Arts & Culture

White River Valley Museum to open annual ‘Small Works Big Presents’ show

Starting to think about the holidays? The White River Valley Museum is, and is making it easy to give an affordable gift made by a local artist. “Small Works Big Presents: The Gift of Art” opens for the eighth year next week at the Auburn museum — a juried selection of 77 small works by artists from Washington, Idaho and Oregon.

A partnership with the City of Auburn Arts Commission, “Small Works” combines mosaic, printing, encaustic, painting, jewelry, sculpture, ceramics and textiles into a holiday group show. Each piece is both small and affordable, in a variety of genres from abstract to figurative. This year’s jurors were Tacoma Art Museum curator Margaret Bullock, Green River Community College photography instructor Aaron Hartzell, and Auburn arts commissioner Colleen Maloney. Cash awards will be announced at the Nov. 19 opening, and during the first two weeks, visitors may cast a vote for the People’s Choice Award.

The show is open noon-4 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, and 6-8 p.m. Dec. 4, from Nov. 19 to Dec. 14 at the White River Valley Museum, 918 H St., SE, Auburn. Admission is $5 for adults; $2 for seniors and children; free for ages 2 and younger, and for all the first Thursdays and third Sundays.253-288-7433,