Opening: Art-tastic Shopportunity Saturday at Lowell Art

Who wouldn’t love to get some real, original art for a gift, but these days who can afford it? Well, the people at Lowell Art Works might be able to help.

This weekend, Lowell Art Works is holding its third annual Art-tastic Shopportunity, a sort of festive artists marketplace from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Art Works gallery, 5205 S. Second Ave., Everett. Spiced cider, cookies, candy canes and cocoa will be served.

Organizer and visual artist Jules Anslow said the name came from the fact that whenever she goes somewhere and there just happens to be stuff to buy, she calls it a “shopportunity.”

“I’d like to see Lowell Art Works be that kind of fun place where there’s stuff there to buy and to provide a place where artists of all kinds can sell their wares,” Anslow said.

And the prices? They will be based on more of a gift-exchange rate with a range that is affordable, Anslow said.

“It’s still a piece of art. It’s an artist-made ware, an actual piece of art made by the artist so it makes art more accessible,” Anslow said.

The Shopportunity will bring a variety of artists from around the region who have created unique gifts in glass, metal and mosaic or who have brought their jewelry, ornaments, garden art or paintings. There also will be gourmet coffee for sale, artist prints, T-shirts, candy, books, calendars and gift certificates, stocking stuffers, and those little extras with pizzazz.

Of the 18 artists signed up, some of the highlighted artists include fiber artist Francis Fawcett, who uses recycled sweaters and felt to makes animals and sculptures and purses. There’s also photographer Daniel Santjer, who does beautiful and unusual photography and digitally manipulated photography. Also, Darcy Thompson will be bringing her mosaic pieces.

“It’s a party atmosphere all day. Having all the artists in one place, it’s just electric,” Anslow said.

“This is something special,” she said. “It’s affordable art and people, they still want to give a special, meaningful gift this year, even if they can’t afford to break the bank.”

“Playing With the Past”: The newest exhibit at Edmonds Museum is totally retro, with old toys and other memorabilia from the past.

The exhibit runs through January at Edmonds Museum, 118 Fifth Ave. N., Edmonds.

The display features a paper village from 1897, games, comic book covers, antique dolls and stuffed animals and includes a large panel with paper dolls you can dress.

In Anacortes: Artist Joel Brock will show his new pastels and acrylics in Anacortes, kicking off with an artist’s reception at 6 p.m. Dec. 5 at Scott Milo Gallery, 420 Commercial Ave.

The show runs through Jan. 26 and also includes color photographs by Randy Dana, large format photographs by Dick Garvey, acrylics by Jennifer Bowman, oils by Diane Ainsworth, photographs by Lewis Jones and custom wood tables by Gary Leake.

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