Coast Salish hosts second annual winter arts festival

Published on Wed, Dec 5, 2012 by Brandy Kiger

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The Lummi Gateway Center will continue its second annual Coast Salish Winter Festival arts and crafts market on Saturday, December 8 and 15. 

Handcrafted gifts and artwork will be available for sale by the artists during the festival at the Gateway Center’s location (exit 
260, off Slater Road).

The center boasts a collection of work from more than 65 tribal artists at the facility and, in addition to arts and crafts, locally-caught seafood is sold at the Schelangen Seafood Market, and is available at the Lummi Gateway Café.  

The micro-enterprise center was created to foster entrepreneurial opportunities for members of the Lummi Nation by providing mentorship, support services and the space to create. 

The Gateway Center offers space for business startups and intensive classes on creating business plans and marketing to help entrepreneurs find a way into the business world and succeed. “To be an entrepreneur in Lummi is a great opportunity and the first of its kind,” said Kim Goes Behind, owner of Tribal Images at the Gateway Center. “It’s a chance to share a little bit of our culture with folks.” 

The festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. A native youth fashion show will be held at 1 and 3 p.m. on December 8. The event is free and open to the public. For more info, visit lummigatewaycenter.com or call 360/306-8554.