Whether the holidays find you humming 'It's the most wonderful time of the year' or muttering 'You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch,' we bet our 2011 Holiday Entertainment Guide has a thing or two that hits just the right note.
MIVAL Gallery (Mercer Island Visual Arts League)
TODAY-DEC. 16 A holiday show of works by the gallery’s artists. Noon-6 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, noon-4 p.m. Sundays, 2836 78th Ave. S.E., Mercer Island (206-683-9455 or www.mival.org).
Home for the Holidays: artwork and gifts under $100
TODAY-DEC. 31 A show and sale of holiday-themed works by local artists. The gallery hosts its annual Shop ‘N Nosh event noon-7 p.m. Dec. 2. Noon-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, The Gallery at Towne Centre, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park, free (206-417-4645 or www.shorelinearts.net).
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East Shore Gallery Holiday Show and Sale
TODAY-JAN. 2 The gallery hosts its annual holiday show and sale featuring arts and crafts by local artists. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. East Shore Gallery, 12700 S.E. 32nd St., Bellevue, free (425-747-3780).
Bellevue College Winter Holiday Ceramics Sale
DEC. 1 Tile, sculpture and functional ceramic ware from more than a dozen potters with proceeds to benefit the ceramics program at Bellevue College. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Bellevue College, 3000 Landerholm Circle S.E., Bellevue, free (425-564-1000 or www.bcc.ctc.edu/).
North End Arts Tour
DEC. 2-4 A self-guided tour of artists’ studios throughout North Seattle neighborhoods. For a list of participating venues, visit www.neatseattle.com. 4-9 p.m. Dec. 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 3-4. Artisans Gallery, 7125 41st Ave. N.E., Seattle, free.
Christmas in the Country
DEC. 2-4 A self-guided driving tour on Bainbridge Island that stops at historic cottages, farms, homes and nonprofit venues with artists, authors and musicians, handmade arts and crafts, foods and festive music. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 2-3, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 4. Downtown Bainbridge Island, Winslow Way East, Bainbridge Island, free (www.christmasinthecountry.info).
Bainbridge Island Winter Studio Tour
DEC. 2-4 A self-guided tour of artists’ studios throughout Bainbridge Island. 10-6 p.m. daily. Downtown Bainbridge Island, Winslow Way East, Bainbridge Island, free (206-842-0504 orwww.bistudiotour.com/index.php).
Seattle Sampling 2011 Artists’ Studio Tour
DEC. 2-4 A self-guided tour featuring 39 artists at 12 studio locations in Seattle with works for show and sale. 4-9 p.m. Dec. 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 3-4. Blowing Sands, 5805 14th Ave. N.W., Seattle, free (206-783-5314 or www.blowingsands.com).
Seward Park Clay Studio
Annual Holiday Show and Sale
DEC. 2-24 Ceramic works with more than 50 ceramic artists showing a wide range of work, from pottery to sculpture. Opening-night gala fundraiser for the studio, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2 ($10 suggested donation). Noon-7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Seward Park Clay Studio, 5900 Lake Washington Blvd. S., Seattle, free (206-722-6342 or www.sewardparkart.org).
DEC. 3 A 12-hour art-making marathon with live models and with materials supplied by Gage Academy of Art. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Gage Academy of Art, 1501 10th Ave. E., Seattle, $5-$10 (206-323-4243 or www.gageacademy.org).
Art Under $100
DEC. 3 South Park Arts presents a show and sale of art by artists who live and work in Seattle’s South Park neighborhood. Art raffle every 30 minutes. 3-10 p.m. South Park Community Center, 8319 Eighth Ave. S., Seattle, free (206-684-7451).
Christmas Gift Show
DEC. 3 A sale of arts and crafts, sculpture, ceramics, specialty foods, Christmas decorations, jewelry and more. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Ferndale Events Center, 5715 Barrett Road, Ferndale, $3 (www.nwspectacularevents.com).
Edmonds-Woodway High School Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair
DEC. 3 57 vendors selling arts and crafts, jewelry and specialty food with a performance by Edmonds-Woodway High School music students. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Edmonds-Woodway High School, 7600 212th St. S.W., Edmonds, free (425-670-7900 or www.staff.edmonds.wednet.edu/ewhs).
DEC. 3 White River Valley Museum hosts a festive holiday high tea at the museum with traditional tea fare including finger sandwiches and scones in a town square decorated for the season. 1 p.m. 918 H St. S.E., Auburn, $15 (253-288-7433 or www.wrvmuseum.org).
Holiday 2011 Vashon Island Art Studio Tour
DEC. 3-4, DEC. 10-11 A free, self-guided tour of 40 participating artists’ studios on Vashon Island. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 3-4 and Dec. 10-11. Vashon Island, free (206-463-6217 or www.vashonchamber.com).
Pottery Northwest Holiday Show and Sale
Dec. 3-23 Pottery Northwest’s annual holiday show and sale. Opening reception, 3-6 p.m. Dec. 3. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. Pottery Northwest, 226 First Ave. N., Seattle, free (206-285-4421 or www.potterynorthwest.org).
Christmas around Tacoma
DEC. 17 Holiday-themed art activities with music by Dean the Dream Weaver. 1-4 p.m. Museum of Glass, 1801 E. Dock St., Tacoma, $5-$12 (866-468-7386 or www.museumofglass.org).
Compiled by Jeff Albertson