Crafts sale benefit in Northport

Posted Nov. 06, 2010, at 6:12 p.m.
Last modified Dec. 10, 2010, at 6:12 p.m.

NORTHPORT — For one weekend in November, Point Lookout will be stuffed with sea glass and beach stone jewelry, stoneware pottery, fiber art and much more for Art-Full Gifts, an invitational show for New England-made fine art and crafts.

“Art-Full Gifts exhibitors are Maine’s creative economy at work,” said organizer Randy Fein. “There’s so much stuff made in China these days, it’s fantastic that you can still meet and purchase work directly from the maker.”

Waldo and Knox county artists featured in the show include jeweler Dan Bennett of Belfast, silversmith Mary Jane Doubleday of Hope, bird carver Erwin Flewelling of Northport and potter Janel Spencer-Hagy of Rockland.

Fein, a ceramic sculpture artist, singled out the jewelry for a little extra recognition.

“The show features a wide variety of jewelers,” she said. “The variety in the designs is absolutely mind-boggling.”

Some of the work will be done in “repurposed materials” including stones, sliced Maine tourmaline, sea glass and more.

The show began in 2007, with a month’s worth of displays in a Camden storefront during December.

“It was a huge success, but it was a flash in the pan,” Fein said.

Wanting to keep the momentum going, she searched for a venue for the community to purchase local handmade objects for the holidays and settled on Point Lookout.

“It’s the perfect place to do a repeatable event that the community and exhibitors can depend on year after year,” she said. “Here in the midcoast, we have a supportive community that appreciates a high-quality holiday show.”

The admission collected at the door will be used to support Coastal Mountains Land Trust and United Mid-Coast Charities.

Rusty Brace, the president of United Mid-Coast Charities, said that the show is providing his organization with a good opportunity.

“[We’re] grateful for the opportunity to participate and benefit from the talents of Maine artists,” he said in a press release.

Fein said that she chose to support the land trust because the nonprofit group helps protect Maine’s open spaces.

“Without conservation, artists would no longer be inspired by endless nonpopulated views and miles of thickly wooded trails,” she explained. “Art-Full Gifts is pleased to assist one of the land trust’s missions of providing opportunities for the public to access and explore natural places.”

The invitational craft and art show Art-Full Gifts will be held 5-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19; and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 20-21, at Point Lookout, 67 Atlantic Highway. Admission Friday is $10 and will feature live jazz guitar and a cash bar. Weekend admission is $3.

For more information, visit www.artfullgifts.com.

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