Depot Art Gallery holiday market offers perfect gifts

Seasonal market includes art, ornaments, boxes, clothing, candles, more

Posted 12/11/18

There’s a festive wreath on the door at the Depot Art Gallery at 2069 W. Powers Ave. in downtown Littleton (just north of Buck Recreation Center) welcoming visitors/shoppers to the bright red …

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Depot Art Gallery holiday market offers perfect gifts

Seasonal market includes art, ornaments, boxes, clothing, candles, more

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There’s a festive wreath on the door at the Depot Art Gallery at 2069 W. Powers Ave. in downtown Littleton (just north of Buck Recreation Center) welcoming visitors/shoppers to the bright red building, which looks like a living holiday card itself.

The resident Littleton Fine Arts Guild refurbished the 1881 Santa Fe Depot to serve the community as a place for artists and friends — a second career for the depot that distributed mail and assorted freight in Littleton for years. (Littleton’s other historic depot now serves as the Downtown Littleton Light Rail Station.) Each year members and invited guests fill the Depot with gifts of art is assorted shapes and sizes. A charming and peaceful place to shop for almost anyone on your list!

The annual holiday exhibit has a new name this season: Instead of “Holiday Express,” it’s the “Holiday Gift and Art Market.”

Just inside the Depot’s door, one sees a long table filled with small gift items: tree ornaments — and a couple of small trees, as well as a variety of small ceramic items. Included: a cheese plate and pretty bowls, which would be used many times through the year by a lucky gift recipient.

Notice the hand-decorated boxes. Perfect for someone who has a handful of special tiny treasures — jewelry, wee shells, special small rocks … Or they could hold letters and cards. Or … or …

At the left end of the table, a few steps up lead to a stage-like platform with another long table, holding some larger ceramic platters — big enough to hold a turkey, a plum cake or lots of cookies. Up there, one will also find fused glass dishes and of course walls filled with paintings and photographs.

Walls surrounding the table, and beyond — into two more gallery rooms, also hold small and miniature paintings and photographs, which are reasonably priced and would add a note of color to any home or apartment or dorm room. Some small paintings and photos are packaged to rest on a table or mantel.

Sheila-Marie’s “Pretty in Pink” scene of flamingos especially attracted me, as a longtime bird fancier — and color fancier.

A couple of painted skateboards hang on the walls — one with Colorado’s trademark yellow aspens. For a recreation room?

In the packed-full back room, a portion of wall and a wooden table are filled with an interesting assortment of clothing dyed with indigo dyes in the Japanese, Shiboni, technique. A sweater, blouses, scarf, shirts and especially fetching little knit onesies for babies. (They are hand-wash items — cold water.)

In fact there are a whole lot of things for children this year in this space: little painted step stools, stuffed frogs and other fanciful critters — and some printed books of do-it-yourself art lessons by Ivy Delon.

“Color Your Own Notecards” by Merrie Wicks come neatly packaged with a quartet of crayons — great stocking stuffer!

Speaking of cards — there are a number of distinctive holiday cards on a rack, printed from original paintings. One of those is a special small gift in itself — “suitable for framing!”

While in that back room, note the delicate miniature candles on the windowsill — presented in cups. One wonders how the maker can form wax into such tiny, delicate forms … (answer: very carefully, I guess!).

In the middle office room, a row of built-in cabinets forms a high counter filled with handmade jewelry, made with beads of semi-precious gems, metals and sparkling glass in an array of hues. Necklaces, earrings, bracelets, as well as attention-drawing brooches. Space is available for some smaller ceramic pieces here too.

On a shelf above the jewelry and another by the door leading to the back room are a number of painted glass Christmas tree bulbs — fragile, but perfect for that small gift one always needs at the last minute — or for a gift exchange.

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