Looking for that perfect holiday gift? Shop local and visit the Artisans' Holiday Marketplace hosted by the Marblehead Festival of Arts during the Christmas Walk weekend. Beautiful handcrafted clothing, jewelry, art and craft items will be available for purchase from a wide variety of artisans inside Abbot Hall on Saturday, December 6, from Noon to 5 PM; and Sunday, December 7, from Noon to 4 PM.
"We look forward every year to having incredibly talented craftspeople come and take part in our Artisans' Holiday Marketplace," said Chair Kiki Taron Kinney, "It’s a wonderful opportunity to buy gifts you won’t find anywhere else."
Participating vendors this year include Dot's Pots, Old Town Nantucket Baskets, Goodness Remedies, Permanent Botanicals, Casey By Design, Seascape Creations, Duncan Designs, eGlassyLady, Cheeky Monkey, Lumiere Lauren, Jungwhon Joo Fine Enamel Jewelry, Wendy Jo New Metal Designs, Stanton Design, Felt Sutra, Green Mountain Glass, QuitsaKiki Designs, Landfall Gallery, Providence Art Glass, Doodlebug, LeFort Fine American Furniture, Canterbury Soaps and Marblehead Sail Bags.
The Festival's own booth will feature a ballot box to receive your vote on 50th Celebration's Logo, and the always-popular Logo Store will be selling a variety of items. Lucille Grant, Chair of the Logo Committee, explains, "This year we will be offering vintage logo product for sale as well as 2014 items. The wine glasses make terrific gifts." Grant also said folks will receive a special surprise with each Logo Store purchase.
The Artisans' Holiday Marketplace always includes several charitable non-profits participating in the event. This year’s participants will be Community of Friends, Making Ends Meet, and Marblehead Harbor Rotary Club.
A panel of judges has selected three finalists from the many logos submitted by North Shore artists. The winning design will be selected by public voting, and it will be featured on all logo products that symbolize the 50th Marblehead Festival of Arts.
From November 22 through December 14, the public will have an opportunity to vote for their favorite logo at the following Marblehead locations: Arnould Gallery & Framery, Acorn Gallery, The Landing Restaurant, Marblehead Arts Association, Warwick Place, Marblehead Bank, National Grand Bank, Shubie’s Market Place, Abbot Public Library, Marblehead Community Center, the Lynch/van Otterloo YMCA, the Jewish Community Center of the North Shore, and Atomic Café; and in Salem at Front Street Coffee House and Salem Cinema. The public also will have an opportunity to vote at Artisans’ Marketplace to be held at Abbot Hall during Christmas Walk weekend.
The public is invited to celebrate with us and meet the winning artist, who will be introduced and honored during the Logo Premiere Party at The Landing Restaurant in Marblehead on January 20, 2015. Bring friends, have dinner, see the new logo, and view logo products from the past—some of which will be available for purchase on the Web site at a later date.
The judges for this year’s contest were Gene Arnould, owner of the Arnould Gallery and Framery and creator of the annual Painting-the-Town plein aire event; Kristen Nyberg, owner of Nyberg Design, who holds a BFA from UArts in Philadelphia and has over 20 years of experience working as a designer and project manager in the architectural signage industry; and Peter Schalk, educated at Mass Art and the Art Institute of Boston, and presently owner and chief designer at Flat Rock Creative.