BAR HARBOR — Art glass by Linda and Ken Perrin, jewelry by Vicky Fernald, hand painted ceramics by Beth Herrick and fabric art by Kirsten Hardy will be just a few of the choices for holiday shoppers at the 38th Annual Island Arts Association (IAA) Holiday Craft Fair on Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 1. The admission-free fair will be held in the Atlantic Oceanside conference center, 119 Eden St. (Route 3), Bar Harbor, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.
The event will feature the work of 48 artisans from the MDI area, offering the opportunity to buy one-of-a-kind holiday gifts for all ages, interests and budgets. Shoppers can browse for pottery, jewelry, knits, photography, quilting, art glass and other crafts. Santas, dolls, Teddy bears and holiday centerpieces will add a seasonal flair to the event.
Food sales throughout the fair will help support the heating costs of the YWCA of Mount Desert Island, which offers affordable housing for women year-round.
Each day, the first customer for each artisan will receive a free IAA shopping bag. Free coffee will be served on Friday from 3 to 5 p.m. and free cookies on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. The IAA will provide free gift wrapping for each purchase all day on Saturday.
“The Island Arts Association is one of the oldest and most respected groups of artisans in this area,” said Benni McMullen, director of the YWCA of MDI. “The YWCA is happy to work in partnership with the IAA to provide a market for local artists and crafters, helping to support the creative economy that is vital to our community.” Contact the YWCA of MDI at 288-5008.