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Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Read on for an alphabetic attempt to cram as much information about where to purchase local art for the holidays as possible (check out Facebook, Instagram, and the entities’ websites for specifics).

First off is Allied Arts’ 41st annual Holiday Festival of the Arts, which is taking place through Christmas Eve both in person at the nonprofit’s Cornwall Avenue locale, and also online. Curbside pickup is available for shoppers looking to find everything from original art to food-related fare, organic skin care products, creative clothing and more.

Aslan Depot cancelled its annual Arts and Ales holiday fair due to COVID concerns, but still wants to draw attention to the makers who rely on these types of events as a source of income. Check out A Freyed Knot Macrame at places like Fringe Boutique or Brazen Shop + Studio in downtown Bellingham, and seek out details about where to discover Megan Lee Designs, MYNE Candle Co., Art by Avary, BxPacific, Oak Ash Leather, Jenna Goodman Art, Snaki Babi, and more.

In addition to being the place to procure fresh produce from local growers, Bellingham Farmers Market also represents a variety of artisans and crafters. So while you’re gathering gustatory goods for the holidays at the final markets of the season on Dec. 12 and 19, find paintings, jewelry, cards, cloth masks, soap, garden art, textiles and beyond.

If it’s not raining (or snowing), Blue Water Pottery will likely have their homegrown stand in Bellingham’s Columbia neighborhood full of original ceramic vases, plates, bowls, butter bells, mugs, vases and more. Look for the blue Harold flag, and stock up on cosmetic seconds that retail for less than half of their regular prices.

In the Sunnyland neighborhood, FishBoy Gallery has extended its Holiday Show through the gifting season, with paintings by the celebrated folk artist for every budget. Suss out the offerings online, or make an appointment to tour R.R. Clark’s unique studio and gallery. (Side note: FishBoy notes most Whatcom Artist Studio Tour participants such as himself are hosting guests by appointment, so explore that option.)

Although the galleries at the Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner are temporarily closed, the MoNA Store is still open, and is selling everything from contemporary jewelry to art books, home decor, and handmade objects by more than 100 Pacific Northwest artists.

Pastels by Whidbey Island’s Teresa Saia are currently being highlighted in Anacortes at the Scott Milo Gallery, but those looking for art-related choices can also find still-life photographs by Randy Dana, mixed-media acrylics by Anne Martin McCool, nostalgic photos on canvas by Lewis Jones, seascapes and local scenes in pastel by Steven Hill, and brightly painted acrylics by Jennifer Bowman.

Whatcom Museum’s Museum Store also offers a ton of gifts for all ages, with art, books, puzzles, games, art supplies, jewelry and beyond on the lineup. Extensive safety and cleaning measures are in place, but you can also place orders for curbside pickup, or get the goods shipped to you instead.

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Family Book Group

4:00pm

Kids in grades K-5 and their families are invited to register for a Family Book Group from 4pm-5pm via Zoom. The monthly event is led by Whatcom County Library System youth staff, and…

Sunday
Grow Your Groceries

10:00am

Registration is currently open for an online “Grow Your Groceries Winter 2021” series starting Feb. 2 with WSU Skagit. The 12-week series will cover all aspects of home gardening for food…

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Conference

5:00pm

Whatcom Human Rights Task Force presents its 23rd annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Conference from Fri., Jan. 15 to Sun., Jan. 17. “Recapturing the Revolutionary Spirit:…

Bellingham Winter Farmers Market

10:00am

A variety of vendors will have edible and homemade offerings for sale from 10am-2pm at the first Winter Market of the season at the Bellingham Farmers Market’s Depot Market Square, 1100…

Share Spot

12:00pm

Birchwood Food Desert Fighters hosts a Share Spot from 12pm-2pm Saturdays in the parking lot of the Industrial Credit Union, 3233 Northwest Ave. Thanks to a collaboration with the Miracle…

Family Book Group

4:00pm

Kids in grades K-5 and their families are invited to register for a Family Book Group from 4pm-5pm via Zoom. The monthly event is led by Whatcom County Library System youth staff, and…