Friday night gala is $10; Saturday and Sunday show days $3

Cheap Dates: Artfull Gifts gala opening party at Point Lookout this weekend

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 2:00pm

Story Location:
67 Atlantic Highway
Northport, ME 04849
United States

    NORTHPORT — I’m always urging my readers to “shop locally” and support our fellow artists in the area (because no one really needs another cheap cell phone plastic cover from a big box store). This weekend, the ArtFull Gifts Holiday Show at Point Lookout combines artistic, cool, handcrafted items with live jazz by Shades of Blue and tastings from area restaurants and artisanal food purveyors. During the show Saturday and Sunday, there will be craft-making demonstrations all day.

    It fits all the criteria of a Cheap Date!

    The inside scoop from the organizers is that of the 50 exhibitors, some of the not-to-miss booths include: “Luksin Designs’ sexy, stylish natural-fiber clothing women’s apparel and accessories created by Maine designer Daria Norvlaan. (Remember our feature on her? Click: A stitcher with an attitude.)  Another booth not to miss will be Shelby Robben Millinery, where handmade women’s hats and fascinators will be hard to resist. And Lucy Kent Smith’s Pop a Clutch purses are sure to complete a special look.

    At Herbal Revolution’s booth, show-goers will find organic herbal tinctures, elixirs, oils and other body products carefully formulated by Kathi Langelier. Shoppers looking for some holiday sparkle will find it at the Goose Pond booth, where Susan Pine will offer ornaments and jewelry she creates by acid-etching silver- and gold-plated metal.

    Photographer Alec Hartman will have just the thing for holiday correspondence and gift giving: notecards and prints of his inspiring images of nature and landscapes. Maine Woods Yarn and Fiber is the booth for fiber artists who appreciate fine yarns and wool rovings, many of them hand-painted by proprietor Arlyne Wenzowitz.

    Everyone will be intrigued by demonstrations at the 3D Micro Factory booth, where a state-of-the-art 3-D printer will be operating all weekend. The two-day show will also feature demonstrations of weaving, hat making, porcupine-quill art, using dulse in bath and beauty products, making intricate Japanese thread balls and spinning fleece into yarn.

    A full list of the exhibitors can be found here.

    The Gala Friday, Nov. 22, is from 5 to 8 p.m. and the show is Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 23- 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission proceeds benefit Coastal Mountains Land Trust.

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