Now that November’s chill is upon us, we can no longer deny the early winter season is upon us. And you know what that means: It’s time to start thinking about the upcoming holiday season and ... shopping!
If you’re looking for something unique, whether it be warm clothing, books, art, pottery, stained glass, Christmas ornaments, notecards, jewelry, or ceramics … you’ll want to check out the 10th annual Gifts for Giving event at Studio 53, home to some of the best art in Boothbay Harbor.
This year’s Gifts For Giving will span two weekends: Nov. 21-24 and Nov. 29 through Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., as it was during the early years of the event.
The entire first floor of the gallery will be filled with enticements by this year’s artists, artisans and authors ... Elise Andersen, Andersen Studio: Hand-crafted artwork in ceramic, fiber, paintings and prints; Heather Atwood: Jewelry; H. Monique Designs: Unique hand-crafted jewelry in sterling and repurposed copper; Andre Benoit, Plein air painter, assemblist sculptor using repurposed wood; Linda Brewer, Ornaments: original designs for the home and tree; Jill Butke, The Butke Gallery, fiber artist/weaver: Uniquely woven cotton and wool wearables; John Butke, The Butke Gallery, artist: Paintings inspired by Maine landscapes' ever-changing colors and forms; Bob Devine, artist, author, woodworker photographer: Latest book: “North to San Diego” – high adventure on the Mexican Baja; Ann Hedgcock, artist and potter: High-fired stoneware and porcelain – functional, whimsical and sculptural; Barbara, Jeanne & Nora Lally - Ocean-inspired Japanese appliqué fabric wall hangings, ocean-inspired gesso and acrylic paintings on reclaimed wood panels, succulent/cactus planters, many in vintage pots; Crystal Lewis, soap maker/livestock care specialist: Luxurious, all-natural goat milk soap and lotion; Dick MacDonald, 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: Beach stone and sea glass jewelry, stone fairy houses, hand-painted tables; Pamela Wilkoff Riml, fiber artist: Wet and dry felting; hooked rugs; June Rose, folk artist, poet: "Over the Top Hats" hand-made, one-of-a-kind; Brian Shaw, woodworker: Custom woodworking, furniture, cabinetry and architectural millwork; Becky Bean Smith, Christmas decor: Live and ever-lasting – wreaths and holiday pieces; Ursula Smith, weaver: Hand-woven textiles for the home; Suzi Thayer, artist: Notecards and watercolor prints on ready-to-hang, light wood/box backing; Betsy Wing, author, translator, visual artist: Specializing in fiction and monotype prints; Jess Wrobel, textiles and decor: Handmade. Vintage. Primitive.
A gala reception will be held Friday, Nov. 22 from 5 to 8 p.m. and Early Bird & PJ Day (Nov. 23) shopping hours will be 7-10 a.m.
And while you’re there, visit the second and third floors of Studio 53 and experience the fine artwork of its artists: gallery owners Heidi Seidelhuber and Terry Seaman, Bob McKay, Tony van Hasselt, Don Josephson, John Silverio, David Estey, Jaap Eduard Helder, David Dupree, Dick Alden, Nancy Wilkoff, Gerry Immonen, Nancy Barron and Ida Schmolowitz. In addition to Nancy Wilkoff, there are retrospectives of H. Lane Smith and the late Robert Hamilton.
Studio 53 is at 53 Townsend Avenue. For more information, visit www.studio53fineart.com