Berkeley open studios offer holiday gift goldmine

Michael Parayno, of Berkeley Rustic Birdhouses, is one participant in Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios. Photo: Eric Smith

Michael Parayno, of Berkeley Rustic Birdhouses, is one participant in Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios. Photo: Eric Smith

This weekend kicks off the 23rd year of Berkeley’s Artisans Holiday Open Studios, with more than 100 artists and craftspeople opening up their workshops and galleries to the public.

The event — which offers extensive fodder for shopping local to meet your holiday gift needs — launches Saturday, Nov. 30, and runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. all weekend, and every weekend in December through the 22nd.

All manner of fine art and craft will be shown, including blown glass, functional and decorative ceramics, ornaments, Menorahs, lamps and lighting, painted and custom furniture, garden art, floor cloths, one-of-a-kind clothing, textiles, many styles of jewelry, leather bags, recycled art, sculpture, photography, paintings, mosaics, stained glass, original prints and works on paper.

All work is handcrafted, and many pieces are one-of-a-kind. See a full list of participants with complete contact information here.

Your 2013 guide to the Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios. Click to view larger or download. Image: Berkeley Artisans

Your 2013 guide to the Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios. Click to view larger or download. Image: Berkeley Artisans

Says organizer Susan Brooks: “This self-guided tour presents a unique opportunity to meet the artists, to buy original and creative gifts, and to see working craft studios, giving viewers a glimpse into the creative process.”

This year’s event features 36 locations. Many locations include multiple studios and workshops, which makes browsing all the more convenient.

Entry to all studios is free. Many of the venues are wheelchair accessible. See details here.

Learn more on the organization’s Facebook page or its website.

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The It List: Five things to do in Berkeley this weekend (11.30.12)

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  • Caliallye

    So good to see Mike Parayno back from the Philippines! He is one man who really knows how to give back to a community, no matter where he is!