The 12th Annual Artisans Fair, sponsored by the South Coastal Delaware Chapter of AARP, will be held indoors and outdoors from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 25, at Lord Baltimore Elementary School on Route 26 in Ocean View, two miles west of Bethany Beach. An outside farmers market will be operating from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The arts and crafts will include fine art in several different media, photography, handcrafted jewelry, pottery, glass and wood creations, fine textile handwork, and coastal-themed decorative and functional objects. The farmers market includes produce and other food items such as jams and jellies, and specialty olives.
Proceeds from the one-day event provide scholarships to high school seniors at Indian River High School and adult students attending Delaware Technical Community College.
“We are so fortunate to have had an arts fair of this caliber in our community for more than a decade. As the number of exhibitors has expanded, so has the breadth of the types of handiwork offered,” said Ida Crist, artisans fair coordinator. “The fair serves a double purpose: it provides a quality arts venue for our community and financially supports higher education for high school and adult students.”
Nearly 70 exhibitors will participate. New this year is a raffle of two quilts donated by the Delmarvalous Quilters Guild. One beach-themed, created by Jan Gorley, consists of three-dimensional fabric flip-flops. The other is an alphabet quilt showing objects that begin with all letters of the alphabet, which was made by several members of the quilt guild.
“Many of our exhibitors are longtime participants who find the artisans fair to be an exciting and successful show for them,” Crist said. “But each year, new exhibitors are added to offer a wide variety of choices.”
One of the highlights of the show is an opportunity to win works of art that exhibitors contribute for a raffle auction. Homemade baked items made by volunteers from the 500-member AARP chapter will be for sale. A 50-50 cash raffle will also be offered. The Truck It food truck from Georgetown will provide breakfast, lunch and snack items, and Rita’s Italian Ice will offer cooling refreshments.