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Top 5 Holiday Gift Guide

Posted on: November 17th, 2021 by Art Leaders No Comments

Top 5 Holiday Gift Guide

The Holidays are right around the corner, and nothing says ‘thoughtful’ quite like artwork. Choose a unique gift to suit an individual’s taste and personality. This will result in one of the most meaningful gifts of all. Gifting artwork is a wonderful way to add to the art collection of someone you love. Likewise, it can inspire appreciation for the arts in someone who has yet to discover the wonderful impact that art makes in enhancing the richness of everyday life. If you love the idea of giving someone a unique gift that they are sure to love for years to come, check out our top 5 holiday gift guide below.

Art is sentimental. Every time the recipient looks at the artwork, they are reminded of you. As a result, they will cherish and appreciate a work that they may not have picked out for themselves. Art is a timeless gift that will last more than a lifetime. It is enjoyed not only by the owner but can be enjoyed for generations as a family heirloom to be cherished throughout the years.

Published on November 17th, 2021

1. Houston Llew Spiritiles

Houston Llew Spiritiles are handcrafted with glass and copper. These beautiful tiles are the ultimate sentimental gift. For instance, they commemorate many of life’s memorable occasions. In addition to beautiful imagery, each beautiful Spiritile tells a story, with a quote that runs along the outer edge of each tile. Each tile can stand alone or be hung on a wall. They are collectable fine artworks that celebrate special moments in time. To learn more about Houston Llew Spiritiles, click here.

A few of our favorite Spiritiles are:

“What if I fall? Oh, but what if you fly!” – Erin Hanson
Take Off – #164
$149.00

“Other things may change us, but we start and end with family” -Anthony Brandt
Family Tree – #223
$149.00

 

“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where once there were only walls.” – Joseph Campbell
Secret Garden – #261
$149.00

 Click here to see our full collection of Houston Llew Spiritiles.

 

2. Thad Markham Fruit Sculptures

Thad Markham’s fruit sculptures are perfect for the person in your life who loves fun and has a wonderful sense of humor. For example, with his Out of the Bowl series, Markham literally brings fruits and vegetable to life. Each sculpture is hand painted and meticulously designed. Markham creates fun and whimsical sculptures that add joy and life to any space.

Last Tango Before Breakfast by Thad Markham at Art Leaders Gallery, voted “Michigan’s Best Fine Art Gallery” is located in the heart of West Bloomfield. This full service fine art gallery is the destination for all your art and custom picture framing needs. Our extensive inventory of art includes styles ranging from contemporary to traditional. The gallery represents international, national, and emerging new talent as well as local Michigan artists.

Last Tango Before Breakfast
$315.00

Peace of Pie by Thad Markham at Art Leaders Gallery, voted “Michigan’s Best Fine Art Gallery” is located in the heart of West Bloomfield. This full service fine art gallery is the destination for all your art and custom picture framing needs. Our extensive inventory of art includes styles ranging from contemporary to traditional. The gallery represents international, national, and emerging new talent as well as local Michigan artists.

Peace of Pie
$215.00

orange, lemon, lime, chili, and lime dancing

Happy Hour
$315.00

Click here to see our full collection of Thad Markham fruit sculptures.

3. Borowski Glass – Adorable Holiday Gifts

Borowski Glass Studio began in the early 1990’s by a father, his three sons, and their love for the art of making glass. Therefore, all Borowski glass sculptures are constructed of meticulously sourced fine Polish glass. From this glass, the most bold and whimsical characters are born. Consequently, these avant-garde sculptures are the perfect marriage of fine art and fun.

Snippy Queen in Yellow by Borowski Glass Studio. Art Leaders Gal

Snippy – Small Paperweight
$250.00

Kiwi – Paperweight
$395.00

Moonky – Sculpture
$485.00

Click here to see our full collection of Borowski Glass.

4. Ancizar Marin Colorful Climbers as Gifts

Ancizar Marin creates bold, colorful, and exciting climbers, winter athletes, and koi fish that interact with one another and your space. First, each figure is handcrafted with fiberglass and volcanic rock. Next, it is painted, and signed by the artist. Each one of these active athletes is customizable in pose and color and can be arranged however you like in your space.

Colorful Wall Climber #17
$250.00

Winter Athlete: Half Pipe Snowboarder
$395.00

Colorful Koi Fish
$85.00-$285.00

Click here to see the full collection of climber poses and colors.

5. Art Glass Accessories

Art Leaders Gallery is proud to offer a wide selection of carefully curated art glass. These unique glass sculptures are both visually stunning and sentimental. As a result, they make the perfect addition to a mantlepiece or displayed in a curio cabinet.

Stephen Schlanser’s Literature Book
Kiln Fired Glass in Gold or Silver Leaf with various text options.
$550.00

Click here to see more from Stephen Schlanser and learn more about his unique artistic process.

Harold Lustig’s Optical Crystal Cubes
Di-Chroic, optically pure K-9 Crystal available in multiple sizes
$195.00 – $2,500.00

Click here to see our available collection of Optical Crystal.

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Houston Llew’s Spiritiles

Posted on: August 27th, 2021 by Art Leaders No Comments

Houston Llew’s Spiritiles- Art for Everyone

 

Houston Llew’s Spiritiles are wonderful fine art pieces which capture emotions, memories, and moments in time. For instance, each piece tells the story of a special memory or loved one that we can cherish forever. Furthermore, spiritiles make great individual gifts for special occasions. They make wonderful collections, and create striking displays when grouped together as treasured fine art memories in your home.

Published August 21st, 2021

Houston Llew’s Spiritiles Process

Enameling Process

These unique, handmade tiles are made of fine colored glass on a copper canvas that depict moments and tell stories. They are fired in a kiln to create a beautiful “crazing” effect that occurs in the enamel. Consequently, this creates small cracks in the glass and brings out the vibrance in the colors. Above all, Spiritiles work beautifully as stand-alone pieces, or can be displayed together on a wall for a striking display of art.

Spiritiles History

Houston Llew studied under a master enamellist, Zingaro, in Atlanta, Georgia, and continues to live and work there today. In fact, he pairs quotes and stories with dueling images to create new context in each one of his tiles. He wants his work to connect to real life emotions and uplift his viewers. Therefore, he creates unique experiences when viewing the works.

Each Spiritile tells a story, with a quote that runs along the outer edge of each piece. Llew wants each piece to harness an emotion and tell a story of a moment in time. As a result, Spiritiles make sentimental gifts to commemorate life’s special moments either for yourself or someone else.

Llew’s collection of Spiritiles evolve with time. Certain tiles become retired, and he actively creates new work. Subsequently, with his vast collection of moments, there is a Spiritile that is sure to resonate with you. In short, Spiritiles are a perfect way to bring a personalized fine art addition into your home, or the home of a loved one.

Spiritiles Availability

Art Leaders Gallery is proud to offer a large selection of Houston Llew’s Spiritiles, both new and retired. Therefore, let us help you find your next unique piece. Check out our current inventory today!

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