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Prints for PICA 2011

Prints for PICA 2011

AndreBilling, courtesy of PICA

Handmade art makes a great holiday gift. It’s personal, unique and it helps support our region’s hardworking and talented arts community. Fortunately, handmade art is also easy to find this time of year. Just check out one of the many arts showcases and sales happening this month. OPB’s Oregon Art Beat crew has these suggestions to get you started.

Holiday Marketplace
For those who prefer to shop outside of Portland, the Holiday Marketplace at OSU features both handmade crafts and fine art.
November 30 – December 1, Oregon State University, Corvallis
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da Vinci Arts Fair
One of the two major fundraising events for educational programs at the da Vinci Arts Middle School, this popular show will feature work by more than 70 local artists, in addition to items made by students.
December 1-2, da Vinci Arts Middle School, Portland
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Holiday Cheer: A Celebration of Oregon Authors
This is the 45th year of this unique literary event. More than 70 local authors will gather to sign and sell their books and, in the case of cookbook author Jane Barthelemy, ply you with dessert samples.
December 2, Oregon Historical Society, Portland
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Holiday Treasures Exhibition
Every year during the gift-giving season, regional artists create small and affordable pieces for the Columbia Art Gallery. Stop by during your next drive through the Gorge.
December 7-30, Columbia Center for the Arts, Hood River
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Starving Artist Faire
If you’re on the northern coast, check out the 17th annual Starving Artist Faire, featuring a variety of handmade items.
Dec 7-9, Star of the Sea Catholic Church, Astoria
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Crafty Wonderland Super Colossal Holiday Sale
As the name suggests, this craft sale is about as big as it gets. With close to 300 vendors, you can be sure to find almost every kind of handmade gift.
December 8-9, Oregon Convention Center, Portland
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Holidays in the Gallery
The Gallery at the Museum of Contemporary Craft is showing off its redesign with extended gallery store hours throughout December. Additional opportunities to pick up one-of-a-kind gifts will abound during the Student Holiday Art Sale.
Student Holiday Art Sale, Dec 6-8
Holiday Hours in Gallery through December 27
Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland
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PushPin Show
Newport’s all-inclusive event invites both professionals and beginners to showcase their artwork, with only one limitation – artists must be able to hang their pieces with four pushpins or less.
December 8-30, Visual Arts Center, Newport
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Prints for PICA
For one day only, the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art opens a pop-up printmaking shop and invites local artists to come create. At the end of the day, their spontaneous artwork is available for you to buy.
December 8, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland
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Formal Holiday Artisans Fair
Handmade NW is partnering with Oregon Food Bank to support more than 90 local crafters and artisans with this holiday shopping event.
December 16, Leftbank Annex, Portland
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