These days, it seems like everyone is a self-proclaimed artist or artist in the making. But who’s any good? One indication is the selection made by BAM for its 64th annual artsfair, which will feature 300-plus Northwest artists exhibiting and vending their jewelry, sculpture, and painting. Among them is Seattle’s Matthew Allison, whose portfolio includes earthy ceramic vessels that evoke the natural beauty of the Northwest. One piece is covered in rainy drizzles of white paint; another brings to mind a craggy mountainside. Even if you’re just looking for inspiration (or sizing up your competition), activities abound for all ages. There will be glass blowing demonstrations, hands-on art projects for the kids, music, a giant chalk mural created over the weekend by Brian Major, plus food and a stage offering short dance and theater pieces. (Museum admission is also free during the fest, which extends over to Bellevue Square.) CELINA KAREIVA

Fri., July 23, 9:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sat., July 24, 9:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sun., July 25, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m., 2010

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