COOS BAY—Frustrated shoppers may want to add Pacific Park Gallery to their holiday treasure hunt. The gallery’s Artisan Market is the place to find special one-of-a-kind, affordable gifts. Pacific Park Gallery, 1957 Thompson Rd., Coos Bay, has invited artisans to share their treasures in its unique space 5-8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 1, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 2.

At one time, gifts were homemade and not purchased online or in big box stores. They were intended to meet a need and enhance the recipient’s home. Gifts were — and still are— a way of expressing love and appreciation. Each gift was special. Today, it can be difficult to satisfy the desire to find unique, affordable gifts. Artisan markets are the place to find these gifts.

Artisans are defined by the character of their work. Each piece is an original design hand crafted by the artist, such as the leather flasks created by Mary Morris, pottery, jewelry and gourd art by Deanna Brown, paintings and jewelry by Nan Emerson, sculpted bird and fish scenes by Ron Wright, turned-wood organic sculpture by Rick Fox, painted wood and felted bags by Mattie Lane, beaded jewelry by Donna Wright and fantasy sea creatures, paintings and drawings by Janne LaValle. Each item is intended to enhance space or, as with the jewelry, a special person.

The Artisan Market is surrounded by the visionary oil paintings of F. Gary Ostrom and the photography of Roland and Carol Miranda now on exhibit at the gallery. It is a special opportunity to view the art on a Saturday.

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The Friday night market is a reception and pre-sale of works not available at other holiday sales. Refreshments and music by harpist Karen Costello add to the evening’s holiday ambiance. It is a great way to kick-off the holiday theater season.

Pacific Park Gallery is a not-for-profit, non-commission sales and exhibit space created by artists for artists. For information on the current show or exhibit opportunities, email artistjanuary@gmail.com or visit onemorereasontosmile.com/pacific-park-gallery.

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