Hello Lake County Artists and Art Supporters,

This is a reminder about art related events happening this weekend.




The Art House Gallery in Clearlake invites you to attend their monthly 3rd Friday Gala this Friday from 6-8pm.


The gallery is set up for the holidays with all kinds of reasonably priced gift items made by the gallery artists. For larger items they, also, accept credit cards, layaway and gift certificates. If you live within a reasonable distance, you’re invited to come and spend a little time supporting the gallery by taking part in their holiday festivities. Enjoy listening this Friday to a local singing couple, Melissa and Fred Markgraf. There will be plenty of free treats and non alcoholic beverages to enjoy while viewing the gallery. Many of their artist members attend the regular once a month galas and so this is a chance for you to meet and be able to get to know more local Lake county artists. Each month more new artists have joined the gallery and so this is a chance to get to know them and their art and follow their creative evolution.

  The Art House Gallery is located at:


15210 Lakeshore Drive in Clearlake (next to the Wellness Center).


Open regularly Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm



Local Authors' Day At LakeWorks Saturday December 20th noon until 5pm.

 (307 North Main Street Lakeport, CA 95453




Our Talented Local Authors will be on hand ALL



Reading and Chatting about the creative writing

process, getting published and their unique works

and perspectives.


All Books by local authors will be discounted.


Call 707.263.5787 for times to visit specific authors









If you’re out and about near Upper Lake on Sunday, December 21st, think about doing some holiday shopping at one of the last holiday craft fairs at the Odd Fellows Hall on Main Street.

The last big Craft Fair in Lake County this year is this Sunday.  The Crafts Swap & Shop will be held at the Odd Fellows Hall in Upper Lake to draw last minute shoppers from all around Lake and Mendocino Counties.  A wide variety of unique locally made crafts and antique, recycled and handmade holiday decorations will be on sale from noon to 4 pm.  Handmade jams, candy and sweet breads will also be available, just in time to grace the holiday tables.  In addition, a healing arts practitioner will be present.

The initial idea behind the Crafts Swap & Shop was for local crafters to swap their unneeded supplies with each other, and also to sell them to the public.   Most crafters collect vast amounts of supplies to create their crafts, some of which may exceed their actual needs.  Because crafters are granted large discounts for their bulk purchases, home crafters or hobbyists can benefit from direct access to these discounts in a sharing opportunity such as this.  Arts and crafts supplies to be sold on December 21 are drawing and painting materials, yarn and sewing supplies, gourds, stamp books and art books.  Jewelry making supplies will consist of beads, charms, findings, chain, cords, and more.


The Crafts Swap & Shop also was created to familiarize the community with the special talents of the featured crafters, so they can realize that local crafters are viable options for purchasing throughout the year.  The collection of locally made crafts will include jewelry, window and mirror ornaments, boot ornaments, pet beds, candles, wood art and painted furniture.  The Crafts Swap & Shop crafters are excited to present their original apparel designs of handmade knit and crocheted scarves and outer wear, painted shirts, scarves and shoes.  Those seeking gifts for children will be able to find youth sized-jewelry and apparel, antique dolls, Barbies, and handmade doll houses.  For this year and next, holiday enthusiasts should appreciate the great discounts on holiday cards, wrapping paper and bows, ornaments and decorations from the "vaults" of the crafters.


The crafters of the Crafts Swap & Shop remind everyone that shopping local helps to strengthen the local economy, rather than dispersing our funds away from our community.  This special shopping opportunity can be found at Odd Fellows Hall, 9480 Main St, Upper Lake on Sunday, December 21 from noon to 4 pm.



Be sure to visit other art related businesses on Main Street in Upper Lake Sunday December 21st.


 When you check out the Artist and Crafters event at Odd Fellows Hall be sure to, also, check out a special something gift for someone at Diego’s Gallery and get a special holiday discount on your purchase of one of a kind jewelry, gourd art, basket art, paintings and photography.  Friday-Sunday 12-5pm and other times by appointment.

 Be sure to visit Lake County Wine Studio featuring artist/weaver, Sheila O’Hara’s beautiful tapestries and their special selection of local wines.

Hours: MON 11:00-6:30pm; TH/SAT/SUN 1-7pm, FRI 1-8pm.


There’s, also, the recently opened Upper Lake Mercantile with all kinds of unique and special gift items. Open daily 10am-6pm.

 If you like antiques be sure to, also, check out several of the Upper Lake antique stores.


If you want to listen to music or get a bite to eat, there’s always a chance to go by the Blue Wing Saloon, too. This Sunday 10:30 am - 3:00 pm Brunch/Lunch
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm Regular Dinner Menu


Yes, this Sunday December 21st would be a great day to visit Upper Lake!



If you’re near the north shore area check out the Holiday Shoppe this weekend at the Harbor Village Artists in Lucerne at 6100 E. Hwy 20  


The gallery is decorated with Christmas trees and handmade holiday decorations and offers the public unique handmade crafts and original art created by local artisans.

Refreshments will be offered every Saturday and Sunday in November and December from 11am-4pm. 


The Harbor Village Artists would like to invite Lake County artists to participate. 

They are looking for more artists & craftspeople to help them fill up their Holiday Shoppe with a variety of holiday faire.  



Call Linda Kelly 367-9038 or for information.


  If you’re near Lakeport be sure to check out the December exhibit at the Lake County Arts Council Main Street Gallery.


The Gallery will feature new work from two new artists. Always a delight to the eye, Ray Farrow will show his brilliantly colored work in a multi mix of paint, while Leah Adams creates a whimsical display of Christmas gourd people ready for you to take home for your holiday celebrations. 


Continuing in the December show is Richard Schmidt with his wonderfully executed paintings of cowpokes framed in handcrafted barn wood along with landscapes. Debbie Jorgenson delights the eye with her delicate work in pastels; while, Jack Southwick provides a counterpoint with his strong work with brush and pallet knife in whimsical and imaginative work in acrylic.


Also continuing in the December show are Judy Cardinale with beautifully executed landscapes and “critters” and Susan Johnson with paintings in pastels and watercolor. Rounding out the show are the fine drawings and photography of Peter Shandera and the large abstract work of Shelby Posada in mixed media.


“Holiday in Lake County” is December’s theme show in the Linda Carpenter Student Gallery. While at the Gallery, make certain to visit the Gallery’s Gift Shop for your holiday gift giving.

Tuesday-Friday 11am to 3pm
Saturday 11am to 3pm

Main Street Gallery
325 N. Main Street








Check out more art by local artists at Lake Works right between Main Street Gallery and Watershed book store in Lakeport

Lake Works is located at 307 North Main Street in Lakeport. They're open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.




In December the Gibson Museum in Middletown is featuring holiday displays along with antique ornaments, historic dolls along with one of a kind “rag” dolls created by local artist, Sophie Lauterborn.


 Two collections of handmade dolls are the central feature.


 In addition to a bevy of charming “historic” dolls, actually authentic reproductions by Elizabeth Eaholtz of Hidden Valley Lake, a clutch of engaging “rag dolls” created by Middletown artist Sophie Lauterborn are equally appealing, in an entirely different way.


Handiwork is key to the overall display. A tree decorated by Georgeann Tintorri of Hidden Valley Lake with selections from her lifelong collection of Christmas ornaments graces the historic Gibson building’s huge front picture window. For this occasion, Tintorri has chosen handcrafted ornaments created by her family and friends over the years.


 A handcrafted nativity and a holiday oriented quilt are included in the show, along with a handful of aged toys, games and Santa figurines.


For more information contact Nina Bouskas at .






If you’re in Middletown checking out the Gibson Museum you might, also, check out local art featured art at Twin Pines Casino.



If you want to know about  Cobb Mountain Artists events contact Joanne Sharon at






Be sure to send me your art event information by Monday of the week you want it out as I usually send out regular Lake County Art News by late Monday or Tuesday.







Here’s wishing you all a fun holiday weekend shopping local art to support our local artists and helping our local economy.






Sherry Harris


Programmer for “Big Art” radio show on KPFZ 88.1 FM and streaming live on

  on the last Tuesday of the month from 1-2pm

Promoter for Lake County art tourism

Lake County Art News email newsletter


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