• Quite a lot of Art on the Hill

    by  • December 1, 2012 • Buy Local, Things To Do • 3 Comments

    Last night I had a wonderful time strolling around the Society for East End Arts’ 2012 Holiday ‘Art on the Hill’ show. Over 70 vendors — many of whom were not, I was totally pleased to note, the ‘usual suspects’ that I’ve seen at every vaguely craft-fair like show I go to.  Admission is free, and the show continues both Saturday (10 to 5) and Sunday (11 to 4) at the East End school (195 North St).

    Here is a sampling of what you will find:

    Wait, wait, wait …. actually, before we go further, a couple of things.

    First, Pretty Sneaky.  Customized, hand-knit Chuck Taylor shoes, in about two dozen designs. They were the last booth we looked at, and my camera battery had long since run out. They were also — by a wide, wide margin — my favorite thing in the entire show.  Here is their etsy shop. Buy shoes from them. Encourage them. They’re doing great things.

    Second, the East End School PTO is taking advantage of all the traffic and is holding a fundraiser in a little room off the hallway. Find them. Support them.  Read this recent article in the Press Herald to learn more about the school and why they need your support. (Also, they’re selling Standard Baking Company Baked Goods!)

    Now, on with the show…..

    Yarn & Cloth Clothiers (two photos above) are doing amazing work. Don’t come looking for that pink dress in the second photo, however. My friend bought it. The boys shirts are amazing, as are the fancy shorts. Here is her etsy shop.

    Lost Monster Designs.  Here’s one more:

    Still more to see….

    Yes, these are real postcards in the shape of slices of cake that you can mail.  She also had these amazing roll-up chalkboards that make terrific stocking stuffers for kids.

    I had the real, true pleasure of meeting glass-blower Sam Lawrence at the show, and glass from him (NOT pictured above) as a holiday gift for my mom.

    There was actually a ton of glass there, which was nice to see.  Also, a larger than usual selection of fine art, which is, I think, a reflection both of the SEA membership and a conscious decision by the event organizers to make this show a place where fine artists can really have a showcase.

    I’m almost done, I promise. But there was a lot to look at.  In particular, at least two really, REALLY fabulous weavers, whose work I didn’t get good photos of for one reason or another.

    Also, these stunning planters:

    Another standout were these mixed media wall art pieces using actual vintage advertising art. Made by Lollipop Art Productions.

    Now, I think we’re done.

    (I feel bad. This very nice man was not selling oranges. He was selling beautiful wrought iron hooks and fire tools. But the oranges were nice, too.)

    We had a wonderful time at the show, and it took us over two hours to really see everything. Got to meet a lot of nice people and buy gifts and find stuff we loved. We were especially impressed with the care they’d taken to really show the width and breadth of art in the city. You should go. Make a point of it.

    Art on the Hill
    Saturday 10 am to 5 pm
    Sunday 11 am to 4 pm
    East End School, 195 North St, Portland
    Society for East End Arts home page
    Event Facebook page


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    3 Responses to Quite a lot of Art on the Hill

    1. December 2, 2012 at 9:26 am

      As a vendor, this is the most fun I’ve had at a show! The best thing may be our little ‘artist space’ behind the booths where we share ideas, brownies, and clementines!

    2. Colleen Bedard
      December 2, 2012 at 11:45 am

      Thanks for visiting our annual sale on the Hill, Anna! This is one of our best sales ever with both returning artists and new, fresh faces joining us this weekend. I loved your photo gallery.–It really captures the variety of what’s available. This is one of 2 events that we do each year. Be sure to catch us this summer for our Open Sturdio Tour–date to be determined. You can always find our artists at SEAportland.org. I’m off to do a little more shopping at Art on the Hil!……………Colleen Bedard (one of the show organizers and SEA fan)

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