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Show suggests art as ideal holiday gift

December 04, 2005|By Trish Rudder

trishr@herald-mail.com

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Holiday shopping at the Ice House Gallery was made easy on Friday and Saturday.

As part of Yule Weekend in Berkeley Springs and highlighting art as being the ideal holiday gift, "Wrap It Up!", the holiday gift show at the Ice House Gallery, features about 50 artists, said the show's curator, Lynn Lavin.

More than 150 people attended the show on Friday and Saturday, and the gift purchases were wrapped for free by some of the gallery docents, who helped select gifts, Lavin said.

"We want to make it fun and easy for people to support the arts and do their holiday shopping," Lavin said. "The gifts will be art inside and out."

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The wide variety of artwork ranges from quilts and jewelry to handcrafted baskets, copper work and hand-painted rock doorstops, Lavin said.

The artwork of Rip Smith, who has matted and framed digital photographs, also is being introduced at the show, Lavin said. Smith is a new Ice House Co-op member from Martinsburg, W.Va., she said.

Rose Glorioso and Donna Senft, part-time weekend residents, were Christmas shopping at the Ice House Gallery on Saturday.

They have a cabin east of Berkeley Springs at the Woods Resort and drive up from Baltimore, Senft said. She purchased a stoneware mug for her mother, made by Berkeley Springs artist Gordon MacLeod, who has been an Ice House Co-op member for several years, Lavin said.

Senft said her mother has arthritis in her hands, and the mug was the perfect weight and size.

"There are many useful things to buy for Christmas gifts, like baskets, mirrors, mugs and candlesticks," Lavin said.

Lavin's "Carrot Patch Pottery" also is part of the show. She said she has been making whimsical animal and figure sculptures for more than 30 years.

The Ice House Gallery holiday art gift show is open Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Monday, Jan. 2. The Ice House is at the corner of Independence and Mercer streets.

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