Falmouth ArtMarket Features Music by Dawna Hammers and Works by 25 Local Artisans on Thursday, August 22
The Falmouth ArtMarket takes place Thursday, August 15, from noon to 5 PM, at Falmouth Marine Park, 180 Scranton Avenue on Falmouth Harbor. Triple-Slide will entertain from 2 to 4 PM. The ArtMarket offers a variety of paintings, photographs, jewelry, pottery, fiber items, and more by 25 different artists and craftspeople and takes place every Thursday through August 29.
Singer, songwriter, performer and recording artist Dawna Hammers seeks to spread truth, hope, and inspiration through her songs, a blend of folk, soft rock, blues, jazz, and world beat. She performs frequently on the Cape, staging several Joni Mitchell tribute concerts, a Woodstock Sixties Singalong, solo and band performances, and more. She has released six CDs of original and cover songs.
Like many Cape Cod artists, Caroline Laye, of West Falmouth, is inspired by the ocean. She started making soap and related products about a year and a half ago, “on a whim,” she said. She set up her business, Atlantic Soap Company, this year.
Laye makes cold process soaps by hand, using filtered seawater collected in Woods Hole. The seawater creates a harder, longer-lasting soap than distilled water and adds a special local flavor to her products. “It’s a piece of Cape Cod that people can take home with them,” she said.
Laye uses ingredients that have some connection to the ocean, including kelp powder, seaweed extract, black sand, and sea clay. Her Beach Rose soap has a floral scent and has swirls of pumice sand for gentle exfoliation. The soap is topped with dried rose petals. Her Purple Seaweed soap incorporates Jojoba beads to provide subtle exfoliation and seaweed extract for cleaning sensitive skin. “Unlike plastic microbeads, the jojoba beads are made of a natural oil that won’t harm the ocean,” she said.
Her Ultramarine soap, in swirls of deep blue and white, is one of her most popular soaps. Its ingredients include ultramarine powder (originally made by grinding lapis lazuli from Afghanistan into a powder), sea salt, and cornflowers.
Laye’s other soaps include Kelp Forest, with kelp powder and seaweed extract; Sea Clay Swirl, with sea clay, seaweed extract, and shea butter; and Charcoal Facial Soap, with activated charcoal and black Icelandic sand.