Artisan Gift Shop
Open to the Public – New Members Welcome!*
Hours & Location
Artisan Gift Shop
Located in White Horse Park, next to the Farmer's Market and across from the Administration Building on 239 Ocean Parkway.
Now accepting cash and credit cards!
The Artisan Gift Shop is an extension of the Pine'eer Craft Club, a local group started in 1974. Members create handmade gift items, home décor, jewelry and so much more and then sell it in this retail store. Profits from these sales are donated back to the Ocean Pines community in the form of donations to the Police and Fire departments, Parks and Recreation Department, free Summer Concerts In the Park, Veterans Memorial and more.
Visit the shop to view beautiful, handmade items. Come often, as the merchandise is always changing. As merchandise sells, crafters are always making new items. And, as new crafters join the club, new categories of items expand the inventory.
The Artisan Gift Shop has a large selection of gift-giving items, such as jewelry sets, earrings and bracelets, and beautiful handbags and totes. A baby section includes crocheted blankets, hats, sweaters, plaques, baby bibs and more. There are also home décor items, many of them with a beach theme, including wreaths, wood plaques, floral arrangements, towels, coasters, runners and more. The shop even features floral arrangements with flowers made from seashells and fish scales. Members create handmade pottery items and stained glass items. Beautiful paintings, fabric-backed plates, mosaic mirrors, pictures made from jewelry, and pillows of all designs are also available. The shop also offers a complete line of doll-wear for American Girl dolls.
The Craft Club meets monthly on the third Thursday of the month at the Ocean Pines Community Center on 235 Ocean Parkway in Ocean Pines. All meetings are open to the public.
Join the club for refreshments at 9:45 a.m. A business meeting starts promptly at 10 a.m. After the meeting, the club offers a craft project for those who wish to participate. Preregistration is required, so the club can have enough supplies. A small fee is charged to cover the cost of supplies.
Current information regarding the next meeting and craft project are on display in the shop window. To preregister and for more information, call Program Chair Cathie Rodefer at 443-783-2937.
Crafter of the Month
The Pine’eer Craft Club of Ocean Pines has announced Barbara O’Connor as Crafter of the Month for April.
O’Connor was raised in Dobbs Ferry, New York and graduated from high school in 1957. Afterward, she worked at AT&T as an overseas telephone operator.
She met her husband, John, in 1960 and they were married in September 1961. This year, the couple will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary. Together, they have three children and three grandchildren.
O’Connor said she always enjoyed crafts, but didn't have much time to devote to projects until the children were all in school.
"In 1984, I took ceramic lessons and enjoyed making many different projects. It was satisfying taking greenware from start to finish, [but] my true love of crafts drifted me towards stained glass," she said.
"It was not until 1997, when we moved to Ocean Pines, that I though about my love for glass and how I could start working in this beautiful art medium," she continued. "Fortunately, I found a local artist, Carolyn Massey, who taught me this beautiful art form. After taking one class, I was hooked. To this day, I am still learning from this teacher and we became friends along the way."
O’Connor said she also enjoys creating fused glass projects.
"The one thing that puts this slightly above my stained glass work, is what I consider to be instant gratification," she said.
"Joining the Pine’eer Craft Club in 1999 gave me the opportunity to meet some awesome ladies and men who have joined," she continued. "Being part of the Craft Club offers camaraderie, friendships, community outreach, craft fairs, and a sense of belonging to something with [a] shared interest. It has been one of the highlights of living in Ocean Pines and I thank everyone who welcomed me in."
View O’Connor's projects and other handmade items at the Artisan Gift Shop in White Horse Park, on 239 Ocean Parkway in Ocean Pines. The shop is open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Winter Wonderland Holiday Artisan & Craft Fair is held indoors in the Ocean Pines Community Center on the first Saturday in November, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. A large number of crafters attend, making the event perfect for those seeking holiday gifts. Vendors interested in participating may call Nancy Burkett at 302-233-0761.
At both events, the Craft Club offers its famous homemade bake sale.
Contact shop co-managers Diane Denk, 410-600-4237, or Kim Perrone, 614-270-3275, for information on displaying and selling handcrafted merchandise at the Artisan Gift Shop in Ocean Pines.
*Profits from the sale of merchandise in this shop and from annual craft fairs are given back to the community in the form of donations, each year. Since the shop's inception, more than $160,000 has been given back to Ocean Pines.
Volunteers are essential to every aspect of the Artisan Gift Shop. They provide support and manpower to allow the club and the shop to operate to its full potential.
Becoming a member of the club is only $15 yearly. Members may put items in the shop and take advantage of the benefits of the club.