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Gift Local: Wrap Up Some Wild

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Our Gift Local series provides a 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: With her exhibit opening at the Indianapolis Art Center this week, conceptual figurative painter Vandra Pentecost is more than a little busy. A packed schedule is par for the course for this artist, illustrator, logo designer, mural planner and 2014 Skip McKinney Faculty of the Year Fellow with the Art Center. But she took a moment away from preparing for her retrospective exhibit of sculpture, drawings, paintings and digital media artwork to spotlight another local artist who showcases the beauty of both nature and watercolors.

Vandra Pentecost suggests clevering up how you package gifts to show even more thought and creativity. - COURTESY OF VANDRA PENTECOST
  • Courtesy of Vandra Pentecost
  • Vandra Pentecost suggests clevering up how you package gifts to show even more thought and creativity.

Her Recommendation: The nature gift cards created by Wildworks artist Carrie Wild, which you can get on the artist's web store. "These are great for nature lovers and fans of beautiful, sensitive work from a local watercolor artist. Carrie combines technique and narrative in her pieces, and I think that creates a whole world for her images to live in."

Another recommendation from Pentecost: To set the stage for your unique gift, show your originality with its presentation. Bag the gift bag idea and embellish boxes and other clever packaging materials instead. "Use your creativity to wrap your presents," says Pentecost. "For a child's gift box, add elements to make an animal face. For a teen, spruce up a CD cover and make it into a gift card attached to a larger present wrapped in a new T-shirt. For those into recycling, use comics or decorate brown paper bags with leaf-shaped stamps cut from potatoes."

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