Friday, December 5, 2008

Get Your Holiday Shopping Done This Weekend

Posted on Fri, Dec 5, 2008 at 4:00 AM

Eek! Only 20 shopping days left until Christmas! Hit up these local art sales and shopping expos and put some gifts under that tree.

Got a baby boomer mom or stereotypical gay man on the shopping list? Purchase a photo of Bob Mackie's Cher doll standing in front of the Eiffel Tower tonight at the Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center. "The Cher Show" features Hugh Busby's photographs of his Cher doll posing in front of tourist spots around the world and even a few in Memphis (think Cher in front of the Lorraine Motel). The show opens tonight from 6 to 9 p.m.

If fancy, overpriced art is out of your budget, never fear. The Made In Memphis Arts Collective features affordable local arts and crafts by Alex Smythe, Alisa Botto, Angela Goza, Carolyn Olivia Dodson-King (who makes awesome vintage-like aprons), and lots of others. The show starts at 6 p.m. tonight at 2238 Central Avenue and runs through 9 p.m.

Tour one of Midtown's oldest 'hoods and purchase local art during the Evergreen Art Walk on Saturday and Sunday. Work by Martha Kelly, Elmore Holmes, Joan Kelly, and Linda Turpin will be on display in two homes in the Evergreen Historic District. The walk runs from noon to 5 p.m. on both days. For more information (like locations), call 725-9165 or 278-1216.

Go east this weekend for the Rural Route Art Studio Tour, an annual self-guided driving tour of art studios in rural Shelby County. Pick up paintings, sculpture, and pottery at four locations and you'll get a bonus behind-the-scenes look into the workspace of some local artists. Included on the tour are the Deborah Fagan Carpenter Studio (4881 Canada), the Lugar Bronze Foundry (11379 Hwy. 64), the Agnes Stark Studio (12675 Donelson), and Eads Gallery (12370 Washington). Tours run Friday through Sunday.

Double your money at Subsidium's Carrousel of Shoppes, an annual fund-raiser expo benefiting the Memphis Oral School for the Deaf. Over 100 merchants will be offering all sorts of gift items, like candles, clothing, antiques, handbags, jewelry, and art work. The expo runs until 6 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.

For more weekend ideas, check out the Flyer's online searchable calendar.

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