(Dec. 6, 2019) Artisan crafted gifts will be available for purchase during the fifth annual Holiday Artisan Fair, hosted by the Art League of Ocean City at the Center for the Arts on 94th Street, tonight from 5-7 p.m. and Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Attendees can browse through a variety of handmade items including jewelry, glass, ceramics, pottery and other works of art.
“The idea is to include as many different types of mediums – fiber, jewelry, glass, pottery and some unusual wood,” Art League of Ocean City Executive Director Rina Thaler said. “These are gifts for the holiday that are handmade, original artwork.”
Around 15 artists will be on site on Friday and Saturday selling their wares.
“It’s more for 3-D artists to share their work as we have a lot of opportunities for 2-D artists to show hanging on the walls,” event organizer Brianna Star Hallstrom said. “We have glass and pottery, textiles, jewelry just in time for the holidays for people to purchase gifts for their loved ones or just have a unique piece of art.”
The event will coincide with both First Friday, an event where the Art League displays new artwork at the beginning of the month, and the Ocean City Christmas parade.
“I think that people should come every month for First Friday because there’s always new artwork and something going on at the Art League and this is just another thing that’s happening here,” Star Hallstrom said. “It’s something that’s going on during the offseason and people are currently shopping this time of year whether it’s 3-D or a piece of artwork on the walls.”
Children’s activities will be available on Saturday. Young artists can paint heart ornaments and do other crafts. Coffee, hot chocolate and baked goods will be available for sale as well.
Local authors will also be set up inside the Center for the Arts for book signings, including Aida Waserstein, Diana Mezaros, Frank Hopkins, Bunk Mann (who will be available Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) Cary Kamarat, Fred Sponseller, Barbara Lockhart and Ron Carder.
“Each year we’ve added another element, and it’s nice with the parade going on outside,” Thaler said. “There’s a lot of people who come who start their shopping on Thanksgiving weekend and it’s nice to remember to get something that’s authentic and handmade instead of plastic and commercial and this is a good place to find a lot in one spot.”
The event is free to attend on both days. Members of the Art League will receive a 10 percent discount off their purchases.
For more information about the Holiday Artisan Fair, call the Center for the Arts at 410-524-9433.