The Belfast Art Market — B.A.M. — is in full swing now, with artists arriving weekly from as far away as Thomaston and Ellsworth and all points in between. The markets meets from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays through August, rain or shine, on the front lawn of Waterfall Arts Center, 256 High St.; the side yard houses the Belfast Farmers Market at the same time.

The artists in the market are juried, so visitors can be assured of high-quality handcrafted and locally made products. Visiting the market allows shoppers to meet the makers, ask questions about the materials and/or process and receive the best price, as there is no middleman to feed.

Each week there is an assortment of product and talent; some are here each week, and a few that rotate as schedules permit. There is always a wide assortment of jewelry, beeswax carved candles, pottery, handcrafted soap, body products, appliqué quilts, fiber arts (some wearable and some for decorative purposes only) and more.

Bill Davis is one of the "regular" artists who are with the market every week, and has been since its inception. Davis is an animator and illustrator by trade, having a career that has spanned over four decades thus far. Some of his clients include Children's Television Network (“Sesame Street”), “Reading Rainbow,” Slim Goodbody (John Burstein), Cornell University and Harlem Hospital. The focus of much of his work has been educational, which is a good fit, given his love of children, humor and whimsy. While living in Ithaca, N.Y., he was introduced to pottery, giving him a new surface to draw on and sculpt. His work is vibrant, bold, expressive, fun, as well as food, microwave, oven and dishwasher safe. Now is the time to come and get some of his work, as he and his wife, Kelly, will be moving out of state after the July 3rd market.

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