The Gifts For Giving holiday sale, hosted at Studio 53 in Boothbay Harbor, returns for three weekends this year. The event kicks off with a four-day weekend from Thursday, Nov. 19 through Sunday, Nov. 22; then come a pair of three-day weekends, Friday, Nov. 27 through Sunday, Nov. 29 and Friday, Dec. 4 through Sunday, Dec. 6. Hours each day are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. And, this being the year of COVID-19, people have the option of shopping by appointment. If this interests you, call Leslie Volpe 350-5901 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Under the unusual circumstances of this year, we've made a few adjustments to keep shoppers safe,” said Leslie Muir-Volpe, organizer and artist. “The gallery has a customer limit of eight patrons at a time. We will require masks as per the state mandate and ask shoppers to clean their hands upon entering the gallery.”
After a decade or more, shoppers know this show is a must go to find so many unique, imaginative, one-of-a-kind gifts each year, from coffee tables to stained glass, fiber art and textiles to mini-quilts and greeting cards. The Boothbay region attracts those blessed with an artistic nature.
The artists and artisans who make this peninsula home are gifted, and fun! Taking part in the 2020 Holiday Gifts For Giving are Elise Andersen, Andersen Studio: Hand-crafted artwork in ceramic, fiber, paintings and prints; Andre Benoit: Plein air painter, assemblist sculptor using repurposed wood; Linda Brewer: Ornaments – original designs for the home and tree; Jill Butke: Fiber artist/weaver – uniquely woven cotton and wool wearables; John Butke: Artist – paintings inspired by Maine landscapes' ever-changing colors and forms; Helen Farnham: Fine art and fabric artist; greeting cards, prints, oil and watercolor paintings; felt work: nuno felt and needle felt hats, scarves, unique creations; Jane Good/Cute as a Button: Vintage button jewelry; special orders available with your heirloom buttons; Ann Hedgecock: Artist and potter, high-fired stoneware and porcelain – functional, whimsical and sculptural; Richard MacDonald: Stained glass mirrors, lighting, gifts and more – studio open year round; Leslie Muir-Volpe: Fiber artist, miniature quilts, punch needle embroidery, unique fabric keepsakes; Sanny Norton: Jewelry and wall hangings assembled from beach findings, hand-painted tables; June Rose: Folk artist, poet, “Over the Top” hats all hand-made and one-of-a-kind; Becky Bean Smith: Christmas décor – live and everlasting wreaths and holiday pieces; Ursula Smith: Weaver, hand-woven textiles for the home; Tony van Hasselt, A.W.S.: Artist – original watercolors and prints of the local scene; Megan Viens: Paper art. kitschy handmade, one of a kind trinket boxes; Betsy Wing: Author, translator and visual artist specializing in fiction and monotype prints; Katy Winslow: Wood crafts – unique charcuterie boards, live edge river tables, benches and more; Jess Wrobel: Textiles and décor, handmade, vintage, primitive.
“This year it is even more important than ever to support each other and our community businesses,” said Muir-Volpe. “We are proud to offer the work of some of the finest local talent in a safe and festive atmosphere. We’re looking forward to seeing old friends, returning customers and folks who haven’t shopped our pop-up boutique before.”
The gallery is at 53 Townsend Ave. For more information, visit Gifts For Giving on Facebook.