Black Friday? Shop smarter this year at First Friday.

Who wants to wait in lines in the freezing cold and fight the crowds just so you can get your hands on a same-thing-everyone-else-is-buying holiday gift?  Not you.  You're way smarter than that.  You know that the December 7 First Friday at the Harrison Center is open studio night. And that means that our 30+ studio artists will be open for business with great, one of a kind gift options.  Below are just a few ideas for you.

These beautiful sprout necklaces come from Allison Ford, Studio AMF.  Ford is an artisan and crafter currently designing and making jewelry. Wood is her favorite medium but she also likes to incorporate silver and other natural materials into her work.

Inspired by graffiti art, skateboarding culture, popular music, fashion and witty humor, William Denton Ray classifies his work in two words, "Whimsical Funk."  This mixed media painting on wood is titled "Wishing Spirit."

NUVO calls Cultural Cannibals "one of the most audacious cultural experiments currently happening." Stop by Artur Silva's studio and check out the merch, including the popular Major Taylor tshirt shown above.

If you've been to Shannon Hinkle's studio on a First Friday, you've probably seen her at the torch, creating these colorful, hand-blown glass beads.  Hinkle often combines her work with vintage beads to make her truly unique earrings, bracelets, pendants and more.

Want more options?  The Indieana Handicraft Exchange's Winter Mini takes place that night in the gym from 5 to 10pm with 32 vendors!  The IHE is a contemporary craft fair that consciously celebrates modern handmade goods, the relationship between creator and consumer, and local, alternative economies.

So, sleep in this Friday!  We'll see you on the 7th, smarties.