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Holiday Gift Gallery

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For over 10 years, The Contemporary Dayton puts on their annual holiday show, The Holiday Gift Gallery. It has become a staple in Downtown Dayton Holiday festivities. It is wildly popular and features 50+ artists from the region every year ranging from handmade ornaments and jewelry, to fine art sculptures and paintings.

What Makes this event different?

Presented in The Co’s downtown, loft-like, contemporary gallery space and displayed on pedestals, walls and custom designed modular wood and industrial hardware cubbies, shelves, pedestals with both direct and natural lighting, the Holiday Gift Gallery is known for its high quality, unique character and wide variety of media. The warm, friendly and art-knowledgeable staff and volunteers showcase work to its best advantage each day while events like Corporate Holiday parties, Dayton’s First Friday and downtown Tree-Lighting events keep crowds coming through the show during its 4-week run. Opening with a private Members Reception and running through December 21, it includes targeted marketing for the biggest shopping weekend of the year—Black Friday (November 28), Small Business Saturday (November 29) and Cyber Monday (December 2) —and attracts thousands of visitors from throughout Southwest Ohio.

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The Co’s Holiday Gift Gallery consistently ranks as one of Ohio Magazine’s top fine art shows in the region, will be reviewed in the Dayton Daily News among others, and is a great opportunity to both exhibit in a professional gallery and garner new sales and collectors. The show is promoted show through printed invite (3,000), poster distribution, press release (45 regional media), TV, radio and online (website, bi-weekly E-blast to 3,200, social media) as well as will be integrated into regional Convention & Visitors Bureau websites, 40+ online calendars and event sites.

The Contemporary Dayton’s Holiday Gift Gallery is the premier fine art and fine craft professional gallery show and sale in the region. Opening with a private Members Reception and running through December 21, it includes targeted marketing for the biggest shopping weekend of the year—Black Friday (November 28), Small Business Saturday (November 29) and Cyber Monday (December 2) —and attracts thousands of visitors from throughout Southwest Ohio.

All media is encouraged to apply for this wildly popular show. Applications are free for Current Contemporary Dayton Members; $20 for non-members, payable by calling the office (937) 224-3822 or by mailing a check to 118 N. Jefferson St. Dayton, OH 45402. To become a Member, go to and click "Membership," or call the gallery at (937) 224-3822.

These guidelines are to help artists determine whether or not their work is eligible and, particularly, to help beginning artists with expectations of professional gallery display.

  • The Co seeks to exhibit work of the highest level of craftsmanship, originality and contemporary style.
  • All work must be structurally sound, safe, non-toxic and fit for its intended use.
  • A mass-produced, cluttered or commercial appearance to the entire show or an individual artist’s display is avoided. We will not accept commercially-produced display forms or structures nor signs, flyers, business cards or any other form of advertising for other shows, artist’s website, Etsy site or other sales-oriented site.
  • The Co curates the display and items from the artist’s inventory, holds some items in back inventory and moves and adjusts displays around weekly. The Co reserves the right to make these adjustments.
  • Small, creative Item description tags are encouraged and the Co staff is available for consultation on size, media and presentation/attachment to artwork. (the Co produces inventory bar code stickers which must be placed on bottom or back of objects, preferably on an artist-made hang-tag, never directly on jewelry or fiber or the front of 2D work)
  • The Co encourages artists to invite their mailing list to the Holiday Gift Gallery (artists receive 25 postcards for this purpose, more can be made available upon request) and collector’s gatherings, tours and events are encouraged.
  • All gallery sales during the run of the Gift Gallery must be administered through The Co. 

Sales commission split is 60:40, artist’s favor. The Co manages and processes all cash, check and credit card sales. In addition, the Director selects 10-12 items to highlight and offer for purchase through The Co’s website, E-blasts and social media.

Last year, 73 artists were selected; 900 works sold; and gross sales were $29,000. Buyers are most drawn to one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted ornaments with a retail range price point of $23. The next most popular is handmade jewelry, ceramic (mostly functional) glass, fiber (knit, silk, felted items) and wood; ranging retail between $24-300.





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