Nov. 27 Get Gifty Ten studios throughout Benson 10 a.m.-6 p.m., FREE, 558.1150 info@illuminataglass.com This double threat Benson studio tour/holiday gift grab gives art appreciators and gift-givers the chance to feed two birds with one seed. Wander the Maple Street main strip, from Adventure in Art at the east end to JD Gerber Photography at the west, enjoying the stunning sights of Benson’s studio scene and work from artists such as Wanda Ewing, Julie Conway, Andrew Hershey, Jason Gerber, Kristi Pederson, Justin Beller, Ying Zhu, Caleb Coppock, Amy Mather, Liz Moldenhauer and many more. Participating spaces in between those two poles include Pizza Shoppe Collective, Justin Beller Studio, Benson Grind, Studio Illuminata, Andy Colley Woodworking, Silver of Oz, Ying Zhu Studio and Blue Pomegranate Gallery. Whether looking to purchase handcrafted, local art for the holidays or to merely peruse, the more than 40 artists involved have plenty of creative wares in store. Artist Julie Conway initiated the event in 2009 at Studio Illuminata, and after a great success this year’s event is much larger in scale. What’s more, as if supporting local artists and giving unique gifts wasn’t awesome enough, 5 percent of proceeds will be donated to Youth Emergency Services.


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