It’s the week before Christmas and I assume many of you are doing the frantic OMG I’ll buy anything tango at the mall. My suggestion is to keep calm and shop on at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center’s pop-up gallery gift shop, Uniques.
I spent my entire lunch break a few days ago at the MACC. My intention was to merely pick up my Fast Pass for the Maui Film Festival’s First Light Academy Screenings but alas, I couldn’t resist a peek in the gallery gift shop.
Uniques, in the Schaefer International Gallery, did not disappoint. Appropriately named, the gallery is now home to a shop featuring unique pieces of jewelry, textiles and home decor. Artwork on display is available for purchase as are all the amazing vintage furnishings serving as shop fixtures.
Beach sheets with a print reminiscent of Hawaiian heirloom designs, mini Ganesha figurines and gorgeous batik fabrics caught my eye. Cute ornaments in the shape of birds and hearts made my heart sing and would add a special touch in lieu of a bow to wrapping. I also wanted to load each furniture piece in my CRV hatchback but the trunks, dining table and writing desk especially made me pause and ponder how I could possibly make space in my small hale for all this vintage loveliness.
Jams, jellies and tea towels in a modern graphic, yet still very Hawaii, make perfect gifts for co-workers. Fabric totes were handmade and would make wonderful gifts for the aunty who enjoys special details and Asian inspired prints. For the treehugger, jewelry handmade entirely of recycled materials and parts will satisfy the desire to adorn without wasting our planet’s resources.
The gallery was filled with art that made me smile and made me think. Even if you’re done with your holiday shopping, I recommend you visit to view the paintings and mixed media pieces. When you first enter the gallery, a fanciful tree of “tiny houses” will delight you. Each tiny house was designed by a participating show artist and available for purchase. I absolutely loved these little impromptu wooden works of art.
Uniques will be available until December 31st. The hours are 1o am to 5 pm, Tuesday thru Sunday. The gallery will also be open before Castle Theater shows and during intermission.