Pop-up gallery encourages giving ‘Art as Gift’ this holiday season

Looking for a traditional yet contemporary Christmas gift? Stop by the “Art as Gift” pop-up gallery in the historic Cannondale district this weekend.

Organized and run by Bulletin reporter Christopher Burns, the exhibition at 34 Cannon Road will open Friday, Dec. 12, with a 7 p.m. reception, featuring the artists and free wine and cheese.

“Art as Gift is an exhibition that gives people the chance to give art as a Christmas present,” said Mr. Burns.

“Art is pretty permanent and if you give it to somebody, there’s a good chance they’re going to enjoy it and have it in their house for a long time. That’s not something you can really say about most gifts that you give people.”

From photography and paintings to sculptures and illustrations, the works featured in the pop-up gallery will be on the contemporary side, said Mr. Burns, whose photography will be among the works on display and up for sale.

“None of the art that’s going to be there is overly complicated or pretentious. There’s some abstract art, the illustrations are kid-friendly and the photography’s more in the still-life category,” he said.

“It’s stuff that if you buy it for your aunt or your uncle or your cousin, you know you’re going to buy something they’re going to appreciate.”

The artists

In addition to Mr. Burns’ photographs, the gallery will feature the works of eight other area artists — Brookfield resident Mallory Matula, Colchester resident Marissa Stanton, Bethel resident Kim Bischoff, Redding resident Ali Herrera, Trumbull resident Julianne Norton, and Stamford residents Nic Casey and Kyoko Thompson.

“These are people that I know socially [who are also] in the art fields, and they’re all from Connecticut and they’re all under 25, which is the interesting thing,” said Mr. Burns.

“Some of them are still in college, but they’re producing really professional, high-quality work. A lot of them work professionally at ad agencies, graphic design companies, things like that, but they also create their own art on the side.”

The gallery will have artworks for all budgets, ranging from $1 postcards to “larger, full-size paintings in the $500 to $600 range,” said Mr. Burns, who hopes people come to the gallery “with the intention of purchasing art.”

“People don’t really buy art anymore. This pop-up store will only be there for two weekends, so we’re hoping it creates an immediate interest,” he said.

“You don’t think of buying art for Christmas, but this event will hopefully reinforce in people’s minds that it’s a possibility and it’s something that people can enjoy for a long time.”

The Art as Gift gallery will be open Dec. 12 and 19 from 5 to 9, and Dec. 13, 14, 20, and 21 from 10 to 9.

For more information, call Mr. Burns at 203-300-3890 or email cburns.relix@gmail.com.