Harbor Arts & Book Fair is a summer tradition

By Susan Mustapich | Jul 16, 2018
Photo by: Susan Mustapich The tents of the Harbor Arts & Book Fair July 14 and 15 surrounded the Camden Public Library building atop a hill overlooking the park and harbor.

CAMDEN — The annual summer Harbor Arts & Books Fair at the Camden Public Library was the central attraction in a bustling downtown Camden, July 14 and 15.

This year, 90 exhibitors at the juried arts event featured works in watercolor, oil, acrylics and pastels, photography, sculpture and mixed media. Harbor Arts is also known for showcasing handcrafted pottery, glass, woodcrafts, jewelry, furniture, handwoven sweaters and handmade quilts.

Harbor Arts & Books is a major fundraiser for the Camden Public Library, according to Jenni Parmalee, who is responsible for the Library's marketing and development.

"The summer and fall events, including the fairs' book sales, raise between five and 10 percent of the funds needed for annual operating expenses," she said.

"Harbor Arts & Books, along with the ongoing book sales throughout the year, speak to the remarkable strength of volunteer efforts for the library," Parmalee noted. "It's a wonderful story of community support."

This year, key business sponsors for summer Harbor Arts & Book Fair were the Reny Charitable Foundation, with added support from Camden Riverhouse Hotel & Inns.

The library also hosts Harbor Arts in the fall, which will take place Sept. 29-30.

Volunteers and local businesses are key supporters of the Camden Public Library's summer Harbor Arts & Book Fair. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Shade, benches and a sea breeze were perfect additions to the juried art and craft show, Harbor Arts, hosted by the Camden Public Library July 14 and 15. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
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