Creative gift ideas of all shapes and sizes ... just for Y-O-U!
Artists, authors, artisans, fiber arts, organic skin care products, stained glass, jewelry, photography, and so much more will be found at Studio 53 in Boothbay Harbor next weekend.
This annual Holiday Gifts for Giving opens Thursday, Nov. 16 for four days. Studio 53 welcomes new creative types showing their wares this year. Nettie Locke Rogers, Pamela Wilkoff Riml, Suzi Thayer, Melissa Nein, and Julia O'Brien Merrill. The gallery is always decked out for this last show of the year and brimming with attractively displayed gift ideas, some of which are bound to scream out someone’s name from your Hanukkah, Yule, Christmas or Kwanza list! The gala reception (code for if you can only come one night, make it this one) will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17.
Here’s what you’ll find for those unique folks on your holiday shopping lists:
Ann Hedgcock - Artist and potter: functional, whimsical and sculptural high-ﬁred stoneware and porcelain, 633-2069; Richard MacDonald – MacDonald Stained Glass - Stained glass mirrors, lighting, wall hangings, gifts and more; year round studio. 633-4815, email@example.com; Diane Dorbin - Artist and designer up-cycled jewelry – needle-felted ornaments, photography, Maine Trinket and Craft Carnival (Facebook), 207-852-9250; Rhoda Weyr - Jeweler – fine jewelry, wall hangings, designs in gold, silver, copper, gems, shells and glass, 633-8337, firstname.lastname@example.org; Nettie Locke Rogers, Sculptor and painter - Giclée prints and greeting cards; 541-953-8416, nettielockerogersart@ gmail.com; Sanny Norton - Jewelry and wall hangings assembled from beach ﬁndings, hand-painted tables, 633-5260; Melissa Nein - Nein's Designs - Handmade purses and tote bags for function and style! Custom orders welcome; 207-380-9735; email@example.com
Elise Andersen - Andersen Studio - Handcrafted artwork in ceramic, ﬁber, paintings and prints. 207-449-1449, firstname.lastname@example.org; Lynne Seitzer - Joy To The Wind Gallery - Fine art created in oils, pastels, watercolors, ink, 633-7025, email@example.com; John M. T. Seitzer - Modernist painter at Joy To The Wind - oils, acrylics, pastels, mixed media, watercolors, 3D art, 633-7025; Suzi Thayer - Framed watercolor paintings, 207-380-6144, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dates and times the authors will be at the gallery to be announced
Lea Wait - USA Today best-selling author - Living and writing on the coast of Maine: historical novels for ages 8 and up; award-winning mysteries for adults. She will be signing her three new books, “Tightening the Threads,” “Thread the Halls,” and “Pizza to Die For,” as well as many of her other books that will also be on hand. www.leawait.com
Julia O’Brien Merrill, Children’s book author – Julia will be signing her new children’s books. “Charlie on the MTA, Where Did He Go?” and Charlie on the MTA: Did He Ever Return?” 207-232-1908, email@example.com.
Robert C. Devine - Writer and photographer – Bob will be signing his books, “Southeast to Panama, A Sailing Adventure,” fiction based on actual events while taking a 65’ Catamaran from Puerta Vallarta down the west coast of Central America and through the Panama Canal; and “Ketchup in My Veins,” a memoir of his 10 years as a corporate employee of the McDonalds Corporation. 633-2767, 1-832-732-5773, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Betsy Wing - Translator, visual artist specializing in ﬁction and monotype prints - Betsy will sign her books, “Now History,” a novel about women and children on the homefront during World War II; and “Lookout for Hydrophobia,” a compilation of short stories and a novella. betsywing.com.
Jill Butke - Fiber artist and weaver - Uniquely woven cotton and wool wearables 633-3442, email@example.com; Barbara Lally - Fiber artist - Shibori-dyed silk and velvet items. 633-5659, firstname.lastname@example.org; Leslie Muir-Volpe - Fiber artist - miniature quilts, punch needle embroidery, unique fabric keepsakes. 633-0557, theﬂyingfoxstudio@gmail.com; Ursula Smith – Weaver - handwoven textiles for the home; 633-1298; Pamela Wilkoff Riml - Wet and dry felting, hooked rugs, 633-7518, email@example.com; Jess Wrobel - Textiles and decor – Handmade, vintage, primitive, info@Jwrobel.com.
ORGANIC SKIN CARE
Anna Christina – ManaMedicinals - Herbalist, massage therapist; organic and locally grown herbal remedies, skin care and teas. 207-315-5924; Crystal Lewis – Soap maker and livestock care specialist - luxurious, all natural goat milk soap and lotion. firstname.lastname@example.org
Gift items fill the first floor of the gallery, but art by members of Studio 53’s artist collective is displayed (and for sale unless otherwise noted!) on the second and third floors that should not be missed! Artist collective members are gallery owners and artists Heidi Seidelhuber and Terry Seaman, Bob McKay, Lynne Seitzer, Don Josephson, Nancy Wilkoff, Greg Laderer and Tony van Hasselt. Dick Alden’s stone sculptures are in the Sculpture Garden behind the gallery on the water. Art by RISD professor-artists Robert Hamilton and Gerald Immonen; Victoria Wulff, David Estey and many more.
Studio 53 Fine Art Gallery is located at 53 Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor. This smashing holiday event begins at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, Friday, Nov. 17 and Sunday, Nov. 19; Saturday, Nov. 18 – Early Bird day – hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call the gallery at 633-2755.