The artists and artisans of Buffalo have a message for you: Malls are overrated.
Starting at 5 p.m. Dec. 2, in an effort to lure holiday shoppers away from the region's major shopping centers, artists and artisans in and around the Elmwood Village will open their homes, studios and gallery spaces for an event sponsored by the advocacy group Artists in Buffalo.
Important note: There will be free wine and cider.
Fourteen spaces will participate in this year's Holiday Open Studios, including traditional galleries and private studios that are closed to the public for most of the year. The largest concentration of artists, jewelers, glass-workers, printmakers and creative producers of all stripes will be in the Burchfield Penney Art Center (1300 Elmwood Ave.).
Other off-the-beaten-track venues include Marc Duquette's Drawing Room Academy of Realist Art (700 Parkside Ave., Suite 300), the Lafayette Clay Collective (286 Lafayette Ave.), Wild Things (224 Lexington Ave.) and Art on Bryant (296 Bryant St.).
Individual artist studios opening just for the evening include painter Gene Kuppinger's studio at 819 Bird Ave., painter and muralist Kristin Brandt's space at 242 Norwood Ave. and Chatham Pottery Studio at 190 Bryant St.
Here's a map of all the venues (click to see a larger version):
For more information on the event, visit artistsinbuffalo.org or call 881-2199.