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Visual, Wearable, and Culinary Arts to Star at Fifth Annual ArtFull Gifts Holiday Show, Nov. 22-24

Posted Nov. 15, 2013, at 9:55 a.m.
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Friday, November 22 to Sunday, November 24, 2013; 5 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: Point Lookout, Route 1, Northport, ME 04849

Contact: Randy Fein; 207-763-3433

Website: artfullgifts.com

The ArtFull Gifts Holiday Show, held in the heart of the Midcoast at Northport’s Point Lookout November 22, 23, and 24, has become the go-to place to find exceptional Maine-crafted gifts and get a head start on holiday shopping.

Now in its fifth year, the show will feature 50 talented exhibitors who create imaginative visual art such as paintings and pottery to enhance the home; wearable art such as jewelry and clothing to adorn the body; and edible artisanal creations like maple syrup and chocolates to delight the palate.

A Gala Preview Party kicks off the show on Friday evening, November 22, at 5 p.m. Admission includes a delicious array of complimentary gourmet tastings provided by the show’s artisan food exhibitors as well as select area restaurants. Guests are invited to shop in the warm ambiance of Point Lookout Resort’s Erickson Hall while enjoying a cocktail from the cash bar and listening to the smooth jazz sounds of Shades of Blue’s Chris Poulin and Julianne Gardner.

The show continues through the weekend with craft demonstrations and more holiday shopping. Admission, which benefits Coastal Mountains Land Trust, is $10 for the Friday evening gala, and $3 on Saturday and Sunday. Show hours are as follows: Friday, Nov. 22, 5–8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 23 and 24, 10 a.m –4 p.m.

Crafting demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday are a new addition this year. Show-goers can learn about the Native American technique of porcupine-quill decorating and watch and visit with a dozen women practicing the traditional art of spinning wool into yarn. Other demonstrations will include the preparation of dulse seaweed for use in bath and beauty products; shaping and blocking handmade hats; and “temari,” the 1,000-year-old Japanese art of creating intricately patterned thread balls for use as toys or as decorative elements. In contrast to the demonstrations on traditional arts, there will be demonstrations of 3D printing throughout the weekend as well. For a full schedule of demonstrations, visit facebook.com/ArtfullGifts.

A highlight of visiting the ArtFull Gifts Show is the opportunity to learn the “back story” of individual pieces.

Show founder Randy Fein, who will also be exhibiting her ceramic work, explains, “Shoppers tell us they return every year not only because of the high quality of what’s offered but also because they especially enjoy meeting the creators of the things they are purchasing, and learning about the inspiration and techniques that went into each piece. The annual ArtFull Gifts show is really all about the fact that our exhibitors are small business entrepreneurs making unique clothing and accessories, visual and functional art, and fine edible products which visitors can purchase directly from the people who made them.”

The 50 hand-selected exhibitors will offer a wide array of items, including handmade jewelry in gold, silver, and mixed media; hand-woven natural-fiber clothing and accessories; porcelain and stoneware pottery; handcrafted furniture; sculpture in stone, clay, and metal; artist-designed leather bags; lathe-turned wooden bowls; wild-crafted beauty products; hand-blown glassware; hand-pulled prints, watercolor paintings, and photography; olive oils, vinegars, locally made cheeses, handmade chocolates, and so much more. A full list of exhibitors can be found at ArtFullGifts.com

At the Friday evening gala, complimentary nibbles and treats will be provided by some of Maine’s finest purveyors: Atlantic Baking Company, Bleu Beret, Ducktrap River of Maine, Eat More Cheese, Belfast Co-op, Gelato Fiasco, Rollie’s Bar & Grill, State of Maine Cheese Co., Thorndike Creamery, and the chefs of The Inn at Sunrise Point and Point Lookout. Additional food artisans who will also be exhibiting all weekend are Bixby & Co. Chocolates, Fiore Artisan Olive Oils and Vinegars, Maine Gold Maple Syrup, Oyster Creek Mushrooms, and Safe Harbor Confections.

Visit www.ArtfullGifts.com or facebook.com/ArtfullGifts for more information; or email info@artfullgifts.com.

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