Forgo the usual Black Friday chaos — give original works by budding artists (and support their education, to boot). New England is home to several nationally acclaimed art schools, and come December, they host holiday sales brimming with great to-be gifts, from jewelry and ceramics to paintings and drawings (like Michelle Samour's Wired Eye #3 (detail), Pigmented abaca and gouache, above, from The Museum School).
Maine College of Art Holiday Sale
Friday, December 2; 5 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, December 3; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Maine College of Art, Porteous Building
522 Congress Street, Portland, ME
Rhode Island School of Design Alumni Holiday Sale
Saturday, December 3; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Rhode Island Convention Center
1 Sabin Street, Providence, RI
MassArt Holiday Sale
December 5 to 10; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Tower Building
621 Huntington Avenue, Boston
The Museum School Art Sale
December 8 to 11; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
230 The Fenway, Boston
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