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Support local artists at Burchfield Penney’s holiday art and gift sale

Skip the impersonal online shopping this year and head to Burchfield Penney Art Center for their annual Art Is A Gift: Holiday Art & Gift Sale, Dec. 6-8, to find handmade works from over 100 local artists.

“This is a great opportunity to meet the makers and give a truly meaningful gift while supporting working artists,” said Kathleen Heyworth, director of marketing and communications at the Burchfield Penney. “The concept of local shopping has become more popular every year and this show serves as an anchor for city shopping during the holidays.”

In addition to the artisans featured in the Museum Store, an additional 50 local artists will showcase their wares, including jewelry, leather, accessories, ceramics, fiber, wood, glass and more. There’s literally something for everyone, ranging from inexpensive stocking stuffers to high-end works.

“This is really the marquee event for artists, and they look forward to coming every year,” added Heyworth.

Not only does this event offer great exposure for the artists, the sale is also a fundraiser for Burchfield Penney—so you can feel good knowing that every purchase supports the work of the museum, with artists contributing 20 percent of their sales.

The Museum Store will also be running special offers during the three-day event and carries a wide array of specialty items inspired by quintessential Buffalo artist Charles Burchfield himself, including scarves, neckties, books, notecards and more.

Also a great gift for art lovers and history buffs alike: a 240-page limited-edition encyclopedic record that was recently published in conjunction with “In the Fullness of Time: Painting in Buffalo, 1832-1972,” which runs through March 1 at Burchfield Penney and celebrates 140 years of important works and the painters who had a lasting impact on the region’s art scene.

Make a day or night of it by grabbing a glass of wine or a bite from Burchfield’s Café by Oliver’s and get your shop on Friday, Dec. 6 from noon to 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 8 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Event and parking is free.