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Nov. 29 national art sales push attempts to rival Black Friday, plus other chances to buy local creations

COURTESY PHOTO: KATHY KOLLENBURN - Gresham glass artist Kathy Kollenburn is participating in a national movement to promote locally-created art as holiday gifts.

Gresham artist Kathy Kollenburn, who produces stunning fused glass art, is participating in a national movement to promote locally-created art as holiday gifts.

She sells her art under the banner "Wildflower Fusing" and will be one of the hundreds of artists and galleries nationwide featured during Artists Sunday, on Nov. 29.

COURTESY: ARTISTS SUNDAY - Sunday, Nov. 29, is the big day for buying one-of-a-kind gifts.

"I hope it's successful," Kollenburn said.

"The movement joins Black Friday, Small Business Saturday® and Cyber Monday to create the biggest shopping weekend of the year. It also supports artists as entrepreneurs at a time when many have suffered great losses as a result of the ongoing pandemic," the Oregon Arts Commission said in an announcement.

Kollenburn agrees this hasn't been a banner year for artists, as many festivals and other show options were canceled as a result of the pandemic.

"This has not been a good year. People have tried to do a lot of online stuff. But art is such a touchy-feely thing," she said.

Kollenburn did an "art in the yard" event over the summer, putting together a show in her front yard, which brought in some sales.

The city of Troutdale and Clackamas County Arts Alliance also join more than 330 artists nationwide and more than 100 in Oregon in participating in Artists Sunday.

Artists Sunday is a day dedicated to encouraging consumers to shop with artisans and craftspeople to give a special, unique and handcrafted gift this holiday season, the Arts Commission said in the announcement.

COURTESY PHOTO: KATHY KOLLENBURN - Kathy Kollenburn is one of more than 15 artists and craft people that will have their creations featured at Sneedens through Christmas.

The Arts Commission said it recognizes the culture artists create and the impact they have on our local community, while adding expression and beauty to our lives.

To browse the offerings or learn more about Artists Sunday visit: artistssunday.com.

Both visual and performing artists will be showing off their talents on Nov. 29.

"Supporting working artists is an active part of our mission," Brian Rogers, executive director of the Arts Commission said in a statement.

"We are excited to be one of the inaugural partners for Artists Sunday in showcasing art as a unique and meaningful holiday gift."

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Other art opportunities

This has been a tough year for artists, just like everyone else. The popular Larch Mountain Country Artisans show has been canceled, but Shedeens in Gresham at 845 N.E. 10th St., is featuring the creations of more than 15 different local artists and crafts people, some from the Larch Mountain festival, through Dec. 19 in socially-distanced shows.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, although the specific artists' hours may vary.

For example, Friday, Nov. 27 features Anna Zell's printed fabrics. On Sunday Nov. 29, Becky Semler's beadwork will be the special attraction. Saturday, Dec. 12, people can see and buy the beautiful fused glass from artist Kathy Kollenburn.

There will also be ceramics, soaps, lavender, wreaths and many more goodies for the holidays.

The Troutdale Art Center is hosting Holiday Arts Open Houses the weekend of Dec. 5.

The Center, 903 E. Historic Columbia River Highway, on Troutdale's main drag, will be open (socially-distancing and masks required) from 5-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Dec. 5; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday Dec. 6.

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