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Buy-Local Opportunities Get Artistic At (And After) First-Friday Holiday Sales

Courtesy Amy Meya
'Squish Vases' by Amy Meya, who has an annual Open Studio Sale with other Kansas City artists the first weekend in December.

Once again, the traditional art-opening weekend meets the traditional gift-giving season at the following shows and sales, which involve multiple Kansas City artists.

Belger Crane Yard Studios Open House & Holiday Sale
2011 Tracy Ave., Kansas City, Missouri 
More than 30 artists sell handcrafted pottery, jewelry, sculpture and ornaments as part of the Kansas City Clay Guild’s Annual Pottery Tour. Friday, December 2, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Saturday, December 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Credit Courtesy Belger Crane Yard Studios
The Belger Crane Yard Studios promises items like these at its holiday open house and sale.

Cerbera Gallery’s First Annual Contempo Winter Salon
2011 Baltimore Ave., Kansas City, Missouri
This sale features “local, national and international artists presenting their works in a cozy, salon-style setting. Disciplines include functional and sculptural ceramics, photography, painting, jewelry, drawings, lithography, gift ideas and more.” Tuesdays through Saturdays from 1-6 p.m. or by appointment (844-202-9303) through January 27.

International Interior Design Association – Mid-America Chapter Maker Mart – First Annual Holiday Sale
1801 McGee, Suite 100, Kansas City, Missouri
A sale of hand-crafted good made by members of the IIDA Mid-America design community. Proceeds benefit Rightfully Sewn, “a local organization which provides seamstress training for at-risk women so they can thrive in a specialized workforce that will reestablish Kansas City’s garment manufacturing, while at the same time, propel Kansas City fashion designers to market so they can supply the burgeoning demand for high-quality, American-produced garments.” $5 for members; $10 non-members and at the door Saturday, December 3, 1-6 p.m.

KC Collaborative 3rd Annual Pop-up Show
1629 Walnut St., Kansas City, Missouri
Locally crafted clothing, jewelry, and art by 17 vendors. Food by Delish and Holiday cocktails available for purchase. Thursday, December 8, 5-9 p.m.

Kansas City Art Institute End-of-the Semester Student Exhibition and Sale
4415 Warwick Boulevard, Kansas City, Missouri
People start to line up early, especially outside the ceramics building, at the end of each semester when Art Institute students display and sell their works across the campus. Bargains abound, as well as chances to meet up-and-comers who just might stay and make a living in Kansas City. Friday, December 2, 5-8 p.m.; Saturday, December 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, December 4, noon-5 p.m.

Kansas City Clay Guild 34th Annual Holiday Pottery Sale & Studio Tour
200 W. 74th St., Kansas City, Missouri
The Pottery Sale & Studio Tour includes 56 artists in 14 locations around the city. Begin the tour at any point; see the website for more information. Friday, Dec. 2, 6-9 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 4, noon-5 p.m.

Credit Courtesy Nurture Botanicals
Lawrence's Nurture Botanicals is among the vendors at the LOLA sale.

LOLA (Ladies of Lawrence Artwork)-10th Annual VanGo, Inc.
715 New Jersey St., Lawrence, Kansas
This boutique-style sale features 25 vendors. Each day, the first 50 people in the door who donate to The Willow Domestic Violence Center or Girls Rock Lawrence receive a swag bag "filled to the brim with cool stuff from vendors and local businesses.” Saturday, December 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, December 11, noon-5 p.m.

Open Studio and Sale with Amy Meya and Friends
3345 Baltimore, Kansas City, Missouri
Ceramic artist Amy Meya opens her studio to the public for this annual sale. Local photographer and pastel artist Gloria Baker joins the group this year, as does metalsmith Edna Madera. Desiree Warren, Alan Winkler, and Laura Nugent are also among the many local talents. Thursday, December 1, 5-9 p.m.; Friday, December 2, 5-9 p.m.; Saturday, December 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday, December 4 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Strawberry Swing Indie Craft Fair's 6th Annual Holiday Swing
Union Station, 30 W. Pershing, Kansas City, Missouri
This event was recently recognized by Buzzfeed as "one of the Top 35 Indie Craft Fairs in the World." Supporting small businesses and the handmade-craft movement, the event includes more than 75 vendors, as well as food, drinks, music, and a photo booth. A portion of the vendor fees will be donated to The Family Conservancy and Great Plains SPCA. Sunday, December 11, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Telephonebooth Gallery
3319 Troost, Kansas City, Missouri
The holiday sale features art, editions, textiles and accessories. New this year are a small number of imported attars and ouds. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, December 1-24, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

AnneKniggendorf’s writing appears regularly in The Kansas City Star and Ink magazine. Follow her @annekniggendorf.  

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