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Shop local, gift distinctive: The ultimate guide to Houston's Winter Holiday Market

David Brown
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Finding the perfect gifts for your loved ones isn't always easy, but this year's Winter Holiday Art Market is a wonderful place to find unique holiday gifts for everyone on your list. The annual three-day shopping event, presented by Fresh Arts, gives you the opportunity to find one-of-a-kind handcrafted items from more than 60 local artists.

In this photo essay, you'll find a sampling of what WHAM has to offer, including paintings, prints, photography, ceramics, clothing, jewelry and sculpture.

We recommend that you check out the market as early as you can to browse the best selection. WHAM is free and open to the public on Saturday (from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.) and Sunday (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

The shopping celebration gets going on Friday with a preview party featuring an open bar, light bites and music by DJ Cashless.

Photo courtesy of Fresh Arts
Winter Holiday Art Market WHAM November 2013 Tracy_Carlson_Contrabando

Tracy Manford Carlson, a Texas native, is known for her dramatic representations of everyday life and her ability to transform forgotten places into fine art, just as she has done with this piece, Contrabando. Her collection will include a number of art cards, limited edition metallic prints, framed images and canvas wraps of images from her spring trip to West Texas and New Mexico. She is also debuting a mini-portfolio from her recent trip to the Texas Hill Country at this year's WHAM.

Pieces range from $5 to $400

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Winter Holiday Art Market WHAM November 2013 Valerie_Burkes Still-30x40Acryliconcanvas-created2012

Self-taught artist Valerie Burkes has been a fixture of WHAM since 2010. Specializing in acrylic paintings, Burkes is known for her bold yet straight-forward style, taking images and transforming them into beautiful compositions using only a few contrasting color layers, just as in this piece, Still.

Pieces range from $30 to $600

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Winter Holiday Art Market WHAM November 2013 Birch and Goldberry 1

Hillaree Hamblin, the driving force behind Birch and Goldberry, creates wonderfully festive handmade cards, coasters and soaps. The cards are collages and gouache and block ink prints on paper, and the luscious soaps are created using a combination of plant-based oils.

Pieces range from $4 to $20

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Winter Holiday Art Market WHAM November 2013 Tony_Parana

Tony Paraná is a Brazilian artist who currently resides in Houston. Known for his figurative art pieces, Paraná's typical medium is oil on canvas, although he will also feature his charcoal drawings at this year's WHAM.

Paraná has articulated his desire to leave a gap between his work and the work's message, leaving it up to the public to create their own meaning behind his pieces.

Pieces range from $150 to $900

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Winter Holiday Art Market WHAM November 2013 Sam_Sartorius

Along with Merideth Melville, Sam Sartorius is launching the Voodoo Girls collection at this year's WHAM. The collection features original paintings and collages, as well as hand silk-screened and dyed T-shirts and feather pillows.

The artist, who has described her paintings as "emotional landscapes," is known for her adventurous use of color and shape. Sartorius will also be selling her disposable art lighters which have been carefully designed using duct tape.

Pieces range from $5 to $3000.

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Winter Holiday Art Market WHAM November 2013 Point_506

Known for his surrealistic works, Vincent Fink is the creative force behind Point 506. Fink, who has said that the surrealistic depictions he creates are inspired by his dreams, seeks to combine waking life and his imaginative dreams into his pieces.

His collection includes hand-drawn and screen-printed T-shirts and bags, pendants, cards, prints, framed ink drawings, and original acrylic paintings, as well as painting reproductions.

Pieces range from $25 to $1,000

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Winter Holiday Art Market WHAM November 2013 Piyali_Dasgupta_silk scarf

With textile as her medium of choice, Piyali Sen Dasgupta is known for creating stunning printed silk and raw silk shawls and scarves. The artist says that her designs, often of flowers and animals, are inspired by her sketches and doodles of what she sees around her. Dasgupta, a resident artist of Winter Street Studios, will be selling her beautiful shawls in addition to silk-screened T-shirts and wood block prints. 

Pieces range from $16 to $185

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Winter Holiday Art Market WHAM November 2013 Michel_Muylle

A native of Belgium, Michel Muylle is regarded for his monochromatic abstract works. The body of work he will show at WHAM is called "Hymn to Color," which features colorful geometric compositions. The collection's pieces include ink and paint works on brushed aluminum and wood, as well as his beautiful, brightly-colored silk pocket squares and scarves.

Pieces range from $60 to $850

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Winter Holiday Art Market WHAM November 2013 Fab Lab 3

Fab Lab, the brainchild of Ford and Hillary Waters, creates custom and one-of-a-kind metal and wood furniture, as well as art and everyday wares. The majority of their work featured at WHAM will be tables, benches and wall art.

Pieces range from $20 to $450

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Winter Holiday Art Market WHAM November 2013 Melinda_Patrick Traveler

A native Houstonian, Melinda Patrick is known for her works which reflect the ordinary world but as seen through her own colorful lens. Patrick transforms the mundane into wonderfully bright cityscapes, as shown here with her piece entitled Traveler. Her bold acrylic paintings and gouache on paper compositions will be available at the WHAM event.

Pieces range from $100 to $500.

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Winter Holiday Art Market WHAM November 2013 Mei_Chang

Born and raised in Taiwan, Mei Chang Stansbury began Black Tea Café Design in Houston nearly nine years ago. Her watercolor paintings are blended with her experiences of city sights, sensations, and sensitivity into modern abstract compositions with simple but profound impact. She will present her paintings as art prints and greeting cards at this year's art market.

Pieces range from $6 to $40

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Winter Holiday Art Market WHAM November 2013 Carlos_Pozo_Focus

Carlos Pozo's love for geometry is immediately apparent when viewing his works, such as this piece entitled Focus. Using shapes, angles and repetitive patterns, Pozo creates beautiful silk-screened images which he layers on to found paper, such as vintage atlas and grid paper.

Pieces range from $30 to $45

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Winter Holiday Art Market WHAM November 2013 Marsha_Glickman Marching Orders

Born in San Antonio, Marsha Glickman is a self-trained artist who uses only original found materials to create intellectually stimulating and colorful works of art. Glickman's dedication to using found objects, such as old book parts, handwritten correspondence, vintage sheet music, and wallpaper, gives her pieces an extremely unique feel. Her collection at WHAM, represented here with her piece entitled Marching Orders, will include her mixed media and assemblage pieces.

Pieces range from $29 to $300

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Winter Holiday Art Market WHAM November 2013 Lisa_Chow Fairest

Self-taught artist and proclaimed "paper enthusiast" Lisa Chow paints, designs, and illustrates from her home studio in Houston. She will be presenting her beautiful hand-drawn watercolor illustrations, like the one here entitled Fairest, along with her art prints and paper goods at this year's art market.

Pieces range from $4 to $250

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Winter Holiday Art Market WHAM November 2013 Kari_Breitigam

Ohio-born artist Kari Breitigam works in a wide range of media including embroidery, painting, collage, soft sculpture, and functional arts. Her collection for WHAM will include geometric watercolor studies, embroidered wall art, and small accessories such as necklaces and the zippered pouches shown here.

Pieces range from $20 to $65

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Winter Holiday Art Market WHAM November 2013 Jessica Guerra

Houston-based artist and designer Jessica Guerra specializes in watercolor, gouache, ink and printmaking. Guerra hand-painted and inked architectural illustrations for 18 years before setting up her own studio, where she currently does freelance architecture work and designs printed textile art. Her collection for WHAM, largely inspired by vintage toys and textiles, includes woodcut cards, hand-pulled prints and original paintings.

Pieces range from $5 to $1,200

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Winter Holiday Art Market WHAM November 2013 Cindy_Schulze

Cindy Schulze began crafting handmade gemstone and gold-filled jewelry in 2008. Her pieces, most of which are created through wire-wrapping and hammered metal work, are inspired by fashion trends and her travels. Schulze's beautiful jewelry pieces, including bracelets, necklaces and earrings, will be available at the WHAM event.

Pieces range from $60 to $150

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Winter Holiday Art Market WHAM November 2013 Jeremy_Keas Beaneath

Houston-based Jeremy Keas is a nationally recognized photographer and mixed media visual artist. His often bright mixed media pieces, which will be available at WHAM, incorporate photography, printmaking, watercolor, graphite, ink, and colored pencil.

Pieces range from $45 to $1,000.

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Winter Holiday Art Market WHAM November 2013 Jennifer_Wagner_Orange_is_the_Sun

Jennifer Wagner, the creative force behind Orange is the Sun, creates colorful thread-wrapped jewelry pieces. Her works, which will be available at the art market, include brightly color-blocked bracelets, necklaces and earrings.

Pieces range from $20 to $48

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Winter Holiday Art Market WHAM November 2013 Cultured Critter Collective-Miniature Steampunk Critters

New York-born Valerie G. is the mixed-media artist behind the Cultured Critter Collective. The collection featured at WHAM will include custom urban vinyl and "steampunk" art toys (shown here), hand-sculpted polymer clay monsters, hand-sewn limited edition plush toys, and a variety of hand-sculpted clay and custom vinyl holiday ornaments.

Prices range from $10 to $300

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Winter Holiday Art Market WHAM November 2013 Adriana_Whitney_Kirk and Spock

Originally from Argentina, self-taught folk artist Adriana Whitney started creating art around age eight and hasn't stopped since. Constantly experimenting with new mediums, Whitney pieces include wooden Kokeshi dolls, acrylic paintings on canvas, and dioramas with wood and clay figurines.

Prices range from $10 to $100