Bid on Basement Ornaments or Take an Image Transfer Workshop at Wingtip 

Plus info on the Department of Arts and History's Cultural Resource Guide

Maybe you aren't one of the over-prepared shoppers scoping out potential Black Friday hotspots, but if you're looking for something unique and beautiful to decorate your house this season, look no further than Basement Gallery's silent auction, which benefits Life's Kitchen.

In the auction, local and regional artists—including Bill Carman, Molly Hill, Kelly Knopp, Erin Ruiz and April VanDeGrift— will donate ornaments and baubles they have created. The ornaments are in a wide variety of sizes and media. Ornaments will be on display and up for auction First Thursday, Dec. 1, through Saturday, Dec. 10. Winning bidders may collect their pieces the following Tuesday, Dec. 13, when the gallery opens at 10 a.m. Basement Gallery is located at 928 W. Main St., and attendance is FREE.

If you're a do-it-yourself type, learning to make image transfers can help unwrap your creative side before the giftwrapping insanity starts. Wingtip Press, a community printmaking studio, is offering an image transfer workshop with local artist Katarzyna Cepek. Using laser and inkjet prints or even photocopies, you can transfer images to paper, fabric and other surfaces. The prints make awesome personalized gifts or great wall-decorations for your own home.

The Wingtip Press Image Transfer Workshop is open to beginners and more experienced artists. All you need to bring is the images you want to transfer. The workshop costs $35, which includes all the supplies you'll need to make your artwork. It will be held from 6-9 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at Wingtip Press, located at 6940 Butte Court.

Finally the Boise Department of Arts and History has put together a helpful Cultural Resource Guide, available online, in print at City Hall, 150 N. Capitol Blvd., as well as at local businesses.

The Cultural Resource Guide includes information about museums, theater and dance performance groups, art galleries—even cultural organizations like the Idaho Korean Association, the Idaho Office for Refugees and the Native American Coalition of Boise. It's a fast way to get contact information while you're out and about, looking for a new venue to check out or maybe a workshop to fill a few idle hours. The Guide can help you explore the city this holiday season and long after.

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