Mispillion Art League features gifts created by local artists

MILFORD – With a recent boom in interest for shopping local, art leagues across the state have seen an increase in holiday sales.

Erica Rae, with the Mispillion Art League, said items displayed throughout the Milford location for sale make great holiday gifts, including paintings and prints seen during exhibits.

The holiday show, A Perfect Gift 2016, opened Tuesday, Nov. 15 features “smaller creations that are reasonably priced for gift giving,” according to the call for submissions.

Items found throughout the year inside the Mispillion Art League include cards, bookmarks, calendars, books, prints, framed art, 3D art and more.

“Everything is really well priced. And they’re local artists. It’s really a hometown feeling in here,” Ms. Rae said.

The league also features holiday-themed classes for locals to enjoy their own craft-making time.

Younger art enthusiasts 5-8 years old can enjoy Kids’ First Saturday: Gifting Your Art with Ms. Rae herself Saturday, Dec. 3 from 10-11 a.m. The event is $15 for members and $20 non-members. Students will have a chance to create a fancy frame. A personal photo will also be taken to accompany the frame.

For local potter and Milford resident Mimi Galligan, who is also the vice president of the Mispillion Art League board of directors and the chair of marketing, local art is a means to helping the local economy.

Ms. Galligan will have artwork of her own on display during the upcoming holiday show including pottery, soap dishes, little trays, mugs and serving bowls.

“If you buy a soap dish, you could go down the street to Cool Springs Cottage and buy soap. And there’s that gift. If you pick up a tray from Mispillion Art League, go down to Sugar Bee and pick up some nice chocolates or something special for the tray. If you pick up a mug, go to Dolce’s for a gift certificate,” she suggested.

“I think it’s that kind of looking up and down Walnut Street and see how you can combine something from one place with another to enhance the gift. It’s thoughtful; you really thought about the person you’re giving it to.”

Jennifer Antonik can be reached at mc@newszap.com

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