Seal Beach Arts & Crafts Faire set for Sept. 9 and 10

The Arts & Crafts Faire in Seal Beach may be a 40-year tradition, but the American Arts and Crafts Movement started in Boston in 1897 and quickly spread across the nation in cities large and small.  Numerous Arts and Crafts Societies were formed which today flourish in every state of the Union.

Even earlier in 1879, William Morris the famous textile designer who is credited with starting the Arts and Crafts Movement in England, said “Arts and crafts are made by the people and for the people as a happiness to the maker and the user.  One of the most important premises of the Arts and Crafts Movement is preserving and emphasizing the natural qualities of the materials used to make objects, always seeking to promote the truth of the materials.”

Participating this year in the Lions International Peace Poster Contest, children from Oak Middle School and home schooled children will join with 600,000 others around  the world sharing their vision in a creative way.  The poster contest theme is “The Future of Peace.”  The winning posters and honorary mention posters will be displayed at the Arts & Crafts Faire, with the winning posters being sent to the Lions District Governor for the next round of judging.

Activities at the Faire range from entertainment from the Los Alamitos Unified School District, food and drink provided by the Seal Beach Lions Club, and Artists Awards.  Stop by by the Seal Beach Animal Care Center’s booth for home-baked cakes, and breads and cookies of every variety for every taste.

And don’t forget to check out and participate in the Sidewalk Chalk Art at the pier and display your own artwork for everyone to see!  Jessica Jacobs, Recreation Coordinator with the City of Seal Beach Community Services Department and host of the Sidewalk Chalk Art event, is a local artist and has coordinated multiple Chalk Art Festivals so you will be in good hands.  Join the fun!  It’s open to all ages!

We welcome you to come to the Seal Beach Arts & Crafts Faire, enjoy a day at the beach, see the best our local artisans have to offer, and start your holiday shopping with beautiful gifts. Join us on Saturday, Sept.. 9, (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and Sunday, Sept. 10, (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

With more than 100 vendors in Eisenhower Park at the Pier, the Seal Beach Lions Club sponsored Seal Beach Arts & Crafts Faire will exhibit the “truth” in materials and offerings as diverse and unique earth inspired jewelry design by Ancient Echos; leather bags and accessories by Art by Seth; glass birdbaths, flower and tabletop items by Carol’s Creations; mosaic art by Dawn Mendelson; ceramics by Fabrile Studios Pottery; hats, artwear and art pieces by Floradora Hats; stained glass wind chimes on driftwood by Follies; hand blown glass, vases and bowls by Ivan Adarniya; organic and eco-friendly candles by Purely Natural Candles; seaside art and jewelry by Seaside Gypsy; farie garden fantasies in clay by The Mud Hut; original art, giclée fine art prints, photographs on canvas and note cards by The House of Wickersham; handcrafted Native American inspired leather goods by The OM; abstract surf art by Abstract Rhythms; handmade jewelry in gold filled, sterling silver and gemstones by By Cila; one-of-a-kind custom designed hats with Swarovski crystals by Bling It Hat Designs; original artwork in many mediums (painting, wood working, glass ceramics and photograph by Art By Gino; a live plant sale by the Women’s Club of Seal Beach and more!

Esther Kenyon is a member of the Seal Beach Lions Club.