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The Armory Holiday Bazaar

Posted 28 November 2017

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Sunday, December 10 | 12 — 6 p.m. | Free!

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 cocoa, hot apple cider, liqueur tastings from Eastside Distilling (for the 21+ crowd!) and live music. Everyone who attends the bazaar will have the chance to enter to win a pair of VIP ticket vouchers to any regular show in the 2017-2018 season, and a $50 gift card to a nearby restaurant in the Pearl. 

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. The Quadraphones
1:20 p.m. Wilson High School WAVE Choir
2:00 p.m. Twist Your Dickens & A Christmas Memory and Winter Song performances
3:30 p.m. BelloVoci
5:00 p.m. 300 Watts Trio
6:00 p.m. Bazaar concludes
7:30 p.m. Twist Your Dickens & A Christmas Memory and Winter Song performances
7:30 p.m. Movie Night at The Armory: The Night Before


12 p.m. - The Quadraphones These strong, talented, ladies break the boundaries of the saxophone quartet with their mighty chops, tantalizing grooves, soaring solos and dynamic vocals. Covering a variety of musical styles from jazz-funk-pop, to avant-garde, gypsy-punk and classical, the quads put on a great show. Celebrating their 8th year together, they have released a second album, Get the Funk Out! The Quadraphonnes will blow you away.

1:20 p.m. - Wilson High School WAVE Choir

3:30 p.m. - BelloVoci is a musical blending of three male voices for a musical expierence that is breathtakingly beautiful.

5 p.m. - 300 Watts Trio is a string trio comprised of siblings ages 17, 15, and 13, who love to create and share music. They especially enjoy the holiday season because it gives them the opportunity to share some of their own arrangements of holiday favorites. Find out more at


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.

Connie LaValley got her love of arting and crafting as a young girl from her Mother. They spent hours at a worktable in the basement experimenting and exploring with all sorts of unexpected materials. Her current passion is repurposing discarded pieces of microfiche into jewelry, which she sells through her Etsy shop, UpcycleDown. Images from publications such as Life, Rolling Stone and Vogue Magazines are used to create unique necklaces and earrings. Originally from New York, Connie has been happily living in Portland since 2011 with her husband and two daughters. Connie is the Sponsorship Program Manager for Portland Streetcar by day and a treasure hunter searching through rolls of microfilm by night. Microfiche. It's not just for libraries anymore!

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.

East Cooper Street was born from the idea of making beautiful handmade jewelry as gifts for the women in my life. Each piece is cut by laser, hand sanded, oiled, then shellacked to bring out the wood’s natural beauty. As a native Oregonian, creator Richard Estes credits his connection to nature for inspiring these beautiful pieces of wearable nature.

Eastside Distilling has been producing high-quality, master-crafted spirits in Southeast Portland’s Distillery Row since 2008. The holidays are upon us once again, so we’re bringing back our limited edition Holiday Liqueurs to help you celebrate the season! Your favorite flavors are all here, Holiday Spiced Liqueur, Peppermint Bark Liqueur and Egg Nog “Advocaat” Liqueur. A limited number of bottles are available, so make sure to grab yours at the Bazaar. Find out more about their locally-produced spirits here:

was started by cancer survivor and mother, Lee Rhodes. It began when the light of a candle in a hand-blown glass gave her hope. This hope helped her heal from cancer three times. She was inspired to create a business devoted to giving hope, beauty and kindness to help others heal. We hand blow glass votives in a variety of colors for people who love to give kindness. 10% from the sale of each votive gets donated to charity which has helped us give 7 million dollars back. We will be donating 10% of sales from the Holiday Bazaar to Portland Center Stage at The Armory.

Heidi Andrus is a holistic skincare practitioner who, after many years in the biz, wanted to offer a skin and body care line she believes in. There's a balance between natural and effective which she has produced. Her line is result oriented without all the junk you can't even pronounce. Along with her crafted skincare she offers all things esthetic, including but not limited to, one of a kind jewelry.

James Tait is a scenic and textile designer from New Orleans and currently based out of Portland, Oregon. Having been raised by a cabinetmaker and a textile artist, Jamie's aesthetic sensibilities have always been rooted in the material, the tangible. The products of Jamie's work are that of his hand. This consideration and diligence lend to the inherent beauty and quality they possess. For the Holiday Bazaar he has created a collection of small household items and assemblages- all focused on the relationships between geometric forms. Some are very practical such as candlestick holders and small tables- while other pieces are purely studies in the conversations between forms. 

Jennifer Kapnek is an artist from Portland, Oregon. She uses layers of acrylic paint on wood alongside natural and recycled elements to reflect concepts of history, endurance, and preservation. Her eco-modern paintings are serene, color drenched environments.

Julio Maxwell has been with The Armory for the last 11 years in the wardrobe and hair department. As a method of relaxation, Julio started producing jewelry four 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 Armory Holiday Bazaar!

Kevin Poest is a woodworker in Portland, OR specializing creating beautiful hand-crafted pieces using discarded local urban trees. When approaching a tree, Poest seeks particular cuts of wood that are otherwise unavailable and each piece echoes a deep respect and appreciation felt for the life of the tree from which it originated. Combining beauty and function, grain patterns are captured while showcasing irregularities, natural voids and live edges.

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, reusable sandwich bags, insulated lunch totes, makeup bags; and upcycled vintage cloth napkins. Her favorite materials include vintage rice and sugar sacks her grandmother's saved from the 1940s and 1950s and Japanese fabrics - many of which she shopped for in fabric markets in Kyoto, Sendai, and Yokohama.

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 The Armory through her niece and has been an audience and community supporter. Clara Hillier, Education Program Coordinator for Portland Center Stage at The Armory, is her niece!

Nathan Crosby is a carpenter at The Armory and an actor in the local Portland community, but has been making things out of wood since he was 7 years old. He is an artisan wood turner and sculptor specializing in pens, tap handles, lamps and benches. Everything is locally sourced with an emphasizes on a rustic take on modern life in the Pacific Northwest.

Rachel Peterson Schmerge is a professional maker who currently works as the Lead Props Artisan at The Armory. With a background in sculpture, she enjoys using a variety of media in her artistic practice. Most recently, she has been experimenting with fiber arts and designed a series of Oregon-inspired ornaments. Using Pendleton wool, a hometown favorite, Schmerge crafts a variety of hand-stitched ornaments, as well as stockings and garland.

Sharonlee McLean knits outerwear accessories: hats, caps, bagged hats, horned hats, cowls, neckwarmers, scarfs, wraps and fingerless gloves. Originally from Los Angeles, she makes her living as an actor in film, television and live theater. Most recently seen on stage in Our Town, McLean has performed at Portland Center Stage at The Armory since 1995. She learned her knitting skills from fabulous crew members backstage during the five years she performed in the The Christmas Carol over 10 years ago. With her own original style of knitting, her high quality knits utilize unlikely color palettes to create something uniquely special.

Sigil Candles are handmade from the finest ingredients available and have a burn time that allows them to significantly outlast the finest boutique candles. Our handcrafted scents are unique, and the scent throw is unmatched. A zero carbon footprint company, Sigil is committed to making the highest quality, locally sourced candles in the city of Portland.

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, we do it all. We 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. Their wares can also be found at theColumbia Mermaid and The Fussy Duck in Salem, OR, as well as SCA events and local renaissance fairs.

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