The Armory Holiday Bazaar

Posted 22 November 2016

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Sunday, December 4 | 12 — 6 p.m. | Free!

Armory Lobby & Mezzanine

Shop locally this holiday season by supporting the local artisans, who will be on hand to sell handmade crafts and goods on the mezzanine throughout the day. Visitors will also enjoy free hot chocolate, hot apple cider and KIND Bars, liqueur tastings from Eastside Distilling (for the 21+ crowd!), live holiday music, backstage tours and an Armory scavenger hunt. The grand prize winner of the scavenger hunt will receive four (4) VIP vouchers to any production in the 2016 - 2017 season, four (4) tickets to OMSI, a $50 dining card to Brix Tavern and a $50 gift card to Popina Swimwear. Everyone who attends the bazaar will also be entered to win a pair of tickets to any of our 2016-2017 productions. Prizes galore! And don't miss your chance to take a backstage tour of The Armory at 12 p.m. or 5 p.m. before or after a show!

Portland Center Stage at The Armory will also serve as a drop off location for p:ear giving tree. Please help less fortunate families during the holidays by donating at the holiday bazaar! Check out our blog to learn more about how to give back.

Check out the schedule below for more details about what's going on at the event:

12:00 p.m. Bazaar opens
12:00 p.m. Backstage tour #1
1:00 p.m. Fireside Carolers
2:00 p.m. Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin & The Santaland Diaries performances
3:45 p.m. Festival Brass
5:00 p.m. Backstage tour #2
5:00 p.m. Freddy Vilches Trio
6:00 p.m. Bazaar concludes
7:30 p.m. Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin & The Santaland Diaries performances

Want to get to know the musicians and artisans a little better before the event? Read on!


1 p.m. - The Fireside Carolers was the first group created under the Vivace Voices banner. Since the holidays are such an important and cherished part of our culture, we created an amazing group of singers that provide all the holiday favorites we all know and love but we do it with our own special style! Sure we have the standard Quartet of singers available but our signature ensemble provides all of your favorite carols and holiday songs with a jazz twist in eight-part harmony.

3:30 p.m. - Festival Brass is a seven-piece brass ensemble that has played hundreds of events throughout the Northwest. Festival Brass specializes in providing holiday entertainment, but has performed at many weddings, parties and corporate events throughout the year. Members of the septet arrange most of our music to fit our unique instrumentation, which includes two Trumpets, a French Horn, two Trombones, a Euphonium and (of course) a Tuba.

5 p.m. - Freddy Vilches Trio incorporates elements from Latin folk music, Cuban Son, Brazilian Bossa Nova, and jazz. Freddy Vilches Trio plays an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary music from Latin America. Featuring a wide variety of instruments and rhythms from Latin America, their music is entertaining and dynamic, pulling influences from many regions and countries all in a single set. Their performances create an atmosphere where audiences of all ages can appreciate the diversity of Latin American musical cultures.


Chuck Bloom is a painter who produces both surreal and magical images through his own name, Chuck Bloom, and Brick Tree House Press. Chuck has been living and showing his work in the Portland area for over ten years. His work has been described as a cross between Salvador Dali and Tim Burton.
Shelley Cavanaugh is a Portland, OR based goldsmith/ designer who produces one-of-a kind & limited production jewelry. Her pieces exist in a unique balance of rustic & refined. Her true passion comes from finding unique gems & turning them into gorgeous wearable treasures. The beauty found in a natural, untreated stone is so much more interesting to her than a perfectly clear diamond. She can see entire worlds swirling in some of the stones she’s collected! She is heavily influenced by nature.

Lindsey Gilbert is an illustrator who specializes in cut paper fabrication for animation. She graduated from Ringling College of Art & Design in 2009 with a BFA in Illustration. Upon graduating from college, Lindsey packed what she could fit in her hatchback and drove out west for an internship at Buddy System Studios. A year later Buddy System Studios became Stoopid Buddy Stoodios where she worked as Puppet Department Coordinator and Fabricator for 4 years. Projects included: Robot Chicken, Robot Chicken DC Comics Special, Super Mansion, Friendship AllStars of Friendship, Dinosaur Office and WWE Slam City. She has since moved up the coast to Portland, OR where she works at Laika as a Puppet Wrangler.

Jennifer Kapnek is an Eco-modern iconography painter. Her paintings are serene, color drenched environments, choreographed by the lines of a tree. There is a quiet poetry painting images of trees on wood. The element of a bird, or birds, appear often in her work. For her, the bird(s) are expressions of the most pure somebody’s. These simple shapes plunge deeply into our fundamental existence. Inspired by color, she saturates the field with many layers of acrylic paint. Her paintings are on wood, primarily recycled. The consistent introduction of three dimensional elements, rough or broken edges, branches and texture are equally important. Capturing and incorporating these objects offers instant access to history, endurance and preservation. These concepts are integral in her work.

Kollodi is a former set designer/prop maker turned mom who gets her craft on. Thrilled by reuse culture, Kollodi creates innovative standing snack bags, insulated lunch totes, dojo bags for the athletic kids in your life; and napkins from upcycled vintage sugar sacks her grandma saved from the 1940's and 50's.

Teena Kunkel’s TandT Creations does custom and stock fine wood crafts and toys, with items ranging from garden benches and picnic tables, to welcome signs and wooden play swords. They also carry a wide variety of fair trade items such as leather bound journals from Poetic Earth, glass flowers from fire house glass, and Dover coloring books. They have been in business since 2008, selling their first toys at SCA events and Renaissance fairs, and have since expanded to include what you will see at the bazaar.

Julio Maxwell has been a PCS employee for the last 10 years in the wardrobe and hair department. As a method of relaxation, Julio started producing jewelry three years ago. Now, through JMaxx Designs, Julio produces jewelry and shadowboxes through knitting wire and beads. Julio is excited to be demonstrating and selling his craft for the third year at the PCS Holiday Bazaar!

Sharonlee McLean knits outerwear accessories: Hats, Caps, Bagged Hats, Horned Hats, Cowls, Neckwarmers, Scarfs, Wraps, and Fingerless Gloves. She moved to Portland in 1994 from Los Angeles. She makes her living as an actor in film, television and live theatre. She has performed at Portland Center Stage since 1995. Her last project was "Our Town". She actually learned her knitting skills from fabulous crew members backstage during one of the five productions of "The Christmas Carol" she did 10 years ago. She has created my own style of knitting. Her knits are double quality knitted and she really enjoys creating unlikely color palettes that are uniquely original.

Chris Murray is an actor and educator with Portland Center Stage at The Armory. His most recent foray was in The Oregon Trail, and he has been with the JAW Festival for 10 years . Chris started candle-making as a way to make opening night presents for his cast and crew. Eventually it turned from a hobby into a passion. Sigil Candles is devoted to bringing the highest quality boutique candles at a fraction of the cost. These candles are handmade, and feature organic soy wax, hand braided wicks, and essential oil scents. Sigil uses recycled Mason Jars, and as a business, produces zero waste.

Cynthia Nawrocki is the Marketing Manager for the Perkins Coie law firm here in in the Pearl District neighborhood. She creates unique and timeless jewelry that ranges from professional to whimsical. She loves making jewelry and seeing how each completed piece has an individual personality and can be used for personal expression. Cynthia’s original designs feature natural stones, crystals, pearls, chain and found objects.These elements combine to create elegant statement pieces, or express a classical style, that will make the wearer feel beautiful for years to come.

Maarja Paris has been felting for over ten years and had work in Local 14 as well as at the Japanese Garden. She loves to work with textiles, and also likes the serendipity of felting, which is a bit like magic and alchemy together from which emerges a beautiful item. She is connected to PCS through her niece and her mother, who is a Volunteer Usher, and has been an audience and community supporter. Clara Hillier, Education Program Coordinator at Portland Center Stage, is her niece!

Karen Van Hoy's vintage kimono and haori (short silk jackets worn over the top of a kimono) hand-picked from the markets of Kyoto. All pieces are hand sewn, lined and were custom made to fit the owner's body. As haori are straight front, loose fitting open garments and they fit a variety of sizes. The surface design on these pieces can be quite complex, utilizing centuries-old processes that are no longer produced. Come learn a bit about the culture behind the garments.

Katrina Wolffe started this shop because many people who saw her work said that she should sell it. She sell her dice bags to a couple of game stores here in Portland. She also does custom work for costuming/cosplay, makes armor for SCA members, and has done repairs on vintage and modern chainmaille pieces. Katrina makes her own bright aluminum and stainless steel rings, and buys her color rings from The Ring Lord web page. For the rings she makes she spins the wire on metal rods, and then cuts them with aviation snips. This gives a clean cut, so long as she keeps them sharp. She has made everything from dice bags and jewelry to game boards, balls and even a tailcoat with working buttons and buttonholes!

Corvid Designwerks has been Clark Young’s omnibus name for all of his various little crafteries. He crafts leather, carpenter wood, welds and solder metal, carves stone, short-circuits electronics, stitches threads, draws pretty pictures, bolts bolts, finishes surfaces, prints words and any number of other little techs and tricks. He decided long ago that he wanted to always be able to look at an object, dissect how it was built and then be able to make it himself. To that end, he’s read, built, tinkered, destroyed, rebuilt, disassembled, redesigned, reread, rethought and then reconceived with every little tool and material that he could get his hands on.

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