Arts in Parts

Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences Hosts Holiday Market Arts and Crafts Fair and Festival

Nov 18, 2018
Photo by: Pat Johnson Steel nautical cutouts made by Darryl of Metal Elements will enhance any tree or wreath.

The Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences invites the public to shop for handmade crafts and fine art created by local and regional artists at its 2018 Holiday Market. The market is open for the holiday season through Dec. 16, with a special one-day-only festival event on Nov. 24 for Small Business Saturday.

Visitors can expect to find beautiful, unique works in a range of mediums, including jewelry, pottery, clothing, photography, home goods and more.

Foundation director Daniella Kerns with gallery coordinator Becka Phillips and selection committeewoman Gail Sidewater choose the 50 crafters and artists from local, regional and Philadelphia arts and craft fairs.

“I think we have quality work at decent price points; there is nothing over $300,” said Kerns. “These are great gifts, and we plan to update the merchandise throughout the month.”

Right in front of the gallery is a display of unique jewelry with botanical elements foraged from the forest. Jewelry artist Sadie Francis finds seeds, flower parts and wings of dragonflies to capture in resin and then completes the pieces in brass.

A cluster of steel, nautical cutouts makes a pleasant clatter when bumped; they are handmade tree and wreath ornaments by Metal Elementz. Find mermaids, whales, ships wheels and more.

Glassy Lass Mosaic artist Kathleen McKenna displays her creative mirrors, wall hangings and lamps, and any Foundation market would be incomplete without ceramics and pottery by favorite LBIF artists. Sue Pohanka has cornered the market in whimsical vases and snack trays in attractive coastal colors of blue and white. Collette Smith has made porcelain and stoneware dishes that are lead free, dishwasher safe and microwaveable. These are splashed with celadon colors once reserved for Asian regals.

Ceramic studio manager Jeff Ruemeli has eschewed his clay for glass and has made an abundance of clear, hand-blown orbs for the tree.

Wall art runs the gamut of small oil paintings to large photo collages. Painter Heather Lynn Gibson has a display of small but lush oil paintings of rural countrysides and seascapes. These are bright and able to cheer the often-gray shore winters. Julie Eck has covered canvases with thick encaustic that swirls like real surf.

Driftwood is the go-to medium for two artists: Capt. Tom Polise gathers it and other beach finds to make driftwood-framed collages while the artist behind Ham’s Art Studio makes photo montages of the sea on weathered beach fencing.

Emily Avery of Seventeenth Street Designs thinks nostalgia is the key to home-place happiness and supplies vintage photo transfers on wood panels and trays.

Find cool Crescent Moon Clothing from Gretchen Hulse: tie-dyed socks, generous-sized ponchos and dresses and colorful acrylic sweaters.

Cute pocketbooks and soft woven ponchos by West Oak Design would enhance any wardrobe.

On Small Business Saturday, Nov. 24, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. the Holiday Market expands as a festival with live music, food and drink vendors, and lots of shopping. Live music by Sahara Moon begins at 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; then Greg Warren plays from 2:30 to 6 p.m.  Food and drink will be available for purchase from The Coffee ‘Bouteaque,’ Sunny Rae’s Food Truck and the Barrel Mobile. The LBIF ceramics residents will be selling sweet treats during their bake sale, and shoppers can slurp some soup courtesy of Neptune Market with or without one of their handmade bowls.

Bring the whole family to get unique photos with a vintage fire truck, courtesy of the Surf City Volunteer Fire Co. There will also be community organizations’ booths throughout the property, including ReClam the Bay, which will be serving up clams and seafood soup.

Outside may be chilly, but fire pits will warm your clan with comfy chairs – and bring your s’mores fixings.

The directors of the LBIF wanted to thank their sponsors: Dan Hoch Landscaping for donating decorations to help get the LBIF in the holiday spirit; Rustic Drift for donating furniture during the Holiday Market Festival so patrons can gather around the fire pits; and Neptune Market for providing delicious soup. Artist displays will be on view and ready-to-shop during regular gallery hours, Tuesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The LBIF is located at 120 Long Beach Blvd., Loveladies.

— Pat Johnson

patjohnson@thesandpaper.net

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