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Crafts fairs cut prices

Posted November 25, 2008 07:30 AM

Retailers are not the only ones cutting holiday shopping prices this year. Many artists and organizers of holiday craft fairs are getting creative about pricing, too.

Some artists are bargaining down the cost of supplies to keep their prices low. Others, like Newton jeweler Lauren Berman, who is showing at the Celebrate Newton! Holiday Arts & Crafts Festival on Dec. 7, are switching to more affordable raw materials.

‘‘I’ve been creating more jewelry using lower-cost but interesting stones and staying away from the high-end stones,’’ said Berman, who said she is more likely to use chalcedony instead of blue topaz. ‘‘This means that I have to be a bit more creative in my designs, which has been pushing me from an artistic standpoint. So, this is a good thing — necessity being the mother of invention and all.’’

Newton quilters Karen Mondell and Diana Galson-Kooy are downsizing in the literal sense. ‘‘We decided to make some smaller items. We have regular quilted wall hangings and are now making ‘mini landscapes’ that cost significantly less,’’ said Mondell, who also is showing at Celebrate Newton!’s event at Newton South High School.

Here are some craft fair highlights:

Celebrate Newton! Arts & Crafts

This annual Newton PTO fund-raiser offers more than a wealth of juried fine arts and crafts. The holiday festival also boasts live music, a café, craft activities for youngsters , and many unusual gifts. Highlights this year include hand-dyed table linens, funky rubber stamps, Lynda Goldberg’s dream-like miniature monotypes, and Jean Lindsay-Dwyer’s huggable hand-knitted teddy bears. Details: Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Newton South High School, 140 Brandeis Road. Admission: $2, or $5 per family. 617-558-3695, www.perugi.com/newton.

Newton Art & Craft Sale

Thirty-five New England artists and one inventive chocolatier will gather for this juried show. This show with ‘‘a thousand gifts’’ includes crafts ranging from tiny earrings to hefty furniture. Notable items include potter Mark Bentz’s African violet planters. Chocolate Paradise will also tempt with the likes of chewy cherry chocolate-chip cookies and white and dark chocolate caramel corn. Proceeds support city arts programming. Details: Dec. 13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Dec. 14, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Newton Cultural Center, 225 Nevada St., Newtonville. Admission $3; $8 per family. 617-796-1540, www.ci.newton.ma.us, click on Cultural Affairs under the Departments link.

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