Expressions Gallery – How sweet it is

Sherry Blatner

Ladies and gentlemen, the clock is ticking (and yes, we have a hand-carved one for sale). Only 14 shopping days left until Valentine’s Day. I bet you have a heck of a list, including spouse, significant other, BFF, children, grandchildren and even a pet. Well, guess what, the Expressions Gallery is newly stocked with incredible gift selections for all.

Gentlemen, always worried you may make a purchase that just doesn’t fit? No worries, think jewelry. There is a sparkling array of necklaces that will fit any taste (or even body type). You may select from long and short lengths, one or multi strand, pendant or plain, large stones or seed beads. The necklace colors are striking or metallic. The materials are metal, crystal, pearl and gemstone. We have southwestern-styled necklaces with real turquoise stones or lovely turquoise-colored pieces. You may enjoy a piece made of fiber strands with clay beads. Too confused to make a choice? Choose several! You’ll certainly be a winner. Then add a finishing touch, a pair of earrings to complete the look.

Now, if you really want to bag the correct gift, we have some great new fabric clutch purses with metal clasps. For something sturdier, select a decorative ceramic purse with metal handle. Definitely, thinking outside of the box.

Ladies, for the men on your list we have a number of thoughtful choices. How about a book by a neighbor recounting true military exploits? Or, if you’d like to get out of the kitchen, buy him a copy of Favorites from our Table, by the PC Italian-American Club. Sign him up for a class in something out of his usual wheel house; choose from upcoming classes in pottery, abstract painting or woodworking.

For the babies on your list, yes, I really mean young babes; there are beautifully handmade sweaters or blankets. Little girls will love additional doll clothes and accessories for the American Girl they carry with them everywhere. Boys have a strong tendency to enjoy a fistful of polished stones; while they don’t come with instructions, add some advice to this gift.

For the home, choose from three cases filled with gourd art. Newly stocked are small metal utensils wrapped in copper wire and studded with beads. There are always glass gift items ranging from small to large, decorative or useful. Decorate your home with large or small paintings or drawings in many different media.

It really will take you a while to explore everything for sale in both the Gallery and the many showcase windows in the Creative Arts Center. But, before you leave, choose a handmade Valentine’s card; then become creative yourself and add some special words to the card.

P.S. Valentine’s Day is on a Wednesday this year and the Gallery will be open until 4:00 p.m.!