Happy Thanksgiving from Practical Art

It is officially Thanksgiving! (How did that happen?)

We hope you have a safe and wonderful day celebrating all the things you are thankful for! Here at Practical Art, we are thankful for our amazing arts community, loyal customers, fantastic staff, and (if you don’t already fit into one of the previous categories) YOU!

Now, traditionally, the Friday after Thanksgiving is reserved for Big Box stores who promise incredible deals (coupled with overfilled parking-lots and ridiculously long lines– they don’t call it ‘black’ Friday for nothing). Here at Practical Art, however, we’ve never been big fans of the chaos, mayhem, and stress of Black Friday… but we do love celebrating the holiday season in our community. So, if you are looking for something to do this weekend other than standing in line at Best Buy or Walmart, come join us at one (or more) of the awesome local events listed below, or stop by the store any day this weekend from 10:00am-5:00pm. Help spread holiday cheer while you support local businesses around the Valley.

Friday, November 25: BLACK FRIDAY!

10am-7pm Practical Art’s Alternative Black Friday Celebration


Get in the festive spirit by making unique, handmade robot ornaments with our favorite Space Boy Robot (Jordan Thomas).
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10am-5pm Alternative Black Friday Market, CityScape, Phoenix

Spend the day perusing the wares of more than 30 Vintage and Local shops at the market, eat lunch at some of the best local Phoenix restaurants around, and cap it all off with a bit of ice-skating, just for fun!

Saturday, November 26: SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY


Whatever your plans, make sure you stop by your favorite local businesses to show your support and let them know how much you appreciate them! We will be open from 10-5 with lots of locally made wares & recommendations of other awesome shops for you to check out!

9am-1pm Gilbert Art Walk


With a forecast in the mid-70s, Saturday is the perfect day to head outside and stroll around the Gilbert Water Tower, checking out the vendors at both the Art Walk and Farmer’s Market!


10am-5pm Phoenix Flea, Heritage Square Park


Don’t miss the 4th annual Phoenix Flea! It’s sure to be the biggest market yet, with goods from more than 100 local artists and businesses!

Here at Practical Art, we can’t wait to see you out and about this weekend!



Market Spotlight: GILBERT ART WALK!

(Additional dates added for Small Business Saturday, the holidays and Super Bowl!)
Last time we were chatting about the local art markets, we were spotlighting the Downtown Phoenix Public Market. This time, let’s trek over to a neighboring township, and see what the heck is up in Gilbert, AZ.
According to Cheri Montgomery, Owner/Operator of the Gilbert Art Walk, there’s A LOT happening…. at least there is every 1st & 3rd Saturday! Ever since it’s inception in 2011, the Gilbert Art Walk has featured one-of-a-kind woodworking, ceramic, jewelry, paintings, photography, handmade children’s clothing, and more; live music every event(!); and a community information table that contains flyers and coupons for happenings in the area. 
Montgomery has a unique perspective of the market, as she’s held both the role of vendor and organizer. She says:
I was a vendor at the art walk and the previous owner closed the business after one season… so I decided to take over and reopen it.  It has taught me confidence.  I was able to go outside my comfort zone and work with the city.  Also, I have had to think quickly on my feet and come up with solutions to challenges in a fast-paced environment.  I pride myself in going above and beyond to help build confidence in new artists that have never sold their art before, and that’s my greatest reward: seeing a small business expanding!
Her main challenge? Like we’ve heard from many arts fair organizers– space! Finding that you have more interest than square footage AND then figuring out where each booth is placed…it’s a lot of tough decision-making and a lot to manage. Especially as the holidays approach and she’s also arranging some amazing extras: performers from both The Nutcracker and the Renaissance Festival will be on-hand to stage small excerpt performances for the Gilbert crowds! Cool, uh?
Montgomery recommends that shoppers continue to come back, again and again. There are new artists at every event and established artists are always bringing new products.  There is also a lot of opportunity to find an artist to do custom work!  And because of all the regulars, her advice for artists is to do at least do three shows in a row– because when customers say they will return, they generally do.
You’ll definitely see US there! Make sure to swing over and say hi! If it’s your first time there and it’s because you read about it here, make sure to tell us! We love hearin’ that these lil’ ol’ blogs of ours are gettin’ the word out!