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Happy holiday shopping at gift shows around South Whidbey

Artists of South Whidbey sell holiday cards such as this one by Judith Burns at several businesses around town. Find them at Casey’s Crafts in Bayview, Bayview Farm & Garden, BookBay in Freeland and at Quilting by the Sea in Langley. Proceeds from the card sales support the group
Artists of South Whidbey sell holiday cards such as this one by Judith Burns at several businesses around town. Find them at Casey’s Crafts in Bayview, Bayview Farm & Garden, BookBay in Freeland and at Quilting by the Sea in Langley. Proceeds from the card sales support the group's scholarship fund for young artists.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of Artists of South Whidbey

There's plenty of unique, delicious, beautiful, wild and crazy gifts out there, but South Whidbey has the lion's share of great artistic gifts for the holidays.

Here's a list of which even Santa Claus will be envious for some super seasonal shopping.

The Open Door Gallery + Coffee ...

... holds its Annual Holiday Gift Show reception from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20 at the Bayview Cash Store. Join the artists for appetizers, refreshments and holiday cheer while browsing the fine arts and crafts of local artists.

At the Open Door Gallery through

Dec. 31 there is jewelry, ceramics, scarves, boxes, creatures, glass, wood, gourds, books, prints, paintings, ornaments, sculpture, fiber and clothing, with ever new pieces streaming in as pieces fly out the door. Paper artist Debra Glanz makes minutely detailed miniature boxes from paper she’s designed, and with tiny embellishments she’s made that adorn the lids. Ceramic artist Kristy Lombard creates fun, funky and functional pottery. Butter dishes, pitchers, platters, mugs and plates with playful designs make perfect holiday gifts for just about anyone.

Former Artist Cooperative members join Open Door’s current artists to exhibit a vast array of unique arts and crafts. For a fresh, exciting shopping experience, visit the Open Door Gallery in the Bayview Cash Store in Langley.

Click here for more info.

MUSEO's Annual Gift Show ...

... starts on Saturday, Nov. 20 and features a bevy of local artists’ pieces priced perfectly for holiday gift giving.

The gallery will be filled with decorative ornaments, colorful scarves and hand-made jewelry, as well as small-scale paintings and sculptures. The Annual Gift Show will run through Dec. 30.

For info, click here.

Whidbey Island Arts & Crafts Sale ...

... welcomes 40 talented artists to Freeland Hall for the annual sale Dec. 3-5, in support of Friends of Freeland.

Proceeds from the sale support preservation efforts and community enhancement in Freeland, but mainly it’s a great place to find a wide variety of hand-crafted gifts made by Whidbey Island Artists at great prices. Meet artists and friends, and enjoy locally baked delicious treats and coffee while you shop in a beautiful setting at the historic hall on Holmes Harbor.

Offerings include jewelry, glass, garden art, paintings and prints, woven textiles, Native American instruments, body-care products, handmade books and journals, ceramics, wreaths and books by local authors.

The sale is from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday,

Dec. 3, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday Dec. 4, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday Dec. 5. The hall is at

1515 Shoreview Ave. in Freeland.

Brackenwood Gallery ...

... is full of “Small Pleasures” through December. More than 20 artists created pieces that are priced less than $500, making the gallery a great place to shop for gifts this holiday season. Choose from small paintings, bronze sculptures, ceramic pots, scarves and textile art, jewelry, prints, etchings, glass vases and ornaments, all at affordable prices.

Find just the right “small pleasure” for yourself or loved ones to treasure for a lifetime at Brackenwood Gallery. Click here for information.

Artists of South Whidbey ...

... have made a festive collection of winter greeting cards in support of the group’s scholarship fundraising effort. The cards are available at Casey’s Crafts in Bayview, Bayview Farm & Garden, BookBay in Freeland and at Quilting by the Sea in Langley. All proceeds beyond reproduction costs support Artists of South Whidbey’s annual scholarship awards for high school seniors who will go on to study art.

Raven Rocks Gallery ...

... rings in the holidays at Greenbank Farm.

The annual treasure box of authentic hand-cast, solid brass sleigh bells from the Amish country of Ohio arrives Friday, Nov. 19 to kick off the holiday shopping season. Each bell is hand picked by gallery artist and co-owner Windwalker Taibi for its sound and finish. And the gallery is filled with affordable handmade gifts by local artists and artisans to fit every pocketbook and to bring beauty into the lives of friends and family.

Click here for more info.

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