By Carol McCracken Post # 1,649
The revamped SEA Holiday art show on the Hill has something for most on your holiday gift list and don’t forget to put yourself on that list either!
The holiday art show which began on Friday evening at the East End Community School, North Street on the Hill, runs through tomorrow, Sunday afternoon, December 8th. It goes from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm. Admission is free of charge.
Vendors from as far east as Damariscotta down to Kennebunk brought new energy and interest to an already traditional holiday event on the Hill. In recent years, the poor economy brought the creative community to a virtual standstill. Co-founders of the decade old Society of East End Arts, who produce the annual show, are Colleen Bedard and Elizabeth Frasier, both long-time Munjoy Hill residents.
The two community leaders decided several years ago to transform what had become a local jewelry showcase into a more balanced representation of artistry in the state. They now limit the categories so there is a larger variety of fine art and craft. “It’s not a juried show, but we limit the number of categories. We know just what we have here,” said painter Elizabeth Fraser, one of the co-founders of SEA. Fraser lives is what is considered to be the oldest house on Munjoy Hill; built in 1829.
Two of the Hill’s favorite artists are at the 2 l/2 day holiday show. Commercial illustrator Claudia Diller has a booth. On display for sale are a number of her paintings. Some are of familiar scenes, mindful to mhn.com of “Saturday Evening Post” covers years ago. For sale are her ever popular 2014 calendars – both wall size and desktop size. Diller, who usually does not participate in art shows, currently is showing some of her work at the St. Lawrence Arts Center on the Hill. She is the illustrator for the annual Hidden Garden Tour posters as well. The wall calendar is available for $28. at the show.
Another favorite at the SEA Holiday Art Show is Lacey Goodrich. The mere mention of Laceypots brings a smile to the faces of anyone who is familiar with her pottery. Her colorful original design pieces include vases, pitchers cups and much more. Her collection must be seen to be fully appreciated. Her studio is at the Merrill Street Studio on Munjoy Hill. The building is owned by real estate developer Peter Bass who has recently filed plans with the city to develop condominium lofts on the site of a former church, 33 Lafayette Street. “I love this show because it gives the local artists an opportunty to share their work in a great community. The quality at this show is exceptional,” said Goodrich. A subject about which both Dillar and Goodrich know a thing or two! Pls. visit firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.