According to @SpringforitCOS, an account that aims to get folks to shop local, if everyone spent 10 percent of their holiday budget at non-chain vendors this year, Colorado's economy could see a $3 billion boost.
Nice, right? Well, it'd be even better if you spent your money getting someone a really special gift, like a one-of-a-kind painting or piece of jewelry, or a locally handmade craft that perfectly suits your recipient. (Stationery printed with a cosmic spiral? Looks just like your tattoo, Mom!)
Here to help is a smattering of regional galleries with current art shows devoted to original work at lower prices. Look out for more sales and one-time affairs in Listings in upcoming weeks. And keep in mind that some items you'll be able to take the same day you see them, while others may have to be picked up later.
Commonwheel Artists Co-op (102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, commonwheel.com): Commonwheel Artists' Holiday Market, themed "gifts beyond the ordinary," a show and sale of fine art, jewelry and unique crafts, like leather journals, boot accessories and more. Through Dec. 31.
Cottonwood on Tejon (214½ N. Tejon St., cottonwoodcenterforthearts.com): Holiday Boutique, all by Colorado artists, all under $100. Through Dec. 24. Meanwhile, the main Cottonwood building will host a one-day under-$100 sale on Dec. 7.
G44 Gallery (1785 S. Eighth St., g44gallery.com): Inaugural Holiday Exhibit, featuring work by 30 artists, all under $400. Through Dec. 24.
Fare Bella and Tracy Miller galleries (14-16 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs, farebellagallery.com, tracymillerfineart.com): 100 for $100 Second Annual Holiday Art Show & Sale, featuring work by gallery heads Tracy Miller and Patrice Filler, as well as David Gonzales, Laura Reilly, Deb Komitor, Shar McClure and others. Opening reception Saturday, Nov. 30, 3 to 6 p.m., with live music by Latcho Gadjo. Through Dec. 31.
Modbo and S.P.Q.R. (17B and C E. Bijou St., themodbo.com): The Sixth Annual Small Works Show, a juried affair of a multitude of paintings, drawings and photographs hung salon-style in the two galleries. Expect a lot of choices; last year offered 430-plus pieces from more than 130 artists. Opening reception Dec. 6, 5:30 p.m. to midnight; through Jan. 17.
Mountain Living Studio (741 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, mountainlivingstudio.com): Jewelry, Chocolate, Champagne ... & Special Pricing!, where the refreshments may not be out 24/7, but through the end of the year you can find deals on a variety of hand-made jewelry of glass, metal, wire, silver and much more. Through Dec. 31.
Sangre de Cristo Arts Center (210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, sdc-arts.org): Own Your Own Art Sale & Holiday Exhibition, an annual tradition at Sangre, with original work by more than 40 artists. Through Dec. 28.
Also, for info on the sixth annual Holiday Market at Adam's Mountain Café, click here.