( Column 3 / 2001)

"The Lost Valleys"...by...Ron Gladkowski

          "A commentary about creative people living in the small communities scattered through the hills and valleys of Central New York"
          Published in The County Review

          Thinking Christmas?
          Summer is just barely winding down, and Fall has not yet arrived, so why would I bring up the subject of Christmas? Well, if you want to get a unique and different gift for someone special in your life, you should start thinking now. Original Art and Craftwork can be the perfect gift, and it will take time to decide just what is best.
          By following these suggestions, you will both be rewarded, long before a gift is selected. Taking time to notice all these things, and, paying attention to that person you share your life with, will allow you appreciate them more. You will react to them in a more positive way, and their response will be in kind. Imagine enjoying the gift selection process, the enhancement of your relationship, and the giving of the gift. What more could you ask for?
          Now, to a more practical reason to start early ..... Making art and craftwork takes time. Each piece needs the special attention of the creator, and no two ever come out alike. Once you decide just what to get, it's time to start looking, and the earlier, the better. The selection will be larger, and you are more likely to find the perfect one, and not have to settle for less.
          Also, if you want to commission something custom made, the artist needs time to conceive, design, and create it. Although most artists will try very hard to accommodate your needs, as it gets closer to the holidays, time becomes a factor. Plan ahead, order early, and you won't be disappointed.

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