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BANGOR — Designing Women will hold its annual craft show, one of the most popular shows of the holiday season, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Dyke Family Center, Husson University.

A suggested donation of $2 at the door will benefit Maine Centers for Women, Work and Community, the statewide comprehensive women’s education and economic development organization in Maine.

Designing Women is a group of artisans who showcase their members’ work throughout Maine. A local nonprofit agency, whose mission is to help women and families, is chosen to benefit from each Designing Women show.

Artisans Maryann Ingalls and Janice Jones are co-coordinators of the show.
For more than 30 years, Women, Work and Community, has helped more than 25,000 Maine women get jobs, build careers, start businesses and become leaders.

At the Designing Women show, WWC will offer refreshments and conduct a raffle for a basket filled with Designing Women donated items. Raffle tickets are $10.

Designing Women is no stranger to Women, Work and Community programs. The first Designing Women show was organized in part by a woman who had benefited from one of Women, Work and Community’s business training programs.

Two local Designing Women members recently completed a five-week class for existing business owners, Steps to Economic Security, at WWC in Bangor. The class was taught by WWC Regional Manager Jane Searles.

Suzan Scribner-Reed of Winterport saw the advertisement  for the class in the Bangor Daily News, called her friend and Designing Women colleague Pam Hitchcock of Winterport and said, “This class is what we need to take our businesses to the next level.”

After completing the class, Hitchcock said, “I gained confidence knowing I am doing the right things in my business — things I was doing intuitively — and the courage to look at things I had been avoiding.” She has been a part of the Designing Women shows for about five years.

Scribner-Reed has made art and jewelry of recycled paper and mixed media for 20 years.

Exhibitors taking part in the show are Susan Blaisdell, handwoven clothing and accessories; Jennifer Coakley, needle-woven tapestry necklaces, knit beaded pendant bags; Stephanie Crossman, fishnet bags; Gabriella D’Italia, quilts, pillows, bags; Sister Bette Edl, one-of-a-kind handwoven wearables, accessories; Natalie Ann Gardner, pottery; Christina Heiniger, puppets, cards, paintings; Susan Hellier, block-printed clothing, homewares, 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, note cards, books, framed pieces; Janice Jones, handwoven clothing and accessories; Jennifer Kovach, natural herbal body products; Beverly Lamoureux, lamp-work glass buttons, bottles and beads; Pam LeBlanc, original handmade bags using vintage and new fabrics; Janet Lockhart, stained glass; Ginger Manna, handbags and hats, jewelry made from contemporary and vintage fabrics, beads, notions; Linden O’Ryan, watercolors, papers, writings; Kari Prichard, handfelted items; Mary K Spencer, functional stoneware pottery hand-painted with floral designs; Sandy Spiller, handmade felt slippers, wraps, scarves; Barbara Walch hand-built stoneware pottery.

For information, visit www.designingwomen.org/Bangor.html.
For information about Women, Work and Community, call 262-7840 or visit www.womenworkandcommunity.org.

The Designing Women show on Saturday, Nov. 7, at Husson University in Bangor will feature fine craft items such as these chickadee earrings, a product of Wild Ivy Designs.