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Alberta House Shop

Last updated: January 07, 2016

December 2015 in the Alberta House Shop

A Sampling of Gifts at the Alberta House Shop

The Alberta House Shop is a particularly good place to visit if you need presents to mail or transport. It’s full of one-of-a-kind treasures that are light and compact. Look for silk scarves; fine woolens; beautiful, original jewelry, and notecards and books by area artists. There are also fine nautical, wildlife and scenic prints by area artists. Unframed, they are easy to mail. Sue Johnson’s 2016 doodle calendar in desk format is unique, upbeat, compact, useful, definitely timely and only $22—a smile a day. Dee Stevens’ hand knit sweaters, scarves and more will warm up a winter day.

For the cook, there are smoothly carved kitchen spoons and implements by Richard Miller, beautifully useful lidded casseroles by William Hagerty and Jack Dunning, batter bowls and bread boards, water jugs and pie plates, relish plates and platters, bread baskets and bean pots.

The shop is also a good place to find something that men will appreciate. Look for local history books, nautical and wildlife prints and paintings, William Palmer’s carvings, hand thrown pottery mugs and cereal bowls, hand tooled leather wallets, and masculine chain maille jewelry. How about a warm, comfortable Sault Summer Arts Festival sweatshirt? A walking stick? A trinket box? An antler sculpture? A rustic bird feeder? A duck carving? A blown glass free form sculpture?

Books include Remotely Yours, Jan Huttenstines’ history of the Whitefish Point region; Richard Hill’s Lake Effect and Hitchhiking after Dark; Bernie Arbic’s Yooper joke book, his Sugar Island Sampler, and his other history books. There are area history books by Dee Stevens, Peter Gianakura’s An American Café (also on CD), Helga Flower’s War Child, Lois Beardslee’s Women’s Warrior Society, Ken Hatfield’s Letters to My Nieces, and more.

Finding notecards that men are comfortable using is easy too. You’ll find a huge variety—Jeanne Tubman’s cards of local scenery, shipping and wildlife are a good choice as are Dave Bigelow’s pen and ink cards featuring local landmarks. Zoey Wood-Salomon’s cards are big and beautiful and feature traditional Ojibwe lore.

Once you’ve made your choice you can wrap his gift in Heidi Finley’s marbled paper—colorful but not frilly—or just leave it in the shop’s Christmas bag.

Best of all—20% off EVERYTHING! You might wonder why we have this annual sale in December, when people are primed to buy. It’s because we close for January—our only chance to spruce things up, sort things out and clean. The less we have to go through the better. It’s great for our artists, too, because the shop takes the hit—they still receive their full price and their higher ticket items become more affordable and sell faster. The annual sale is our way of making Christmas merry for artists and you, while clearing space for the brand new 2016 treasures coming in.


Check out the Alberta House Shop—for Father’s Day and Wedding Gifts-marine paintings and prints, baskets, pottery, note cards, hand worked fibers and more!

There's Something All Year Long at the Alberta House Shop

There is a wealth of long lasting and meaningful gifts that are easy to purchase in the uplifting and peaceful atmosphere of Alberta House.

In Alberta House:

For pure indulgence:

Rick Shapero’s beautiful blown glass and Garry Smith’s sleek turned wood boxes, bowls, Judy Colein’s soaps and body products and more

For snowbirds and retirees and other Sault expatriates:

Peter Gianakura’s The American Café, in paperback or on CDs

Gene Usimaki’s new history of the Le Sault Artists Guild

Richard Hill’s Lake Effect and Hitchhiking After Dark

Ken Hatfield’s Notes to My Neices

Bernie Arbic’s and Dee Stevens’ many area history books

Dave Bigelow’s and Jeanne Tubman’s notecards and prints featuring area scenes and landmarks

For lovers of the nautical:

Lighthouse paintings, prints and cards by Jeanne Tubman, Mary Demroske, Dave Bigelow, Maureen Mousley and many other artists

Freighters and other ships by Tony Strublic, Jeanne Tubman, Mary Demroske and others

For the many who just love the area:

there are dozens of artists who love it too and who have produced everything from summer wildflowers and cascading waterfalls to the woods, fields and wildlife

For those who like whimsy:

look for the jewelry of Sharon Klevay, the cards of Katie Eberts, the Christmas ornaments and boxes of David Brown (in the Christmas show), the mosaics of Gerri Proux (also in the show), the hooked rugs and chair pads of Maureen Mousley

For gifts for the home that make practical items a joy to use:

Richard Miller’s smoothly carved maple and cherry kitchen implements, table linens, pillows, rugs and more made of hand woven, knit, sewn or hooked materials.

And there’s so much more . . .

Sault Area Arts Council - 217 Ferris Street, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783 - saac@saultarts.org - (906) 635-1312