Organizers report that the forthcoming Mohawk Community Art Faire is a direct descendant of a holiday
tradition started in 1980 when the first Christmas Faire was organized by Leah West and Beth Reid, marking the beginning of the Mohawk Valley Artists Guild.
As usual, this year’s faire will be held on the two days following Thanksgiving. This year that puts it on Nov. 24 and 25. The event is sponsored by the Mohawk Community Resource Center in Blairsden. Entry for faire visitors/shoppers is free. Vendor entry fees, on-site giveaways, and cookie sales help support the resource center, a community gathering place.
There will be 18 artists offering their creations for sale. The venue is the Graeagle Fire Hall, 7620 Hwy 89 in downtown Graeagle. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Organizers report that visitors will see a wonderful selection of handcrafted art, including jewelry, wood art, photography, knit and crocheted items, paint on canvas, ceramics, carved stones, and a lot more.
This year a new artist from the Sierra Valley, Aurora Wellise, will offer flower essences, tinctures, and elixirs with her boutique herbal brand Lawless Botanics. Organizers say that her work is an example of the kind of creativity that is routine at the faire. Another first-timer is Michael Rowden, a local artist whose paintings are currently featured on the walls of the resource center. “There will be something for
everyone on the gift list,” said volunteer John Lullo, “an opportunity to get Christmas shopping done early.”
According to its mission statement, the Mohawk Community Resource Center “serves to enrich the lives of residents and visitors of the surrounding communities in a friendly atmosphere.” Proceeds from the Mohawk Community Art Faire are a major factor in the achievement of this mission.
Additional information about the faire or how to become a volunteer with the resource center is available by calling the center at (530) 293-7172 or emailing email@example.com.
Information submitted by Mohawk Community Resource Center