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Browse and shop for jewelry, clothing, paintings, and works of glass, wood, metal, clay and more by 140 artists at the Best of Northwest juried arts and crafts show Saturday and Sunday. NW Art Alliance (NWAA), founded in 1989 by local artists to support artists’ development and business skills, hosts the popular annual event at Smith Cove Cruise Terminal, Seattle.

“Our artist demonstration area’s been hugely expanded this year, and we’ve added more culinary artists, beer and hard cider in our wine garden, and four food trucks so people can make a day of it,” says NWAA Marketing and Social Media Director Ann-Marie Stillion. Show artists range from newcomers to established artists, all chosen by judges for their high level of artistry.

Along with artist demonstrations in basketry, silk painting, glass, clay, watercolor and more, live music is featured both days including folk, Dixieland, jazz and bluegrass. Food trucks Skillet, Metropolitan Grill, Chopstix and Whidbey Coffee will be on site, along with indoor food vendors and, starting at noon both days, beer, Washington wine and hard cider on the upper floor city-overlook area. Admission is free for kids, and there’s an art activity table for them to express their creativity.

It’s the 24th year for the Best of the Northwest spring show; the NWAA also hosts the monthly Art in Occidental Park in Pioneer Square on first Thursdays, Waterfront Arts show and sale summer weekends at Seattle’s Waterfront Park, and the Fall Best of the Northwest Show in November.

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Spring Best of the Northwest is at the Smith Cove Cruise Terminal on Pier 91, next to the Magnolia Bridge. Follow the “Cruise Passenger” signs to the cruise terminal parking lot at Pier 91. Parking includes shuttle bus service to and from the show and the admission ticket is good for both days.

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