2 Events This Weekend: Indie Handmade Holiday & Condom Art Contest

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Handmade Pledge

I just received notice of the following two events that did not make it into the ArtFairCalendar.com newsletters. The first addresses a “green” issue as well as an economic position. The second poses an art competition using a very unusual medium.

“Everyone everywhere should take the above pledge to combat impersonal, mass-produced, overpriced gifts made at low cost in another country by some murky corporation. Most people know that is where a lot of stores’ products come from, but in the mid-December time crunch, most of us end up buying what is easily found.

The trick to avoiding the mall this year is to find out where to buy these elusive handmade gifts that can’t be picked up just anywhere. It feels truly satisfying to buy a beautiful one-of-a-kind item from an artist sitting in front of you. This is the feeling of community, and the unique glow that comes from valuing someone else’s creation.

No one makes and sells handmade items who doesn’t truly love their craft. I know what this sounds like, but this passion is the secret recipe in every handmade gift, and (along with the global-economic factors) why this pledge is worth keeping,” says Krista in the Astoria Craft Collective blog.

My philosophy exactly, and the theme behind a cool indie event:

Astoria Craft Collective Holiday Show

Date: Sunday, December 2nd
Time: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Location: Waltz-Astoria (23-14 Ditmars Blvd., Astoria), Queens, NY
Cost: Free
For more info: http://www.freenyc.net/archives/2007.php

In the heart of the Midwest, Kalamazoo, MI

Smart Art Condom Art Contest

Date: Saturday, December 1
Time: 7 pm to 10 pm
Location: Arcus Foundation
Sponsored by: Community AIDS Resource and Education Services

The contestants will be addressing this issue: “Throughout the years, creative people have surely managed to find interesting uses for the sexual protection device commonly known as the condom. But does the condom have a place in our society as art?”

Some of the art that has already come in for the contest includes three-dimensional sculpture work as well as some interesting patchwork art.

For more information about the event and for directions, contact CARES at 269-381-2437, http://www.pridesource.com

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