The day after Thanksgiving, know to merchants nationally as Black Friday, was a big day for shopping locally for Alaskan made crafts. According to Kenai Art Guild’s Craft Fair manager Lauren Wakefield both shoppers and vendors were up this year, “Attendance was up about 20% on the Friday of the fair this year judging by the door prize tickets which is our most accurate count because most everyone enters for the door prizes which we give away all day and we had about 1,200 door prize tickets in the box. We also had many new vendors this year as well as the return of many of our favorite craftsman with some new works and items to offer,” said Wakefield. Lauren has been coordinating the craft fair on behalf of the Kenai Art Guild for the last five years but says she will be moving on and is looking for someone to fill her shoes, “I want to move on to doing more art work and becoming involved in the movement for peace and justice. I’ll be continuing to support the Kenai Art Guild but we are looking for a new fair manager to coordinate the event which is very well organized on computer and supported with a lot of wonderful volunteers, it’s a lot of fun bringing everyone together and making these two days after Thanksgiving a very magical fair,” said Wakefield.
Annual Craft Fair draws new vendors and buyers to KCHS
The Kenai Art Guild has sponsored the fair for more than 20 years as a fund raiser for their scholarship fund for students wishing to pursue art studies. Anyone interested in volunteering as the fair manager may call the Kenai Art Guild at 283-7040 for more information.
Kenai dough artist Margaret Dubber displays her unique figurines at annual Craft Fair at KCHS
Margaret Dubber is a bread dough artist from Kenai who has been a regular vendor at the craft fair for many years offering her unique figurines for holiday sale, “I’ve been doing this for 28 years, but the art form is from a long time ago when they use to use salt dough, then bread dough and now most folks use the play dough for their figurines, but I like the bread dough better,” said Dubber. Margaret says she usually starts working in July to have enough figurines for the two shows that she does each year. She started her artwork after her first child was born with cerebral palsy and her husband was out of work, “I couldn’t get out of the house and when Christmas rolled around I started with the salt fire method because when you have a new baby, a house, and no income, there’s not much for Christmas presents so I started making them as gifts and now I’ve had my pins sold at Carnegie Hall and have heard about my figurines ending up as far away as Africa and after 28 years have become family heirlooms,” said Dubber.
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