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Creative Gifting

Beyond stocking stuffers

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

It’s not a crime to visit the mall during the holiday season, but it is criminal to overlook the scores of offerings to be found from the artists and crafters who populate our corner of the world—and whose livelihoods are directly impacted by purchases we make. Following are a number of suggestions for creative gifting this Christmas.

On Fri., Dec. 7, the monthly Downtown Bellingham Art Walk will offer myriad ways to connect with the artists whose work is for sale, and in most cases you’ll be able to take what you purchase home with you—whether it’s Verso Jewelry at Brazen Shop + Studio, festive MoMA wreaths at Ideal, ceramic tumblers crafted by WWU Industrial Design students at Mindport Exhibits, Christmas cards at Studio 5, or Sara Young’s salvaged wood art at the Community Food Co-op (among many other participating studios, galleries and businesses). Pick up a map at any participating locale to get the loaded lineup. When: 6-10pm Fri., Dec. 7. Info: http://www.downtownbellingham.com

For the first time, the Make.Shift annual Holiday Make Sale will expand its borders, meaning it’ll move from beyond its DIY headquarters on Flora Street in Bellingham’s Arts District to include Cafe Velo, Icing on the Cake, and Runaway Press—which are all within walking distance of the original locale. “The four venues will house vendors selling everything from handmade leather goods to artisanal soaps, paintings, screen-printed items, and much more,” organizers report, noting that if you visit all of the establishments, you’ll be entered into a raffle to win limited-edition swag. When: 6-9pm Fri., Dec. 7 and 12-5pm Sat., Dec. 8. Info: http://www.makeshiftproject.com

In the Skagit Valley, a Holiday Art Walk taking place Dec. 7-8 in Old Town Anacortes will see more than 20 merchants opening their doors to feature the work of local artists. When you’re not perusing the paintings, sculpture, jewelry, photography and other grand creations, take part in other activities like a Christmas tree lighting, a parade, a “Wonderland Walk” at Washington Park, and additional seasonal soirees. When: 6-9pm Fri., Dec. 7 and 10am-5pm Sat., Dec. 8. Info: http://www.anacortes.org

For those wondering how Allied Arts’ Holiday Festival of the Arts is faring at its new locale at the recently shuttered Bellingham Public Market on Cornwall Ave., rest assured that the magic of seeing the work of more than 100 local artists and craftspeople in one place remains intact. It’s a festive wonderland in there, with options both large (paintings, yard sculptures, fish etched onto reclaimed stainless steel, etc.) and small (jewelry, food items, beard beautifiers, handmade magnets, stuffed animals, pottery, clothing and more). “Even after walking around a number of times during my three-hour shift, I keep finding new things to look at,” one of the volunteers noted during a recent visit, and the obvious maze of merriment made her statement ring true. Live music, workshops for kids and artists demos are also part of the holiday hoedown. As an added benefit, visit the festival spotlight just up the road at Allied Arts headquarters. When: 10am-7pm daily through Christmas Eve. Info: http://www.alliedarts.org

Several dozen local artists and crafters will also be showing and selling a variety of work—including jewelry, fine art, photography, textiles, clothing, bath and body, specialty foods, home decor, paper crafts and tons more—at the 22nd annual Pacific Arts Market taking place weekends through Dec. 23 at Sunset Square. It’s a worthy winter wonderland, and one that shouldn’t be overlooked. When: 10am-6pm Dec. 7-9, 14-16, and 21-23. Info: http://www.pacificartsmarket.com

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