Alaskan creativity highlights annual Peninsula Art Guild Craft Fair

Posted: Tuesday, December 05, 2006


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Vendors from across the Peninsula display their original arts & crafts at Peninsula Art Guild's annual Craft Fair.

For more than 25 years the Kenai Art Guild as been bringing artists from all over the Kenai Peninsula together on the day after Thanksgiving for the largest craft fair of the year. “We have new vendors each year that adds to the variety of items.


Edna Saccheus displays her Alaskan Eskimo Artwork at the Peninsula Art Guild Craft Fair.

This year we are delighted to have glasswork and native crafts and masks that have added to the unique fiber arts, woodwork, metal working, and jewelry vendors that are here this year. And all the items here are handmade, handcrafted pieces most of which have been made by the person right there at their table. It just amazes me how much creativity there is in Alaska and right here on the Kenai Peninsula,” commented Lauren Wakefield. The Alaskan Eskimo Artwork by Lenwood Saccheus included educational brochures that explained the cultural meanings of his creations such as “Spirit-Hunter.”


Lauren Wakefield has coordinated the annual event for the last six years for the Peninsula Art Guild Inc., formerly known as the Kenai Art Guild, “The Guild has been in the community it seems like forever and we also have our gallery in Old Town at the Kenai Fine Arts Center and in the summer we have a location at Kenai Landing where you’ll find unique items also made by local artists. When you give a gift from our gallery or craft fair, you always know that you have a piece created and made by the local artist themselves,” said Wakefield.


After six years Wakefield is hoping someone will come forward to coordinate next year’s craft fair, “We are looking for an organized person willing to support the Art Guild by taking the lead in coordinating the fair.


Vendors from across the Peninsula display their original arts & crafts at Peninsula Art Guild's annual Craft Fair.

Everything is computerized now so the main flurries of activity come in the fall when we have our sign up, then a couple of days before the fair when we tape out and measure the spaces at the high school, then the two days of the fair are the fun part when you get to see folks from all over that you may not see all year but you get to see them again at the fair,” said Wakefield. According to Lauren all the proceeds from booth rental at the fair go directly to the Peninsula Art Guild’s scholarship fund that assists aspiring artists pursue their education in the arts. Anyone interested may contact Wakefield at 283-7040.


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