‘Artfull Gifts’ adds authors, food purveyors
Northport — The 2012 “Artfull Gifts” holiday show will take place Friday through Sunday, Nov. 16 through 18 at Point Lookout Resort on Route 1, overlooking Penobscot Bay. In addition to showcasing the work of 50 exceptional artists and artisans from all over Maine and New Hampshire, this year’s festive marketplace also will give attendees the chance to sample the delectable products of local food purveyors and meet several prominent Maine authors. Again this year, admission fees will benefit Coastal Mountain Land Trust.
The artisans, who were invited to participate based on the premier quality of their work, will be offering a wide selection of jewelry in many media, pottery, hand-crafted wooden furniture, fine art prints, drawings, mixed media paintings, quilts, sculpture (stone, metal and clay), photography, wearable textiles, Maine-made candles, stained glass, floral art and bird carvings.
For the first time this year, “ArtfullGifts” also will shine a spotlight on local authors, who will give informal readings and be happy to autograph their books with personal inscriptions. Participating authors will include novelists Vicki Doudera and Elizabeth Hand.
A Cocktail Gala Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. will kick off the weekend and provide the first opportunity to meet the vendors and make selections from their full array of merchandise. Adding to the atmosphere will be live jazz by Chris Poulin’s Shades of Blue, a cash bar and complimentary nibbles provided by Crazy Dick’s Cajun Foods, Fiore, Oyster Creek Mushrooms, Atlantic Bakery, Belfast Coop, Ducktrap Seafoods, Fresh Restaurant, Gelato Fiasco, State of Maine Cheese and Thorndike Creamery, as well as many other treats from select fine Maine food purveyors. Friday night admission is $10.
The show will continue Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 17 and 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Admission on Saturday and Sunday is $3.
“We are so pleased to provide this opportunity to shop for unique gifts, all finely hand-crafted by New England artists,” said show director Randy Fein of Lincolnville, who also will exhibit her ceramic pieces. “And we are very excited to include some of our outstanding local authors and food purveyors this year for the first time”
Fein noted that “ArtfullGifts” offers a distinctive way to support the local creative economy. Point Lookout Resort is located half-way between Camden and Belfast. For a full list of artists, food artisans and authors, visit artfullgifts.com or the Facebook page; or contact Fein at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Midcoast exhibitors in “ArtFull Gifts” include: from Belfast, Joseph Barberio, Dan Bennett, Charles Laurier Dufour and Patrick Roy; from Camden, Maggie and Pete Adams, Maggie Blue/Magpie Creative, Gary Dow, Penny Gentle, Chris McLarty and Debra Thuss/ Stardancer; from Freedom, Katenia Keller; from Lincolnville, Randy Fein; Northport, Erwin Flewelling and Maureen O’Keefe; from Owls Head, Nancy Lee Lovley; from Prospect, Janelle Delicata; from Rockland, Lori Lacey/Lori Lacey Designs, Janice Ritchie and Kitty Smith/Kitty Smith Designs; from Rockport, Janet Moller/ Dancing Stone Jewelry; from Stockton Springs, Asha Fenn; from Union, Patricia McDonald/Patzbag and Jamie Metcalfe/Union Stone; from Washington, James Kearney; and from West Rockport, Linda Leach and Sandy Clement/The Maine Lights Collection.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or email@example.com.