Where to see and purchase original, locally made artisan gifts this holiday season

click to enlarge Make your own wreath this season.
Make your own wreath this season.

NOV. 29-30: TERRAIN SMALL WORKS FUNDRAISER

The holiday shopping season supposedly begins the day after Thanksgiving, aka Black Friday, followed by Small Business Saturday. Start your holiday shopping season with Terrain's "not Black Friday" fundraiser at the nonprofit's flagship gallery, featuring 25 local and regional artists offering highly affordable original works. Then, finish your shopping at Terrain's popular one-day indoor winter arts market BrrrZaar — this year on Saturday, Dec. 14 — across all three floors of River Park Square, which is also where you'll find Terrain's From Here shop, just in case you didn't find that perfect gift. Terrain Gallery, Fri. Nov. 29 from noon-8 pm and Sat. Nov. 30 from 2-8 pm, terrainspokane.com

ONGOING: GET CRAFTY AT THE SPOKANE PUBLIC LIBRARY

While others are gearing up for the holiday shopping season, your neighborhood Spokane Public Library branch is getting ready for holiday and winter-themed crafting sessions. Make gift bags at the Hillyard location on Friday, Nov. 29, for example, or cards at the South Hill branch on Thursday, Dec. 5, and at the East Side location on Saturday, Dec. 12. All activities are free and open to most age groups, although some events require a signup. Various Spokane library locations and times; details at spokanelibrary.org/calendar

DEC. 6: ART + AEROSPACE PARTY

Get a sneak peek into the Historic Flight Foundation at Felts Field (6005 E. Rutter Ave.) with a unique holiday party and fundraiser put on by the publisher of Art Chowder magazine and Northwest Aerospace News. Proceeds help benefit the Foundation's STEM education efforts and participating artists, including local favorites Terry Lee and Arlon Rosenoff, set up next to vintage aircraft that guests get to see before the Foundation's official opening on Dec. 17. Historic Flight Foundation, $20, 5-8 pm, bit.ly/35lQux5

DEC. 6-JAN. 17: CUP OF JOY

The boxes of ceramic mugs and cups have already begun to arrive at the Trackside Gallery from all over: New York, North Carolina, Colorado, Florida, Canada and, of course, plenty from local artists, too. At four items per artist and 38 artists participating, there's loads from which to choose. Come early, advises organizer Gina Freuen, as some artists' work consistently sells out the first day. Look for tried and true favorites like Seattlite Sam Scott and local Tybre Newcomer, as well as newly participating artists Maya Rumsey and Daniel Perez, plus 34 others. Trackside Studio Ceramic Art Gallery, Dec. 6, Jan. 3 and Jan. 17 from 5-8 pm; Dec. 7, Dec. 14 and Jan. 4 from noon-4 pm, tracksidestudio.net

DEC. 7: MAC HOLIDAY ARTIST STUDIO TOUR

click to enlarge Moscow's 1912 Center features an array of artists and food artisans.
Moscow's 1912 Center features an array of artists and food artisans.

Home for the holidays takes on a whole new meaning when the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture teams up with local artists. For the third year in a row, the MAC has invited regional artists for its Holiday Artist Studio Tour, this year featuring Hazen Audel, Ira Gardner, Kathleen Cavender, Larry Elingson, Suzanne Ostersmith, Tim Ely and Wendy Zupan. It's a self-paced event, so participation is as simple as buying tickets, choosing which of the seven artists you'd like to visit (of course you want to see all of them!) and planning your route with the provided map. For an extra $10, join the artists at Barrister Winery for an elegant yet informal reception following the tour's conclusion and featuring jazz music and the opportunity to win original artwork or a painting lesson. You might even find a few treasures for your own home. Locations vary, $10-$20, 9 am-3 pm; reception 3-5 pm, northwestmuseum.org

DEC. 7, 14: MOSCOW WINTER MARKET

The 1912 Center building in Moscow makes market days feel like something out of the Old World: a bustling array of artisans, from regional artists to local food producers, all indoors. Check the annual event series out in December and plan a return trip in 2020 (Feb. 1, Mar. 7). 1912 Center, 10 am-2 pm, 1912center.org

DEC. 8: WINTER WREATH WORKSHOP

Firehouse Flowers didn't have to go very far to source some of the materials for its first collaborative workshop with Athol's Lone Mountain Farms. Using hop vines grown on the Idaho farm, participants can learn how to transform the vines into a stunning winter wreath. Even better, they'll get to sample one of the Farm's latest brews using those very same hops. Lone Mountain Farms, $45, 1-3 pm, bit.ly/2qs8Ei4

THROUGH JAN. 3: UNWRAP THE CREATIVE

It wouldn't be the holiday season in Coeur d'Alene without the Art Spirit Gallery's annual Small Works exhibit, now celebrating its 21st year. The popular exhibition, which began on Nov. 8, offers hundreds of artworks — paintings, sculpture, enamels, ceramics, prints — by a combined 80 or so regional artists. Meet some of them at the free reception on Dec. 13, 5-8 pm. The Art Spirit Gallery, Tue-Sat from 11 am-6 pm, theartspiritgallery.com

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