Artwork from nearly 25 local artists, designers, and craftspeople will be showcased at this year's holiday event. Visitors can shop for gifts of enduring beauty from a variety of media upstairs in the Skylight Room, as well as Student and Instructor work during a large pottery sale held in the Gallery. Artist demonstrations will be held throughout the day, offering visitors a chance to see the creative process behind professional art-making.
At 5pm, visitors can marvel at the clay creations made by the masters in real-time during an "Iron Potter" competition in the Ceramics Studio, with the opportunity to cast a vote for their favorite. Guests can also enjoy libations during a "Yappy Hour" in a music filled Gallery while viewing the "Gone to the Dogs" Exhibit, which pays homage to our canine companions, and includes the creations of 47 artists.
"We can't wait to celebrate our amazing community in true holiday spirit by opening our doors, and to provide a day of exciting opportunities for the public to engage in the visual arts. It is our hope that this becomes a must-do holiday tradition for everyone," said Pamela Rembold, Executive Director of Kirkland Arts Center.
There will be free children's activities available throughout the day, and onsite registration for art classes, starting from ages 2 through 102, and beginning levels to advanced.
Classes, exhibitions, special events and more are regularly held in the Kirkland Arts Center building, which visitors will have the chance to tour during the Open House. Completed in 1892 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Peter Kirk Building exemplifies commercial Victorian-era architecture, and is one of the last vestiges of the man for whom the City was named. The building houses a printmaking studio, ceramics studio, exhibition and classroom space.
The Kirkland Arts Center Holiday Art Market and Open House is free to the public, and there is plenty of free street parking available. For more information visit:www.kirklandartscenter.org