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Calgary Souvenirs Get An Upgrade

By HANNA DEEVES

Hand-turned birch bowl by Ken Hawtin of Ardrossan AB. Available at Galleria Inglewood. Photo Courtesy Galleria Inglewood

If you are looking for a little more than T-Shirts and tiny bottles of maple syrup to bring back home after visiting our beautiful city, try checking out these spots. Even locals are sure to find something to show off their Calgarian spirit. (more…)

Toronto’s Best Gallery Boutiques: 10 Shops for Art and Design Gifts

BY CRAIG MOY

Pimlico Design Gallery is one of Toronto's best gallery boutiques for artistic home products

Pimlico Design Gallery is one of Toronto’s best gallery boutiques for artistic home products

You needn’t take home a $10,000 painting to prove your good taste. An art book, handcrafted home-decor item or even a unique piece of jewellery from one of these 10 gallery boutiques will do the trick.

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Editor’s Pick: Top 5 Artsy Acquisitions

Fine works of art and cleverly crafted objects can’t be confined to galleries and exhibitions. Manitoba is flush with ingenious makers, visit these shops to inject your personal style with functional objets d’art.

Hand-crafted jewellery and metalwork sparkle inside Artifacts Gallery, look for elegant gold dewdrop earrings with milky rainbow moonstones from local WaterLelie Jewellery Design. Johnston Terminal at The Forks Market, main floor, 204-949-1222.

An eclectic mix of wares from hundreds of Canadian crafters populate the loft at Forks Trading Company where the blue glaze of earthy ceramics imitates the prairie sky. The Forks Market, 2nd floor, 204-949‑1785.

Four Directions Trading Inc. boasts traditional and contemporary handicrafts by First Nations people, including intricately beaded barrettes and bolo ties. Ramada Marlborough Hotel, 331 Smith St, 204-943‑8152.

At the heart of Osborne Village, Sew Dandee buzzes with maker creativity. Find tees silk screened with the mug of traitor-cum-hero Louis Riel, racks of re-worked clothing and unique accessories. 105 Osborne St, 204-453-5110.

Tara Davis Studio Boutique acts as an art conduit, bringing beautiful creations to shoppers from local and Canadian artists. Among handmade throw cushions and upcycled leather handbags you’ll find the proprietor’s own lines of reworked vintage bling (pictured). 246 McDermot Ave, 204-504-8272