Monday, November 12, 2012

The Boston Handmade Holiday Gallery is Taking Shape

by Jessica Burko
Photo by Holiday Gallery exhibitor, Kerry Hawkins
Since 2008 Boston Handmade has been taking on the crazy project of making something out of nothing for 6 short weeks during the holiday season. In the past we have utilized vacant storefronts and magically transformed them into winter wonderlands of handmade gifting goodness seemingly overnight! This year we are able to join forces with one of our very own members who is graciously hosting our semi-annual holiday extravaganza in her new Canton, MA gallery space.

Cristina Hurley is a metal smith and jewelry artist trained at Rhode Island School of Design. She has been operating a successful jewelry and gift gallery in Canton for 2 years and has decided to take the leap of opening a larger gallery right in the center of Canton. Cristina is kicking off this new venture with the Boston Handmade Holiday Gallery and we couldn't be more delighted!

There's nothing better than seeing something go from idea to fruition so here are a few photos of the gallery space as we put it together during the past couple of weeks...
 Just after we got the keys! The photo on the left is looking out of the gallery from the back wall, and the photo on the right is looking into the gallery from the front windows.

Playing with the space, figuring out where the furniture might go... many possibilities!

Displays started coming in! Here are glass ornaments from Happy Owl Glassworks and paper goods from Albertine Press

Arranging, and rearranging - so much to showcase! Pictured here are pet accessories by Cody's Creations, knit scarves from reclaimed yarn by Jessica Burko, Boston Handmade t-shirts, bags by Stray Notions, and hats by Elephunk's Trunk.

We're gearing up for our Grand Opening party THIS Saturday, November 17th from 3-6pm. Join us for surprises, tasty treats, and a festive kick off to the 2012 Handmade Holiday Season!

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