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Originally published Wednesday, November 24, 2010 at 7:03 PM

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Holiday Entertainment: Sales of fine art, arts and crafts

Bainbridge Island's "Christmas in the Country," a self-guided driving tour that stops by cottage industries and nonprofit venues, opens Dec. 3. Other holiday arts shopping ideas include the Bellevue College Winter Holiday Sale Dec. 2. and Seattle Sampling, a self-guided tour of artists' studios and homes Dec. 3-5.

Holiday entertainment

2010 Guide:

In the pages below, you'll find seven lists of seasonal events as well as details on how to join our 2010 holiday scavenger hunt. Explore and plan your holiday season.

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Bainbridge Island's "Christmas in the Country" a self-guided driving tour that stops by cottage industries and nonprofit venues, opens Dec. 3. Other holiday arts shopping ideas include the Bellevue College Winter Holiday Sale Dec. 2 and Seattle Sampling, a self-guided tour of artists' studios and homes Dec. 3-5.

Home for the Holidays Show and Sale

Through Dec. 31 A show and sale of holiday-themed art with locally crafted glass, pottery, jewelry, fine art and more. The gallery hosts its annual Shop 'N Nosh event from noon-7 p.m. on Dec. 3. Noon-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Gallery at Towne Centre, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park, free (www.shorelinearts.net).

East Shore Holiday Show and Sale

Thursday through Jan. 3 Annual holiday show featuring the arts and crafts of 30 area artists. Gift items and collectibles will include paintings, prints, ceramics, jewelry, wall sculptures, ornaments, cards and clothing. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. East Shore Gallery, 12700 S.E. 32nd St., Bellevue (425-747-3780).

Bellevue College Winter Holiday Sale

Dec. 2 A holiday sale of tile work, sculptural and ceramic wares from more than a dozen potters. Proceeds will 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/).

Friends of Freeland Arts

and Crafts Benefit Sale

Dec. 3-5 A sale of works by 40 Whidbey Island artists featuring ceramics, jewelry, handblown glass, hand-bound books, paintings and more. 6-9 p.m. Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 4 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 5. Freeland Hall, 1515 Shoreview Ave., Freeland, free (360-331-1224).

North End Arts Tour

Dec. 3-5 A self-guided tour of artists' studios throughout North Seattle neighborhoods. For a complete list of participating venues, visit www.neatseattle.com. 4-9 p.m. Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 4-5, free.

Christmas in the Country

Dec. 3-5 A self-guided driving tour on Bainbridge Island that stops by cottage industries, homes, farms and nonprofit venues that host artists, authors and musicians. The event includes Santa photos and free pony rides. For more information and a map, visit www.christmasinthecountry.info. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 3-4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 5. Downtown Bainbridge Island, Winslow Way E., Bainbridge Island, free.

Bainbridge Island Studio Tour

DEC. 3-5 A self-guided tour that features 70 artists in 10 island studios and community halls throughout Bainbridge Island. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily Dec. 3-5. Downtown Bainbridge Island, Winslow Way E., Bainbridge Island, free (www.bistudiotour.com).

Seattle Sampling 2010

Dec. 3-5 A self-guided tour of artists' studios and homes throughout Seattle with art for show and sale in all media. For a complete list of participating venues as well as a map, www.seattlesampling.com. 4-9 p.m. Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 4-5. Blowing Sands, 5805 14th Ave. NW, Seattle, free (206-783-5314 or www.blowingsands.com).

6th Annual Art Under $100 Event

DEC. 4 A showcase and sale of affordable artwork by artists living and working in Seattle's South Park Neighborhood. 4-10 p.m. Dec. 4. South Park Neighborhood Center, 8201 10th Ave. S., Seattle, free (www.southparkarts.org).

Vashon Island Art Studio Tour

Dec. 4-5, Dec. 11-12 A self-guided tour of 38 art studious throughout Vashon Island. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 4-5 and Dec. 11-12. Downtown Vashon, downtown Vashon, Vashon Island, free (206-463-6217 or www.vashonchamber.com).

Benefit Garage Sale

Dec. 4 A sale and fundraiser for Suyama Space with antiques, collectibles, furniture and more. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 4. Suyama Space, 2324 Second Ave., Seattle, free (206-256-0809 or www.suyamapetersondeguchi.com/art).

Makah & Friends Native Art Show & Sale

Dec. 5 A sale of authentic Native art sold by the artists. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Wilson Pacific School, 1330 N. 90th St., Seattle, free (206-852-5178).

Fluxus New Year's Eve Party

Dec. 31 Center on Contemporary Arts' "Memory Upgrade" art exhibition, open bar, fog machine, door prizes, performance art, DJs and live music. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Dec. 31. CoCA Pioneer Square, 310 First Ave. S., Seattle, $20 (206-728-1980 or www.cocaseattle.org/).

Compiled by Jeff Albertson

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