Deck the halls with boughs of homemade gifts

If Black Friday and Cyber Monday left you feeling unsatisfied, step outside for a sky-blue Sunday through Saturday to check out some of the holiday arts sales popping up around Davis this month.

The John Natsoulas Gallery and the UC Davis Craft Center are hosting silent auctions, while the Davis Art Center, the UC Davis Fashion and Design Society and the Pence Gallery are holding holiday sales.

The Natsoulas Gallery is holding their Holiday Gala on Dec. 8 from 7 to 10 p.m., which involves dance performances by the Linda Bair Dance Company, live music and a silent auction.

Expect to see works of all mediums made by popular artists favored by the Natsoulas Gallery, with prices starting at $10. And as long as you’re already there, the gift shop also has the Gallery’s selection of fine arts books, posters, prints and other artistic odds and ends.

The Davis Art Center is hosting their 22nd annual Holiday Sale from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2, featuring hundreds of handmade items, 70 vendors vending, three rooms for crafting and one silent auction. The sale not only benefits the local artists, but also gives 15 percent of every item sold (priced from $2 to $200) to the Center itself, making it the largest fundraiser of the year.

Convenient for those wishing to get their shopping done between classes, 120 Cruess Hall 120 is opening its doors from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 7 for the UC Davis Fashion and Design Society’s Holiday Sale.

FADS has adopted the oft-repeated “Green is the new Black” slogan to create bags, scarves and other small products completely out of recycled material. The bags are up-cycled from university textile waste, and the scarves are colored with dyes that would have otherwise been poured down the drain.

Bags and scarves are $30 to $50, while the smaller products are $8 to $20. All proceeds go to FADS’ Picnic Day and San Francisco fashion shows. For more information, contact FADS at fadsociety@gmail.com.

Also on Dec. 7 is the 6 p.m. live auction at the UC Davis Craft Center, the grand finale to their 11th Annual Gallery Staff Show and Silent Auction. Bids can be placed at the ongoing silent auction at any time during the Center’s open hours. Up for auction are a wide range of artisanry, including mugs, hand-knitted sweaters and various decorative pieces. The average bid hovers around $7 to $10 and can be higher or lower depending on your competition. The pieces exhibited are all made by Craft Center staff, with all proceeds benefitting the Center.

The Pence Gallery is putting on its very own Holiday Market from Nov. 9 to Dec. 23 during open hours. They’ll be selling unique handcrafted gifts, such as woven scarves and steampunk mugs. In order to expose the Davis community to new items and artistic styles, contributing artists are not only from the surrounding Sacramento area, but from all across America. Proceeds from the $5 to $390 items go towards the Gallery’s exhibit costs and educational programs.

The Natsoulas Gallery is located at 521 First St. For more information, see the Facebook page for “John Natsoulas Gallery.” Hours of the Davis Art Center are noon to 7 p.m. on the Dec. 30, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the 1st, and 10 a.m. to 5p.m. on the 2nd. The Davis Art Center can be found at 1919 F St. For more information, go to davisartcenter.org/sale. The Pence Gallery, located at 212 D St., also has a gift store en suite, featuring locally and regionally made pieces sold year-round. For more information, visit the Pence Gallery online at pencegallery.org.

TANYA AZARI can be reached at arts@theaggie.org.

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