Hands-on classes, varied cost

Hands-on classes, varied cost

If you really want to impress an art lover this year, give them the opportunity to learn a new skill or medium. Take ceramics-based classes, with materials and instruction included, at Clayspace ($280 for an eight-week class, or there's the one-time Free Throw Friday for $45). Or try Glass Axis' glass-blowing workshops for every skill level ($39 and up). Lastly, Columbus Idea Foundry offers outside-the-box options, such as blacksmithing, woodcutting, glass art, lock-picking and more. Most introductory CIF classes are around $75, with some being more expensive and/or requiring a separate orientation.


831 S. Front St., Brewery District



Glass Axis

610 W. Town St., Franklinton



Columbus Idea Foundry

421 W. State St., Franklinton



Local Art (on the cheap), varied

Give an art lover something they'll truly adore by picking up pieces from local artists. You can pick up great work without breaking the bank. "The Art of Giving: Small Treasures for Holiday Gifting" at Studios on High is a good place to start, as the exhibit closes Nov. 30. Ohio Art League's annual "Thumb Box Show" - at the recently opened RAW Gallery - always packs big imagination into a small box. The annual CCAD Art Sale has a plethora of options from up-and-coming artists, and Crafts Gone Wild is perfect for the crafty folks.

"The Art of Giving: Small Treasures for Holiday Gifting"

Studios on High

Through Nov. 30

686 N. High St., Short North



CCAD Art Sale

9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6

Loann Crane Center for Design

112 Cleveland Ave., Downtown


Thumb Box Show by OAL

Dec. 5-Jan. 2

RAW Gallery

112 E. Main St., Downtown


Crafts Gone Wild

11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13

Wild Goose Creative

2491 Summit St., Campus



Music-inspired prints, $30

One of my favorite exhibits of the year was this summer's "Nocera + Reno: A Print Show" at Rivet Gallery featuring local artists Clinton Reno and Nicholas Nocera. The twosome, who've both made local and national gig posters, decided to take a new approach in marrying music and art by creating prints inspired by songs and lyrics. Each crafted eight prints, featuring the likes of Bon Iver, Penny & the Quarters, Bowie, The National and Willie Nelson. The result was some astoundingly striking work that will make any art - or music - lover very happy. Both artists have work available on their websites, and Nocera's prints can be found at Alison Rose in Clintonville. Be quick. These are limited.

Clinton Reno


Nicholas Nocera

Alison Rose

3039 Indianola Ave., Clintonville



Mark Wagner poster, $32.95

Another favorite exhibit this year was the "In __ We Trust: Art and Money" at the Columbus Museum of Art, which is on view until March, so why not pick up a pass or two if the recipient hasn't already seen the show? Odds are they probably have, and odds are even stronger that one of their favorite pieces was the "Liberty" collage by Mark Wagner. Using thousands of dollar bills - cut into countless pieces - Wagner created a massive masterpiece. While that's obviously not available, you can pick up a number of prints featuring Wagner's distinctive collage style in the museum's gift shop.

Columbus Museum of Art

480 E. Broad St., Downtown



"Transfigurations" Catalog, $60

The most talked-about and renowned exhibit of 2014 is "Transfigurations," which features many pieces from Pablo Picasso, Alberto Giacometti and Jean Dubuffet, with others from Edgar Degas, Willem de Kooning and Susan Rothenberg from the Wexner Family Collection. While most art lovers have already walked the galleries, probably a couple times, a wonderful complement is the "Transfigurations" Catalog, which has a wealth of information to delve into as well as letting the gifted relive this once-in-a-lifetime exhibit. And if they haven't been, pick up some tickets for "Transfigurations" as well, because it closes Dec. 31.

Wexner Center Store

1187 N. High St., Campus