So you can’t give her an original painting by Claude Monet for Christmas.
How about a pair of knee-high socks inspired by his work or a cutting board made from sustainable olive wood in Tunisia - similar to something American painter Frederick Church might have picked up during his trip to the Holy Land?
This Christmas, those who pride themselves as out-of-the-box gift givers are doing some of their shopping at the Detroit Institute of Arts Museum Gift Shop. Here are a dozen items from this season’s gift guide that pay tribute to the rich diversity of the DIA’s rich collection:
1. A world of exploration is at your fingertips with “Hello World” an introduction to over 150 languages and cultures. Beautifully crafted and thoughtfully presented, this book makes a wonderful gift for curious minds ages 7 to 11.
2. Created in France by an internationally diverse team of artisans, these earrings belong to an exquisite collection of jewelry hand cast from eco-friendly materials into sophisticated designs.
3. The Andalusia Trivet, from Lebanese designer Peggy Raphael Dabar, is part of a line of trivets and coasters that draw style cues from Mediterranean architecture and patterns mixed with contemporary fashion.
4. The Boteh Bowl gets its name from the paisley pattern seen on this large glass bowl, in use for centuries in the Middle East, India and North Africa
5. Violet crystals, found only in the northern hills of Tanzania, are formed into faceted beads and strung together to create this chic bracelet. Recognized as an official gemstone for the month of
December, Tanzanite forms the basis of a collection of jewelry new this season.
6. Evoking a classical contrapposto pose used in figurative sculpture and painting, the Squall Vase is the ultimate objet d’art, crafted from fine white porcelain in Upper Franconia, Bavaria.
7. Handcrafted by artisans using traditional techniques, this miniature Bonsai tree glass sculpture honors an ancient practice requiring dedicated care and attention.
8. From inventive vegetable dishes to sweet, rich deserts, 120 recipes explore the vibrant cuisine of Jerusalem in this stunning cookbook from Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi.
9. A great gift for foodies and cooks, a hand-crafted cutting board made from sustainable olive wood in Tunisia.
10. Ash wood calligraphic flourishes and a hand-hammered bronze gong hang in perfect balance in this Asian-inspired wind chime, producing tranquil sounds for a Zen-like atmosphere.
11. Meticulously hand-beaded in a traditional colorway, the Daisy Necklace is part of a collection of jewelry created in Tanzania by Maasai women artists.
12. Glass Camel Vessel hand crafted in Egypt and hand-finished with 24 karat gold trim. It is truly an elegant and timeless treasure.
Museum hours and admission
The DIA is open from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m.–10 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. General admission (excludes ticketed exhibitions) is free for Wayne, Oakland and Macomb county residents and DIA members. For all others, $14 for adults, $9 for seniors ages 62-plus, $8 for college students, $6 for ages 6–17. For membership information, call 313-833-7971.
The Detroit Institute of Art is at 5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit.
-- Gina Joseph, The Macomb Daily Staff
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