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By Ann Nichols

annsnichols @aol.com

Melissa Peirano, owner of Hanover Gallery, planned her upcoming exhibit with an eye toward Christmas and gift-giving.

"Artful Gifts," opening on Nov. 6, showcases handcrafted clocks, clique tiles, jewelry, scarves, ornaments, ceramics and paintings. The exhibit also showcases the work of new artists Kim Barrick and Niki Crosby.

Ms. Crosby, a ceramics artist from Pennsylvania, traveled with Eastern European gypsies for 10 summers. Her experiences with them influenced her art in terms of bright colors, patterning and motifs.

"In addition to her signature palette of turquoise, yellow and orange, she has added new pieces in green and red," said Ms. Peirano.

Ms. Crosby will exhibit giant serving bowls, oval platters, chargers and tumblers that are slip casts from plaster molds.

Nashville painter Kim Barrick is the founder of The Chestnut Group, an organization of more than 150 plein-air landscape painters. Her subject matter runs the gamut and has been described as impressionistic, representational and expressionistic. Whatever her style, it is always "alive with light and filled with movement," said Ms. Peirano.

"Artful Gifts" will remain on display through Dec. 31.

Hanover Gallery, 111 Frazier Ave., is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Sunday and by appointment. Call 648-0533.

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