I hope you do a little shopping at my website, but I’ll be just as happy if you find other unique art to collect and give. Here are a few folks I love to get you started. I’ll keep adding to the list, so check back!
Berkeley Artisans Facebook Page
It’s an odd year for planning events, so keep up with local artists through their social media to catch the latest news. This site will give you the latest on Berkeley Artists who are open during the holidays!
I’m so happy to be Susan’s neighbor at my new studio. Walking into her space always raises my mood and inspires me. She works in a variety of media – drawing and painting, sculpture, jewelry and more. Soulful and playful; you are sure to find something that strikes your fancy.
Open weekends in December!
I met Alison under the redwoods in Mill Valley in 2000, at one of my first art shows! She and Eric showed me how to use a boat battery to run low voltage lights, and we’ve been trading tips and tricks ever since. Her craftsmanship and attention to detail is amazing. Her nature-inspired designs are a pleasure. She has recently migrated to Santa Fe, and I am very lucky to have taken up residence in her former studio in Berkeley. She teaches too!
IN BERKELEY DEC 11
After many, many years of debating and fussing, I finally got my own Hansen-heart. It may be the start of a collection. I feel like I get a big Anthony-hug whenever I see it, and if you’ve ever had one of those, you know they’re addicting.
Fantastical animals with a mythic flair. Original paintings, prints and small gift items from one of the most generous souls you’ll ever be lucky enough to meet.
He’s a Studio Artist at Arc Studios and Gallery.
Gregory Story Modern Clay
If you’ve ever admired my (wall) balls, and many of you have, maybe it’s time to get your own!
Balls, tiles, platters, sweet hearts for your sweethearts…
Mixed media magician, and anchor of the San Francisco art community. Sculpture and collage to stir your imagination.
I own a bib beautiful piece of hers, and it continues to speak to me, in different languages, every day.
Dianne is a Studio Artist at Arc Studios and Gallery.
Well of COURSE I love Matt’s work! Not only does he create beautiful, humorous, pointed photos, but he does it with outstanding, near miraculous cooperation of his fancy models.
We have been neighbors at many an art show, and there are few people I would rather sit out a Chicago thunderstorm with.
Follow him on Instagram for tales of art, bees, farming, and Missouri skies. (skip it if you don’t like spiders or snakes!)
Lisa Telling Kattenbraker
Contemporary American Batik. I love the meticulous way Lisa creates using a blend of traditional textile techniques. Her images radiate peace, love, and strength. And don’t we all need that? Hot Tip: she sometimes has small original pieces and lovely reproductions that are super affordable.
A fresh website for my go-to jeweler and friend and studio neighbor. Her work is unique and wearable. Once you start, it’s hard to stop. In a good way.
Home decor inspired by nature.
Feeling confined? Bring some of the outdoors in! I guarantee your succulent pillow will be a conversation starter on Zoom!
One of my great new neighbors at the Sawtooth Building!
Ayala Naphtali Jewelry Designer
I love wearing Ayala’s beautiful pieces. She works with unique materials, like this dyed coconut shell, and requisite lines. From everyday pieces to statement wearable art, you are sure to find something for yourself or for a gift. Or both.
Original oil pastels. Jennifer does some miniatures once in a while, but you have to JUMP or they’re gone, so follow her!
3 Fish Studios
The shop in the Sunset is closed, and I will miss the fantastic hours I spent there at work and play, but Eric and Annie are creating new and wonderful work, and their website is full of great gifts.
I’ve become more interested in bird-watching during quarantine, and it’s given me an even greater appreciation for Maggie’s skill and observation. Whether detailed, impressionistic or whimsical, her work captures the spirit of her subjects. Original paintings and very giftable prints.
Here’s a hot tip– if you like an artist’s work, get on their mailing list! A lot of artists are adapting to this time by producing smaller work or limited prints or having great sales. You will never know about these fantastic opportunities unless you follow the artist or get their mailings.
Uh-Oh. I went to Johnny’s site to get the link, and now I’m shopping. I have a lovely big Botts in my kitchen and it makes me smile every day.
See Saw Project
Kina Crow, Beth Bojarski, and Chris Dahlquist – artists and friends pioneering new ways to come together with the chronically curious. To feed your hunger for art with a peek behind the curtain – virtual events, studio tours and artist interviews. Check out the fantastic profiles of these artists and their wonderful Shout Outs to artists they enjoy. Archived videos are on YouTube Channel. If you miss art fairs, as an artist or a collector, you have to check this out.
Buying from independent artists, small businesses, theaters, and music makers NOW shapes the way our world will look when we are free to mix and mingle again.
Betsy and Iya
“Beautiful things made by people who care.” I get all warm and fuzzy about this enterprise. I met Betsy and Will on Crete in 2001, and I’ve watched them build a partnership, a business and a family. Their Portland storefront has become an anchor of the neighborhood, and it filled with Betsy’s jewelry and carefully curated goodies.
I love introducing people to people and things I enjoy. It’s particularly fun now, because geography doesn’t limit us. I can recommend theater in Chicago, an artist in Alabama, and a shop in Oakland. It’s one of the magical things about this time that I hope we hold on to.
Be Well. Stay Safe. Stay Kind. Keep Wearing Your Mask. Get Boosted. We can do this.