In case you didn't hear, you need to buy more stuff this holiday season. It's your goddamn civic duty. Who else is going to save the Northwest economy? Boeing? Ha! Bill Gates? Pfft! No, it's youthe retail consumer. But what, you don't want to fork your money over to Crate & Barrel? Fine. There are hundreds of cash-strapped artists who would appreciate your ATM-crisp twenties. ANDREW ENGELSON
BLUEBOTTLE Bridging the divide between retail shop and art gallery, Bluebottle kicks off the holidays with its first annual holiday bash and art sale, featuring new, wrestler figures from gallery owner Matthew Porter. Holiday bash: 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Sat. Dec. 6. 415 E. Pine St., 206-325-1592. Gallery hours: 1 p.m.-7 p.m. Tue.-Fri., noon-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
FINE ART VISION This Bellevue gallery specializes in a variety of works by contemporary Russian and post-Soviet republic artists. Opening Reception: 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Sun. Dec. 7. Gallery hours: 5 p.m-7 p.m Tues. & Wed., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thurs. & Fri., 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Sun. 3833 156th Ave. SE, 425-681-9772.
JACKSON STREET STUDIOS Scoreswell, a scoreof artists hawk their wares. Noon-6 p.m. Sat. Dec. 6; Noon-4 p.m. Sun. Dec. 7. 1426 S. Jackson St., 206-276-4851.
KIRKLAND ARTS CENTER Holiday Art Sale with work by KAC instructors, members and students. Opening party: 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Fri. Dec. 5. 620 Market, Kirkland, 425-822-7161. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun.
PRATT FINE ART CENTER The second annual edition of what's billed as "the Northwest's largest artwork sale." Includes over 200 decorative ornaments created by Pratt glass artists. Opening party: 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Fri. Dec. 5, $20. Holiday hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Thurs., 10 a.m-8 p.m. Fri. & Sat. 1902 S. Main St., 206-328-2200.
SEATTLE SAMPLING If it's pottery and craft you're after, try this group of 64 artists at various studios throughout the city. 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Fri. Dec. 5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. Dec. 6 & Sun. Dec. 7. Information on locations available at www.seattlesampling.com or 206-720-1774.
SECLUDED ALLEY WORKS Offers a truckload of art, cards, pillows, and "handmade thingies" by the likes of Ellen Forney and Kamala Dolphin-Kingsley. Noon-5 p.m. Sat. Dec. 6-Sun. Dec. 7. 312 12th Ave., 206-839-0880.
SUNSET COMMUNITY HALL A "mixed media art sale" in Ballard offers ceramics, paintings, and other stuff by local artists. Noon-7 p.m. Sat. Dec. 6, 11 am.-4 p.m. Sun. Dec. 7. 3003 NW 66th St.