Please welcome Janel Garza!

Come by Practical Art today and browse the amazing work of our newest local artist Janel Garza!

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Genius Loci Jewelry is Janel’s line of wearable artistic creations, inspired by the Arizona desert. Genius Loci is latin for “the spirit or essence of a place.” As a Phoenix based artist, Janel employs simple, clean lines, color, and symmetry to evoke the beauty and balance of our arid landscape.

Methodologically, Janel uses a laser cutter to shape and etch designs into each piece. She then delicately hand paints every earring and pendant with carefully selected colors. The ear wires are individually formed and attached. The resulting work is 100% unique!

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Genius Loci Jewelry provides beautiful, handcrafted artwork designed to amplify and accentuate any wardrobe. But don’t take our word for it– come and see for yourself! We can’t wait to see you soon.

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I Love You Dad

Celebrate Father’s Day June 19th by finding a one-of-a-kind gift –perfect for dad– at Practical Art. Fathers, grandfathers, godfathers– they help mold our foundations– our selves. We learn who we are and who we want to become through the examples of our fathers. They deserve a day of honor, and Practical Art is looking forward to celebrating them next week!

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“Sometimes I think my papa is an accordion. When he looks at me and smiles and breathes, I hear the notes.”

Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

It’s only when you grow up and step back from him–or leave him for your own home– it’s only then that you can measure his greatness and fully appreciate it.

— Margaret Truman

 

“The monsters are gone.”

“Really?” Doubtful.

“I killed the monsters. That’s what fathers do.”

Fiona Wallace

 

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“To her, the name of father was another name for love.”

— Fanny Fern

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“[My father] didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.”

— Clarence B. Kelland

 

Come by Practical Art (or visit our online shop) to find something special just for dad. We can’t wait to see you there!

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Customer Review: Standard Wax Candles!

Here at Practical Art, we sell the amazing work of more than 130 local artists! But you don’t have to take our word for it. Loyal customer and Practical Art community member, Jenna, sent us her review of our Standard Wax candles.

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I purchased a variety of these soy-based candles to give away as Mother’s Day gifts in May. I ended up liking the whiskey + fig scent so much that I kept it for myself! Each candle comes in a stylish ceramic holder, or cup. I have, in the past, had an allergic reaction to soy candles, but not with these. They are lightly scented and the perfume or essential oil doesn’t smell cheap. They seem to be long-lasting. I definitely would buy these again. Other scents that I recommend are the “bergamot + basil” (nice light herbal scent) and the citrus + black currant which has a slightly lemony slightly tart aroma. Four out of five stars!”

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Thanks, Jenna! If you want to try out these awesome candles for yourself you can find them here at the shop OR on our webstore!

Let us know about your favorite Practical Art pieces by emailing us at info@practical-art.com or coming by the shop to talk to one of our fabulous staff members. We can’t wait to see you soon!

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Featured Item: The Alphabet Plate!

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ALPHABET PLATE!
handcrafted by Practical Art artisan Tom Budzak!

This 8″ ceramic plate is great to have around young learners, at home or on your desk at school! Just think, first up could be ‘A’ for ‘avocado’, ‘B’ for ‘broccoli’, ‘C’ for ‘cauliflower’…. what a great way to reinforce learning the alphabet AND trying new foods!

Or, we also really like to think of this as a gift for a graphic designer, ’cause you know they’re all about perfect spacing, ahem, kerning, and a well-planned composition. The wonderfully quirky way these very hand-painted letters are arranged will drive them nuts!

PRICE: $30

A GREAT GIFT FOR:
Teachers
Writers/Editors
Graphic Designers
Plate Collectors

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE! 

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Featured Item: Magazine Bowls!

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MAGAZINE BOWL!
handcrafted by Practical Art artisan Pat Sundeen!

Pat’s a relatively new artist with Practical Art and when she first sent over images of these colorful catch-alls, she’d listed ‘fruit bowl’ as one of their potential functions. Just looking at the pictures, you’re like, “It’s made of magazines! One heavy apple will crush that!”

But then you hold one of these weighty bowls in your hands. It’s a combination of the uber-tight coiling of the folded magazine pages and the sheer quantity of clear adhesive and sealant– these babies are made to hold things. They’re chic, inventive, AND functional… sounds like a good “one for me, one for you” gift!

PRICE: $35

A GREAT GIFT FOR:
Housewarming
Client Gift
Industry Folks
College Going-Away

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE! 

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Featured Item: Wooden(!?) Robot Box(?!)

   

WOODEN ROBOT BOX
handcrafted by Practical Art artisan Jordan Alexander Thomas!

Yeah, this robot, “Super Star”, is a crafty fella– don’t let his adorableness deceive you. NOT ONLY is he made completely out of wood, but… dun dun dunnnn….. he has a secret compartment! For what? Only you know, and that’s entirely the point.

He’s got details three-sixty, and charm galore. And, he needs to his Forever Home. ❤

PRICE: $125

A GREAT GIFT FOR:
Anyone.
Just, Just, Everyone.
(It’s a WOODEN ROBOT BOX, for cryin’ out loud!)

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE! 

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Featured Item: Mommy Juice Glass!

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MOMMY JUICE GLASS!
crafted by Practical Art artisan Ray DelMuro!

“Mommy Juice” is a bit of a running gag these days, but really, bless any gag that keeps that wine a-flowin’. The second best part of this gift– the first part being that there’s usually wine paired with it– is that the glass is made from an upcycled wine bottle, punt and all. Practical Art artisan Ray DelMuro rescues empties from a landfill destiny by picking them up from local restaurants and giving them this whole new life; and what more noble mission could these glasses serve than helping new mommies chillax.

PRICE: $10

A GREAT GIFT FOR:
Mother’s Day!
Baby Showers
Baby’s First Birthday (for Mom, of course)

*with a Special Bottle in accompaniment!

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE! 

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