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Price » $150 — which is expensive, but these are one-of-a-kind sculptures. And Conlon’s website also offers smaller pieces.
Whom to give to » Anyone who likes artwork with a backstory.
Seeking local art and artisans?
Here’s a few of our favorite shows.
Holiday jewelry trunk shows » (Dec. 7 and 8) Natural History Museum of Utah showcases the copper jewelry of Fred Wilhelmsen, gems and mineral jewelry of Kim Kendell, and Jessica Bolda’s bead work at the show, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Proceeds benefit the museum.) Also save 10 percent on Wednesdays in December from 5-9 p.m. at the gift shop. 331 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City; 801-581-6927.
Art Barn’s holiday craft exhibit and sale » (Through Dec. 19). Salt Lake City Arts Council holds its 29th annual sale at the Art Barn in Reservoir Park, 1340 E. 100 South, Salt Lake City. Work for sale includes letterpress cards, holiday ornaments, scarves, hats, cups, bowls, jewelry and art glass. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and until 9 p.m. on Gallery Stroll on Friday, Dec. 7. Info at 801-596-5000 or www.slcgov.com/arts.
Holiday market at Gallivan Center » (Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 22) Focusing on local, hand-made goods and one-of-a-kind items. Free admission; 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; 239 S. Main St., Salt Lake City.
Vine St. holiday market » (Saturdays through Dec. 22) More than 25 vendors will offer locally made items, art, jewelry, vintage wares and artisanal food at this market in a 1906-era church, 184 E. Vine St. (5144 South), Murray; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, and Sunday, Dec. 16. Artists seeking information should contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Info at www.vinestmarket.com.
Dickens Festival » (Dec. 7-8 and 10-15)Olde World charm, offering everything from hand-made rocking horses to hand-carved rubber-band guns to an appearance by Santa Claus. At the Utah State Fairpark, 155 N. 1000 West, Salt Lake City; weekdays 4-9 p.m. and weekends 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; admission $7 adults, $5 seniors (65+) and children (4-12); dickenschristmasfestival.com.
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Heliosphere solar time piece
What makes it unique » This beautiful sculpture, made by Logan artist Joyce Popendorf, is notable for its elegant lines, featuring a graceful glass sphere balanced on a curved metal base. When the timepiece is placed in sunlight, the sphere displays the approximate time.
Where » Natural History Museum of Utah, 301 Wakura Way, Salt Lake City; 801-581-6927
Price » $225; information at heliospheredesigns.com
Whom to give to » Any collector who loves function as much as form.
Pop Art gourmet popcorn
What makes it unique » Two reasons The Tribune’s movie critic doesn’t eat popcorn while watching movies: I don’t want to balloon to 300 pounds, and most theaters don’t have anything as tasty as Pop Art’s gourmet blends. The Salt Lake City-based company makes its corn in four flavors — rosemary truffle, Thai coconut curry, white cheddar jalepeño and white pepper Parmesan — and uses air-popped organic corn, natural and organic spices, and GMO-free cheese. The Broadway Centre Cinemas always has it in stock, and it’s also available at various supermarkets.
Where to buy it » Whole Foods Markets, Harmon’s, Cali’s Natural Foods and other stores.
Price » $4.50 and up in stores; $6 at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.
Whom to give to » The movie buff whose palate is as sophisticated as his/her film tastes.
Sean P. Means
The book "Christmas Memories: A Family Diary"
What makes it unique » This 40-page, hardcover book, created by a local grandfather for his family, serves as a Christmas diary. There’s space for brief entries for 20 years of holidays — and it will just take a few minutes to fill in and record your family’s memorial celebrations.
Where » The 15th Street Gallery, 1519 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City, or online at FamilyChristmasDiary.com
Price » $19.95
Whom to give to » Anybody with a family who wants to remember each Christmas but is too busy/lazy to spend a lot of time writing anything down. In other words, everybody.
Scott D. Pierce
Tumbleweeds Film Festival tickets
What makes it unique » This film festival — scheduled for March 15-17 — is for kids, and the Utah Film Center does a great job of programming engaging movies. These aren’t just grind-’em-out kids films — and this special offer will save you a lot of cash.
Where » Online at utahfilmcenter.org or in person at 122 S. Main, Salt Lake City. Purchase by Dec. 14 to have tickets in hand by Christmas. In-person sales end Dec. 20; online sales end Dec. 31.
Price » 10 tickets for $25 (instead of the regular price of $60)Next Page >
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