The inaugural “Artfull Gifts” fine arts and crafts weekend was held Nov. 20 through 22 at Point Lookout. Midcoast area shoppers purchased distinctive work from 40 of Maine’s finest artists and artisans. ArtFull Gifts organizers, Randy Fein and Susan Pierce, are sharing the success of their first holiday show with two local community organizations, United Mid-Coast Charities and Coastal Mountains Land Trust.

Volunteers from both organizations helped make the show a huge success. The show’s entry fee generated the funds being donated. “ArtFull Gifts” chose to support Coastal Mountains Land Trust and United Mid-Coast Charities because their work supports a variety of key needs in the Midcoast area, said artist and show director Fein.

“CMLT helps protect our precious open space here in Midcoast Maine. Without conservation, artists and the folks of our community would no longer have the inspiration of endless views, with pristine natural places to explore. In addition, I’m so pleased that UMCC was part of this community event. They do so much to make the holiday season much brighter for many people in the Midcoast area,” Fein said.

Rusty Brace, director of UMCC, said the value of the donation would fund such services as two Waldo County Home Healthcare Registered Nurse visits and seven Home Health Aid visits to a hospice patient to improve pain management. UMCC is dedicated to the support of Midcoast Maine charities that provide social services and care to the most deserving, including medical, physical, social, psychiatric or community educational services.

Kristen Lindquist, Development Director for CMLT, said the organization is grateful for the gift. The significant donation from “Artfull Gifts” will directly support a tangible need in its conservation work such as trail building materials and a trailhead kiosk for a new preserve.

“We are currently working on several new trail projects on preserves in the Belfast area, as well as on Ragged Mountain,” she said.

“ArtFull Gifts” began as a one-month storefront show on Camden’s Main Street in December 2007. Fein searched to find a venue that was repeatable where the community could purchase local handmade objects and art for the holidays directly from the maker. She said she believes that the Midcoast represents a supportive community that appreciates a high quality holiday show and “Point Lookout in Northport is the perfect place to do an annual art event our community.”

“ArtFull Gifts” organizers are planning for a 2010 show, which will take place Nov. 19-21. For more information and an application to apply, contact Fein at feinarts@yahoo.com. For a list of 2009 exhibitors, visit artfullgifts.com.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.