December 4, 2021  |  10:00am–3:00pm

The festive spirit has reached us at the J! We are looking forward to a day full of cheer to kick off the holiday season. On December 4 from 10am-3pm, the Jansen Art Center will open our doors to a group of talented artists selling their work at our Holiday Market. Throughout the building there will be vendor tables from knitted baby sweaters to pottery and paintings, and the Gallery Shop will be open as well. Our textiles studio will be hosting a stash sale, giving you an exclusive chance to shop some of the work by our instructors and renowned weavers. We are also excited to welcome instructors for drop-in kids’ workshops, which are sure to keep the little ones busy while you get a head start on your holiday gift shopping. There will be something for everyone to enjoy.

Kid’s Workshops

Holiday Tiles with Pam Fredback


Design and create your own holiday tile with alcohol ink pens. Tiles have a cork bottom to prevent scratches. Use for display, gift giving, trivet for a hot dish and so much more.

Mixed Media Holiday Collage with Wendy Reavill


Using a variety of materials make your own creative masterpiece for the holiday season, and take it home with you all ready to wrap for your favorite person.


Textiles Studio Stash Sale


Get great deals on unique supplies from the studio featuring yarns, books, and weaving tools. Meet and chat with our talented textiles instructors and members.

Live Music


Our Music Studio’s open string group will be serenading your holiday shopping with all your favorite Christmas carols.

Tiny Teapots


Spend the afternoon creating a little teapot, short and stout, with a handle and a spout. Use your imagination to add texture and designs. The teapots will be glazed white and available for pick up 2 weeks after class. Registration is required, sign up here!

The Artists

Lori VanEtta

The pleasure of creating, and an avid appreciation of art, is an integral part of Lori’s life. Through the years she has created stained glass windows, jewelry, pottery, and many forms of 2-D art. Lori now focuses on abstract acrylic paintings. After teaching regular and art curriculum to elementary-aged students for thirty- five years, Lori teaches throughout Whatcom County. Her travels have always included an arts emphasis and enjoys that art around the world is all related and essential.

Debbie Haggman

Deborah Haggman’s paintings tend to be realistic and detail-oriented. After years of fighting that aspect of her personality, she has decided it’s okay. She’ll start a painting by laying down large areas with washes but can’t wait to pick up her small brush. She enjoys painting a variety of subjects although she is drawn to Northwest landscapes, trees, beaches, and rocks.


RR Clark, aka “Fishboy,” started drawing as a child and never stopped. For the last twenty-five years, he has been deeply involved in the arts community in Bellingham, Washington, his adopted home. Using wood as a surface, reclaimed when possible, the artist uses recycled latex house paint augmented with acrylics for his colorful, whimsical, and thought-provoking art.

Liane Redpath

Liane knew as a child she would be an artist. She arrived at jewelry making after experimenting for years with almost every art medium. Metal was fascinating to her as a malleable material upon which countless numbers of colors can be obtained from applying patinas, enamels, paints or just torch fire. There are countless stones, pearls, woods that can be used. Plus there is something wonderful about moving metal with a hammer. Liane loves to create art that can be seen by others daily. Wearable art jewelry that can be enjoyed by the wearer and viewer. Jewelry makes a statement about who someone is and what they value without saying a word.

Barbara Jean the Story Queen

Award-winning author, storyteller, speaker, and educator Barbara Jean Hicks has published eight picture books, including Once Upon a Parsnip, Monsters Don’t Eat Broccoli, A Sister More Like Me, and The Secret Life of Walter Kitty. Barbara has taught at the preschool, middle school, and community college levels and worked in an urban elementary school as an author-in-residence, program facilitator, and parent educator.

Donna Hunter

Donna Hunter has tried her hand at every textile medium imaginable but fell in love with felt making when she took a class in 1995. She has been teaching felt making since then – more frequently now in her retirement from Audiology. She also attends felting classes given by internationally known felters at weavers and spinners conferences. Donna has been a member of the Whatcom Weavers Guild and the Peace Arch Weavers in Canada since 1985 and has served as President and other positions for both Guilds. She teaches in her studio near Blaine and now at the Jansen Art Center.

And more! Stay tuned as our vendor list grows.