Friday, December 26, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Spirit of creative exchange goes on year-round at Art Center

By
From page A5 | November 28, 2012 |

Children’s Secret Store shoppers, shepherded by their volunteer helper, make their gift purchases at the Holiday Sale at the Davis Art Center. Courtesy photo

Check it out

What: Davis Art Center Holiday Sale

When: Noon-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday

Where: 1919 F St.

Info: www.davisartcenter.org

The holidays are here, but the elves have been working all year long.

I’m not talking about Santa’s elves (although I’m sure they’ve been very busy, too). I’m talking about the Davis Art Center elves. Over the past year, the elves have made more than 700 hand-crafted items that will be sold this weekend in the Davis Art Center Holiday Sale Children’s Secret Store, a kids-only shopping experience.

The Secret Store has always been a favorite part of the Holiday Sale. Seeing kids’ eyes light up when they’ve picked out special gifts for their loved ones all by themselves is adorable kid empowerment. And while teaching kids to shop, we figured we should instill some values as well. So now, the kids can shop locally and sustainably, purchasing gifts made by local artists as well as local kids and adults who participate in our workshops — otherwise known as our Art Center elves.

Last year, the Art Center started the Green Table at the Secret Store, a table dedicated to locally and sustainably made gifts. This year, we expanded the idea by creating the elves workshops. The elves get to learn a craft and supply the Secret Store with cool “green” stuff.

These workshops are also doing something more profound. The elves workshops have allowed the Art Center to create a new opportunity to involve our community in art-making, and extending the generous, collaborative spirit of the holidays year-round.

As the Art Center continues to work toward our new mission to be a creative gathering space, we are more committed to the idea that art and civic engagement go hand in hand. Art brings people together, and that is what the elves workshops are about. The workshops bring people together to create, and the Holiday Sale brings people together in creative exchange.

This year, more than 50 Girl Scouts from local troops participated in the elves workshops, making 300 items from recycled materials. And many Davisites participated in public workshops as well. Instead of bringing their craft project home to hang on the own fridge, their magnet or painted coaster will bring joy to a child who picks out that gift for a special someone to receive. Making art for someone else is about generosity, and that is the true spirit of the season.

As the co-chair of this year’s Holiday Sale, I hope to strike a delicate balance between honoring this incredible community tradition and creating new innovations like the elves workshops. I’ve focused on developing more local partnerships and creating a more in-depth sense of community surrounding the Holiday Sale.

The Green Table has become a galvanizing force — it has encouraged people to make art and it has created opportunities for teaching artists to reach some people who they never would have through a regular class. And that’s just the beginning of some of the new things we are doing.

This year we are collaborating with more local organizations like Davis Pedicab, Strelitzia Flower Company and Stone Soup Catering. Whole Foods is contributing goodies for our 70 artisan vendors and 100 volunteers who make the Holiday Sale run smoothly.

The sense of community and generosity is a driving force throughout the entire Art Center organization, not just the Holiday Sale. After receiving feedback from our patrons, the Art Center just launched the Make Art Happen campaign, raising funds to initiate some changes that our patrons have said that they want — making the space more comfortable and inspiring and our virtual presence more user-friendly. We hope that these changes will make the Art Center more inviting to the Davis community and will make everybody who walks into the Art Center feel inspired to have a creative experience.

Everybody will certainly feel the creative spirit this weekend at the Holiday Sale when more than 70 artisans will set up shop for the three-day extravaganza of local artisan talent that is the Holiday Sale. The sale itself lasts only three days, but it is my hope that the spirit of creative exchange will extend throughout the year. I hope to see you at the Art Center!

— Shelly Gilbride is the new director of development and special projects at the Davis Art Center; this column is published monthly. Reach her at shelly@davisartcenter.org or 530-756-4100.

Comments

comments

Shelly Gilbride

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

    Exchange students bring the world to Davis

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Pastor has many plans for CA House

    By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Transit survey: 47 percent ride bikes to UCD campus

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    Playing Santa

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2 | Gallery

     
    Goats help recycle Christmas trees

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2 | Gallery

     
    Davis Bike Club hears about British cycling tour

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Pick up a Davis map at Chamber office

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Sierra Club calendars on sale Saturday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Special holiday gifts

    By Sue Cockrell | From Page: A3

     
    Woodland-Davis commute bus service expands

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Learn fruit tree tips at free class

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Explorit: Get a rise out of science

    By Lisa Justice | From Page: A4

    NAMI meeting offers family support

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

     
    Yoga, chanting intro offered

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

    .

    Forum

    Blamed for her sister’s rage

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

     
    How much for the calling birds?

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

     
    Steve Sack cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A10

     
    Many ensured a successful parade

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

    Thanks for putting food on the table

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

     
    .

    Sports

    Patterson is college football’s top coach

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Clippers get a win over Golden State

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Two more for the road for 9-1 Aggie men

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    NBA roundup: Heat beat Cavs in LeBron’s return to Miami

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B10 | Gallery

     
    .

    Features

    .

    Arts

    ‘Unbroken': A bit underwhelming

    By Derrick Bang | From Page: A11 | Gallery

     
    Folk musicians will jam on Jan. 2

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

    .

    Business

    Passat: Roomy, affordable sedan with German engineering

    By Ann M. Job | From Page: B3 | Gallery

     
    .

    Obituaries

    James J. Dunning Jr.

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    Floyd W. Fenocchio

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

    .

    Comics

    Comics: Friday, December 26, 2014 (set 2)

    By Creator | From Page: B7

     
    Comics: Thursday, December 26, 2014 (set 1)

    By Creator | From Page: A9