Countdown to Gift Giving 2011

Why spend hours of your valuable time in malls and busy electronic stores when you can buy unique and inspiring gifts at the Akron Art Museum Store? Not only can you purchase gifts at this year’s Fourth Annual Holiday mART, but you can also stop in the Museum Store. If the galleries are open, so is the Museum Store.

Each day we will be debuting some great gift ideas, so check back daily!

1. Tatebanko


Tatebanko is the forgotten 17th-century Japanese art of creating detailed dioramas from paper. The Tatebanko kits revive this elegant tradition with works of famed Japanese and European artists. Beautifully designed for easy assembly and printed in Japan with attention to detail.

2. Monet Rubber Ducky T-Shirt

Monet Rubber Ducky T-Shirt

We’re just having a little fun here with one of the masters of impressionism.  The folks at Fliptomania searched through the archives of many masters, and discovered this extremely rare Monet, featuring a mama rubber ducky and her duckylings floating on one of his spectacular lily ponds.  They thought it deserved to be on a T-shirt.

3. Henry Bergeson Kaleidoscopes

Bergeson Step Up     Bergeson Moontide

All Henry Bergeson Kaleidoscopes are handcrafted of fine hardwoods wityh polished brass fittings and ultra-fine object cases.  Each piece offers a unique, unsurpasses visual sensation that will delight both young and old.  They are an absolute pleasure to use and are superbly crafted to last a lifetime.

4. Cari Miller’s Akron Art Museum Ornament

Cari Miller's Ornament

Akron artist Cari Miller’s love for the city is evident in her unique, colorful depictions of its iconic symbols. Miller’s other Akron items, including photographs of the city, as well as her wide-ranging other work (many using recycled materials) can be found in her studio and gallery in the Summit Artspace building, 140 E. Market St. For more information, visit or find her on Facebook.

You can buy this ornament in the Museum Store during Holiday mART tonight!

5. Fractiles


Fractiles-7 is basically a magnetic puzzle. But it is also more than a puzzle. Fractiles consists of versatile flexible diamond shaped tiles that can be combined and recombined into an infinite number of designs. Great for use on a refrigerator or while traveling.

6. Paddibles- The perfect hostess gift

Padibbles Looky LouPadibbles Edgy Etiquette

These beverage-sized napkins are different than any on the market! Why? Because within the gift-boxed package, each edition has 8 assorted designs and 2 of each design! All  designs have a variety of beautiful, hand painted original artwork. Paddibles have jokes, conversation starters, games and fun facts to engage the users. They appeal to both young and old and are the perfect hostess gift!

7. CitiBlocs

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CitiBlocs are high-quality wooden construction blocks. The secret behind these blocks is that every piece is exactly the same shape and size.  Your creations require no glue, snaps, connectors or magnets, just gravity, balance and imagination!

8. Designer Duct Tape

Designer Duct Tape HoundstoothDesigner Duct Tape Plate

Patterned duct tape takes adhesives to a whole new level. It’s durable, versatile, and, of course, way more attractive than the silver stuff. Release your inner artist with Platypus Designer Duct Tape. Pair favorite colors and patterns to create a unique gift for the crafter in your life. If you’re lucky, you might just receive a designer duct tape masterpiece in return.

9. Calico June Jewelry

Calico June Jewelry by Bonnie Riconda is based on her love of brilliant, bright colors and a feeling of airiness. She doesn’t use any pre-made or fabricated parts and wraps all gemstones and beads by hand. She even makes her own hoops and French wires. Gemstones, crystals and pearls create a wonderful color palette.

Hey Members! Don’t forget to stop by the Museum Store for great discounts for today only and at 3 pm join other members for a first look at the new acquisitions.

10. Artistic Games: Art Ditto, American Art Ditto, Go Fish, Art Shark


Educational, fun, and award winning art games from Birdcage Press.  Art Shark is a winner of the iParenting Media Award.  American Art Ditto was named Game of The Year by Creative Child Magazine.  Modern Artists Go Fish for Art is the latest addition to a line of Go Fish decks that have received Parents’ Choice Gold Medals.

11. Happy December with Sherpa Pens

Sherpa Pen StripesSherpa Pen Half and HalfSherpa Pen Quasar

The Sherpa is a unique pen shell that holds a variety of disposable pens and markers including Sharpie, Pilots and Accent highlighters as its refill. It comes in many different styles for you to enjoy. Each Sherpa is designed with an innovative cap to keep the color of your marker or pen bold and fresh every time.

12.Make Your Own Monster Doll

Make Your Own Monster Doll

Create your own monster doll with this kit that doesn’t requires pins or needles.  Assorted colored felt and templates let you create personalized features. Instructions and birth certificate included are even included.

13. Morph Pads
Writing notes will become even more fun with these morphable pads. Twist and shape them into fun desktop art.

rph Pad PicassoMorph Pad Splatter  Morph Pad Stripes

Each pad includes 1,000 sheets of 100% recycled paper hand made in Canada.

14. Cyber Monday

MoMA Lacing Cards

These unique l cards teach shapes, colors, and textures and develop hand-eye coordination with striking design and photography. Bright, colorful cards with die-cut shapes can be laced alone or laced together into a book.Fundamental concepts have never been so versatile to use or fun to look at!  $14.99

Moma Houses

Create a delightfully modern house with this innovative set of modular nesting boxes! Aspiring architects and designers of all ages can create modern spaces, arrange furniture and accessories, and pack it all up to go with this distinctive house!

Moma Towers

Balance these brightly colored and playfully tilted blocks to make towers of fun! Sturdy and lightweight, these 10 vibrant blocks can be arranged in endless combinations for hours of building fun.

WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.

15. Robert Held Art Glass

 Robert Held California Poppy Heartbeat Robert Held California Poppy Posy Vase

Inspired by the famous impressionist painting “Poppy fields” by Claude Monet, the California Poppy line combines stunning poppies with soft muted background tones. Variations in the pattern make each bowl or vase a unique work of art.

16. Calendars

In honor of Small Business Saturday stop by the Museum Store and pick up some amazing and inspiration calendars for the upcoming year.

JMW Turner Calendar

J.M.W. Turner Calendar

Known for his technical brilliance, J.M.W. Turner is considered a master of landscape painting—his exquisite renderings of the sky and sea exhibit unusual complexity, expressive power, and superb use of light and color.

Cezanne Calendar

Paul Cezanne Calendar

A self-taught painter, Paul Cezanne kept abreast of the latest styles and philosophies at a time when Paris was bursting with creative vitality—all while developing his own unique artistic expression. His analytical approach to painting challenged the spontaneity of impressionism and influenced many avant-garde movements, including Cubism and Fauvism.

Hudson River School Calendar

Paintings of the Hudson River School Calendar

Breaking with the European tradition of serene landscapes, the Hudson River School artists, led by Thomas Cole, presented the American wilderness as a place of rough majesty. Though many of them never met, their works have in common precise brushwork, dramatic light, and landscapes that evoke strong emotions. This calendar includes paintings by Albert Bierstadt, Frederic Edwin Church, Thomas Cole, Jasper Francis Cropsey, Thomas Doughty, Asher Brown Durand, George Inness, and John Frederick Kensett.

Monet Mini Calendar
Monet Mini Wall Calendar

In childhood, Monet learned the basics of drawing from a student of the great Neoclassical master Jacques-Louis David. Instead of minutely detailed scenes of Roman drama, he preferred to paint more familiar subjects, such as landscapes, captured with quick, flickering touches of the brush.

Listed calendars are printed on FSC certified paper with soy-based inks.

17. Kittelson Kaleidoscopes

Kittelson ScopesKittelson Interior Kaleidoscope View

Add some color to Black Friday and purchase an artistic kaleidoscope. These handheld kaleidoscopes are created by Steve and Peggy Kittelson of Woodland Designs.