Holiday Market and Festival at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences

By Pat Johnson | Nov 25, 2019
Photo by: Pat Johnson Needle-felted Christmas characters by Deedie Dobarro Weaver are at the Holiday Market Festival at the LBI Foundation.

Loveladies — From the silly to the sublime and all art expressions in between can be found at the Holiday Market now located in the Blai Gallery at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences. Offerings by artisans and fine artists plus “Art to Wear,” local booksellers and unusual seaside decorations are waiting to be snapped up by shoppers who know the value of buying artist-produced items. It’s a one-stop shopping destination for everyone on your list from the classiest dresser to the friend with whimsical tastes to the serious artist or art-collector.

First off, Cricket Luker of Wildflowers at the Lighthouse has opened a pop-up shop on the gallery’s stage with items from her extensive “Art to Wear” collections: Japanese contra-stitched jackets by Soho designer Meiko Mintz; a red tapestry dress coat by NYC’s Samuel Dong that is “a magnificent holiday piece,” said Luker; Harshitz Yardley’s silk scarves and kimonos; and hats, gloves and scarves all embellished with tapestry or quilting by British artist Megan Crooks.

Books are a great gift. Find history books from Down The Shore Publishing; art books from Jersey Shore Publications; and a beautiful seafood recipe book from Bay Magazine. One of the more intriguing gifts is a selection of “pencils,” graphite sculptures that draw by Agelio Batle.

Want to make a purchase that gives back to the community? Cat and dog silkscreen T-shirts help support the Friends of the Southern Ocean County Animal Shelter.

The walls of the galley hold fine art by West Creek-based artist Lisa Budd, High Bar Harbor artist Linda Ramsay, Carol and Amanda Sapp’s seahorse and wave creations, and whimsical mosaic creations by Kathleen McKenna of Glassy Lass.

Whimsical owl pillows by Rachel Sherman are so joyful, and Deedie Dobarro Weaver’s collection of needle-felted ornaments (sand dollars, seahorses) plus her sculptures of Santa and crew are delightful.

Robert Roque has made houses for the more discriminating of our feathered friends or at least the people who love birds and architecture: his bungalow birdhouses are made from colored scraps of wood.

Sandra Kosinski has taken a trip back in time to produce ceramics with a Mid-Century Modern feel. Her cups and plates are great, but it’s her high-fire porcelain ornaments that really wow. They have been hand-thrown and hand-painted by the artist.

Jeff Ruemeli of Foundation fame has been blowing glass ornaments in his studio; they have been hung by the gallery windows with care.

Gretchen Hulse of Crescent Moon Clothing has a closet full of hand-embellished clothing; particularly fun is a jean jacket with a portrait of Frida Kahlo.

The holiday market is open at the LBI Foundation Gallery through Dec. 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Shop Small Business Saturday, Nov. 30,  there is a free Holiday Market Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with more vendors, food trucks, beer, fire pits and music to make things merry.

— Pat Johnson

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