Art of the Gift Kicks Off Nov. 18 at Pendleton Center for the Arts

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The Art of the Gift exhibit kicks off Thursday, Nov. 18 with an opening reception for the public between 5:30 and 7 p.m. at the Pendleton Center for the Arts. (Photo courtesy of PCA)

While supply chain issues may put a damper on accessing gifts online this year, the Pendleton Center for the Arts is shrinking the chain to just one link, connecting shoppers directly with the region’s artists and craftspeople.

The Art of the Gift exhibit kicks off Thursday, Nov. 18 with an opening reception for the public between 5:30 and 7 p.m. Members of the Arts Council of Pendleton are invited for a special sneak-peek and first chance to purchase at 4:30 p.m. Nonmembers may come early and join the Arts Council for as little as $30 per year. Masks are required in the building.

“We’re looking forward to providing guests with the simple joy of browsing and shopping with friends,” said PCA Director Roberta Lavadour. “I think we’ve all gotten enough cold cardboard boxes on our porches, and it feels like a good time to re-establish connections with the creative community.”

This year marks the 20th year of the Art of the Gift exhibit, and the event is known for bringing some of the best functional and wearable art made in the Northwest to Pendleton. The event is designed to provide access to gifts that are out of the ordinary and many of the featured items are one-of-a-kind.

In addition to shopping, guests of all ages can take part in drop in, make-and-take projects each Saturday. Additionally, Kris O’Grady of Bushel and a Peck floral design will be accepting orders for custom wreaths beginning Nov. 15 at PCA’s website, pendletonarts.org.

The Art of the Gift is made possible through a major contribution from CHI/St. Anthony Hospital. The event runs through Dec. 31 and is open Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday noon to 4 p.m. More information is available by calling 541-278-9201 or online at pendletonarts.org.

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