The annual “Holiday Extravaganza” at Åarhus Gallery, 50 Main St., will kicks off early again this year, running from Friday, Nov. 2 through Dec. 24. Everyone is invited to join the fun, meet the artists and help kick off the sixth annual show with an opening First Friday reception from 5 to 8 p.m.

This jam-packed show features smaller artworks and a wide range of creative craftwork priced with gift giving in mind. Works in a dazzling variety of media, from more than 70 talented Maine artists from throughout the Midcoast and beyond, will be exhibited, including pottery, poetry and painting, collage, etching and photography, woodblock prints, blown glass, fiber arts, turned wood, handmade books, cards, calendars, ornaments, jewelry, music, new glass plate images, chocolates and more.

Artists who have shown in the gallery and in the crafts section over the past year will be featured, along with some newcomers and the Åarhus partners. Artists included will be Susan Amons, Katia Ancona, Suzanne Anderson, Daniel Anselmi, Jes Anthonis, Bernice Arthur, Joe Ascrizzi, Joe Barberio, Nancy Morgan Barnes, Dan Beckman, Mark Bell, Martha Briana, Phyllis Buchanan, Linda Buckmaster, Cinder Conk, Kenny Cole, Al Crichton, Maryjean Crowe, Bill Davis, James Deane, Dean’s Sweets, David Estey, Carole Ann Fer, Sallie Findlay, Mike Fletcher, Stephen Florimbi, Kathleen Newton Foote, Annadeene Fowler, George Fowler, Linden Frederick, Free Seedlings, Jacob Fricke, Elizabeth Garber, Harold Garde, Carol Gater, Gawler Sisters, Jay Gibson, Ellen Goldsmith, Terry Hire, Charlton Hudson, David Jacobson, Kevin Johnson, Jody Johnstone, Judd Jones, Susan Jones, Mia Kanazawa, Mark Kelly, Elena Kubler, A. C. Kulik, Valerie Lawson, Eric Leppanen, Betsy Levine, Joel Lipman, Carol Logie, Edward Mackenzie, Richard Mann, Barbara Maria, Sandy McGaw, Holly Meade, Cathy Melio, Kate Bauman Mess, Metaphor Bronze, Leslie Miller, Ed Moffitt, Hanako Nakazato, Nire Art, Novel Jazz, Toki Oshima, Leila Ostby, Dina Petrillo, Robbi Fritz Portella, Jane Ploughman, Ben Potter, Joan Proudman, Ivan Rasmussen, Rebekah Raye, Abbie Read, Wesley Reddick, Willy Reddick, Rebecca Rivers, Judy Rock, Julie Rose, Rural Electric, Meryl Ruth, Erin Seegers, Erica Schlueter, Betty Schopmeyer, Mike Silverton, Karin Spitfire, Tandem Glass, Mary Trotochaud, Nance Trueworthy, Larry Unger, Glen Veevaert, John Vincent, Dayle Tognoni Ward, Whiffletree, Seth Whited, Ellen Wieske and J. Fred Woell.

Åarhus Gallery is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Mondays by chance. In December, the gallery is be open to 7 p.m. Fridays; Åarhus will close at 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24. For more information, call 338-0001 during business hours or visit for links to the artists and notice of special events.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or