So we are entering our fourth weekend of our insanely-long, 25,000-plus word PopCult Gift Guide for 2015, and your PopCulteer will take this space to implore you to support your local artists, craftspersons and other creative people this holiday season.
This weekend you have plenty of chances to go out and find large gatherings of local artisans hawking their wares. This makes it real easy to find cool stuff, and you might also get to hear some great music and maybe even find some munchies along the way.
RIVER ARTS SHOW AND SALE
Starting this evening, UUC hosts the annual RIVER ARTS SHOW AND SALE
This all takes place Friday Dec. 4 from 6:30 to 9:00 PM, and Saturday Dec. 5 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The promise “Wonderful ambiance and atmosphere, your holiday gift boutique.’’
Admission is $3, and that includes a Raffle Ticket, to win a work by one of five featured artists.
Friday is the Artist Reception with wine, and Saturday features a gourmet lunch. Childcare will be offered for children under 7yrs on Friday from 6:30-8:30 PM and on Saturday from 2:30-4:00 PM. Each day has some wonderful music.
Friday’s music schedule includes Spencer Elliot at 7 PM and That High Country Revival at 8 PM. Saturday’s music kicks off with Concordia (Recorders) at 10 AM, Cathy Grant (Fiddle) at 11 AM, Mike Foster (Blues) at noon, Bob Worth (Dulcimer) at 1 PM, The BrothersSisters at 2 PM, and Alasha and Beth at 3 PM. There will be a DULCIMER WORKSHOP with Bob Worth at 10:30 AM, for an additional $10.
Featured Artists For 2015 are:
Cree Lahti – ceramic jewelry
Bob Fisher – whimsical sculpture
Hubert E. Bain – stained glass
Mary Kerns – This Sacred Life Art
Pat Cross – American Landscapes
Charly Jupiter Hamilton – prints
Brenda Pinnell – ornaments, cards
Mimi’s Green Beanies – Crocheted hats, bags.
Art of Seth – Prints, cards
Mountain Organic’s – Fine Foods
Al Peery – photography
Suzan Morgan – fiber creations
Karen Shreve – soaps, candles
Damienne Dibble – shibui Jewelry
Robert Worth – dulcimers, w’dwork
Randy Selbe – pottery
Leisa Angel – Beaded Jewelry and Bags Mary Ellen Baughman – fine art
Gretchen Vannostrand – baskets, bags
Ellie Marshall—garden art
Ian Bode – Prints, T-Shirts
Kevin Stitzinger – carved Stone
Homaira Ahmed – Pottery
Ashley Hoey – prints
Tia Mosely- art knits
Connie McColley – jewelry
Eddie Spaghetti – fine art, prints
East End Holiday Bazaar
The East End Holiday Bazaar at the Clay Center returns for its second of four special editions Saturday from 10 AM to 3 PM. Patrons are encouraged to shop small and gift big this year for the holidays and get their shopping done early when they stop by and purchase a unique West Virginia hand-made item from one of the many talented vendors.
Each Holiday Bazaar will consist of 15 vendors with 26 vendors opening the Holiday Bazaar on Small Business Saturday. Jewelry, stained glass, pet treats, and paintings are among the one-of-a-kind items you’ll find at the East End Holiday Bazaar at the Clay Center. With the Clay Center holding a Winter Wonderland each Saturday, along with the WVSO’s Home for the Holidays The Clay Center is the place to be for Holiday Cheer.
Fright Before Christmas Art Show
From 6 PM to 10, The Fright Before Christmas Art Show reception happens. There will be Local Art, Wine & Cheese, Live Music by Adam Dittebrand, Live Painting and PICTURES WITH KRAMPUS!
Pictures with Krampus happens from Noon to 4 PM and from 6 PM to 10 PM. This show is being put together by Mike and Rose Winland, the proud parents of ShockaCon, and it’s sure to be a fun time and a great way to come up with something different for a holiday gift.
Passport Pop Up
Join retailers Heidi Dylan, Morgan Rhea, House of Luxe, Virginia Lee, and The Initialed Life for Passport Pop-Up 10 AM to 4 PM Saturday, Dec. 5 at Tony The Tailor. This event coincides with the Tony the Tailor Allen Edmonds Trunk Show throughout the day.
Check out the newest trends from Heidi Dylan, custom leather work of Morgan Rhea, fashion-focused fur from House of Luxe, trendsetting styles from Virginia Lee, custom preppy items from The Initialed Life and world-renowned Allen Edmonds men’s shoes at Tony the Tailor.
Heading to the Downtown Annual Christmas Parade Saturday morning? Stop in the store, located at 822 Virginia Street East, afterward, pickup a Small Business Passport and have it stamped by five retailers. Each stamp shows support for small businesses in the community. Stamps get the shopper something special – like a discount or hot chocolate.
The Small Business Passport program will run through Thursday, Dec. 17. Shoppers who get their passport stamped by at least 10 participating retailers get entered into weekly drawings.
Participating Small Business Passport retailers include: Art Emporium, Boutique by B.Belle Events, Delfine’s Jewelry, Gallery Eleven, Heidi Dylan, House of Luxe, Ivor’s Closet, Morgan Rhea, Stray Dog Antiques, Taylor Books, The Art Store, The Initialed Life/Virginia Lee, The Purple Moon/Modern by the Design and Tony the Tailor.
Stuff To Do
Our Stuff To Do list is just listing shows that we have handy graphics for this week. As always, check around for stuff we might have missed.
That is today’s PopCulteer/Gift Guide compendium. Check back tomorrow as the PopCult Gift Guide continues with a special day of really, really cool stuff.