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Several local artists and galleries are hosting special open houses, sales and events this weekend. Spend a few hours or a day browsing handmade, original works of art that showcase the creative talents of the community. With so many shows, there will be lots of great holiday presents out there to suit most anyone on the gift list, including fiber arts, glass, ceramics, jewelry, paintings and more.

Art Works Gallery Holiday Open House

Art Works Gallery in downtown Grass Valley will host a Holiday Open House from 5 to 8 p.m. today at 113 Mill St. The co-op gallery’s 36 artists will have work on display and for sale.

“Wine, cheese and hors d’oeuvres will be served, and we will have live music performed by harpist Olivia Ross,” said oil painter Bob Libutti, who is organizing the party. “We have a terrific diversity of art and artists at the gallery. It is fascinating to talk with them and learn about their creative techniques for working with glass, clay, wood, metal and other materials.”

Buying local and handmade has become a big part of people’s holiday shopping goals, but buying art can sometimes be intimidating.

“Getting to know the artists is a great way for first-time art buyers to start a collection. We love talking about our work and answering questions” said painter Sheila Cameron.

When you shop at the Art Works Gallery, the cooperative spirit extends to the customers. There is always an artist on duty to help you with your purchase and answer any questions you might have — even put you in touch with the artist.

“We will have numerous raffle sites set up around the gallery,” said Gallery President Linda Kaneko. Everyone will get one free raffle ticket, but you can also purchase additional tickets to increase your chances of winning. Proceeds from the raffle will be donated to the Food Bank of Nevada County.

“Don’t worry if your ticket is not one of the lucky winners,” said Kaneko. “We have lots of affordable artwork that is perfect for holiday gift giving.

Painter Sylviane Gaumer and mosaic artist Susan Crocenzi have recently joined Art Works Gallery, which exhibits a high-quality collection of artwork in jewelry, furniture, paintings, photography, ceramics, fiber arts, woodworking, glass blowing, mixed media and sculpture. The Art Works Gallery is open daily and located at 113 Mill St. in Grass Valley. For information about Art Works Gallery, go to

Clay and glass

Several local potters are holding their second annual Holiday Clay and Glass Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and tomorrow.

Come share refreshments and meet the six potters and one glass artist who are teaming up to provide this unique community shopping experience with affordable art for the holiday season.

“It is important to us that our work is reasonably priced. This gives more people the ability purchase handmade art for their family and friends for the holidays,” said studio owner Rene Sprattling. “And the bargains at the seconds table are always a big draw.”

Ceramic artists Chic Lotz, Kathleen Kershaw, Flo Fahrenheit, Yvonne Docktor, Tricia Burbank and Rene Sprattling are joined this year by glass artist Mark Einert. Functional works, such as mugs, teapots, bowls, vases and flower pillows, along with masks, jewelry, sculpture, birds and colorful glass pumpkins, are just some of the handmade items available for sale.

The sale will be at W. Broad St. in Nevada City (Studio 540). There will be signs out the weekend of the event. If you wish for information, please call Rene Sprattling at (530) 265-8762 or go to

Holiday Craft Faire

The North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center will showcase the works of the community’s talented local craftspeople at its annual Holiday Craft Faire this weekend.

Hand-crafted pottery, fiber arts, woodwork, paper crafts, beeswax candles and many other items will be on display and for sale at the historic one-room schoolhouse. The Craft Faire Café will have fresh soups and breads available as well.

Shop local at the Holiday Craft Faire from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and tomorrow. Admission is free. The North Columbia Schoolhouse is located at 17894 Tyler Foote Road in Nevada City. For information, go to or call (530) 265-2826.


The Artist Studio in the Foothills Small Works Holiday show is ongoing through Jan. 5. The fifth annual show features petite-sized pieces of original art. The show is constantly evolving — as works are sold off the wall, it is replaced with a new one. Mark your calendars for next week’s Holiday Open House and Trunk Show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 8.

The visual arts center also has special holiday workshops for children and adults during the Open House. ASiF’s gallery has extended holiday hours, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. It is located at 940 Idaho Maryland Road in Grass Valley.

For information, go to, or call (530) 274-7000.

There are other great shows, exhibits, galleries ongoing. For additional art listings, check out this week’s Prospector Entertainment Guide, now available for free in racks around Grass Valley and Nevada City on weekends.

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