Countdown to Gift Giving 2012: Day 10

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Puzzles are fun, challenging and timeless gifts for members of all generations and the museum store has several to choose from!

Pomegranate creates intricate and thoughtful 1,000-piece interlocking jigsaw puzzles using high quality photo reproduction and wonderfully intriguing images. Featured in their “Art Piece” puzzles are images created by M.C. Escher, Jackson Pollock, Frank Lloyd Wright, Wayne Thiebaud and Charley Harper.

Gene Davis Block puzzle

Also from Pomegranate is an exciting block puzzle featuring six “Stripes” paintings by Gene Davis. Pomegranate block puzzles contain twelve two-inch square blocks that can be repositioned and flipped to create up to six different artworks!

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Countdown to Gift Giving 2012: Day 12

Day 12 aJust hang this Joel Hotchkiss Mobile up in your house and enjoy! Hotchkiss has created numerous mobile commissions for private homes and commercial spaces.

Bring the art gallery into your home or office with Kikkerland’s mobile photo clip. Leave space on your shelves and put your photos in this artistic, chrome-plated steel mobile. Your pictures will never look better.

Countdown to Gift Giving 2012: Day 13

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Exhibition catalogues are a great way for you to both revisit your favorite exhibitions and share them with friends and family who may have missed them.

Detroit Disassembled: Photographs by Andrew Moore provides vivid reproductions of the images from the popular exhibition of the same name. Named one of the top picks for books in the 2010 New York Times Holiday Gift Guide, it is now in its third printing.

The Penland Book of Glass: Master Classes in Flamework Techniques offers stunning photographs, brilliant essays and systematic lessons from Paul Stankard and his Penland School of Crafts contemporaries.

Ray Turner: Population offers vibrant reproductions of the California artist’s oil paint on glass portraits of a wide cross- section of people from across the country. Included in the exhibition, featured at the museum during the first half of 2012, were portraits of University Park and downtown Akron residents

Pattern ID highlights a trend amongst contemporary artists to use pattern and dress as a language communicating who they are and where they come from. The catalogue features 15 artists of diverse origins who have seized on pattern and dress as powerful visual connectors between themselves, their histories and their audiences and includes work from the museum’s collection.

Also available are two catalogues of the autobiographical photography of Bea Nettles, whose work was on view at the museum earlier this year.



Penland Book of Glass

Countdown to Gift Giving 2012: Day 14


There are endless ways kids can build with this award-winning toy. Little ones (and adults) can design simple or complex structures with this set of interlocking slotted card pieces in five basic shapes. The Museum Store has several different building sets that improve hand-eye coordination and reinforce principles of balance and spatial relationships.

Countdown to Gift Giving 2012: Day 16

Ollin Arm Candy bags are created using ancient Mayan techniques, but don’t think these are artifacts! Defective candy wrappers are upcycled to create several styles, including clutches, wristlets, purses and weekenders. It can take up to four thousand wrappers and four days for an artisan to create each tear-free and durable bag.

Countdown to Gift Giving 2012: Day 18

Games by Funnybone Toys incorporate strong design principles to stimulate creativity and give your brain a workout. These games are designed to be enjoyed by players of all ages.

ARRAY: Connect the cards to build a beautiful array of colors. You can play Array on a table – but for even more fun, play it on the floor and see how big your array can grow!

CUBU: Visual illusion leads to confusion as you try to follow number and color sequences, don’t forget to watch out for the action cards that could completely disrupt your turn! Get to 100 points first to win CUBU!

SPECTRIX: Build and expand groups of beautiful color sequences and matches. Mix and match your own and other players’ cards into strategic groups to be the first to play your entire hand.

Countdown to Gift Giving 2012: Day 19

Small Business Saturday falls between Black Friday and Cyber Monday and is dedicated to driving sales to small businesses on one of the busiest holiday shopping weekends of the year. This countdown item also comes with an in-store discount.

Some of the most popular products in the museum store, especially during the holiday season, are those that feature Winter Evening. By regional artist Raphael Gleitsmann, this painting – part of the museum’s collection and on view in the McDowell Galleries – documents Akron’s bustling Main Street in the 1930s.Visitors are invited to save 5% off all Winter Evening merchandise. Members will receive this on top of their 10% member discount and are welcome to enjoy complimentary coffee/tea and cookies while shopping in the museum store. While supplies last!