As the winter holidays approach, the OC Center for the Arts is the perfect place for stumped shoppers to find a unique gifts for that special someone. Visitors will find thoughtful alternatives to holiday gifts purchased at malls, and can feel rewarded that their one-of-a-kind purchases help support local artists. Pick up a piece of fine art of purchase a creative handmade item from the galleries, artist studios or the gift shop. Beautiful pottery by Erik Hertz, sculpted glass by Jeff Auxer, works of photography, fine paintings and more await your holiday gift list.

For the lady on you holiday list who loves unique handmade jewelry, you must stop in. There are several artists who make a wide variety of jewelry. Fay Kempton with her dichroic glass pendants, earrings and rings, Bonnie Preziosi with her surf inspired designs with silver, sea glass and shells, and Angela Pierce with her beaded bracelets, necklaces and earrings are just a few of the talented artists who have their beautiful, one-of-a-kind jewelry creations available for purchase at the OC Center for the Arts.

Interested in making your own creation as a gift? Parents and children are invited to make a clay gingerbread house in the Center for the Arts pottery studio on Saturday, December 7 from 2-3:30 pm. This would make a perfect personalized gift for grandparents and family! The house will be glazed and fired and ready for pick up in time for the holidays. All ages are welcome to participate however children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult. Cost is $25 for Art League members and includes clay, materials, glazing and firing. Register online at or by calling 410-524-9433.

Like the Art League of OC on Facebook and visit the website The OC Center for the Arts is located on 94th St. bayside. Galleries and gift shop are open daily from 11am until 4pm.