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Polish craftsmanship comes to ArtWalk

Article Published: Dec. 23, 2009 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Polish craftsmanship comes to ArtWalk

Just in time for that last-minute holiday shopping, ArtWalk is featuring its collection of hand-carved and decorated boxes from Poland.

These finely crafted keepsakes were made in villages in the Carpathian Mountains of Southern Poland. The artisans are descendents of the farmers and shepherds of the Tatra region and have continued this age-old tradition.

Using seasoned Linden wood, the artisans meticulously construct each piece using feather joints and recessed hinges. Decorated with a combination of wood burning, hand-carving, brass inlay and stains, each box is visually appealing and unique. The designs include ornate floral and geometric patterning, playing card motifs, pastimes, and Jewish and Christian symbols. The boxes come in a variety of browns and reds with accents of mellow blues, greens and yellows. Several boxes have specific uses, such as the jewelry boxes, storage boxes for playing cards, and tooth boxes for baby teeth, while others are for a variety of trinkets or gifts.

The simple, timeless, folk charm and refined quality appeal to a wide range of tastes and ages.
"Whether you need an appealing presentation for a piece of jewelry, a useful stocking stuffer, or a heartfelt keepsake, these quaint, old-world crafts are sure to do the job," a gallery spokesperson said.

ArtWalk's collection of Polish boxes are located in ArtWalk's main level. With three and a half floors and more than 300 local, regional and national artists, ArtWalk is located at 611 W. King St. (across from Mast General Store) Boone, N.C. 28607. Though ArtWalk is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m, customers may shop all the time at the gallery's online store. ArtWalk continually welcomes new artists of all media and ages to inquire about individual gallery booths for rent. For more information, call (828) 264-9998, email ( or visit

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Gallery Times is a weekly news feature of the Focus section of The Mountain Times, featuring short news items submitted by local galleries.

For more information, contact entertainment editor Frank Ruggiero at ( or (828) 264-6397.

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