The fourth season of B.A.M. (Belfast Art Market) will begin Friday, June 5. The artists are excited about getting back out into the sunshine and greeting the public again, especially after this winter — which, although brutal, was the perfect duration for creating new wares for sale.

Most of the artists that many have come to know and support, are returning for another season including Joe Barberio, ceramics; Diane Braybrook, aromatherapy; Nora Flanagan, quilts and pillows; Jean Finks, fabric creations; Jon Byrer, Bob Hyde and others, fine art; Sally Demeter, temari; and several artisans offering jewelry.

A number of new artisans are joining this year, including Dyan Berk. Berk lives in the Midcoast, and many may be familiar with her fun and vibrant work and/or may have taken a class or two from her in the past. She creates using a variety of media, both two and three-dimensional.

“My work emerges from a continuous fascination with the interconnectedness of all life. It embodies my interest in community and sustainability — the collective strength of connection, regeneration, transformation and growth," she said.

Berk’s work can be seen online at and at B.A.M., where her Lucky Fish will be featured. Each is an original made from recycled wood and/or driftwood. The fish are embellished with wire and sequins and/or jewels; individually handpainted with acrylics, lightly sanded and varnished; and have a hanger attached for ease in hanging.

As in previous years, the market will be held Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through the end of August on the grounds of Waterfall Arts, 256 High St., rain or shine. B.A.M. visitors are encouraged to visit the farmers around the side of the building and hop on inside Waterfall Arts Center, as the gallery is open, as well.

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