For those seeking a unique, fun or whimsical handmade gift or original painting by a local or fair trade artist, visit The Green Phoenix Gallery, which has all this and more. During December, the much-loved felted works of Laura Rankin will be featured.
Artisan and children’s picture book author/illustrator Laura Rankin’s lively miniature needle felted creations for this season focus on ornaments and brooches. Find tiny Santas decked out in acorn cap berets, mice in holiday finery, seagulls, mallard ducks, elves with tall pointy hats, woodland creatures, winter birds, and jewel-toned felted acorns, plus a few holiday surprises.
Laura taught herself needle felting about 10 years ago. When she received her first batts of wool it was love at first sight. “I look at a soft, fluffy handful of gorgeous, dyed wool and I see its sculptural possibilities as a whimsical character or object. It’s a magical and unexpected way for me to create. I love the rich colors — the palette is endless, and the texture and smell of the wool soothes me.”
The public is invited to meet and talk with Laura, and watch her demo. Enjoy some wine, finger foods, good company and conversation while viewing her new artworks.
“As we celebrate Laura’s whimsical wonders, and the creations of all our artists, we also say goodbye,” says shop owner Andrea Tassencourt. “Retail has changed drastically over the past few years as people use the internet more and more for shopping. At this point, it looks like we will be closing at the end of the year; so the last ever First Friday at The Green Phoenix is December 6, from 5 to 10 p.m., during Easton’s Moonlight Madness Gallery Walk. Our storewide Farewell and Thank You Sale will be in progress, to thank our loyal customers for all their support over almost 10 years. We hope to see you there.”
The Green Phoenix Gallery is located at 31 North Harrison Street in Easton. It is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 410-822-7554 or visit www.facebook.com/greenphoenixgallery.