Artists from near and far assemble for weekend craft show

Hundreds of crafty creators plan to display their artwork and antique treasures at the 27th annual Craft and Antique show this week.

The annual affair will begin on Thursday, October 13 and will last until Saturday, October 15 at the Northwest Washington Fair and Event Center in Lynden. The event is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Friday night will feature a $100 shopping giveaway at 7 p.m.

“To me, it just has a really nice, cozy feel,” said Blaine artist Peggy Cook about the event. She’s participated off and on since it started, she said.


Peggy Cook’s painting titled “Purple Fan Flowers.” Photo courtesy of Peggy Cook.

Cook describes her work as whimsical, colorful, contemporary and, at times, humorous. Her pieces often include portraits of boisterous felines, elegant mermaids or vining flowers – and the list goes on. One look at her collection and it’s clear she likes bold colors.

“It’s gray a lot of the time,” she said. “It’s nice to have color on your wall.”

Cook’s work will be among the many on display during the event, including a few more familiar faces from Blaine. Barb McAllister’s Wood-n-Stitches, Sherry Nelson’s Cottage Creations, Sharon Swanson’s Swanson Glass Studio, Melissa Van Datta’s Rustic Cottage Home & Garden Décor and Christine Wekking’s Le Gourmet Girl and more also plan to attend.

Other booths will feature handcrafted clothing, seasonal home decorations, antique artwork and food from Jake’s Western Grill and espresso from Kathy’s Coffee.

The event costs $6. Individuals over the age of 60 get a dollar off and those under 12 get in for free. Parking is free as well.

To learn more, visit Peggy Cook’s Whimsical Artwork collection can be found at

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