MCA Members to Exhibit at CraftBoston Holiday
Maine Crafts Association Members to Exhibit at CraftBoston Holiday
December 5 -7 2014 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston.
Clockwise from top left: Jack and Mary Designs, Austin P. Smith Ceramics, Theresa Secord, Maggie Bokor, .
The Maine Crafts Association (MCA) and The Society of Arts and Crafts (SAC) have collaborated to offer MCA members the opportunity to exhibit at CraftBoston Holiday 2014 in an SAC-subsidized, shared booth. Four MCA members were selected by the CraftBoston jury to exhibit: Maggie Bokor of South Portland, ME, Marilyn Robertson (Jack and Mary Designs) of York, ME, Theresa Secord of Waterville, ME, and Austin P. Smith of Camden, ME.
The MCA shared booth is a competitive program combining MCA and SAC resources with those of CraftBoston. Artists selected to participate in the show are provided information and training, booth design assistance and administrative support. The MCA first exhibited at CraftBoston in 2013 with a shared member booth at both the Spring and Holiday shows.
CraftBoston Director, Alyce Delbridge, explains the SAC philosophy around their partnership with the MCA, “CraftBoston is driven by a duel mission to sustain the creative livelihood of contemporary craft artists and further public education on fine craft. Our partnership with the Maine Crafts Association meets both objectives – it provides financial assistance to artists who are new to CraftBoston by way of a shared booth, which manifests as a diverse conglomerate of craftspeople that represent both Maine’s rich craft tradition and future.”
Maggie Bokor is known for her organic elegant jewelry. Working with silver in a “clay-like” state, Maggie creates all of her original designs with malleable fine silver called Art Clay®. This unique metal allows Maggie to focus on surface and detail with the hands of a sculptor. Most of her pieces are then cast in sterling silver to create a unified collection. Using patinas allows Maggie to accentuate the depth in her designs, while pieces left untouched simply sparkle and shine. The finest fresh water pearls, semi-precious and precious stones give each piece a distinct personality.www.maggiebokor.com
Jack and Mary Designs has been designing and manufacturing handcrafted, American-made, charming accessories created from recycled sweaters since 2004. Designer and founder, Marilyn Robertson’s commitment to creating fashion-forward, functional, stylish, accessories, that are hand-made in Maine, has earned the company a loyal following of style-conscious, eco-minded consumers. Since the 2009 debut of the company’s mittens, the cold weather accessories collection has expanded to include eco-friendly scarves, hats, mittens, fingerless mittens, headbands, boot cuffs and flower pins. www.jackandmarydesigns.com
Austin P. Smith brings an artist’s approach to an industrial process, resulting in a line of contemporary hand-cast porcelain. His latest work features screen-printed nautical charts of Midcoast Maine’s Penobscot Bay. Austin draws on the skills and tools he has garnered from his experience in the family masonry business in his mold-making practices. He enjoys finding the connections between clay work, stone and brickwork. www.austinpsmith.com
Theresa Secord began weaving ash and sweetgrass baskets in the 1980’s apprenticing with Madeline Tomer Shay on Indian Island. Now a master in her own right, Theresa regularly exhibits her classic Penobscot basketry styles, accented with natural dyes and cedar bark overlay, at national Indian art markets such as the storied Santa Fe Indian Market in New Mexico, where she’s won several distinctions, including first places, judge’s awards and special purchase awards. A passionate cultural advocate for this endangered tradition, Theresa led the founding of the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance. Through her leadership, she is credited with helping to lower the average age of basket makers in Maine from 63 to 40 and increased numbers of weavers from 55 to 200 in two decades. Secord was awarded the MCA Master Craft Artist Award in 2013. www.wikepibaskets.com
The Maine Crafts Association will be well represented throughout the show floor; MCA members Cara Romano and Hope Murphy exhibited in the MCA booth in 2013 and are each exhibiting at the upcoming show as individual booth holders, additionally MCA members Donna D’Aquino, Tandem Glass and Geoff Warner have been selected to exhibit.
CraftBoston Holiday is a contemporary craft show comprised of over 175 exhibitors, and is a highly regarded must-attend event for artists, collectors, and craft enthusiasts. CraftBoston is a mission-driven event that encourages the creation, collection, and conservation of the work of craft artists while promoting the public appreciation of fine craftsmanship. It features work by emerging artists from leading schools and universities, an artist mentor program, a craft bookseller, tours for special interest groups, and informational booths promoting non-profit craft organizations. Presented at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston’s affluent Back Bay neighborhood, CraftBoston Holiday is conveniently located in a fashionable, concentrated shopping district and draws large crowds that include tourists, a loyal local population, and shoppers from the affluent suburbs of the greater Boston area. The combined effects of innovative programming, the holiday season, a shopping and art savvy neighborhood location, and highly concentrated marketing efforts ensures a strong audience of educated buyers at CraftBoston Holiday.
Incorporated in 1897, The Society of Arts and Crafts is the oldest non-profit craft organization in the United States. SAC has been at the forefront of the American craft movement fostering the development, sales, recognition and education of craft for over 100 years.
The Maine Crafts Association, a non profit founded in 1983, is a Maine based arts organization dedicated to creating opportunities for Maine artists to develop their professional careers through educational and marketing programs, as well as to increase their income through retail and wholesale sales.
For over 30 years, the Maine Crafts Association has served craft artists across the state with educational activities such as workshops and conferences, subsidized marketing opportunities, Haystack Workshop Weekend, Master Craft Awards, exhibition and demonstration opportunities, and access to markets such as wholesale and retail tradeshows and seasonal stores and markets. In a state with a widespread population, MCA programming helps small Maine businesses intersect with Maine’s summer residents, visitors and larger marketplaces in Maine and New England.