Need something unique for that family member who’s really hard to shop for? Art gifts from Art De Triumph and Artful Framer Studios might be the ticket! Gifts here start at just $5 and include pastels, oils, prints, cards, ornaments, coasters, and calendars.

Framing is also available. Gift options include a line of pastel kits from Jack Richeson Co. and Amazon for budding artists, complete with pumice papers, a fan brush, and other art supplies (click here to view). If you can’t decide, you can also get a gift certificate ($100 increments only).

Artist Nancie King Mertz’s work has appeared on TV shows like “Chicago Justice,” “Chicago Fire” and “The Good Wife.” She runs national pastel workshops, and is a local artist who has run her own gallery for almost 38 years. The studio is located in Lakeview at 2938 N. Clark. See her cityscapes and landscapes at

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