The year might be ending, but the season for making art and sharing it is just beginning

The year might be ending, but the season for making art and sharing it is just beginning
Christmas goes vintage on Dec. 1-2.

Nov. 30-Dec. 1


Ever been to the Colville Ag Trade Center at the Fairgrounds? It's huge! And it will be filled with cool stuff during the winter counterpart to its popular April event. Besides, could an event called "Junk Drunk" be anything but fun? Bonus for our furry, four-legged friends: organizers are requesting toys, pet food, etc., to benefit the local animal shelter. Aww! Colville Ag Center, Free; donations accepted, Fri from 12-6 pm and Sat from 9 am-4 pm.

Nov. 30-Dec. 2


We like this scrappy little artspot on North Monroe, which offers pottery, jewelry and other items during the holidays to both promote their artist members and raise a little operating capital. Urban Art Co-Op, Fri from 6-9 pm ($5 suggested donation); Sat from 10 am-5 pm and Sun from 10 am-4 pm (free admission).

Dec. 1-2


There are craft shows, and then there are craft shows. If you missed the Pickin' Spokane show this summer, here's your chance to pick through upcycled, recycled, repurposed, retro, vintage and one-of-a-kind items from upwards of 100 vendors (or more) selected by professional marketeers Ron and Brenda Buckingham. "We push our vendors to take the effort to curate their booth into their own little 'boutique' adding to the fun shopping experience," says Brenda. Between the sights and sounds — holiday music in the background — this is a fun way to get in the holiday spirit. Greyhound Park & Event Center, $7/weekend admission; free/kids 12 and under; Sat from 9 am-6 pm, Sun from 10 am-4 pm.

Dec. 1-20


You and your kiddos will feel a bit like Santa's elves in this free series of ornament making workshops at your friendly, neighborhood branch of the Spokane County Library District. All supplies are provided (while they last) and children of all ages are invited to participate. Dates and locations listed as follows: Dec. 1 (10 am-noon) at Fairfield; Dec. 1 (11 am-noon) at Airway Heights; Dec. 5 (3:30-5:30 pm) at Moran Prairie; Dec. 6 (3:30-5:30 pm) at Cheney; Dec. 8 (11 am-1 pm) at Deer Park; Dec. 11 (4-6 pm) at North Spokane; Dec. 13 (3:30-5:30 pm) at Otis Orchards; Dec. 15 (11 am-1 pm) at Argonne; Dec. 19 (3:30-5:30 pm) at Medical Lake and Dec. 20 (4-6 pm) at Spokane Valley. Spokane County Library District branches, Free admission.

Dec. 15


Bazaar, Terrain's spring pop-up for all things crafty and DIY, took Spokane by storm several years ago and it seemed only natural to provide a winter venue featuring what organizers are hoping will be upwards of 50 local artists, just in time for holiday gifting. Snap a selfie with "bad" Santa, jam to winter tunes, quaff a festive cocktail — there will be nonalcoholic and kid-friendly goodies, too — and spread a little green around the local art scene. River Park Square, Free admission, 11 am-10 pm.

The year might be ending, but the season for making art and sharing it is just beginning
Young Kwak
Paint something festive at Pinot's.

Dec. 15


What's the most rad way of making a print? If you're an artist at Coeur d'Alene's Emerge, it's running a steamroller over an inked printing plate to make really complex, very large prints. Come see all of those prints in one place when Emerge shows off its newly remodeled gallery space on Fourth Street at its annual winter artisan market. This is a small, curated show featuring works by many of Emerge's art instructors, like Kelly Rhodes and KC Loveland, who teach pottery. Like what you see? Consider taking a class. Or give one as a gift! Emerge, Free admission, noon-4 pm.

Dec. 16


Drink red, think green at Parrish and Grove's festive makers party that has you learning to tie one on... the wreath form, that is, but guests also enjoy a complimentary wine tasting from event host Winescape Winery. Tickets includes all the cuttings, tools and a few extra decorative items necessary to make a 16-to-18-inch wreath that should last into the new year. For a customized experience, bring whatever small items — toys, ornaments, ribbons, miniature frames — to incorporate into your design. Winescape Winery, $50; registration required, 2-4 pm.

Through Dec. 21


We love two-fers, which is what you get at paint 'n' sip events. First, you get the experience of painting something, plus a piece to take with you to display at home, or to give to someone else. Oh, and there's adult beverages (and plenty of opportunities for fun photos), so maybe consider this more of a three-fer. Look for Saint Nick to make his first appearance on Friday, Nov. 23, on a canvas you can try to emulate that also sets off an avalanche of other holiday-time paintings about snow, snowmen, trees, wreaths and lights and, of course, more and different Santas. There's even a special evening of decorative bottle painting. Pinot's Palette, Prices and times vary.

Red, Black & Brew Beer Festival @ Sutton Park

Sat., Oct. 8, 12-6 p.m.
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Carrie Scozzaro

Carrie Scozzaro spent nearly half of her career serving public education in various roles, and the other half in creative work: visual art, marketing communications, graphic design, and freelance writing, including for publications throughout Idaho, Washington, and Montana.