McLaughlin Gardens will host painters, fibers and outdoor artists

The Foot Hills Rug Hookers at work at McLaughlin Garden & Homestead in the south of Paris. Photo provided

PARIS – “It’s the perfect outdoor setting for art and nature,” says Karla Horecky, general manager of McLaughlin Garden & Homestead of this weekend’s annual art fair.

The art fair will take place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Up to a dozen artists will set up their easels in the garden and paint scenes around the farmhouse while fiber artists demonstrate their work at stations set up in the barn and inside the McLaughlin House.

Fiber artist Mary DeLano from Norway will demonstrate the eco print process, using flowers and plants to dye fabrics while artist Sarah Shepley will demonstrate gel print on fabrics. Bridgton’s Ruth Boivert will create needle felted animal figurines while the Foothills Rug Hookers, this month’s featured artist group at the farm gallery, will demonstrate group projects. And Anna Low from Auburn of Purplebean Bindery will demonstrate hand-bound books.

Artist Sarah Shepley will demonstrate gel printing at the Third Annual McLaughlin Garden & Homesteads Art Fair this Sunday. Photo provided

There will be an auction of the artists: each will attribute their piece with a minimum bid amount required. All funds raised beyond the requested minimum will be donated to McLaughlin Garden. Items are expected to include outdoor paintings, eco print scarf, wallpaper landscape and other finished pieces.

New this year, the Artists’ Market. All participating artists will also have other items available for sale, including paintings, sculptures, gemstones and hand-bound journals.

“We encouraged our artists to promote pieces across a wide range of price points,” Horecky said. “It has become a very popular event. People interact with artists and watch them as they work.

“Visitors should be prepared to linger,” adds DeLano, who coordinates this year’s art fair with Horecky. “There is plenty of seating inside and outside. People can visit the gardens.

There is no admission. Visitors can bring their own picnic or other refreshments.

Displays of works by artists at last year’s art fair at McLaughlin Garden. Photo provided