The count down has begun: only three weeks remain to plunder the treasures at localpatron, which sets up shop only once a year! This year, the cheerful Valencia street storefront will remain open until January 21. Whether you are an artist, a collector or appreciator of artsy and creative things, localpatron has lots to fawn over.

Technically, localpatron is comprised of two aspects: the annual shop and the self-service web site. Together, these components embody founder Sybil Tate's vision of providing an outlet and means for local artists to not only sell their works, but to reach out and form relationships with the community. -- Jialin Luh