The Arts Are Open: A Guide to Christmas Gifts

Created by April Jingco and Abbygail Eleccion

This holiday season is a great time to show your gratitude to the people around you by gifting them an artistic experience or a unique piece from local manufacturers.

Through The Arts are Open campaign, King County artists, collectives and arts organizations have come together to amplify their upcoming events and projects. We have compiled this special The Arts Are Open Holiday Gift Guide with gift ideas ranging from event tickets to artist artwork. Give meaning to your holiday shopping by providing unique experiences and exciting gifts to loved ones, while supporting our arts sector.

Spectrum Dance Theater: Harlem Nutcracker by Donald Byrd

Spectrum Dance Theater brings Donald Byrd’s Harlem Nutcracker on stage at the Children’s Theater for Workshop III, which will take place from December 9 to 12.

Auburn Symphony Orchestra Holiday Show

Celebrate the holidays with the Auburn Symphony Orchestra! The Holiday Show will bring holiday cheer and musical enjoyment for the whole family, featuring favorites including How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Mannheim Steamroller, A Christmas Carol, Sleigh, and more.

Meany Center for the Performing Arts: Single tickets for the 2021-22 season

The Meany Center for the Performing Arts invites you to participate in its 2021-22 season featuring virtuoso pianists and chamber ensembles to innovative dance companies and musicians of all genres. Season passes and single tickets are now available for purchase.

Seattle Early Music Season Passes 2021-22

Early Music Seattle is the region’s largest presenter of early music, including the Seattle International Series and Baroque Orchestra, and related educational programs serving 2,400 Seattle Public School students each year and over. of 100 amateur musicians. Enjoy their 2021-22 season featuring five performances.

Ticket options:

  • Complete series (every 5 concerts)
  • Choose your own series (Choose 3 concerts)

Members of the Northwestern Film Forum

For all the movie lovers in your life, a Northwest Film Forum membership is a great gift option. Membership provides access to discounted tickets, workshops and venue rentals, deals with local businesses, and invitations to free events, members only.

SIFF membership

Likewise, a SIFF membership is a perfect way to show your appreciation for the movie fanatics in your life. Membership includes benefits such as:

  • Discounts on screenings at SIFF Cinema venues year round, Seattle International Film Festival tickets and passes, classes and camps, and more.
  • Pop corn! Members get 5 free average popcorn per year.
  • invite free members-only screenings, the annual Seattle International Film Festival preview night, and free and discounted screenings from partner organizations.
  • Early access on Seattle International Film Festival passes.
  • Reciprocal membership with the Northwest Film Forum and other arthouse theaters nationwide.

Gifts and Scarecrow Films Membership

Scarecrow Film is a must-have for anyone who prefers a cinematic experience at home. Serving the film community for over 30 years, Scarecrow currently owns the largest independent video and physical media library in the country with over 137,000 titles.

You can gift a Scarecrow Membership, which comes in different tiers, all with building benefits such as:

  • 2 for 1 daily deals
  • Rental discounts
  • Early access to exploded sales
  • Invitations to member events
  • Discounts on screening rooms

You can also buy individual titles from their large online store.

Uprising of urban crafts

Urban Craft Uprising is hosting two upcoming gift fairs featuring artisans and craftspeople from the Pacific Northwest and beyond:

Uprising of urban crafts
Saturday December 4 (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.) and Sunday December 5 (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
Seattle Center Showroom

South Lake Union Winter Market
Wednesday December 8 and Thursday December 9 (10 am-5pm)
Van Vorst Plaza (426 Terry Ave. N, Seattle)

Art Pratt Holiday Online Sale

Pratt Fine Art Online Holiday Arts Center Sale features works by over 75 artists from the Pacific Northwest. Shop for gifts ranging from ornaments and ceramics to paintings and household goods. The sale goes through Dec 12.

United Indian Art Market

Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center presents the United Indians Art Market, which will take place on December 18-19. Support Indigenous small businesses and find gifts ranging from clothing, jewelry, carpentry, drums and art prints. Affordable, unique and fun!

Melissa Misoda Glass

Melissa Misoda is a West Seattle-based glass artist and educator. She received her BFA from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and her MFA from Alfred University in New York. She has exhibited her work in galleries and museums across the country and has been published in several publications. You can purchase a variety of her glassware at her online store or find her at upcoming holiday markets.

Living Matter Collective

Vivid Matter Collective brings together over 16 local artists who spread the truth through art. The collective includes AfroSPK, OneSevenNine, Ari Glass, AO Hamer, Kimisha Turner, Perri Rhoden, Perry Paints, T-DUB Customs, ArtbreakerBT, Barry Johnson, Sneke One, Moses Sun, Future Crystals, Cody Kalani + Kevin Drake, Joey Nix, and Japhy Whitte.

Their online store includes a variety of artwork, from prints to clothing.

Fine Arts Dana

Dana Teruya Len is a Seattle-based artist who creates art by stitching together multiple layers of her own prints and cutouts. You can buy his designs on a variety of products, from notebooks to mugs. Her art is available on Society6 and Etsy.

Latino / a / x La Sala Artist Network

La Sala creates and catalyzes opportunities for Latino / a / x artists and arts organizations, including access to vocational training, art spaces, institutional links, expanded audiences, and commissioned creative possibilities. You can see the Latino / a / x Artists Network to browse the works of artists from the Pacific Northwest Latinx.

Vermillion Art Gallery and Bar

Vermillion hosts a rotating selection of local artists and musicians to present their work. Currently you can buy hand painted ornaments by Priyanka Parmanand.

Harris Harvey Gallery

Harris Harvey Gallery is one of Seattle’s premier art galleries where new and experienced collectors alike come to find the highest quality paintings, prints, photographs, and sculpture. The Harris Harvey Gallery specializes in contemporary art by local, regional and West Coast artists, many of whom are from the Seattle area.

Currently showing: Visit the familiar by Emily Wood (December 2 – January 15)

Visit the familiar is an exhibition of new paintings by Emily Wood, originally from Tacoma. Wood finds solace in visiting again the places she knows best, searching for a sense of normalcy over the past year and a half. The Palouse Hills, the shores of the Oregon Coast, and the snow-capped foothills of the North Cascades provide a rich subject for the artist, which she finds both warmly familiar and endlessly inspiring. The rich color palette of its favorite spots and the inviting shape and line they possess constantly provide new interpretive concepts.

Lynn Hanson Gallery

Currently showing: Echoes of the past by Dian Sourelis and Marilyn Charlat Dix (November 4 – December 18)

The gallery is located at 312 S Washington St. in Seattle and is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Update Gallery

SHIFT Gallery hosts, Fabulous, a group exhibition showcasing the diverse talent and interests of SHIFT Gallery member artists. 20% of all sales from this show will be donated to a charity selected by the artists. On view until December 18.

Vetri Glass

Located one block south of Pike Place Market, Vetri showcases the work of extraordinary works in glass, ceramics, jewelry and other media. Visit their gallery to shop for handmade items from emerging manufacturers and established artists from the Northwest and beyond.

There are many other artists, organizations and arts collectives that you can directly support this holiday season. You can see more giveaway opportunities by browsing the hashtag #ArtsOpen. Good shopping!

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