Tamara Adira, artistic director for Arte y Pasión
What two or three San Antonio-made items would you love to receive as holiday gifts this year and why?
A giant toro painting by Franco Mondini-Ruiz. Franco Mondini-Ruiz, etsy.com/shop/FMondiniRuizPurses.
I would love to receive a trunk of goodies from Kat Day’s Imaginarium Wonder Emporium. Kat has curated amazing surprises from all over the world, collecting oddities new and antique, and breathing life into theatrical objects from the mundane to the arcane. She has a unified vision of magic and theatrical, ranging from thrift costumes, to masks, toiletries, herbs, perfumes, art and jewelry. There is nothing like a little magic and wonder, and Kat brings all of it. The Imaginarium Wonder Emporium, theimaginariumwonderemporium.com.
A pass to Agosto Cuellar’s vintage store, Augustine. Agosto is an award-winning fashion designer who not only sells some of his own work but breathes life back into vintage pieces by repurposing them in unexpected and wonderful ways. Augustine, 1414 S. Alamo St. #108B, instagram.com/iloveaugustine_vintage.
Anything, anything, anything from the Brick at Blue Star Art Market. Brick at Blue Star Art Market, noon-5 p.m. Sundays, 108 Blue Star, (210) 262-8653, brickatbluestar.com.
What’s the best locally produced gift you’ve ever received?
Two hand-cast sterling silver rings, one for each middle finger, handcrafted by metalsmith Alejandro Sifuentes. Equinox Gallery, 418 Villita St., Bldg. 4, (210) 281-0706, alejandrosifuentes.com.
Why is it important for people to shop local during the holidays?
It is truly magical when you can make something with your hands or your own goodwill, and then be able to support yourself with the income produced from that. By supporting local artists and entrepreneurs, you are nurturing the arts and reaffirming the value to those artists to continue nurturing the arts in themselves.
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