Christmas Gift Guides 2016: Art Lovers

Welcome to this year’s East Coast Christmas gift guide. Not only have we put together a stellar list of potential gifts for you to peruse, we’ve taken our gift guide to the next level! This week we’ll be releasing a six part series for you to mull over with suggestions for Atlantic Canadian gifts for all ages!

Our first instalment features some fabulous artists from across the region, specializing in a plethora of different mediums to ensure that there’s a little something for everyone in the mix.

Alison Gayton

Gayton never seems to fail when it comes to creating beautiful, intricate, and quirky ceramics for your home. This year she’s continued to raise the design bar with her beautiful series of ‘gold antler’ pieces available through TUCK Studio in Saint John, New Brunswick.  Not only do these home decor goodies offer a functional purpose, they’re also add an artistic tone to any dish collection. Your friends will thank you for levelling up their kitchen game this holiday season.

(Courtesy of TUCK Studio)

Young Studios

Working out of Joe Batt’s Arm, Newfoundland & Labrador, Adam Young of  Young Studio produces artwork that incorporates many of the themes of the Atlantic Canadian region. Combining architecture, animal life, and the ocean, the pieces balance modern and traditional elements into one. Each piece is truly a representation of the East Coast and some even provide interesting interpretations of symbols associated with each province.

(Courtesy of Young Studio)

Chris Foster

If you’re looking for an office friendly art piece, Chris Foster has got you covered. The artist, who graduated from NSCAD in 2008, creates beautifully quirky prints with a whole lot of character. One particularly unique piece, Convoy, is simply perfect for any office space that needs a little extra decor. Available online, these pieces are also an ideal gift for any new art collector as they’re a very affordable option for any newcomer.

(Courtesy of Chris Foster)

Anna Mathis

If you’re looking for some art work that won’t just make your wall stand out you’ll need to take a look at Anna Mathis and her handmade wearable art. Ploome Fiber Arts offers flirty ruffles, sassy textures and cozy merino wool that will make you want to be up close and personal with these one of a kind pieces! Available at the Sunday Market in Downtown Fredericton on December 18th. If you can’t make it out to see Anna in person be sure to sign up to the newsletter on the Ploome Fiber Arts website for the upcoming shows and workshops she has to offer.

(Courtesy of Anna Mathis)

Elizabeth Brown

Hailing from Liverpool, Nova Scotia, Elizabeth Brown is a woodcarver who focusses on human figures in her art. Her carvings feature faces and “wood spirits” that come both painted and in natural wood finishes. She prepares both seasonal and year-round designs that  fit into any space.

(Courtesy of Elizabeth Brown)

Come back throughout the week for more gift ideas. There’s something for everyone in our 2016 Gift Guide Series.

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