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Art show provides ‘calm’ shopping alternative

One-of-a-kind artworks and jewelry are for sale at the Hinsdale Center for the Arts. TribLocal photo by Annemarie Mannion

One-of-a-kind artworks and jewelry are for sale at the Hinsdale Center for the Arts. TribLocal photo by Annemarie Mannion

If your holiday wish list includes  a brilliantly colored porcelain bowl, a felt hat or water color landscape, you need not rely on Santa to provide these items. An annual holiday art show enables shoppers to bypass the man from the North Pole to find one-of-kind works of art.

It’s also a way to provide support for efforts that bring cultural events to Hinsdale.

The annual art show and sale –now called Objects of Desire –has had various names over the years including Art of Giving and Adornments, but after 20 years it is still going strong. The show is on display through Dec. 17 at the Hinsdale Center for the Arts in Katherine Legge Memorial Park, 5903 S. County Line Road. (Photos: Art show and sale offers unique pieces)

“It’s a calm break from the Oak Brook shopping mall,” said Suzanne Penn, the center’s director of marketing, about the show that takes up one large room, a hallway and several smaller niches in the center.

The show aims to highlight local artists and to provide shoppers with a choice of unique gifts. Twenty five artists, mostly from Illinois, are selling their works.

“It’s definitely juried,” said Madeline Shea, director of exhibitions. “It’s one-of-a-kind (pieces) and they are handmade by artists.”

The show raises funds to support the center’s activities including bringing free concerts and other cultural events to Hinsdale.

The show includes porcelain, ornaments, pottery, water color paintings, jewelry, hats and clothing. Pieces range from $7 for ornaments to jewelry that tops out at $1,600. The hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. It is on display through Dec. 17.

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