2008 Gift Guide

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MUSE AMUSERS

Andy Warhol Idea Book
The Andy Warhol Museum
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Encourage someone on your gift list to record thoughts and ideas for creative projects with this 7-3/8×9½, 128-page unlined blank book. The lenticular cover shifts between two colorations, and humorous illustrations and inspiring quotes by Warhol appear on vellum inserts throughout the book.
$18.95; 877/492-7465; www.warholstore.com

Designer Card Cases
Whitney Museum of American Art
New York City
Enable an aspiring or established artist to say “How do you do?” in style with a card case featuring one of a variety of images from notable graphic and industrial designers.
$35; 212/570-3614; www.whitney.org/www/store

Signature Lunch Box
Dallas Museum of Art
Dallas, Texas
Satisfy an appetite for art with this snazzy silver lunch box (6×7½x3). The sleek design and colorful grid will turn heads at both the school cafeteria and the office lunchroom.
$12; 214/922-1256; www.shopdma.org

Charley Harper: An Illustrated Life
Cincinnati Art Museum
Cincinnati, Ohio
Gratify artists and nature lovers alike with this massive, definitive tome covering Charley Harper’s 60-year career as an illustrator. This 424-page book by Todd Oldham (AMMO Books, 2007) brims with full-color prints, book illustrations and posters by a true American original.
$209.95; 513/639-2958; cincinnatiartmuseum.stores.yahoo.net

PhotoArt Frame
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
San Francisco, California
Billed as “paint-by-numbers for adults, without the tacky sunsets,” this kit includes a wood frame suitable for one 5×7 photograph, as well as paints in an array of colors and a brush.
$19.98; 888/357-0037; www.sfmoma.org/museumstore/shop_categories.html

Doodlebook Frame
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
San Francisco, California
This design-it-yourself frame is just the thing for those who like to perfect their ideas with sketches. Each leaf of an 80-page sketchpad has a 4×6 photo opening. Changing frame designs is as easy as tearing off a page.
$18; 888/357-0037; www.sfmoma.org/museumstore/shop_categories.html

FASHIONABLE FINDS

Turkish Tote
The Textile Museum
Washington, D.C.
This stylish bag transports everything from art supplies to groceries. The silk-screened pattern on this 14x15x4½ durable cotton canvas tote is an adaptation of a 16th- to 17th-century Turkish carpet fragment in the Textile Museum’s collection.
$25; 202/667-0441; www.textilemuseumshop.org.

Laurinda Spear South Dade Tie
Contemporary Arts Center
Cincinnati, Ohio
Give that special man a dash of geometric chic with this 100-percent silk tie, sporting an eye-catching design inspired by architect Laurinda Spear’s hexagons at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center in Miami, Florida.
$65; 513/345-8400; www.store.contemporaryartscenter.org

Color Spectrum Umbrella
The Museum of Modern Art
New York City
This stick umbrella, boasting a 36-inch dome and lightweight aluminum shaft, brightens gray skies and shields rain-threatened heads with a 100-percent nylon color wheel.
$40; 800/447-6662; www.momastore.org

Pop-out Leaves Necklace
The Museum of Modern Art
New York City
Melissa Borrell’s necklaces let your gift recipient take part in the creative process. Each 2½x2½ powdercoated, stainless-steel pendant of a nature-inspired pattern comes still attached to its metal sheet, ready to be popped out and hung on the provided chain.
$45; 800/447-6662; www.momastore.org

FUN FOR THE YOUNG

Sticky Mosaics Kit
Brooklyn Museum
Brooklyn, New York
Help youngsters learn the history of mosaics while developing their sense of design with this kit based on Roman tiles in the museum’s collection. Included are more than 5,000 sticky foam squares in a variety of colors, as well as templates for creating animal and floral images and hangers for displaying the finished products.
$24.95; 718/638-5000; shop.brooklynmuseum.org

Flower-Shaped Recycled Crayons
Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Old crayons blossom into new life when they’re molded into a variety of colorful flower shapes. Made exclusively for the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, each set contains five crayons perfectly sized and shaped for little hands to clutch while creating masterpieces.
$10; 505/946-1001; www.okeeffestore.org

Fine Art Scratch and Sketch
High Museum of Art
Atlanta, Georgia
Perfect for the ‘tween set, this combination scratch book and sketchbook comes with a wood stick for scratchingout drawings, 10 black-coated rainbow pages, 10 black-coated gold and silver holographic-foil pages, 20 pages for doodling and 20 pages of fine art for inspiration.
$12.99; 404/733-4814; museumshop.high.org

Sense of Place Mats
The Ogden Museum of Southern Art
New Orleans, Louisiana
Cultivate an early appreciation for art and nutrition. Each 20-piece place mat set includes five each of  four laminated images by southern artists.
$15; 504/539-9625; 02b9cd2.netsolstores

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