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November 29, 2012

Supporting the arts

Artisans' Holiday Marketplace raises money for Marblehead festival

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“Casey Rae Coleman — she does beautiful, fine drawings, very, very, very detailed,” Kinney said. “They’re reproductions in note-card form, with a lot of scenes from Marblehead.”

Kinney, who is also an artisan, is also from Marblehead, and she will have a new, fluid style of silver chain on display in Abbot Hall.

Because Marblehead doesn’t have a monopoly on talent, not all the new vendors will be local.

“We have a high-end furniture maker from Hanover; he does American traditional furniture, like in antique reproductions,” she said.

In addition to inviting new artisans every year, there is at least one vendor whom Kinney is always happy to bring back.

“Ursina Amsler will be there — an artist known for her beautiful, whimsical calendars,” she said. “A lot of people collect her calendars.”

The Artisans’ Marketplace will also help Marbleheaders look forward to summer by asking them to vote for a Marblehead Arts Festival logo. In July, the winner will be all over town on festival banners and in promotional materials.

“The voting starts on (Nov. 26) and goes through Dec. 15,” Fromson said. “The logo premiere is at the end of January.”

The identities of the competing logo artists, who must live in Essex County or belong to a local art association, are withheld until the winner is named.

In addition to the artisans, several local nonprofits will have items for sale in Abbot Hall this weekend, to raise money for their own projects.

“We’ll be having the Community of Friends, who will hand out stockings to fill for those in need,” Kinney said.

They will be joined by the Marblehead High School Honor Society, which will be selling note cards. On Saturday, Hospice of the North Shore will sell tickets to the Hillyer Festival Orchestra’s Holiday Pops Concert.

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