Get your holiday shopping done at the annual ArtFull Gifts show in Northport, Maine


Artisan-made gifts are the focus of the annual Artfull Gifts Show.November in Maine means hunting season, and while some take to the woods armed with guns, I take to craft shows armed with Visa. I’m a sucker for artisan-made goods, especially if they’re made in Maine. All of the works at the annual ArtFull Gifts show are made in New England.

This year’s show, slated Nov. 18-20, 2011, features 50 artisans and takes place at Point Lookout Resort, in Northport. Proceeds from admission ($10 preview on Friday night, $3 Saturday or Sunday) benefit Coastal Mountains Land Trust and United Mid-Coast Charities.

Buy for yourself or others at the annual Artfull Gifts show.The variety of items available and the price range are broad: artisan-designed jewelry in many mediums, hand-woven natural-fiber clothing, stoneware and porcelain pottery, reed baskets, stone and bronze sculptures, wooden bird carvings, artist-designed holiday cards, hand-blown glass, hand-spun woolens, original photography, and prints and paintings in numerous mediums. I’ve scanned through this year’s vendor list, and some of my favorite Maine artisans will be there.

Do your holiday shopping at ARtfull Gifts, a show featuring artist and artisan made goods in MaineFor the best selection—as well as  live jazz by Chris Poulin’s Shades of Blue, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar—splurge on the $10 Friday night admission (which allows you to return on both Saturday and Sunday).

Why not make a weekend of it with an overnight or two at Point Lookout (see my review), perhaps with Sunday Brunch at the summit?  The views over Penobscot Bay are the best you’ll find without hiking (and the ones from the fitness center aren’t too shabby, either).

Find Artfull Gifts in Northport, Maine, in November