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Get Crafty In Sea Cliff

On July 13, the 4th annual Sea Cliff Summer Craft Fair will take place.

Four summers ago, Sea Cliff Arts Council co-chair Kathleen DiResta and longtime Sea Cliff resident Donna Barrett decided to organize a small, intimate affair showcasing local artists, since many of the local makers were lost in the shuffle at Mini Mart. The first Sea Cliff Summer Craft Fair took place on a warm, sunny day in the beautiful Memorial Park overlooking the Sound. There was a steady flow of people who visited the booths of about 15 local artisans, many who still participate in the fair. The booths were filled with all types of artwork, including local scenic photography, handmade body essentials, jewelry, and so much more. To top it off, Kris Rice played her guitar and sang her lovely songs.

Last year, so many vendors wanted to participate that the event grew too big to be held in Memorial Park and it was switched to Clifton Park.  Many of the artists have been there since the beginning, such Donna Barrett with her beaded jewelry designs and Jane Irvine with her colorful fused glass. Diane Bard of Peace Soaps will have a booth with natural soaps such as Enchanted Forest and Mountain Fig. Patricia Kaegi will display her artwork of local everyday scenes. Plus, she will also be working on her “Amazing Project” where she creates portraits on the spot.

“Once an individual decides to have their portrait painted for the Amazing Project, I take the first five to 10 minutes interviewing them and then I paint their portrait,” explains Kaegi. “Ideally it takes about 20 minutes to a half hour. The response has been really positive and one parent told me that it was a really great self-esteem booster for her daughter.”

Sea Cliff MAKEshop, an organization promoting arts and sciences for children, will have a table set up for kids to design bottle rockets that they will safely launch from the park. In addition, there will be clothing, candles, and many other handmade items available. The Sea Cliff Arts Council hopes that this will be another well-attended event.

This year the event will be held on Sunday, July 13 in Clifton Park, between Sea Cliff Avenue and Glen Avenue, at Dubois Avenue, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The rain date is July 20.