Designing Women, a nonprofit volunteer corporation that works directly with organizations that benefit women and girls in local communities, will hold its second Midcoast fine art and craft show Saturday, Sept. 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 55 Elm St./Route 1.

This show is the group’s sole event in the Midcoast region. Some of the featured craftspeople will include Joelle Leavitt Webber of Mermaid Bindery, K. Dale Turdo, Wendilee Heath O’Brien and Mary Ann Small of Rockland’s Maine Island Rag Rugs. Items available for purchase will include pottery, paintings, stationary, silver jewelry, glass, porcelain and sculptures.

Designing Women was established in 1991. Its current membership of female designers and artists now exceeds 120, with most of the artists hailing from Maine and New Hampshire. In addition to providing unique, handmade creations to the public, Designing Women collaborates with nonprofits to raise funds for programs that directly benefit women and girls. At the Sept. 4 show, 100 percent of the suggested $2 door donation will go to New Hope for Women. Each donor also will be entered into a drawing to win select prizes provided by Maine businesses.

New Hope for Women, which will mark its 30th anniversary next year, offers assistance to all persons affected by domestic and dating violence in Lincoln, Knox and Waldo counties. It provides a 24-hour crisis hotline, support groups, legal services, safe homes and transitional housing, school programs, community outreach and workplace training.  New Hope also operates Time for Change, a certified batterer intervention program.

Staff and volunteers from New Hope will be serving lunch beginning at 11 a.m. Menu items include homemade chili and chicken salad, bagels, desserts, coffee and water. Information about New Hope’s programs and services will be available.

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