Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

Every year you make a promise to yourself to get your Christmas shopping done early. You swear you won't procrastinate like you did last Christmas, when you ended up giving out leftover hurricane supplies as last minute presents. ("Oh come on, Dad," you said, "Sterno is great for sooo many things.") No, this year you have to stick to your resolution to get creative-yet-economical gifts in a timely fashion. Luckily, Bear and Bird Gallery is all about helping you achieve your goal of present-purchasing perfection. The boutique and gallery is turning their latest exhibition, "Small Stuff 2," into a "cash and carry" art show where you can check out what's on the wall and take it home the same day, all on the cheap.

"Small Stuff 2" is all about compact pieces of art that are perfect for gift-giving. None of the locally and nationally produced pieces are bigger than eight-by-ten inches, and all are priced to match - so you don't have choose between getting the cutesy Helena Garcia piece for your girlfriend or buying the Terribly Odd print for your brother. Just get both! Like most art shows at B&B, everything that's on display will be for sale. But unlike other exhibitions, buyers will get to pay for their colorful piece of pop art and take it home the same day (leaving plenty of time for wrapping). That also means the only way to see the exhibit in full is to show up today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the special preview. Come back starting at 7 p.m. for the reception, where you can dig on free wine and cheese while you snatch up the nifty pieces you had your eye on earlier. Oh, and if you do plan on procrastinating this year, you'll still be in good hands: "Small Stuff 2" is on display through January 10. Call 954-560-3660, or visit
Sat., Nov. 29, 11 a.m. & 7 p.m., 2008

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John Linn