Give the Gift of Local Art

GiftOfArt2BY Merry Dudley

Cooler weather and shorter days are upon us. And at Q Gallery, that means the staff is thinking about their annual holiday show, A Gift of Art.
The holiday show is always an opportunity to create a sparkling and welcoming space where people can surround themselves with wonderful art. The artists bring in a lot of new work to make sure visitors have plenty of choices while shopping, and the artists love that they are able to offer local options for gift-giving.

“This is the sixth holiday season since the gallery opened up for business,” said Mary Lee Reineking of Q Gallery. “We plan featured exhibits that switch out about every two months, and the November-December exhibit always features a wide array of work, with a particular emphasis on gift shopping.
The artists cooperative currently includes 19 member artists. They exhibit their work at the Q Gallery throughout the year, not just during the holidays.

According to Reineking, that number has fluctuated over the past 5-1/2 years but has always been in the range of about 12 to 25 member artists.

“We exhibit the work of some non-member artists, as well,” Reineking explained. “Some of these consigning artists have work here year round, and some have work here only for A Gift of Art. This is a way for us to expand the variety and options for our customers.”

The holiday show opened in November and will remain open through January 3.

Kristie Cecil, another member of the artists cooperative, pointed out some of the things you shouldn’t miss at this year’s show.

“Highlights of this show include large panoramic paintings by Diane Bywaters, letterpress work by Alexander Landerman, distinctive one-of-a-kind ornaments by Jen Selwyn, hand-blown glass by Sharon Fujimoto and Kurt Klussendorf, raku pieces by Joe Clark, porcelain by Tim Marcotte, recycled feedback totes by Mary Sipiorski and small affordable woodcut prints by Justine Pawelski.

“First-time consignment artist John Davenport has two vibrant landscape paintings. Our jewelers, Erin Prais Hintz and Joan North, have many new offerings. Lora Hagen is back from the Northwoods with new work of her own.

GiftOfArt1The artists cooperative includes several accomplished photographers, including John Hartman, Michael Patrick, John Morser and Robert Rosen. Paintings and drawings are also popular offerings. Some of those artists include both Cecil and Reineking, as well as Mary Ellen Pollock, Joe Arts and Jeff Morin.
The show also features one-of-a-kind scarves, purses and wall art from Mary Therese Murphy. And Paul Klein has many new lamps that will light up those long winter days ahead, as well.

For the first time, the show includes quilted bags by Beverly Crane and lathe-turned pens by students from the Fernandez Center for Alternative Learning.

And don’t worry — while some items can be a bit pricey, there are plenty of items available at more affordable prices, too.

“Typically, you would find a price range at the gallery from approximately $30 to $1,000, with occasional items outside the range on either end,” Reineking said. “During this holiday show, we have some items [priced] under $25. We also always have a very nice selection of greeting cards and note cards created from original artwork.”

With so many wonderful gift options at Q Gallery, you might be able to find something for everyone on your holiday list.
“We are pleased and proud to be able to offer a peaceful haven for shoppers,” Reineking added. “[You’ll have] plenty of time to browse away from the bustle of crowds.

“By choosing to shop at Q Gallery, customers are supporting local artists, supporting the arts in general, and supporting a small local business. And shoppers are getting some great gifts, whether for others or for themselves!”

Q Gallery is open for your browsing and shopping enjoyment from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on Tuesday through Saturday. In the month of December, the Gallery will extend its normal Sunday hours to 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The gallery is closed on Mondays as well as Christmas Day.

The Q Gallery is located at 1108 Main St. in downtown Stevens Point.

Visit for more information, or call 715-345-2888 during business hours.

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