Native arts and crafts fair features handmade gifts

This year’s Northwest Indian College Native Arts & Crafts Fair will feature everything from traditional to contemporary art from local Native artists.

The open, community event will take place from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. Dec. 2 and from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Dec. 3 in the Cultural Arts Center on the Northwest Indian College (NWIC) campus at 2522 Kwina Road. The Cultural Arts Center will be available for vendor set up beginning at 2 p.m. 

“The holiday season is right around the corner, and this arts and crafts fair is a great way to find individual, unique, diverse, and locally-produced gifts,” said Victoria Retasket, NWIC student activities and leadership coordinator. “Every artist hand crafts each item piece by piece, and the pieces are all made with love, and often a story.”

People from all tribes are welcome to display their art, Retasket said.

“We hope to have a diverse selection of creative works for sale,” she said.

This event is a great way for local artists and students to be seen and connect with the community, Retasket said.

“Individual artists have the opportunity to sell their own art work to the community as a means of income for the upcoming holiday season,” she said. “By supporting this event, you are supporting local artists’ families, histories and cultures.”
There is still room for interested artists. Those wishing to participate should submit a vendor application and fees by Dec. 2.

Vending fees are $30 for both days or $20 for one day and will support NWIC’s Pow Wow Committee. All sales will support local artists.

For more information or for an application, contact Victoria Retasket at vretasket@nwic.edu or call (360) 392-4232.