I don’t know about you, but I love this time of the year. The feeling of winding down after the year and looking forward ahead to the new year approaching. Warm evenings in music, putting up the Christmas tree and decorations… looking for and buying unique gifts for friends and family.
Toronto gets really quiet as people head off out of town the week before the Christmas Holidays to get a head start on the festivities and time with family, forsaking the city and leaving it the quiet streets to us townies. I love it. I tend to avoid traveling at Christmas, preferring to stay local, take long walks along the waterfront and, of cours,e take photographs. We’ll see if we have a white Christmas this year. I’m not betting on it, however a white Christmas brings with it opportunities for some beautiful art.
2014 has been an incredible year for my art photography and the best thing is – I’ve only just begun! From starting at the arts market with my art prints for sale to creating art prints from my trip to London England in September to being a finalist inner in the local Waterfront photography contest, to having my art on exhibition… it has been a year of discovery and achievements. Even more thrilling was something that happened recently…I personally delivered a canvas print to my buyer and in so doing learned the wonderful story behind the purchase of the art print. How cool is that? Very.
It’s not often that you get to know first-hand of the special connection between the buyer and the artwork. When it happens it’s magical and it’s something I will always remember. For me that’s what it is all about. More on the story later, however what I will say is that the artwork is to be a present, and I can’t wait to hear how it went! And in case you are wondering which art print it was, I am sure you won’t be surprised to learn it’s one of my favourite Toronto art prints – The Flatiron Building, also called the Gooderham Worts Building.
Art Makes a Unique Gift – So Why Not Give a Local Art Print?
If you’re looking for the perfect gift this year, or that last minute gift that is different from everything you’ve got before consider giving that special someone local art. Specifically a local art print created by a an artisan from your community.
It’s a great way to give something completely unique and thoughtful as well as something that lasts for years. Many people buy and appreciate art because of a connection or an emotion. They may not always be able to put this into words. It may be a particular place they love, a spot they grew up in or a memory of a special time in their lives, or even a hobby they enjoy (as in my toronto art print Fishing).
Look for local art prints for sale that speak to that special feeling, time and place and because no two art photographs or artwork are the same you are sure to be giving something quite unique – and you may even be the start of them collecting art themselves. Not to mention making your local artists very happy – we love having our art out there making a difference in people’s lives and the support for the local community is priceless. So whether you are buying for your Mum, your dad, your dentist, your doctor, your barber, hairdresser, local business or yoga instructor consider the gift of art.
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a very Happy New Year!!