Holiday Gift Ideas: Good Things Come in Small Packages

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Installation view of Small Things Mean a Lot at the Swan Coach House Gallery.
Installation view of Small Things Mean a Lot at the Swan Coach House Gallery.

The holiday season is in full swing in the Atlanta art community, with many galleries mounting group shows featuring small, affordable works. You can give a gift that really does keep on giving, without breaking the bank. (Please check each venue for holiday hours.)
The Swan Coach House Gallery’s annual holiday art show Little Things Mean a Lot, is up through January 4, 2014 (you can pick up something for yourself after Christmas for 20 percent off). Over 100 established and emerging artists from Georgia have works on view, so it’s a great opportunity to see who’s up to what and to make new discoveries. As pieces sell, they are replaced, keeping the selection fresh. Nifty cardboard security cameras by David Baerwalde can be had for $40, and works by Jiha Moon, Andy Moon Wilson, Joe Peragine, Ashley Anderson, and Sarah Emerson are among the hundreds of others on offer.
Martha Whittington, UA – B08, felt, poplar, steel and wind-up motor, 6 by 4.25 by 4.25 inches; $350 at Whitespace.
Martha Whittington, UA – B08, felt, poplar, steel and wind-up motor, 6 by 4.25 by 4.25 inches; $350 at Whitespace.

Kibbee Gallery’s Nick O’ Time exhibition is open through December 28. All works are priced under $300, and include those by Mike Black, Bethany Collins, Jaynie Crimmins, Erin Palovick, and Robert Sherer.
A festive opening on December 14 kicked off the December Show at Whitespace, with drag queens performing in the courtyard. By comparison, the inside works by gallery artists are comparatively subdued. Ranging in price from $175 to $2,500, they include ink drawings by Craig Dongoski, colorful photos by Robin Bernat, a painting by Ann-Marie Manker, fabric constructions by Laura Bell, and a drawing by Jonathan Bouknight. The show runs through January 4, 2014.
David Baerwalde's cardboard security cameras, $40 at Swan Coach House Gallery.
David Baerwalde’s cardboard security cameras, $40 at Swan Coach House Gallery.

Spruill Gallery in Dunwoody is holding its Holiday Artist’s for another week, until December 23, selling everything from ceramic ornaments to wire jewelry. Anything remaining on the final day will be 20 percent off.
Other galleries also have affordable gifts for the art lover in your life, including {Poem 88}, which has art books and catalogues for $75 and under on such subjects as Lorna Simpson, Douglas Gordon, Peter Doig, the Bauhaus, and the Rubell Family Collection. Artworks by Nikita Gale, Sean Abrahams, Ted Fair, Christina Price Washington and P. Seth Thompson can be had for under $500. And Atlanta artist Deanna Sirlin’s new book She’s Got What it Takes, including interviews with nine major women artists is available for $37.50.
Marcia Wood Gallery’s current show of abstract painting has a number of nice works going for under $500 by Sydney Cohen. Ruth Laxson’s handmade books are also under $500. Just north of that but still under $1,500 are works by Jeff Conefry, Frances Barth, David Humphrey and Katherine Taylor. 
Jackson Fine Art’s works start at $650 but the gallery has a selection of affordable books, including those on Tierney Gearon, Sally Mann, and William Christenberry.
And don’t forget magazines, the actual on-paper kind! One year of Artforum costs $39, Art in America is $34.95, Art Papers is $35, Cabinet is $32, and Parkett is  $78.
Happy Shopping!

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