May 27, 2018
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Bangor, Ellsworth shows offer wide array of arts and crafts

By Ardeana Hamlin, BDN Staff

The 15th Designing Women fine arts and crafts show will be held 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Dyke Center for Family Business at Husson College.

This show is eagerly anticipated each year as the holiday season approaches for its array of fine arts and crafts fashioned by Maine women artisans.

Admission is a $2, and the fee will benefit Women Work and Community, an agency committed to improving the economic lives of Maine women and their families who are in transition, and from diverse economic, educational and social backgrounds. Program areas include building a career, starting a business, managing money and building assets, and becoming a community leader. For more information about the agency, call 262-7840 or visit

Artisans who will take part in the Designing Women show are Susan Blaisdell, hand-woven clothing and accessories; Jennifer Coakley, needle-woven tapestry necklaces and knit beaded pendant bags; Stephanie Crossman, fishnet bags; Gabriella D’Italia, quilts, pillows, bags; Sister Bette Edl, one-of-a-kind hand-woven weara-bles and accessories; Natalie Ann Gardner, pottery; Christina Heiniger, puppets, cards and paintings; Susan Hellier, block-printed clothing, homewares and mixed-media collages; Kassie Hennessey, pottery; Michelle Henning, hand-formed lustrous porcelain jewelry; Pamela Hitchcock, handmade silver and gold jewelry; Maryann Ingalls, handmade paper creations, notecards, books, framed pieces; Janice Jones, hand-woven clothing and accessories; Jennifer Kovach, natural herbal body products; Beverly Lamoureux; lampwork glass buttons, bottles and beads; Pam LeBlanc, original designed and handmade bags using vintage and new fabrics; Janet Lock-hart, stained glass; Ginger Manna, handbags and hats, jewelry made from contemporary and vintage fabrics, beads, notions, etc.; Linden O’Ryan, watercolors, papers and writings; Kari Prichard, hand-felted items; Mary K. Spencer; stoneware functional pottery with hand-painted floral designs; Sandy Spiller, handmade felt slippers, wraps, scarves and more; and Barbara Walch, hand-built stoneware pottery.

Designing Women was begun in 1991 by a group of women artisans who wanted to give back to the community by supporting the work of women’s organizations.

The group sponsors yearly craft shows in Portland, Kennebunkport, Camden, Manchester, Freeport, Bar Harbor, Brunswick, Bangor and Portsmouth, N.H. Artisans who show their work in juried shows are chosen for the quality, uniqueness and fine craftsmanship of their products.

For more information regarding this Designing Women fine arts and crafts show, call Maryann Ingalls at 990-2403, or e-mail

Contact for more information about the organization.


Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, along comes the fourth annual The Gifted Hand Show 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday Nov. 13, and 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Holiday Inn in Ellsworth. Admission is $2. Children are admitted free of charge. A portion of the admission fee will be donated to Birdsacre, a sanctuary in Ellsworth where injured birds can be rehabilitated and severely injured birds can be cared for by volunteers.

At the show, visitors will find fine art; 11 jewelers who work in gold, silver, glass, beach stones, gems and beadwork; stained glass, leather, children’s items, wood items, digital prints, pottery, hand-woven items, women’s clothing, quilts, hand knits, holiday cards and ornaments, blown glass, stones, housewares, handmade soaps and lotions, blueberry products, gourmet chocolates, and jams and jellies.

Last year The Gifted Hand Show was listed on the Boston Globe Travel Blog as one of the top 10 winter craft shows in New England.

The event will feature more than 55 artisans, many of whom live in the Mount Desert Island, Blue Hill, Ellsworth and Bangor areas.

Musician Hawk Henries of Sullivan will serenade visitors with American Indian flute music.

Snacks and light meals will be available.

Volunteers are needed to help on the days of the show. To learn how to donate your time, call Christina Heiniger at 664-2404. For more information about the show and to see a roster of participating artists, visit

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