‘Artfull Gifts’ weekend at Point Lookout

Nov 13, 2013
Belfast jeweler Dan Bennett will bring his Fiddlehead designs to this year’s “Artfull Gifts.”

Northport — The annual “ArtFull Gifts” holiday show will be held in the heart of the Midcoast, i.e., Point Lookout, off Route 1. The go-to event for exceptional Maine-crafted gifts will open with a 5 to 8 p.m. reception Friday, Nov. 22; and continue Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 23 and 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Now in its fifth year, the show will feature 50 talented exhibitors who create imaginative visual art such as paintings and pottery to enhance the home; wearable art such as jewelry and clothing to adorn the body; and edible artisanal creations including maple syrup and chocolates to delight the palate.

Admission to Friday night’s gala preview party is $10 and includes a delicious array of complimentary gourmet tastings provided by the show’s artisan food exhibitors, as well as select local restaurants. Guests are invited to shop in the warm ambiance of Point Lookout Resort’s Erickson Hall while enjoying a cocktail from the cash bar and listening to the smooth jazz sounds of Shades of Blue’s Chris Poulin and Julianne Gardner.

The show continues through the weekend with craft demonstrations and more holiday shopping. Admission Saturday and Sunday is $3 and benefits Coastal Mountains Land Trust. The crafting demonstrations are a new addition this year. Show-goers can learn about the Native American technique of porcupine-quill decorating and watch and visit a dozen women practicing the traditional art of spinning wool into yarn.

Other demonstrations will include the preparation of dulse seaweed for use in bath and beauty products; shaping and blocking handmade hats; and temari, the 1,000-year-old Japanese art of creating intricately patterned thread balls for use as toys or as decorative elements. For a full schedule of demonstrations, visit the event’s Facebook page.

A highlight of visiting the ArtFull Gifts Show is the opportunity to learn the “back story” of individual pieces from the artists and artisans themselves including show founder Randy Fein, who will be exhibiting her ceramic work.

“The annual ‘ArtFull Gifts’ show is really all about the fact that our exhibitors are small business entrepreneurs making unique clothing and accessories, visual and functional art, and fine edible products which visitors can purchase directly from the people who made them,” Fein said.

Midcoast exhibitors include Maggie Adams, Gary Dow, Penny Gentle, Peter Jones, Chris McLarty, Austin P. Smith and Debra Thuss of Camden; Sandy Clement and Linda Leach of West Rockport; Janet Moller of Rockport; Lori Lacey and Claire Weinberg of Rockland; Randy Fein of Lincolnville; Erwin Flewellen and Maureen O'Keefe of Northport; Joe Barberio, Dan Bennett and Jared Grant of Belfast; Priscilla Wentworth of Searsport; Sister Bette Edl of Stockton Springs; and Megan Cafferata of Matinicus.

The hand-selected exhibitors will offer a wide array of items including handmade jewelry in gold, silver and mixed media; hand-woven natural-fiber clothing and accessories; porcelain and stoneware pottery; handcrafted furniture; sculpture in stone, clay and metal; artist-designed leather bags; lathe-turned wooden bowls; wild-crafted beauty products; hand-blown glassware; hand-pulled prints, watercolor paintings and photography; olive oils, vinegars, locally made cheeses, handmade chocolates and more. A full list of exhibitors can be found at ArtFullGifts.com.

At the Friday evening gala, complimentary nibbles and treats will be provided by Atlantic Baking Company, Bleu Beret, Ducktrap River of Maine, Eat More Cheese, Belfast Co-op, Gelato Fiasco, Rollie’s Bar & Grill, State of Maine Cheese Co., Thorndike Creamery and the chefs of the Inn at Sunrise Point and Point Lookout. Food artisans who will be exhibiting all weekend are Bixby & Co. Chocolates, Fiore Artisan Olive Oils and Vinegars, Maine Gold Maple Syrup, Oyster Creek Mushrooms and Safe Harbor Confections.

For more information, email info@artfullgifts.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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