCullough's Revamp ($30) has extra pockets for storing paint brushes, pointe shoes or whatever your artist needs to carry. Find it at Bricolage, 418 S. 6th St., Boise.

• The eclectic world traveler on your list will love F.T. Renner Co.'s decorative items. They're made by Haitian artisans who cut tin from recycled oil drums. This Buddha face is $78 at the Boise Art Museum gift store and can be hung inside or outdoors. Part of the proceeds go back to the artist.

• With Boise's vibrant art-glass scene, there are many options to give beautiful and aesthetically pleasing decorative and functional plates, platters, dishes and sculptures. You can find Zion Warne's glass art at Art Source Gallery. Also check out the work of Filip Vogelpohl and other glass artists at Boise Art Glass, in the Ming Building at 6th and Myrtle streets. ZionArtGlass.com and BoiseArtGlass.com and Fusions Glass Studio, 135 N. 2nd St. in Eagle. Fusions-Idaho.com.

• Give the gift of creative time keeping with these local art calendars. Photographer Mark Lisk's Idaho calendar ($13.99) is available at Lisk Gallery 403 S. 8th St., Boise. You might also be able find them at Costco. Also, check out Troy Passey's very contemporary, limited edition calendar ($55) at the Boise Art Museum gift shop. LiskGallery.com.

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