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4th Annual Holiday Artisan Faire OPEN

December 14 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm

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An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Sunday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until December 23, 2018

The 4th Annual Artisan Faire at the Woodman Museum will feature the work of approximately forty fine artists and craftsmen from throughout New England. All of the work is handcrafted with styles ranging from traditional to contemporary. The range of mediums is diverse and will include painting, printmaking, ceramics, woodworking, textiles, basketry, glass, and metalsmithing.

The show will be installed in the Thom Hindle Gallery of the 1825 Keefe House on the campus of the Woodman Museum. The elegant setting provides a special shopping experience and highlights the beauty of the artwork.

Elena M. Sarni of Pine Tree Pop-Up is curating the show for the second year. Her background as a curator and art journalist has enabled her to build an amazing roster of artists and craftspeople. There will be a mix of returning artists from last year, as well as the addition of several new artists. Some of the returning artists include crowd favorites such as painter Susan Hanna of SEH Studios; pastel artist Wolfgang Ertl; shaker style woodworker Mark Jacobs of Jacobs Woodworking; birch-inspired potter Hilary Rousselle; and printer of textiles and paper goods Eliza Jane Curtis of Morris and Essex. New artists include award-winning jeweler Kate Mess; the pottery duo of Turin & Turin Clayworks; reduction linocutter Sherrie York; and designer of hand-printed textiles Susana McDonnell of LinoCave. There is truly something for everyone and a range of price points.

The show will be open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. beginning November 23 (Plaid Friday) through December 23. Join us at the Woodman to support the museum, regional artists, and to select unique holiday gifts.


Demonstrations will take place at the Keefe House on Woodman’s campus (15 Summer Street; on-street parking available). Demonstrations are free and open to the public. Sign-ups are not required. Demos are weather-dependent.

The schedule is as follows:
Saturday, November 24 Kathy Polletto of Kennebunk Basketry of Kennebunk, ME has been making baskets for over thirty-five years. She will give a demonstration on basket weaving, including showing how she makes her signature hand-pounded ash reindeer ornaments.

Saturday, December 1 Susan Hanna of SEH Studios of Dover, NH is an award-winning painter. She will be painting a landscape scene from a photo on her preferred substrate of copper-clad panel. The painting will be for sale at the end of the demonstration!

Saturday, December 8 Ceramic artist and plant enthusiast Dina Andretta of the NH Seacoast will demonstrate some of the handbuilding techniques that she uses to create her unique boat and building-inspired planters.

Saturday, December 15 Celebrated illustrator Abigail Halpin of Maine will be showing how she takes her own original illustrations and uses illustration, painting, and embroidery to create one-of-a-kind pieces.

Saturday, December 22 Experienced metalsmith and teacher Ann Thompson of Biddeford, ME will be demonstrating tube riveting and other “cold” connection techniques, which allow for connecting materials without heat. Tube riveting can be used effectively to make beads and even holiday ornaments.

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