Pre-Walk activities Friday, Saturday

Wonderful experiences await you as galleries and specialty businesses invite you to enjoy brilliant and unique art and enjoy tasty treats during the Art Walk, from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, in historic downtown Weaverville. The event provides art galleries, specialty shops, and eateries an opportunity to invite the community in “after hours” to enjoy unique hand-crafted art and jewelry, meet the artists, while enjoying refreshments.

Some pre-Art Walk events include:

WREATH-MAKING CLASS AT HIGHLAND ART CENTER: Join artist-instructor Jill Cruz from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, for a fun holiday workshop. Participants will create wreaths from live greenery and enjoy a lite supper and hot cider. All supplies and accessories included. Take home your unique creation or give it as a gift. Sign up by calling the Highland at 530-623-5111 or drop by the gallery at 691 Main St. in Weaverville.

HYAMPOM HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR: Scheduled for noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Hyampom Community Hall, 100 Corral Bottom Road in Hyampom. Enjoy shopping for artisanal and locally hand-made gifts.

Art Walk Saturday

Participating galleries and businesses, from south to north, include:

The current show at the Highland Art Center (691 Main St.) featuring new works by Janelle Kroner and Maria Cargill continues through the month of December. Beautiful landscapes, florals and other subjects are masterfully depicted in oil, acrylic, pastel and watercolor. Many familiar local as well as European scenes are represented in the unique style of both artists. Drop by the gallery between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday to experience this inspiring exhibit. December also features the popular Artisan Holiday Boutique. One-of-a-kind handmade gift items are available until Christmas. Be sure to make it there early for best selection.

“Art Out Loud” continues the month of December at EarthDance (140 S. Miner St., one block up Oregon St. off Main Street). If you missed this show, which is an invitational combining Visual Arts with the Written Word, you have another opportunity to come down and enjoy! Artists of a variety of mediums have created art and paired it with a poem for this unusual and varied show. They have artists from ages 7 to 77+, some well-known in the community, and some brand new to showing their art, participating in this varied and fun show. In addition, they have holiday offerings of affordable gifts, stocking stuffers, hostess gifts, hand-crafted ornaments, cards and consumables for your holiday browsing and purchases. They have added some new vendors, including Bamboo Threads, Laurie Falcon, Maurene Dixon, (MO) and Arnie Villafuerte with his locally roasted, artisanal Sleepy Bear Coffee. Existing artists have added to their wares for more holiday offerings.

Trinity Arts & Crafts Supply Co. (30891 Highway 3, one block east of Main Street) will be hosting a Weaverville Community Forest Ornament Decorating Event from 5 to 8 p.m. Celebrate the holidays by making ornaments with materials from the Weaverville Community Forest. Take an ornament home and make one to decorate the tree at the Highland Art Center meadow, hosted by the TCRCD.

The Trinity County Visitor Center (509 Main St.) will be featuring the artwork of Reva Erickson.  Displayed will be both paintings using oils and acrylics.

Olson Stoneware (516 Main St.) will be featuring new designs in wheel-thrown pottery by Greg Olson including personalized stoneware pottery, jewelry, cottage and lodge décor, children’s toys and fine gifts.

Main Street Gallery (490 Main St.) presents their “Small Works” fundraising show in December. There will be many fabulous artworks, in a variety of mediums and styles for holiday gift giving. These unframed works are very affordably priced at $30. They will be available to take home for holiday gift giving and half of the proceeds will go to the gallery.

Main Street Gallery is also hanging the best of the photo entries submitted by participants in our Photography Search Contest. The challenge was to take a photo that represents their interpretation of a variety of categories. Gallery visitors in December will vote for a favorite photo taken by an adult ($50 award) and a child ($25 award). The gallery is also filled with a wide variety of craft items by your favorite local artists, including a beautiful selection of holiday cards and tree ornaments.

Hike up north to Up North Confectionary (480 Main St.) and enjoy the culinary art of an ice cream sundae or gourmet grilled cheese. Up North Mercantile also offers goods made in the USA with many locally made options. Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

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