Holiday Gift Guide – Find Cool Stuff And Support Local Artists

December 12, 2012

Happy holidays, Peepshow readers. A year ago, I offered a last-minute holiday gift guide highlighting some of my favorite local retail venues.

I’m offering another list this year — although not quite as last minute as last year. You’ve got plenty of time to peruse these great gifts that will be sure to please — and will support our local arts community in the process.

For the fashionista: SILVERCOCOON

Link chevron necklace from SILVERCOCOON

Chevron necklace from SILVERCOCOON

Tia Salmela Keobounpheng and her husband Souliyahn Keobounpheng make up SILVERCOCOON. From practicing in architecture to interiors to art and product design, these are two of the most creative and prolific people I know. Tia, daughter of renowned architect, David Salmela, grew up surrounded by modern design. That influence is apparent in her line of jewelry which embodies a “simple, organic, and playful style that appeals to the modern woman at any age.”

Where to buy: Silvercocoon

For the creative: SCARFSHOP by Martha McQuade

ColorBlocks collection from Martha McQuade

ColorBlocks collection from Martha McQuade

Trained as an architect, Martha spends most of her time “making things, mixing color, taking photographs, teaching design and recording her process.” SCARFSHOP scarves are made by hand in small batches in Martha’s studio.

Where to buy: SCARFSHOP

For the budding art collector: Jennifer Davis


I’ve been a fan of Jennifer’s forever, and four of her pieces hang on my walls at home. She’s one of the best Minneapolis has to offer and the rest of the art world has taken notice, from Los Angeles to Chicago, New York, and beyond. See a portfolio of her work here.

Where to buy: Jennifer will be at SooVAC’s pop-up shop (more on that below).
She currently has some larger scale drawings at Mitrebox Framing Studio and a variety of things at Forage Modern Workshop on East Lake.

For the friend who is always the first to send a thank you note:

Holiday card from Vandalia Street Press

Holiday card from Vandalia Street Press

Vandalia Street Press is a small letterpress printing studio in St. Paul. It’s owner, Kim Tschida Petters does all of the designing and printing of the greeting cards, and art prints.  She describes it as “sort of an old world meets new world situation.” The cards are designed on the computer and then printed on old letterpress machines. Her designs are inspired by her love of simple shapes, subtle humor, landscape, and a little bit of rock and roll. Bonus hot tip: If you’re slacking on your holiday greetings, Kim has the cutest collection of holiday greeting cards.

Where to buy: Etsy, Common Good Books, Seward Coop

More local shopping inspiration:

SooLOCAL at 3506 Nicollet Ave. S, Minneapolis (between Pat’s Tap and Honeycomb Salon). The SooVAC gallery pop-up shop features art and gifts from prints, paintings, jewelry and apparel, and more. Open through Dec. 24.

The Last Minute Handmade Gift Market is this Saturday, Dec. 15 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Wonderland Park Coffee Shop, 3262 Minnehaha Ave. S., in Minneapolis. Home goods, jewelry, art, ceramics, body products, paper goods, clothing, edible gifts & more. HINT: You’ll find pieces from Tia, Martha and Kim here.

Also on Saturday, CO Exhibitions will be hosting the third annual WORLD (craft) FAIR, a market of local artists and crafters selling their goods for holiday shoppers looking for something more thoughtful than stuff you find at the mall. You can find everything from screen-printed concert posters and art prints to local music on vinyl to handmade jewelry to homemade organic dog treats. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 1101 Stinson Blvd.

OK. Now put down those generic gift baskets and cancel those Amazon gift cards, people. Get out there and support our local artists. Your friends and family will thank you.