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Yes, the clock is running out on holiday shopping and no, maybe you haven't found the perfect gift. Consider original artwork — a personal gift that evokes emotion — not a bad thing for a loved one overloaded with skinny jeans or electronics.

A portrait my husband gave me for my graduation hangs above our fireplace and I still love looking at it every day, while my mother's gift of a Virge Brûlé painting always makes me smile. Art is sentimental without being impractical, and if you are astute, may appreciate in time (can you say the same about the latest Smartphone?).

Art Interiors, the brainchild of Lisa Diamond Katz and Shira Wood is an online source for original works. They are mounting their annual Festival of Smalls until Dec. 24, a collection of diminutive works with a correspondingly affordable price tag (between $55 and $250). Among the original pieces in a variety of mediums by 50 Canadian artists could be just the gift you're looking for.

Foodies will appreciate the sensual appeal of Greg Nordoff's limes oil painting; it would look luscious positioned above cookbooks in a kitchen.

For the hockey fan, this oil painting by Elizabeth Lennie has a fresh, Group-of-Seven vibe. Of course, it happens to commemorate the greatest game on earth (national bias is implied), and is a nice memento of those weekend pick-up games to hang at the office.

Kick off an art collection for a young girl with this Emilie Rondeau photograph; the delicate print is a sweet addition in a  pre-teen's bedroom.

The nostalgic, fun-house energy of Angela Cameron's carnival swings photo appeals to the kid in everyone.

For the urban hipster, Jay Dart's graphic watercolour perks up an industrial loft.

Hanna Ruminski's impressionist Blue Room resembles a Marie-Antoinette fantasy, making it a feminine addition to your BFF's boudoir or dressing table.

Photo credits:
1-6. Art Interiors

Author: 

Wendy Jacob

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