Best Place to Get a Meaningful Gift - 2001
As a nonprofit art studio for disabled adults, Creativity Explored embodies the philosophy that "creative expression is a vehicle for personal growth." Last year, the studio opened a small gallery and gift shop to showcase the work of its artists. The original two- and three-dimensional artworks for sale in this colorful Mission storefront are remarkable for their honesty and artistry: bright paintings on Plexiglas, bunny-monsters inked onto cardboard, a stately building etched into gold foil paper, and more -- each exhibiting the whim, passion, pain, and insight of its creator. The gift shop also sells T-shirts, postcards, notebooks, and calendars featuring the art produced in the studio. And with the proceeds going primarily to each artist (the first $50 to the artist, the remainder split 50-50), Creativity Explored is the perfect place to buy a gift with some real meaning.