Creative Gifting

Holiday helpers, take two

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

In an era when it’s possible to knock items off a holiday shopping list without even having to get out of your bathrobe and leave your domicile, it’s refreshing to find that there still remains a plethora of choices for those who are still willing to step away from the computer screen to focus on creative gifting. For those on the lookout for options about what to get art-lovers in their lives, read on for details about a few events taking place this coming weekend that will help fulfill that goal.

At the annual FishBoy Holiday Show taking place Sat., Nov. 18 at painter RR Clark’s studio and home in the Sunnyland neighborhood, a couple of things are to be expected. The first is that the amount of color you’ll be confronted with when you walk through the door is sure to soothe any seasonal chill. The second item to take note of is that it will be difficult to depart. Those of age will inevitably be offered a glass of wine, and before you know it, an hour will have passed and the genial host will have filled you in about where his nickname comes from, the latest pieces of reclaimed wood he scored, and how the painting you’re interested in originated. Another warning: you may fall in love with an image of a yellow bird sitting on a blue dog, and decide you want to keep it for yourself. If that’s the case, you have permission to purchase it, then have someone else wrap it up and stick it under the tree. When: 2-9pm Sat., Nov. 18 Where: 617 Virginia St. Info:

That same day, the 27th annual Small Works Show, “Honey, I Shrunk the Art,” will open with a party and potluck at Camano Island’s Matzke Fine Art Gallery & Sculpture Park. The seasonal exhibit and sale comes with a tagline of “great art at a shrunken price,” meaning that the diminutive pieces by the 40 artists working in glass, ceramics, sculpture and painting are a lot more affordable than usual, and are perfect for the gift-giving season. Arrive a little early to stroll the grounds and peruse the outdoor sculptures located throughout the 10-acre venue. The show and sale takes place weekends through Jan. 14, so if you can’t make it today, you still have time to get in on the artistic action. When: 4-9pm Sat., Nov. 18. Where: 2345 Blanche Way, Camano Island Info:

Those who wend their way to the second weekend of the Rexville Grange Holiday Art Show will be treated to scenic scenes in a variety of manners—whether it’s via witnessing a field full of trumpeter swans making themselves at home in the Skagit Valley fields on the drive to the venue, or in the canny combination of paintings, pottery, glass art, photography, jewelry, fine crafts, weaving, woodwork and more to be found in the largest grange hall in Washington state. With something for just about everyone on your “nice” list—whether it’s one-of-a-kind scarves, fine soaps, fused glass, jewelry, oil paintings of the verdant valley, stained glass art with a local focus or fine art photography—we dare you to leave empty-handed. When: 10am-5pm Sat.-Sun., Nov. 18-19 Where: 19299 Rexville Grange Rd. Info:

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The 39 Steps

7:00pm|Sehome High School Little Theatre

Little Women

7:00pm|Ferndale High School

Peter and the Star Catcher

7:00pm|Squalicum High School

Romeo, You Idiot!

7:30pm|Heiner Theater


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Craft Bazaar

9:00am|American Legion Post #43

Holiday Festival of the Arts

10:00am|Meridian Street

Hot Cider & Cool Art

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Used Book Sale

10:00am|Everson Library

Red Barn Handpicked Holiday Market

12:00pm|Northwest Washington Fairgrounds

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New Music, New Dance

7:30pm|Performing Arts Center Concert Hall

The Big Short One-Act Festival

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VFW Breakfast

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Pancake Breakfast

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Pancake Feed

8:00am|VFW Post 1585

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Christmas in the Woods

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NSEA Work Party

9:00am|Acme Elementary School

Turkey Trot

9:00am|Squalicum Creek Park

Climate Reality

10:00am|Bellingham Public Library

South Fork Winterfest

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Fall Gardening

10:00am|Lynden Library

Cheese Fest

10:00am|Everybody's Store

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Lynden Book Club

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Salmon Sighting

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NaNoWriMo and Indie Publishing

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Skagit Wine & Beer Festival


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Small Works Opening

4:00pm|Matzke Fine Art Gallery and Sculpture Park

Smith & Vallee Artist Talk

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WA 129 Poetry Reading

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Giving from the Heart

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A Light in the Darkness

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Contra Dance

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Legends of the Blues V

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Peter and the Star Catcher

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Holiday Festival of the Arts

10:00am|Meridian Street

Bellingham Repertory Dance's Emerge

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Rexville Grange Holiday Art Show

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Cheese Fest

10:00am|Everybody's Store

Holiday Farmers Market

10:00am|Port of Anacortes Transit Shed Event Center

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Community Breakfast

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Wander + Camber Beer Dinner

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