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R.I. art shows -- Craftland, Foundry and RISD -- brimming with holiday gift ideas



Published: December 04, 2014 01:00 AM



By Bill Van Siclen


Journal Arts Writer


Does holiday shopping often leave you feeling more like a grumpy Grinch than a jolly Santa? If so, here’s a tip that may save you time, stress and money: try shopping at one of the many shows and sales featuring the work of local artists and artisans.


Not only are events such as the annual Foundry Artists Association Holiday Show in Pawtucket and the RISD Alumni + Student Holiday Art Sale in Providence more fun than a trip to the mall, but the range of gift selections — everything from inexpensive stocking stuffers to one-of-a-kind glass, jewelry and ceramics — can’t be beat.


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