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DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum is a prime spot to take in the outdoors, contemplate art, and hey, even get married. But what you may not realize is that it's also a great place to shop for the holidays. This year's "Wonderland" Artists' Market is bigger than ever before, with nearly double the square footage of the normal museum store, taking over an adjacent gallery space to showcase about two dozen more craftspeople than are typically stocked.
Open daily starting tomorrow through December 31, the marketplace hosts makers of traditional holiday items (ornaments, box cards) alongside jewelry, ceramics, winter fashion accessories, as well as wood, metal, and hand-blown glass items. Director of Retail David Duddy notes that Wonderland is "stocking stuffer crazyland," with varying pricepoints and a great range of children's merchandise. Given the one-of-a-kind nature of the market's inventory, the strongest selection of goods is early on in the holiday season.
Offering late weeknight hours (open until 7:30pm), Duddy recommends shopping during the week to benefit from a more relaxing experience than with weekend crowds. When asked about his favorite featured artisans, Duddy noted a Quincy-based third generation granite carver, Edward Monti, and Marsha Trattner, who makes steel bowls and candlesticks in Red Hook, New York.
· DeCordova Store [Official Site]