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Gift Local: Glass Appeal

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Our Gift Local series provides a nearly daily cavalcade of smart, creative gift ideas designed to make your holidays merry and artful. We’re asking local tastemakers, arts leaders and curators of culture for their ideas for best bets.

Today’s Gift Giver: Tariq Robinson Manager of Community & Outreach Programs for the Indianapolis Museum of Art creates experiences the IMA offers to folks of all ages,inviting them into the Museum and the world of art in general. The programs, such as the Dr. Martin Luther King Day and Winter Solstice events, give people who might not otherwise step foot on the IMA grounds a look at what it’s like and how accessible art can be.

You can find some of Bermeo's art in the IMA gift shop, or on her studio's website. - COURTESY OF KIRSTA BERMEO STUDIO AND TARIQ ROBINSON
  • Courtesy of Kirsta Bermeo Studio and Tariq Robinson
  • You can find some of Bermeo's art in the IMA gift shop, or on her studio's website.

His Recommendation: Admittedly challenged when it comes to gift giving, Robinson hedges before admitting that the thoughtful, pefect purchaser of presents in his household is his wife. But when the job is left to him, he turns to the IMA gift shop for inspiration. He recommends the works of local jewelry artist Krista Bermeo. “Getting jewelry is going to make anyone happy,” Robinson says. “And Krista Bermeo’s handcrafted works are really cute with clean lines; she uses glass in really cool colors, and buying them won’t break the bank.”

He says a pair of her earrings can cost around $24. Best of all, according to Robinson, her jewelry has an understated elegance. "It's an almost minimalist style, so you don’t really have to worry whether it will match the recipient’s taste," he explains. Robinson says chances are pretty good that her pieces will be liked by most anyone. “I know from my wife that some women prefer long, dangly earrings, and some like the smaller ones,” he explains. “But she offers both styles and all of her pieces are tasteful and cool-looking.” Robinson also likes that Bermeo creates these works in her studio right on Mass Ave, and she teaches at Ivy Tech.

Why: Robinson’s secret for successful gift giving: “I’ll be honest, I come right out and say, 'Tell me what you want; don’t leave me to guessing,'" he says. Other than buying these pieces (he says you can't go wrong with the earrings, although Bermeo's other jewelry makes great gifts too), he admits that searching for the perfect item can be daunting. "If they'll tell you what they want, it takes a lot of the frustration out of finding good gifts."

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