PENDLETON — A custom balloon sculptural installation will float above the annual holiday art exhibit and sale at Pendleton Center for the Arts.
Amber Clark of Walla Walla, who owns Up Balloon Boutique, created the display. Arts center executive director Roberta Lavadour said it adds a breath of fresh air to the space.
Art of the Gift features more than 50 fine arts crafters, providing a unique shopping venue that includes many one-of-a-kind items. In addition to a number of returning artists, the event includes several first-time participants, Lavadour said.
“It’s exciting to see local artists developing their talents, and it’s energizing for them to see someone buying an item they’ve put their heart and soul into,” she said.
There is no admission charge for Art of the Gift. It’s open Tuesday through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. at 214 N. Main St., Pendleton. It runs through Dec. 31. In addition to shopping, visitors can participate in free, drop in, make-and-take projects each Saturday.
A featured project Saturday, Dec. 2 includes a “Wreath Bar.” Kris O’Grady of A Bushel and a Peck flowers will offer a custom station from noon to 4 p.m. where guests can purchase a lush wreath and choose embellishments to be added while they wait.
For more information, call 541-278-9201 or visit www.pendletonarts.org.