Christmas Gift Guide 2016

It’s here – another Holiday season, and while many are finishing up their shopping, others have yet to begin. Perhaps you’re less than inspired this year – that all this stuff we give to each other is just that, ‘stuff’. May we suggest something a little bit different. Something other than the mass produced, bar-coded do-dads that arrive on pallets from huge factories far away.

Give a gift from the heart & hand.

Here are some gift ideas.

12802997_1104061006294795_5200327819748185367_nArt glass is one of our featured crafts we showcase in the gallery. Like this beautiful vase from a California artist.

window-glassThere is something magical about sunlight streaming through colored glass. These beautiful large hanging glass ornaments from a Canadian art glass shop can make that happen.

img_2331Or some of the most colorful glass vases you will ever see! Hand made one at a time by a southern California husband & wife artisan team.

gouriex-bowlOr how about one of the beautiful wood turnings by an Evansville physician? His work is some of the best in the nation, and they’re hand crafted right here in the city.

meuth-lampThis work is produced right across the river in Henderson Kentucky by a retired businessman. He creates beautiful mosaic wood works of art. Lamps, bowls and vases are meticulously crafted in his home workshop.

img_1924For something useful and beautiful, consider these hand crafted clocks. Many feature tile decorations created by the Motawi Tileworks. These solid wood clocks are hand made in a father & son workshop in Iowa.

img_2042We highlight many Fair Trade items in the gallery as well. These Russian nesting dolls are crafted by small rural village families in the winter months when their farming operations are suspended. The traditional craft brings in income to support their small communities.

Another Fair Trade workshop in India creates some of the finest sterling silver gem stone jewelry. Pieces like the Moonstone Pendant on the left and the  Blue Topaz on the right are a couple from hundreds we have in stock.

monab1Other Fair Trade items are created by women’s cooperatives in India, Nepal and Tibet. Your purchase of these items create opportunities for women and children in developing countries.

Bill Campbell potteryPottery in all sizes and shapes are one of our featured collections. From the purely decorative to the utilitarian – we have a wide selection from potters from all over the country. Above are crystalline glaze pieces from a Pennsylvania artisan workshop.

img_2145We have an eclectic mix of hand made items, like these licensed Frank Lloyd Wright pens and card cases from a design team located in Maui, Hawaii.

img_2325Kaleidoscopes? Yes, we have those too – from workshops in California and Massachusetts.

paintingArt work is also available – we have so much most are displayed on our web site that you can see ~ here~. But this beautiful original watercolor by an Indiana artist hangs in the gallery.

img_2336So if you’re feeling a little uninspired – perhaps this guide will help. The most important gift you can give this time of year is – you-. Your time, your thoughts, your love.  If you do give a gift – make sure it’s one with meaning and thoughtfulness.

And now a reward

If you made it this far, you deserve a ‘perk’. See below for savings! Just let us know at check out and save!

blog-coupons-2016-800-copyWe hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and holiday season! We want to thank each of you for supporting our little corner of the world for 69 years. May the new year bring joy, happiness and health to you and your loved ones.


Another Facebook Contest!

Another week, another giveaway! This week is a beautiful set of Trinity knot Garnet Earrings that retail for 95.00.

garnet-earringsWe have a new source for colored gemstones and these garnet gems are beautiful! And they can be yours! Head over to Facebook and like our page, like the post and you’re in! Add a comment for a second entry. Winner selected at 5:00pm Friday December 9th!

I want to thank everyone who participated in last week’s Mona B recycled bag give away. The lucky winner was Jessica Hillyard. You can be the next winner!

mona-b-winnerSpeaking of Jewelry – we have hundreds of new pieces just in time for Christmas giving! Just take a look at the gift guide below.

citrine-earringsFor example these Citrine and Peridot earrings are beautifully faceted and are a unique but elegant combination. 175.00

tourquoise-ringThis stunning sterling silver ring is hand crafted in New Mexico and features a natural turquoise stone from the Sleeping Beauty mine in Arizona. 100.00

charles-albert-pendantSomething more distinctive? This impressive necklace features Abalone shell paired with large, beautiful gemstones of Amethyst and Blue Topaz. Set in sterling silver. 275.00

lakota-braceletWe have vintage pieces too. This amazing Lakota cuff bracelet features a beautifully hand sculpted sterling silver of an Indian pony and accented with mother of pearl cabochons. A one of a kind piece. 375.00

metorite-pendantWe even have Meteorites! This sterling silver goddess pendant is holding a piece of outer space and is presented on a sterling chain. 175.00

key-pendantBaltic Amber is a gallery favorite, and this Key to My Heart pendant is crafted in Poland with certified amber that is set into a sterling silver key. The perfect sentiment for a loved one. 85.00

opal-ringWe have a new shipment of Opal jewelry! Rings, earrings and pendants all feature opals mined in the Welo region of Ethiopia. The Welo opal is superior to other opals because of it’s durability and strength. Unlike many opals these are solid stones and possess a great deal of fire and color. You have to see these in person to fully appreciate their beauty. 150.00 – 175.00

Want something spectacular? How about an original work of art that you wear! This elegant necklace features an original painting created on mother of pearl by a Russian artist. The painting is set in sterling silver and accented with Kyanite, Yellow Opal, Citrine, Peridot, Blue Topaz and Aquamarine. By a
Connecticut jeweler. 750.00

italian-necklaceItaly is represented with a variety of Millefiori and Venetian glass jewelry. Earrings, bracelets and necklaces are available in a variety of styles and colors. 16.50 – 125.00

fullsizerenderThese New Mexico artisan bracelets are cast from sterling silver and feature Larimar gem accents. The beautiful blue Larimar stones are only found in the Dominican Republic. Rings and bracelets available. 100.00 – 150.00

angel-necklaceAnd for a little divine inspiration, consider this angel wing necklace. Beautifully crafted from sterling silver and accented with a large faceted Amethyst and a drop of Quartz Crystal. 145.00

And a little reward. If you read this far you deserve a reward! Check out the coupons below to make our jewelry, home decor and artisan created works of art even more affordable!

blog-coupons-2016-800-copyQuestions? Give us a call – 812-476-6295

A Mona B Bag Giveaway!

There are perks for being a Nance Galleries customer. As we close the year on 69 years in business, we appreciate all of the support our community has given us. And we love to give back – especially this time of year.

So here’s your chance at one of our new upcycled Mona B bags valued up to 75.00. And since 95% of these handcrafted bags are priced below that number, you’re going to have a hard time choosing from the 60+ styles we have in stock!

Just head over to our Facebook page and like and share the Giveaway post and your in! Add a comment (hopefully a nice one) and we’ll put your name in again. No Facebook? Just send an email to and we’ll throw your name in the hat.

Winner announced on Friday afternoon, December 2nd @ 5:00pm


Here’s a few of our new Mona B bags. These are handcrafted from discarded tent and tarps that have a rustic but classic style. The bags are fully lined and feature sturdy stitching and hardware for years of use. Several customers have purchased one only to return for a second or third. You have to see the quality and value up close to appreciate.

We have a great variety of shapes, colors and styles. So even if you don’t win the drawing you might want to come in and check it out.

Good luck and we’ll see you on Facebook. Winner posted Friday @ 5:00pm!

Black Friday & Shop Small Saturday



Boy time flies!

Hopefully by Friday the Thanksgiving dinner has had some time to settle and you are fully fueled and ready to go. There are plenty big box stores and online shopping to keep you busy. But if you would like a slower pace,         and real special Black Friday deals. Come see us!

This Friday and Saturday only!

Some Examples

img_1900We have these Margaret Furlong porcelain angels for 10.00! We have other sizes and styles at 50% off!

img_1904Dance anyone? This adorable snow couple can go home with you for 10.00!

img_1908We have a whole case of jewelry that has real deep discounts!

img_1913And a whole lot of Ornaments and decorations that are a better buy than online promotions.

img_1907Fashion accessories, bags and so much more.

We’ll have a table of 10.00 items and lots of items at 50% off prices.

As items are sold, new deals will be added, so stop in all weekend long for a relaxing and profitable shopping experience!

No gift boxing or returns are available for sale items. Limited stock on all items, so hurry in!

Friday & Saturday 10:00am to 5:00pm 

Need a little more motivation?

100-00-promoIf you can’t find a special sale item you can still save!

Spend 100.00 or more on regular priced items this Friday or Saturday and get a 25.00 gift card to use in December 2016. Only one gift card per customer.

Questions? Give us a call 812-476-6295

Veteran’s Day 2016

Each year we set aside one day for the heroes that serve and protect this great country. Those who have given an oath to loyalty and  followed orders given. Who have fought for our freedoms and our security. We owe them more than this day. Those who have served and their families have sacrificed and given so much for all of us.


Today I’m thinking about my Dad – who served in WWII. He was lucky in so many ways. Starting as a Machinist’s Mate in  the belly of a light cruiser – it was hot, dirty work. And a lot of the boys that had this job never came home.

My dad was so talented in many ways – a photographer, an artist. One day my father drew a portrait of the Admiral of the South Atlantic Fleet. His commander liked it and it was sent up the chain of command until that picture landed on the Admiral’s desk. A week later my dad was standing in front of Admiral Jonas Howard Ingram, the commander of the Atlantic Fleet. He liked my dad and made him his personal photographer during the war.


By dad passed on in 1984 – and I still think of him every day. The Veterans are our heroes – and this one special Veteran was mine. Thanks for your service dad.

Holiday Open House this Weekend!

It’s hard to believe that the time for our annual Holiday Open House is here again. Time sure flies. and on top of that, this is our 69th celebration – that’s hard to believe too. I wonder what my dad would think, that we’re still celebrating all these years.


Here’s one of our porcelain cubist dogs dressed for the occasion. We’ll have fun food and a raffle every 30 minutes. Winners get to select a gift from under our gift tree.


We’ll also give you a $5.00 coupon to use during our open house – no minimum purchase and it can be combined to the discount above. So you can save even more.

Come join us!

Saturday November 5th 10:00 am – 5:00 pm & Sunday Noon – 5:00 pm


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.