Beautiful creations by 80 artists and artisans from around the northeast will be featured at the 2016 Summer Arts and Books Fair, sponsored by the Camden Public Library.

The admission-free, family-friendly juried art show runs Saturday, July 16, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, July 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Exhibitors will have booths in the Camden Library Amphitheatre, along Atlantic Avenue, and in Harbor Park, overlooking scenic Camden Harbor.

There will be arts and crafts covering a wide range including paintings in a variety of media from watercolors, pastels and acrylics to oils. Color and black-and-white photographs will be on sale, as will be handcrafted pottery, glass creations, jewelry in a wide variety of styles, woodcrafts and furniture. Fiber artists will offer a selection of hand-woven sweaters, knitted wear and more.

Originally begun as the Carol Sebold Arts & Crafts show, the juried show was hosted annually by the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce for several years and by the C-R-L Chamber of Commerce for years before that. The library will carry on the tradition of excellent juried arts, with added festive flavor and emphasis on quality and publicity.

This year, strolling actors from the Camden Shakespeare Festival will present vignettes from Shakespeare’s “Tempest,” which they will be performing in the amphitheater during July and August. And a juggler will entertain one and all during the fair.

In addition, the library’s big July four-day book sale under the tent will open Thursday, July 14, and run through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; and conclude Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“This is a special weekend in Camden and at the library and one of the largest outdoor events in our town, “ said library director Nikki Maounis. “The library is pleased to host this community fair in our historic amphitheater and park and hope you will join us for Camden’s version of fun in the sun!”

To see representative works by the artists and artisans, visit the link on For more information about the fair, call the library at 236-3440.

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