10 Gift Ideas for Arts Lovers

Need ideas for a last-minute gift item? Give the gift of local artwork! Here are some ideas:

Gift ideas for art lovers
The Contemporary Art Center’s sixth annual Small Wonder Gift Shop


  1. The Peoria Art Guild will feature artwork from member-artists at the Crimson Door Holiday Sale. The event opens on 12/6 and continues through 12/24, Tues-Sat, 9am to 2pm. peoriaartguild.org; (309) 637-2787
  2. Exhibit A Gallery features one-of-a-kind works of art by more than 100 local artists. Guest artists will display work in conjunction with special events on 12/7 and 12/14. Gallery hours are Mon-Fri, 10am to 5pm, and Sat, 10am to 4pm. exhibitagallery.net; (309) 693-6180
  3. The Contemporary Art Center’s sixth annual Small Wonder Gift Shop highlights small works from local artists—all priced for holiday gifts. Glass, ceramics, paintings, sculpture, jewelry and more are on display in Gallery 3R through 12/21. peoriacac.org; (309) 674-6822
  4. More than 25 vendors will offer arts, crafts, jewelry, collectibles and other items for holiday gift giving at the 10th annual Kristkindlmarkt, presented by the German American Central Society on 12/14 and 12/15. peoriagermans.net; (309) 691-7484
  5. Ear in the Envelope presents a Holiday First Friday on 12/6 with fine art gifts available from Ben Watkins (pottery), Sarah Nesbit (paintings) and Lizz Barnes (jewelry). Author Chris Marchand and illustrator Blair Clark will discuss their new collaboration, among other activities. facebook.com/events/2436597579939988
  6. Rolan Johnson 2019 ornament
    Rolan Johnson 2019 ornament
    Limited-edition ornaments based on the designs of Rolan Johnson are exclusively available from the Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception and at retailers Lagron Miller, Kay’s Hallmark, Skin Dimensions, Bronze Frog, Carlson Jewelers and Jones Bros. Jewelers. westpeoriasisters.org; (309) 674-2005 
  7. The Imaging exhibition at Peoria Magazines, featuring the artwork of Peoria-based women of color, will be on display Mon-Fri, 8am to 4:30pm, through 12/24 at 4736 N. University Street. All work is for sale except where noted. peoriamagazines.com; (309) 683-3060
  8. Studios on Sheridan in the Sunbeam Building will feature resident artists and creative gifts for December First Friday on 12/6. facebook.com/events/2647195748660436
  9. The artists at North Art Studios will host their first Holiday Open House on 12/15 from 11am to 3pm. facebook.com/events/551232565665301
  10. Looking to give an experience? The Peoria Art Guild is offering a Six Week Pottery Series with Tyler Brandon (ages 17+) and the six-week Creative Arts Discovery Club (ages 5-9 and 10-14) in January and February 2020. Register online at 309tix.com. PM
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