Art and Invention gets a lot of press around Tomato Art Fest-season, but it's this time of year that I'm most grateful for the little gallery that always has the best selection of jewelry, ceramics, art pieces and other stuff you didn't even know you needed. They're also open until 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve, which makes them my go-to spot for last-minute purchases. I stopped by last night to take a look at their current stock — pictures of a few of my favorites are below.
- Ornaments by Janet Lee are $10-$15 each! After you toss the tree, you can repurpose these as window decorations, ceiling-fan pulls, or fancy tags to attach to a gift for your favorite friend. Endless possibilities!
- $23 feather balls are like tiny feather-filled sculptures that would make the fanciest ornament ever, or a really cool tschotske for your classy but hard-to-please mom.
- Cool sculptures by Maureen Hogan run from $40 for the littlest guys to $375 for the supremely cool dragons. They're quirky but not too cartoonish, and crafty in an idiosyncratic way that shows real talent.
- Elizabeth Foster's cute mounted honey bear heads are a totally affordable alternative to whatever you normally get your kid sister/college-age cousin.