ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — We really can’t put it off any longer. It’s time to talk about the “H” word: the “Holidays.”
Dreading all the shopping for gifts, you say? Florida CraftArt’s “Holiday Boutique” may be able to help you.
Everything there is for sale and one of a kind.
“It’s unique, it’s local,” explained Tyler Jones, President of CraftArt’s Board of Directors.
From glass art to sculpture
The area’s robust glass art scene is represented: all fused, blown and stained.
“You can get ornaments from a $15-$25,” said Jones.
Of course, if you're a high roller and like sculpture, you can get your hands on an impressively blinged-out Santa and his sleigh for $10,000.
There are several Florida-centric serving platters, including ones featuring Snook and Frosty the Snowman on the beach.
But the diversity doesn't end there. There are intricate paper wreaths, decorative pillows and Christmas trees made of fabrics and beads.
There are menorahs and dreamcatchers, a Solstice sculpture and a Nativity ornament.
Upcoming festival supports artists
If any of this appeals to you for presents, maybe you check out their upcoming festival on November 17 and 18.
The free public events features 100 artists along Central Avenue between 4th and 6th Streets.
The streets are closed and there is an activity tent for children to work on weavings.
All this a reflection of the area's arts community.
“I think that St. Pete has a very unique cross section of individuals and a great diversity throughout, and I think one of the cornerstones of that is generated through the arts,” said Jones.
So whatever you believe, and whatever brings you joy, local craftspeople want to celebrate with you.
In addition to the upcoming festival, the holiday boutique will be open through December 31.