The Belfast Art Market is in full swing, with artists arriving weekly from as far away as Thomaston and Ellsworth and even the Big Apple. The artists in the market are juried, assuring high quality handcrafted artworks, clothing, pottery, jewelry, quilts, soap, candles, fiber arts and more.

B.A.M. is held every Friday through August, rain or shine, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the front lawn of Waterfall Arts, 256 High St. When it is raining, many of the artists set up inside. The side yard houses the Belfast Farmers Market during the same hours.

Shopping directly from the artists allows one to meet the maker, ask questions about materials and/or process and receive the best price. An artist to meet this week is Julia Ventresco, who sees beauty in all things so recycled tarps and sails morph into funky handbags, old wallpaper and maps into stationery and feed and grain bags into one-of-a-kind totes. Her OneWomanStudio offers recycled and repurposed creations form this largely self-taught artist and designer who credits the gift of a childhood spent at her mother’s elbow as she sewed, painted, wallpapered and generally transformed any available surface into a work of art for developing the technical skills and creative freedom she now uses in her own life and work as an artist.

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