You just knew, didn't you that the Intuit store, a discreet but lively corner of the non-profit outsider art organization Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art would save the day for you re those hard to please but special people on your holiday list.
Sue Lowenberg has fashioned great looking bracelets, necklaces, picture frames and more from ordinary but colorful pencils. It's not just anyone who'd be lucky enough to enjoy this amazing but utilitarian pencil covered wastebasket in their home or office. Then there's the tie on necktie for the off beat tie wearer; photos of both shown. Prices range from $38 for the bracelets to $175 for the wastebasket and $330 for the necktie.
Lou Robinson, another local artisan has carved handsome spoons and other wooden items including hair sticks, letter openers and cheese spreaders which are also available at the store. Many other gift suggestions here that you won't find elsewhere in town.
While at Intuit, enjoy the current exhibit of drawings by AG Rizzoli, a California outsider artist who began work in 1936 as a draftsman for an architectural firm in San Francisco. His large renderings are minutely detailed to depict his very personal and surprising ideas. People he knew and loved have been transformed into buildings by his careful hand! The image at right is courtesy The Ames Gallery, Berkeley, CA. Although Rizzoli died in 1981 his work lives on through the efforts of Intuit and others including San Francisco art dealer Bonnie Grossman. Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art is at 756 N. Milwaukee Av., and is open Tues.-Sat. from 11AM-5PM and Thursday from 11:30AM-7:30PM. Street parking available.
Check out Intuit's shockingly cool domain name plus at http://www.art.org for a list of choice activities now and in the future.