• What: Two Rivers Gallery’s “Handmade for the Holidays” art sale
• When: A special First Friday reception will be held 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. The holiday show runs through Dec. 31. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
• Where: 102 N. Columbia St., Wenatchee
• Info: 888-9504 or visit 2riversgallery.com
• Cost: Free
WENATCHEE — Artists and members at Two Rivers Gallery say lofty inspiration and high-quality craftsmanship have a new partner — low prices that could have some Christmas shoppers remaking their gift lists.
Customers at the downtown venue’s first holiday art sale can browse hundreds of art works — jewelry, ceramics, photos, fiber arts and paintings — all priced below $100. This includes scores of pieces, by some of the Wenatchee Valley’s top artists, that cost less than a pair of Snuggies or a trio of Zhu Zhu Pet hamsters, both must-have items this season.
“We’re lucky to have such wonderful artists in the valley,” said Karen Dawn Dean, on the team that conceived and created the “Handmade for the Holidays” sale. “In all of these works you can see the hand and eye of the local artist — a creative person who just might be your neighbor.”
About 50 artists, all members of the cooperative gallery, have contributed works for the holiday sale, which is displayed throughout the venue’s five show rooms and two hallways. Some of the pieces come directly from the artist’s inventory; some were made specifically for the holiday show.
Are you wowed by the multi-hued raiku vase by Ruth Allan, arguably North Central Washington’s top ceramicist? Well, turn over the vase to get wowed again: $35 says the tag.
Stunned by the hand-crafted earrings of Jan Cook Mack, also known far and wide for her impressionist landscapes? That earring price of $28 should make a good impression on your wallet.
And what about those exquisite photographs by local lensman Al Piecka? Snap ’em up at $25 each.
“There’s a lively dialogue happening here,” said Dean, a potter, print-maker and former Leavenworth gallery owner. “It’s happening in this beautiful gallery space, in this holiday show and between the art works and the customers. Walk through this gallery and you’ll learn that creative work is taking place all over this area.”
Gallery board member Kasey Koski — a painter, graphic designer and fiber artist — said one goal of the sale is to present a wide variety of works in a wide variety of media by a wide variety of artists. “This is the show that might bring in people that don’t normally visit art galleries,” she said. “We expect new customers will be pleasantly surprised by the quality and the value.”
Open since March, Two Rivers Gallery has more than 100 members ranging in skills and experience from professional to novice. Gallery programs include monthly First Friday events, classes and community outreach efforts to promote local visual arts.
Mike Irwin: 665-1179