All female art fair coming this weekend

Lauren Williams Staff Writer

November 21, 2013

One of Clinton’s newest businesses, A Peaceful Path, is set to hold its inaugural Art Goddess Holiday Faire and Bazaar this Saturday, Nov. 23, an event that will bring together female artisans and crafters from Sampson County and beyond who wish to share their creations with the community, particularly during the holiday season.

Located in the old Ace Hardware building, A Peaceful Path opened this past January and owner Bonnie Augustine shared that the business has been doing well, offering alternative healing services including massage, meditation, acupuncture, Tai Chi, and Reiki; open mic nights; book discussions; and a variety of goods for purchase including books, music, jewelry, homemade crafts, hand-blended teas, locally crafted natural soaps, lotions, essential oils, and much more.

With almost a year of success under her belt, Augustine was ready to do more. Her friend and fair co-organizer Marsha Terry, a jewelry designer who has often been seen selling her creations at the local Farmer’s Market, suggested she consider hosting a crafts fair as the farmer’s market closed for the year and as the holidays approached.

The two women, also with Alice Tann’s assistance, took Terry’s idea and ran with it, securing around 25 different female artisans and crafters from Sampson County, Wilmington, New Bern, Rocky Mount, and South Carolina for Saturday’s event.

“We’ve had a wonderful response from vendors so we’re thrilled,” shared Augustine, noting that only four or five vendor spots are still available. “All different kinds of mediums will be represented.”

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. shoppers can browse the variety of vendors set up in the shop’s meditation hall and purchase unique items like canvas art and assemblage necklaces by Nancy Moore Cooper, Purple Moon Art Studio, Hubert; pencil drawings and portraits of pets by Laurie Hamilton, DRL Animal Art, Clinton; custom outdoor solar lights by Tammy Henn, S&T Creations, Fuquay Varina; jewelry, bath salts, and oils by Melissa Hoffman, Lavender Lillies, Fayetteville; gemstone jewelry by Arriel Spencer, Newton Grove; glass-tile and button jewelry by Marsha Terry, Peanut and Olive, Clinton; and hand-painted leather cuff bracelets, earrings, and hipster-style art by Christy Bearden and Christie B. Sweets, Greenwood, S.C., just to name a few.

“You’ll be able to find fun, unique gifts for the holidays, especially for people who are usually hard to buy for,” pointed out Augustine, adding that many of the fair’s vendors will also offer gift certificates “which is always a nice option.”

While anticipating the event to be “very lighthearted, very fun,” Augustine noted that the fair also has a very significant purpose — to empower women.

“I wanted to do this to help get women to own up to their talent, their beauty, and all they have to share,” she explained. “It’s really about celebrating the talents of women and how powerful women are.”

“I’ve encouraged the women (vendors) to bring out their inner goddess and to dress in a way that’s representative of how feminine they feel,” Augustine added.

Although the fair is to highlight women artisans and crafters, she stressed that the event is “for everybody,” describing it as “definitely family-oriented.”

According to Augustine, there will be lots at the fair to interest people, not just shopping.

For entertainment, three female musical acts will perform. Arriel Spencer from Dunn will play classical musical; the Mizfits, a group of ladies with the Coharie Indian Tribe, with perform old-timey gospel music using old-fashioned instruments; and Abby Beltran, a trained opera singer, will sing during the fair.

Internationally published book author and reflexologist Jillian Raymond of New Bern will also be on hand at 1 p.m. to speak, sign books, and offer reflexology services and information. Reflexology is “a non-invasive complementary practice involving the use of alternating pressure applied to reflexes within reflex maps of the body located on the feet, hands and outer ears,” according to the Reflexology Association of America.

Additionally, the event will include face painting and free hourly raffles, vending will be provided by Rainbow Hotdogs and Burgers, cakes by Mary Gibbs will be for sale, and a variety of fresh breads, coffees, and teas will be available.

“We’re looking forward to it,” said Augustine. “It’s something new and we’d like it to be something we do every six months.”

A Peaceful Path is located at 111 Ace Plaza/108 E. Elizabeth St. in Clinton. For questions or more information about this weekend’s fair or the business and its offerings in general, call 910-990-3706 or send on email to Also visit for more information and check out the shop’s Facebook page.

Lauren Williams can be reached at 910-592-8137, ext. 117 or via email at