Mother’s Day Gift Guide

This is the best season of the year – Spring is finally in full bloom with the season that signifies rebirth and renewal after a Winter’s slumber.It is the perfect time for Mother’s Day.

We have such a variety of handcrafted gifts, sometimes we forget to showcase them in our posts to Social Media. For those who need a little visual notebook, the following might be helpful for a certain Mother’s Day gift.

Mother and child pendant

Jewelry is one of our most featured items in the Gallery – and we have a lot of variety. For example this sterling silver Mother and Children pendant from a New Mexico workshop. Presented on a sterling chain. 40.00


Or this wonderful sterling silver filigree set from artisan-designer Carolyn Pollack. Beautifully crafted in the USA. Bracelet 110.00 Earrings 75.00


This sweet and colorful pendant is crafted in Boston and is a replica of a Tiffany design circa 1905. Cast pewter and crystals with chain.   45.00

Native American Bracelet

Or some of our vintage pieces. This Navajo piece from 1970 features turquoise and red coral set in a sterling silver cuff. Completely handcrafted and beautifully finished. 285.00

Campbell Pottery

Top the Mother’s Day celebration with a bottle of wine presented in this handcrafted wine cooler crafted by Bill Campbell in Pennsylvania. Beautifully glazed with a unique crystalline finish. 45.00

Dicroic Glass

And top that bottle of wine with a dichroic glass bottle stopper. The glass refracts and reflects the light in an ever changing rainbow of colors. 35.00

Italian Vase

If a bouquet of flowers is part of the celebration, present them in this beautifully hand painted glass vase from Italy. The tree of life design is a perfect complement to any floral arrangement. 10″ 125.00

Mona B Bag

A weekend getaway or a surprise vacation planned? Give her this charming hand crafted tote. Made from recycled canvas and leather, these Fair Trade bags are durable and acquire a patina with age. Many styles and sizes available. 32.50 – 110.00

Skeem Candles

A fresh Spring scent is perfect to celebrate this time of year. These clever candles are hand crafted in Philadelphia and serve a dual purpose. Once the candle is used, the high quality tumbler can grace your summer table. Many designs and fragrances. 24.50

Mother and Child Jeweled Box

Have a special gift this Mother’s Day? Give it to her in one of these whimsical pewter boxes. Beautifully crafted and finished with crystals, the boxes are hinged to reveal a small compartment – a perfect place for one of our pendants or rings. Many designs and styles to choose from. This example is 85.00

Angel statue

Angels – She’s one, so show her you know it too. We have some beautiful Angel sculptures in carved wood or cast resin from original carvings. Sensitive renderings that are beautifully finished. Price ranges from 30.00 to 85.00

If you are so blessed to have your Mother still with you, please take the time to make sure she knows just how special and important she is. The Nance Gallery family wishes everyone a very special Mother’s Day.



CoverThe beautiful and exotic Orchids are my most favorite of  flowers. In my homeland of the Philippines they are everywhere. I remember as a child smelling the sweet scent of orchids growing wild outside my bedroom window. We wore them in our hair and they adorned our special occasions. My love for art is inspired by the floral details of the paintings of Paul Gauguin and the Impressionistic renderings of Monet.  Because the gallery is filled with diffused light, Orchids grow especially well here year round. I love the Phalaenopsis or Moth Orchid. These are easy to grow, and if happy, will bloom year after year. The pink one above is a first year bloomer. The blooms are long lasting – these have been blooming for a few months now.


This white orchid has two bloom stalks with blooms that have shown for going on three months. The leaves are healthy and full – it’s somewhat of a puzzle to me, as it has very little in the way of aerial roots.


And this is my favorite one in the gallery. This orchid is getting ready to bloom for the third time. The flower stalks have multiple branches. I’ve counted nearly two dozen potential flowers on this one. It will need extra support to hold up the blooms.

Flowers to me are the scent of life. Whether I’m running in the park or a quiet stroll in our neighborhood, I always take the time to stop and smell the sweet fragrances of nature. I hope you too take some time to enjoy this glorious spring.     -Francia

Holiday Gift Guide 2015

The gifting season is in full swing and shoppers have survived Black Friday and Cyber Monday. And after the dust has settled, you probably have made a dent in your shopping list – or maybe not. For those very special people – or those with particularly high standards – we present our gift guide.


artisan jewelryWe’ll start with one of our specialties – jewelry.All price ranges, beautiful handcrafted designs. And the great thing is new pieces arrive every day so the selection gets better and better. Skip the mass merchandise jewelry this year and see what unique really means.


NativityThe season is more than just gift giving and whether you celebrate the religious aspect of the holiday or not – it’s a time to reflect and be thankful for another year with friends and family. We have a variety of elegant objects and jewelry  to reflect the holiday.


Pewter and crystal boxesSo as they say ‘Tis the Season’ and indeed it is! We have charming pewter boxes like the one above in a holiday theme – or choose from more than 100! Whimsical shapes, animals and a dragon thrown in the mix. These beautiful boxes are treasures that will delight one generation to the next.

For the Table

Bill Campbell potteryNothing says the holiday like one of these filled with cookies! Make a spectacular display with one of our crystalline glazed serving pieces. We have one of the largest selections of pottery in Indiana. All pieces are food and microwave safe. Use as intended, or as a home accent – or both!

Cat Lovers

cat mugsCat lovers – they’re everywhere and these humorous mugs are just the ticket! Even better than catnip! Not into cats? We have lots of other mugs that will keep the coffee hot and a smile on their face.

Art Glass

art glass vasesHere’s an area we really shine! We are a top retailer of art glass in the Midwest and if you’ve seen our window displays you’d already know that. Art glass from some of the top glass artists in the USA and Canada are featured, as well as Italy, Poland and Lithuania. Vases, paperweights, perfume bottles and bowls make a spectacular display – and gifts!

Manly Stuff

gifts for menWe know, we know – men are hard to buy for. Just how many socks and ties does a guy need? We’ve got some unique stuff here. Check out the petrified wood bowl and bookends above. Or give him a drink with this Wine cooler from Bill Campbell pottery.

So that’s a little glimpse of some of the unique offerings. Every item comes with a little story card to explain the artist, technique or other tidbit of information you just might find interesting.

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Black Friday and Shop Small Saturday!


Well, it’s that time of the year again and we’re happy  because the season lets us see so many old friends! We have lots to be thankful for- one is being in business since 1947 – that’s 68 years worth of thankfulness! So to celebrate we have some very special offers for this very special weekend.

50% Off All Airplanes

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If you’ve been to the gallery you know we have a unique mix of merchandise from the four corners of the globe.  All of our model airplane replicas are 50% off this weekend only. These are crafted from wood and metal and fabric and are museum quality. We have several to choose from – limited to stock on hand.

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50% Selected Nativities

We have a large selection of Nativities from all over the world- and we’ve selected some of the best that we’re offering discounted 50%!


25% Santa & Snowman Ornaments

The unique collection of ornaments are some you just won’t find anywhere else. Stop in this weekend and score 25% off any Santa or Snowman Ornament.


5.00 Vintage Candles

vintage candle cup


These are great stocking stuffers! Regularly 7.50 each, they are charming votives in antiqued pottery jars and come in a variety of scents. No gift boxing at these prices.

Purchase 100.00 Gift Card and Get a 25.00 Free!

This is a once a year chance to get your loved one a gift – and one for you too! Purchase up to 5 gift cards and get a 25.00 for each 100.00 purchased!


Special Sale Tables all Weekend!

We have special tables set up with one of a kind treasures! Check out our 10.00 table for great items at budget friendly prices. Another is a 50% off table – trust me –  items that land on that table don’t stay there long! We add new items as others are sold, so stop in more than once over the weekend to score some incredible deals.

Holiday Open House Save the Date!

Open-House-promoOK – this is our favorite time at the Gallery. Party Time! It’s so much fun to see all our friends and customers as we anticipate the holiday seasons ahead.

As most of you know, we’ve been doing ‘shop local’ for 68 years and we wouldn’t be here with out your support. So it’s time to celebrate!

Mark your calendars and join us Saturday, November 7th from 10:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday November 8thg from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

We’ll have our famous door prize drawings every half hour, tasty treats and lots of fun!

Join Us!

Valentine’s Day 2015

The one day of the year that’s specially set aside to celebrate the loves of our life – Valentine’s Day. Below are a couple of suggestions to make the day a little extra special. And a little history of the matchmaker that brought you together.

10428028_899570820077149_7089667953475672726_nWant to make her hold her head with excitement? Give her a work of jewelry art by Ayala Bar. This international artist makes beautiful necklaces, pendants and earrings that are one of a kind – just like her.


Moving on to Italy we have wonderful blown glass jewelry from Venice. The perfect way to say “Sei il grande amore della mia vita”. (You are the love of my life.)

10926223_894467387254159_5268670099150603493_nThis beautiful paperweight is just one of the 100’s of art glass works in the gallery. Made in the Milifiori (Thousand Flowers) tradition by Ohio glass artist Doug Sweet.

10952108_913283662017417_138336045_nHearts? We’ve got them! These colorful ornaments are hand blown in Seattle Washington. They come in a variety of patterns and colors. Your pick – 25.00

And Now a History Lesson

Ah, Valentine’s Day – a beautiful celebration we enjoy every February 14th. The internet is full of Valentine’s Day history – several versions, in fact –  depending which web site you happen to land upon.

Antoine-Denis Chaudet, Cupid, 1802, Louvre Museum

But who is the instigator behind this romance? – why the Cupid (or Eros) of course. The matchmaker in Greek mythology is Eros – who is usually depicted as athletic with wings. See image above.

Cupid, on the other hand was the Roman counterpart that was often shown as a winged boy or baby (a putto) armed with a bow and a quiver of arrows- but not always – as you can see in the sculpture above.

Stop in and see us soon – our quiver is full of fine gifts that are sure to hit the mark this year.