Designing Women benefits New Hope

Aug 23, 2011
Woven works by Mary Ann Small of Maine Island Rag Rugs, Rockland, are featured at this year's Designing Women fine art and craft show in Camden.

Camden — Designing Women, a professional membership organization, will host a fine art and craft show Saturday, Sept. 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 55 Elm St./Route 1.

For the third consecutive year, Designing Women is collaborating with New Hope for Women to bring an outstanding craft show to the Midcoast. Designing Women was founded in 1991, and its mission is to showcase high quality arts and crafts by female artisans and benefit local, nonprofit service providers that support women and their families.

The offerings of Designing Women are juried, high-quality pieces, with items to fit all budgets. The range of items is huge and includes jewelry, sculpture, rugs, clothing, pottery and artwork.

This year's featured artists are Mary Ann Small of Rockland, who hand-weaves rugs that tell a story; Suzanne Anderson of Dedham, who creates colorful jewelry; and Karen Dale Turdo of Eastland, who sculpts museum-quality pieces in clay.

"The partnership of Designing Women with New Hope has been a positive joy. Each year, the event has a wonderful feel to it … and each year, I’ve been able to do about a third of my holiday shopping," said Glen E. Rainsley, former development director at New Hope and current volunteer.

New Hope for Women, now in its 30th year of working to end domestic and dating violence in Lincoln, Knox and Waldo counties, will offer a luncheon of chowder or chicken salad, bagel, and a beverage from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; desserts also will be available.  A suggested $2 donation entrance fee will benefit New Hope and also enter attendees in the drawing for a large Maine product prize basket.

There is ample parking and full handicapped accessibility at the church. For more information regarding the Designing Women show, contact Capestries at 785-4796 or visit designingwomen.org.

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

Suzanne Anderson's jewelry also is featured.
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