The holiday season is upon us and temporary art marketplaces are in full swing. They encourage the community to share holiday sentiments and cheer while boosting appreciation for local artists and artisans. From Camarillo to Oxnard to Ventura, you’ll find many different types of holiday boutiques, all offering a unique selection of gifts and, in many cases, direct interaction with the people who make them.
Sunday, Dec. 4, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Temple Beth Torah, 7620 Foothill Road, Ventura
647-3798 or www.templebethtorah.com
For more than two decades, the Hanukkah Boutique at Temple Beth Torah Preschool has offered Hanukkah and secular gifts to the community, with local vendors selling jewelry, decorations, clothing and more, including food items such as latkes prepared by the temple’s men’s group.
Every year there’s something different, based on the wants and needs of the community. This year’s addition is the Art Show and Sale, which will feature works by renowned artist Len Poteshman, who passed away in 2014. His daughter, a temple member, will share his art and contribute proceeds to an organization in need.
Per tradition, children continue to benefit from the event. The youth group raises funds for an educational trip, the religious school participates for a community drive, the preschool has a used-book sale, and special-needs students from Dorothy Boswell School sell cards to earn money for their projects.
Champagne and Shopping
Sunday, Dec. 4, 3-5 p.m.
Santa Paula Art Museum
117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula
525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org
Museum stores are great for unique gifts. The Santa Paula Art Museum makes things a little more festive by throwing in some bubbly to go with the pottery, paintings, décor, accessories and other items made by local artists. Sip while you shop, and enjoy the warm glow of knowing that every purchase made during the event benefits the museum.
Merry Makers Artisan Faire
Dec. 10-11, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
The Collection, 2751 Park View Court, Oxnard
The Merry Makers Artisan Faire debuts this year at The Collection at RiverPark in Oxnard. The extensive list of participating artists includes locals such as Leslie Webb of C-Lite Candles and Designs, Connie Gunderson of Heavenly Accents (custom handbags) and Marise Cherin of Future Heirlooms (jewelry). While adults peruse original ornaments, woodwork, photography and more, kids can enjoy the Santa Village and KidZone, face painting and free holiday crafts courtesy of Macaroni Kid. FOOD Share will receive a portion of the proceeds, and the nonprofit will also offer donation-based gift wrapping services at its “create your own gift tag” booth.
BAA Holiday Boutique
Through Jan. 7
Buenaventura Art Association, 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura
648-1235 or www.buenaventuragallery.org
Buenaventura Art Association’s (BAA) Holiday Boutique goes on for nearly eight weeks, and features 11 artists with works in varying mediums, from sculptures to paintings to photography. New to this year’s boutique are paper-based jewelry by award-winning torn-paper collage artist Janet Black, watercolors by Galina Richardson, kumihimo jewelry by Tomi Murphy and photography and beaded jewelry by Julianne Martin. Visitors may also enjoy the Small Image Show, an exhibit that complements the boutique, with original works measuring 16 inches or less.
European Holiday Market
Dec. 3-18 (weekends only)
Harbor Village Gallery and Gifts, 1559 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura
644-2750 or www.buenaventuragallery.org
During the first three weekends in December, BAA’s Harbor Village Gallery and Gifts in Ventura will host the European Holiday Market, which will include, among other works, paintings by Karen Wu and Laura Walter. “If there’s an item that you were eyeing but it got snapped up before you could purchase it, the artist is likely to bring in a replacement of equal value and artistry, or you may even have time to special-order the item directly from the artist,” said Sharon Taylor, BAA executive director.
Holiday Art Market
Saturday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Studio Channel Islands, 2222 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo
383-1368 or http://studiochannelislands.org
For Studio Channel Islands, the Sixth Annual Holiday Art Market will once again offer visitors a personal shopping experience. This year’s event includes about 50 resident and guest artists presenting a wide selection of art, including jewelry, paintings, photographs, weavings, ceramics and more. There is an array of talent that the Studio is proud to display while also maintaining the holiday spirit of togetherness, as artists support each other and intermingle with visitors. Some of the featured works include ceramic sculptures by Mary McGill, jewelry from Sherron Sheppard and Christine Leong’s painted silks. Studio Channel Islands, a nonprofit organization, will be supported by 20 percent of the proceeds.
The installation “Chairs in Conversation” will also be unveiled at the art market. This work features 100 donated chairs, painted red by resident artists and displaying a single word, scattered throughout the venue. Visitors are allowed to sit on and move the chairs to change the meaning of the words, and the artwork itself.
Victorian Holiday Boutique
Dec. 2-11, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Dudley House Museum, 197 N. Ashwood Ave., Ventura
642-3345 or www.dudleyhouse.org
The 1892 Victorian-style farmhouse is cherished as a historic location and provides an idyllic backdrop to holiday shopping. The interior is decorated by the artisans selling their works, and antiques and collectibles available for purchase will also be on display. Shoppers can browse the flea market on Sundays. In addition, “Mrs. Claus” will make an appearance at the House’s tearoom on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m., to share the history of her life with the celebrated Santa Claus.
Deck the Halls
Dec. 17, noon-7 p.m.
Ojai Rancho Inn, 615 Ojai Valley Trail, Ojai
Ojai’s popular pop-up mall, now in its sixth year, brings a decidedly hip flavor to holiday shopping, perfect for its location at the Ojai Rancho Inn. Each room is a mini pop-up specialty store all its own, with dozens of artists — from near and far — pulling stylish goodies out of their hats to bring shoppers the coolest selection of gifts this side of the North Pole. Live music and other activities throughout the inn make it easy to feel festive.
Take a break from the malls, the outlet stores and the hectic pace that those venues provide, and lean on these artsy pop-up boutiques to cross off your holiday shopping list. You’ll have some fun while finding not-so-ordinary gifts — making it that much easier to get into the spirit of the season.