We love this time of year at the aRt Cottage! It’s time for our 9th Annual Unique Boutique, which runs from November 3rd through December 23rd. Mask up and join us for the Artist Reception on Saturday, November 7th, 2-4pm.

Art doll by Elliott Night

The creativity and imagination that artists cultivate when it comes to their unique, handmade wares never ceases to amaze me. In addition to wonderful paintings, photography and greeting cards, there are so many one-of-a-kind treats this year. “Ugly” Christmas scarves that are oh-so-soft around your neck. Delicate silver jewelry and ceramics with whimsical attitude. Stenciled magnets with motivational quotes. Decorative collage bowls. Art dolls made from repurposed hardware and vintage baby shoes. Bangle bracelets created with hand-painted papers. Coasters, ornaments, bud vases, puzzles, mini scrapbooks, fabric catchall bags…there is truly something for everyone here.

Raffle: Quilt from Scrappy Quilters

I’m also proud to support a couple of local groups who are doing good things for our community. The ladies from Scrappy Quilters have been stitching up a storm since 1993 to benefit local nonprofits, hospice groups and hospital patients. Our gallery is filled with lovingly made lap quilts and totes (their proceeds will be donated), plus they’re holding a raffle for a chance to win a gorgeous bed quilt.

“Pumpkin Festival” by Ruth McMillan

You’ll also be able to donate to the Concord Art Association to get entries into their prize drawing for a fabulous gift basket filled with art supplies, wines, holiday treats and more. CAA’s community outreach includes kids’ art classes for Monument Crisis Center and Wren Avenue Elementary, as well as public art projects and teacher grants.
And there’s one last big boutique bonus. If you can’t make it over here to see the magic in person, select items from this show are available to purchase online at MadeinConcord.com.
I’m grateful every day for my family and friends, all the awesome artists who grace the aRt Cottage with their creative talents, and everyone who is passionate about supporting local artists. I wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving.

aRt Cottage, 2238 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Concord