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Best Bets: Holiday Art Sales

Crafty Wonderland's Super Colossal Holiday Art Sale in Portland is one of the many options for local holiday shopping this year.

Crafty Wonderland’s Super Colossal Holiday Art Sale in Portland is one of the many options for local holiday shopping this year.

Heidi Hoffman Photography

If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind (or almost one-of-a-kind) gift this holiday season, local art sales are a great way to go. You can help support local artists and find personal and unique items at the same time. Here’s a list of good bets for art sales compiled by OPB’s Oregon Art Beat and Arts & Life crews.

Salem Art Association Gallery Program
The Salem Art Association offers a number of galleries where you can find handmade gifts and fine art. They include the gift options of the Holiday Showcase, the art of ArtMarket and the crafts of Hand Crafted for the Holidays.
Through December 24, Bush Barn Art Center, Salem
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Holiday Cheer: A Celebration of Oregon Authors
This is the 46th year of this unique literary event. More than 80 local authors gather to sign and sell their books, and the Dickens Carolers sing holiday favorites.
December 1, Oregon Historical Society, Portland
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Holiday Marketplace
The Holiday Marketplace at OSU features both handmade crafts and fine art, as well as live local entertainment.
December 6–7, Oregon State University, Corvallis
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Starving Artist Faire
If you’re on the northern coast, check out the Starving Artist Faire, featuring a variety of handmade items.
Dec 6-8, Star of the Sea Catholic Church, Astoria
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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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da Vinci Arts Fair
One of the two major fundraising events for educational programs at the da Vinci Arts Middle School, this popular show features work by more than 70 local artists, in addition to items made by students.
December 7-8, da Vinci Arts Middle School, 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 7-January 5, Visual Arts Center, Newport
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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 8-24, Columbia Center for the Arts, Hood River
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Formal Holiday Artisans Fair
Handmade NW partners with Schoolhouse Supplies to bring handmade goods from 90 local artisans to this shopping event.
December 8, Leftbank Annex, Portland
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The Big 400
In this fundraiser for People’s Art of Portland and Oregon Food Bank, 400 artists show 4,000 pieces of art on sale for $40 each. All of the art is done on panels of plywood.
December 14, People’s Art of Portland Gallery, Portland
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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 14-15, Oregon Convention Center, Portland
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