’Tis the season for arts and crafts

Arts and crafts — for sale and for show — are in abundance for the holidays. Here’s a quick look at some Bay Area offerings:

BERKELEY ARTISANS HOLIDAY OPEN STUDIOS

It’s the 17th annual free self-guided tour of 100 professional artisan workshops, featuring blown glass, ceramics, ornaments, custom furniture, garden art, floor cloths, one-of-a-kind clothing, textiles, jewelry, leather bags, recycled art, sculpture, photography, paintings, original prints and more.

Where: Various locations in Berkeley

When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 1-2, Dec. 8-9, Dec. 15-16,

Contact: (510) 845-2612; www.berkeleyartisans.com 

CELEBRATION OF CRAFTSWOMEN

The 29th annual event showcases female artists — a changing roster of more than 150 each weekend — showing and selling a wide range of handcrafted items and fine art. The festival also features live music, gourmet food,and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit the Women’s Building.

Where: Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, San Francisco

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday-Saturday and Dec. 1-2

Tickets: $6.50 to $8.50 one day; $15 two days; free for children 12 or younger

Contact: Call (415) 731-5539 or visit www.celebrationofcraftswomen.org  

CIVIL TWILIGHT

Electric Works gallery celebrates the season with a show and sale of artworks dealing with the time between sunset and dark when the evening stars are most brilliant.

Where: 139 Eighth St., San Francisco

When: Nov. 30 through Jan. 5; reception 6 p.m. Nov. 30

Contact: (415) 626-5496

COLOR: A WINTER HOLIDAY

The spectacular seasonal floral display has a turn-of-the-century world’s fair atmosphere and more color than most gardens display in midsummer. It’s a gorgeous setting for holiday visuals.

Where: Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, John F. Kennedy Drive, San Francisco

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays; show closes March 3

Tickets: $1.50 to $5

Contact: www.conservatoryofflowers.org  

CREATIVITY EXPLORED HOLIDAY ART SALE

Original choices for affordable gifts will delight and inspire at this sale of handicrafts created by artists with developmental disabilities. Whimsical ceramic masks, tiles, sculpture, T-shirts and pillows are among the offerings.

Where: Creativity Explored Gallery, 3245 16th St., San Francisco

When: 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 7; 1 to 6 p.m. Dec. 8-9; sale runs through Dec. 29

Contact: (415) 863-2108; www.creativityexplored.org 

DIALOGUE PROJECT

San Francisco-based social artist Mike Garibaldi Frick’s public art installation is meant to help stressed holiday shoppers and visitors pause, relax and reflect on meaningful subjects such as love, life, wisdom, character and community. The display features nine 7-by-9-foot free-standing screens covered with insightful quotations from famous people throughout history, from Martin Luther King Jr. and Gandhi to Madonna and Oprah.

Where: Union Square, Geary and Stockton streets, San Francisco

When: Saturday, Dec. 1, Dec. 8, Dec. 15, Dec. 22-24

Contact: www.DialogueProject.net 

HOLIDAY CARD MAKING FAMILY WORKSHOP

San Francisco Children’s Art Center hosts its annual workshop for kids and parents to make one-of-a-kind cards using stencils, stamps and printmaking methods.

Where: S.F. Children’s Art Center, Building C, Fort Mason Center, Buchanan Street and Marina Boulevard, San Francisco

When: 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 2

Tickets: $25 per adult-child pair; $10 each additional child

Contact: (415) 771-0292

JINGLE & MINGLE

Children of Shelters hosts its sixth annual San Francisco Designer Wreath Auction. Wreaths created by San Francisco’s most coveted designers, artists and personalities will be auctioned; the party also features refreshments from top Bay Area eateries. The event benefits family homeless shelters in The City.

Where: Golden Gate Club, Presidio, 135 Fisher Loop, San Francisco

When: 6 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 29

Tickets: $125

Contact: (415) 563-6082

THE MISSING PEACE: ARTISTS CONSIDER THE DALAI LAMA

Works by more than 80 artists from more than 25 countries are included in an exhibit inspired by the Dalai Lama’s messages, vision and values. Participants include Laurie Anderson, Richard Avedon, Sanford Biggers, Squeak Carnwath, Chuck Close, Richard Gere, Anish Kapoor, Sebastiao Salgado, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Bill Viola, William Wiley, Negishi Yoshiro and more.

Where: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., San Francisco

When: Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday and Tuesday through Saturday; noon to 8 p.m. Thursday, show runs Dec. 1 through March 16, 2008

Tickets: $5 to $7

Contact: www.YBCA.org

SILVER BELLS

The free event features two floors of handcrafted items made by more 60 Asian and Pacific Islander artisans throughout California and Hawaii. A portion of the proceeds benefit Kimochi’s programs and services for seniors.

Where: Hotel Kabuki, 1625 Post St., San Francisco

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 9

Contact: www.kimochi-inc.org

lkatz@examiner.com

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