The local list: Twenty-plus holiday shows and markets for gift-buying in November

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The Halloween ghouls have all slunk back into their closets for another year, and that means -- you guessed it -- the holiday shopping season is upon us. And the urgency is amped up in 2013, thanks to an early Hanukkah (the first candles are lit on Thanksgiving eve this year).

But that doesn't mean you have to go head-to-head with the mall hoi polloi and fight over who gets the last bathrobe on the floor. Lucky for us, local artists and crafters have been creating for months in preparation for the holidays, finishing works so unique that they're actually worth fighting over -- and you can feel good about giving their creators your money, since craft markets and holiday shows are all about keeping it in the community.

Here's a calendar to help you navigate your way through some of November's most interesting gift-shopping opportunities; stay tuned to Show and Tell for a second installment in December.

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Sandra Kaplan, Fan Dance.
Little Treasures: Affordable Art From Prominent Artists
Daily, through December 31
Paris on the Platte

Five Denver artists -- Evan Anderman, Stefan Geissbuhler, Tadashi Hayakawa, Sandra Kaplan and Lisa Purdy -- are banding together at Paris on the Platte to offer artworks, including photography, paintings and collage, with each piece selling for $300 or less. The show goes until the end of December, punctuated by two artist receptions on November 14 and December 19, both from 5 to 7 p.m. Drop by, browse and have a glass of wine -- you might find something special for the art-lover in your life.
Lakewood Arts Council Holiday Craft Show
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Mondays, through December 23
Lakewood Arts Council Community Art Center and Gallery, Lakewood

Crafts and fine art alike have already hit the shelves for the season at the Lakewood Arts Council, where the annual Holiday Craft Show continues through December 23, but it officially kicks off tonight, November 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. with a Holiday Open House. What will you find? Fine art and locally made crafts, including soaps, pottery, ornaments and other handmades, as well as gift baskets and holiday goodies.

November Pottery Shows

Clay-artist clubs and guilds across the Front Range open up their inventory for big sales every holiday season, and there are a slew of them happening this weekend and next. This is your chance to pick up a handsome platter or cheerful hand-thrown mug for a reasonable price while supporting local artists at any of the shows listed below.

Boulder Potters' Guild Holiday Show
10 a.m. to 8 p.m. November 7-8, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. November 9
Boulder County Fairgrounds

Colorado Potters Fall Show & Sale
4 to 8 p.m. November 7, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. November 8, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. November 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. November 10
First Plymouth Congregational Church

Aurora Potters Guild Holiday Sale
9 a.m.- 4 p.m. November 9
Aurora Center for Active Adults, Aurora

Castle Clay Artists Holiday Show and Sale
10 a.m. to 7 p.m. November 14-15, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. November 16
Jefferson Unitarian Church, Golden

Continue reading for more holiday markets.

Location Info

Paris on the Platte Cafe & Bar - CLOSED

1553 Platte St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Lakewood Arts Council Community Art Center and Gallery

85 S. Union Drive, Lakewood, CO

Category: General

Boulder County Fairgrounds

9595 Nelson Road, Longmont, CO

Category: General

First Plymouth Congregational Church

3501 S. Colorado Blvd., Englewood, CO

Category: General

Aurora Center for Active Adults

30 Del Mar Circle, Aurora, CO

Category: General

Museo de las Americas

861 Santa Fe, Denver, CO

Category: General

Denver Central Library

10 W. 14th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: General

Jackson's Sports Rock

1520 20th St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Denver Botanic Gardens

1007 York St., Denver, CO

Category: General

Foothills Art Center

809 15th St., Golden, CO

Category: General

Cuttn It Loose

901 Englewood Pkwy., Englewood, CO

Category: General

Christ Church United Methodist

690 Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO

Category: General

EvB Studio Collection

4343 W. 44th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: General

Skyline Park

16th and Arapahoe streets, Denver, CO

Category: General

Broken Shovels Farm

8640 Dahlia St., Henderson, CO

Category: General

Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities

6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, CO

Category: General

Wazee Union

3501 Wazee St., Denver, CO

Category: General

Parkside Mansion

1859 York St., Denver, CO

Category: General

Coffee Beanery Limited

14200 E. Alameda Ave., Aurora, CO

Category: Restaurant

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