Courtesy Lauren Ciborowski
Friday Small Works XI, Opening reception, 5:30 p.m. to midnight, on display through Jan. 4, The Modbo and S.P.Q.R., 17B and 17C E. Bijou St., themodbo.com.
or nine years now, two favorite downtown galleries have come together for a special holiday season buy-and-take show. The Modbo
., though no longer officially connected through their programming, always share the wall space required for the more than 500 unique pieces of artwork submitted to their annual Small Works exhibition. Each year, nearly 150 local artists create pieces that measure less than 24 inches in every dimension, and soon those pieces will pack the walls of both Arts Alley galleries. “Where else can you shop local, support local artists and local galleries, and knock out presents for nearly everyone on your list?!” asks Lauren Ciborowski, owner of The Modbo. Since folks will be taking their purchases home with them, the best time to check out the full spread will be First Friday’s opening reception. Open until midnight, both galleries will have snacks, entertainment and — most importantly — truckloads of art for you to take home.