Holiday art sales
After Thanksgiving, many of the region’s artists and craftspeople gather together to host holiday sales. This year, the list is longer than ever. Here’s a sampling of sales at galleries, home studios, boutiques—and a wine shop.
Rogue Art + Craft
Reno’s one-stop youth-arts venue hosts a one-day sale with handcrafted goods, a plant bar and enough food and drink vendors to make it feel like a festival.
140 Vesta St.
Dec. 9, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Chili Cash + Carry
The ceramicists at Wedge fill the entire studio with goods for sale, including just about every type of ceramic dish, vase or mug that exists, plus work by guest artists, including printmaker Katherine Case and housewares designer Casey Sibley. Bring a non-perishable food item to donate to Northern Nevada Food Bank, and Wedge will offer you a handmade tree ornament as a thank-you.
The Wedge Ceramics Studio
2095 Dickerson Road
4-7 p.m. Dec. 8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 9, and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 10
Holiday Pop-Up Shops
Each Saturday in December, between one and three local entrepreneurs will set up a shop within a shop inside The Nest. Participants include Rooted Hands, a producer of organic products such as body scrubs and face masks, Moon Drop Earth jewelry, and Confection Cookies—whose Instagram profile says, “No I will not make a cookie of your face. Ok maybe.” These cookies are seriously that elaborate. Also available will be gift certificates that make it easy to donate to charities such as The Reno Initiative for Shelter and Equality.
201 Keystone Ave.
Nov. 25 and Dec. 2, 9, 16 and 23
11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cash N’ Carry Group Holiday Exhibition
Never Ender carries handmade cards, jewelry and fashions all year round, but in December, the cozy midtown boutique packs in even more. This year’s holiday sale only lasts for half a day, but it features paintings, drawings and other works by more than two dozen artists, including muralists Bryce Chisholm and Joe C. Rock.
Never Ender Reno
25 Saint Lawrence Ave.
Dec. 9, 4-8 p.m.
Holiday Treasures at The Artists Co-op
The Artists Co-op is another dependable, year-round gift spot, where watercolor painters, potters and many others sell their work. Through December, the offerings include handmade cards, ornaments and gift items.
The Artists Co-op
627 Mill St.
11 a.m.-4 p.m. daily through Dec. 28
Blue Lotus Studio Holiday Sale
Joan Miller’s home studio sale, six years and running, is known for its hospitality—there might be wine and cheese involved, or cookies and cider, depending which day you show up—and for an ever-evolving line of Miller’s petroglyph pottery, Barbara Harmon’s earrings and other jewelry, and Sherri Dangberg’s elegant purses, scarves and shawls.
Blue Lotus Studio
3325 Norman Drive
5-8 p.m. Dec. 1 and 11-3 p.m. Dec. 2
Fine Vines’ Pop Up Sip and Shop
It’s an art sale at a wine shop, so there are going to be mimosas and bellinis, but only during the first hour and while supplies last. Definitely put down your glass long enough to check out the handcrafted accessories, such as hats and jewelry, and kitchenwares, such as cutting boards.
Fine Vines Wine Bar
6300 Mae Anne Ave.
Dec. 9, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sunday (or Saturday) Drive
You want to really get out of earshot of the mall? Head north to the quiet desert hills where a few artisans’ places are semi-open to the public year-round and definitely open to the public during the holiday season. Dale Pappas hosts a sale of pottery and lathe-turned wood pieces at his Lemmon Valley studio, Peavine Pottery, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 24-26. If weather permits, he’s planning a demonstration of raku pottery around 1 p.m. on Nov. 25.
Farther north, near Doyle, California, and Red Rock, potters Paul Herman and Joe Winter have bulked up their selections of ceramic beer mugs, jugs, colanders and mugs for shoppers—and since December weather can be fickle, they’ve scheduled their holiday sales for five consecutive weekends, so if the road is icy on the day you want to go, you have a slew of backup plans.
Peavine Pottery Studio Sale
295 Oregon Blvd.
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Nov. 24-26, with a raku demostration, weather permitting at approximately 1 p.m. Nov. 25
Paul Herman’s Great Basin Pottery 2017 Holiday Show
423-725 Scott Road
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 25-26 and Dec. 2-3, 9-10, 16-17 and 23-24
Joe Winter’s Studio Sale
16620 Fetlock Drive
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 25-26 and Dec. 2-3, 9-10 and 16-17