The Island Arts Association was formed in 1975 by a group of Mount Desert Island artisans, with the idea of promoting individual local craftspeople by hosting group shows. Many artists work alone in their studios, and these shows provide camaraderie, marketing ideas and exposure to new customers. Fair fees are kept low to encourage those just starting out. The IAA is hosted by the YWCA of MDI, whose mission includes empowering women through business opportunities. While shows are the focus, the IAA also sponsors group workshops and will soon feature local artists and activities on its website.
On the Island Arts (IAA) webpage’s Events tab you will find the 2016 banner welcoming for you to all of the IAA fairs this year. Honoring Acadia was the theme at the holiday fair kick off 2015. Talented crafters decorated their booths with displays. Blue ribbon winners were Barbara Fernald displaying 100 years of bird watching and Cyndi Lanpher with a 4 square quilt featuring the seasons in Acadia.
Each fair will have a new theme.