Puget Sound Artists’ Gift Show celebrates its lucky 13th year

Oct 31, 2013

It started out as a small open house in a living room, sharing two sisters’ art. But by the year 2000, it had grown into a full-fledged multi-artist show.

Now in its 13th year, the Puget Sound Artists’ Gift Show has become an annual event in Edmonds.

The Puget Sound Artist’s Gift Show is a one-day show, from 10-6 Saturday, Nov. 16, located at ArtWorks, 201 2nd Ave. S, Edmonds.

On-site and street parking is free.

Owner of the show, Barbara Goodfellow Childs, studied business and health in college, but had to take an art class to finish her degree. The first day of pottery class, she was hooked.

Once married and working, she continued potting as a hobby. As life and priorities changed, Childs left the corporate life for more rewarding challenges as a mom and studio potter.

"Spending quality time with my children and wanting to love going to work every day is what drove me to this career,” Childs said.

“It has allowed me to connect with other people who share similar passions. It's even trickled down to my daughters; one is studying to be an art teacher, the other a photographer."

It this show, she brings together local artists, friends and family who share that passion.

The show offers an abundance of affordable gifts. Childs’ work focuses on entertaining and gift pieces with serving bowls, platters, wine crocks, cheese servers, and ceramic boxes.

She still shares main stage with sister Molly Winton, a world-class wood turner. Winton borrows designs from her signature gallery pieces to decorate smaller collectable vases, bowls, ornaments and serving utensils.

Their mother, Jean Goodfellow, retired owner of a Whidbey Island yarn store, knits Aran-style wool afghans, Cowichan-style wool vests, colorful hats, scarves and other wearables.

Photographer Mary Bess Johnson imbeds photographs of exotic sea life on playing cards and bookmarks; while photographer Kurt Jensen mounts scenes shot in Hungary, Aruba and Australia on canvas.

Lois Gaylord weaves and dyes brilliantly colored hand-woven bags and challah covers.

Jennifer Waycroft and Judy Bracik both sell felted wool hats and accessories.

There is jewelry to fit every fancy: sterling, brass, copper, beaded, button and crystal, even flamework glass beads by Von Schroeder.

Thirty artists in all, there’s something for everyone. And no one will be able to leave without adding at least a couple pieces of Immaculate Confections’ truffles, or Jeff and Nancy Thompson's locally grown honey to their bounty.

For a complete list of artists, visit www.childspottery.com.

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