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Buying and selling local crafts for Christmas

Posted: Tuesday, December 07, 2004

 

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  Kenai Art Guild Craft Fair coordinator Lauren Wakefield enjoys helping artists display their wares.

Early Christmas shoppers crowded into KCHS last week for the annual Arts & Crafts Fair.

The annual Arts and Crafts fair sponsored by the Peninsula Art Guild has become a holiday shopping tradition as well as an opportunity for local artists to exhibit and market their wares.

Hand crafted items have become popular gifts for Alaskans as well as unique items to send to friends and family living in the lower 48.

According to Lauren Wakefield, the fair coordinator for the Peninsula Art Guild, people come from all over the Peninsula to buy and sell their crafts, "We even have people here from Anchorage, Chugiak, and Eagle River and of course lots of people from Homer and the local Kenai, Soldotna, area, plus everywhere in-between like Moose Pass, Sterling, and Clam Gulch," said Wakefield.

 

The event has been an opportunity for local artists to sell their specialties for more than 25 years, and has also become a popular after Thanksgiving holiday social event, an opportunity to run into friends you may not have seen in a long while.

 

Kenai Art Guild Craft Fair coordinator Lauren Wakefield enjoys helping artists display their wares.

"I see lots of people that I have known over the years from work and other volunteer organizations and even the people who work in the stores that you know, everyone comes here and if you haven't seen someone for awhile, chances are you'll see them at the fair," added Wakefield.

All of the items offered at the fair have to be handmade or handcrafted, no imports or mass produced items are allowed. Wakefield estimated that more than a thousand people a day visited the fair, "We count up the door prize tickets, but not everyone who comes signs up for door prizes, so conservatively I'd say it's over a thousand a day," said Wakefield.

 

Kenai Art Guild Craft Fair coordinator Lauren Wakefield enjoys helping artists display their wares.

The annual fair not only offers opportunity for local artists to market their crafts, but the proceeds from the booth space goes to fund the Peninsula Art Guilds scholarships awarded to art students young or old who wish to pursue education in the arts anywhere from Kenai Peninsula College to foreign study abroad. The Guild awards $5,000 to $10,000 in scholarships every year.



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