Located in West Gardiner, Maine, the Center for Maine Craft is a retail store and gallery selling and exhibiting the work of over 300 Maine craft artists. The Center is the hub of the Maine Crafts Association and central location for craft sales, education, and activities in our state. All work for sale at the Center is handcrafted by Maine craft artists or produced by small Maine companies.

Images by Matt Congdon Photography

Features + Events

The Center for Maine Craft is a retail gallery + information hub of Maine Craft events, travel resources, and activities:

Exhibitions 
The Center’s exhibition space is a dynamic area showcasing fine craft, art installations, MCA member group shows, supporting organizations of the MCA, and seasonal Maine made products. The Center presents 6-8 curated exhibitions per year. Center Exhibitions

Events
Meet our members + learn about Maine craft at Center-hosted pop-up shops, artist demonstrations, and performances.
Events Calendar

Cultural tourism information
Visit the Center to find craft artist studios, commercial galleries, nonprofit arts organizations, and more, anywhere in the state. Display your brochure

Visitor Information Center
Facilitated by the Maine Office of Tourism, the Center for Maine Craft provides statewide visitor information to all travelers visiting the West Gardiner Service Plaza.
Contact Dee Kinloch, Visitor Information Coordinator: vic@mainecrafts.org

Winter Residency 2020

Artist-in-Residence: Sara Palumbo
Residency Dates: January 7-February 29, 2020
Public Demo: Saturday, February 15 + Friday, February 21, 12-6pm
Artist Working Hours:
Wednesdays 10:30am – 2:30pm
Friday + Saturdays 1pm – 6pm
Closing Reception: February 29, 3-6pm

The Center for Maine Craft Gallery presents Words into Wool, an ongoing installation of work by fiber artist Sara Palumbo of Bath, ME. Sara will create work in the gallery during public hours in January and February. Sara learned wet felting from Susan Mills in Bowdoinham, Maine and has been studying shamanism for the last several years. She completed a one-year shamanic apprenticeship with Windhorse Circle in Pownal, Maine along with Ancestral Medicine coursework with Dr. Daniel Foor. Shamanism and felting naturally meld together in her work.

Open 7 Days a Week!

2020 Winter Hours:
Open daily, 9am-6pm

Contact:
207.588.0021 | center@mainecrafts.org

Whitney Gill, Center Manager: whitney@mainecrafts.org

Suzzanne Doiron, Assistant Manager + Membership Coordinator: suzzanne@mainecrafts.org

Edythe Morin, Inventory Associate: edy@mainecrafts.org

Directions

The Center is located at the West Gardiner Travel Plaza; Rt 126 (AKA Lewiston Road), off Exit 103 from 95 Southbound; Exit 102 from 95 Northbound; Exit 51 from I-295.

The Center for Maine Craft
Physical Address: (UPS/FedEx)
288 Lewiston Road
West Gardiner ME 04345
See map

Mail: (USPS)
PO Box 342 Gardiner ME 04345

Images by Matt Congdon Photography

About the Center

In 2006, the MCA, in collaboration with a consortium of Maine craft organizations, strategized the further establishment of Maine as a national destination for craft. The MCA, with dedicated supporters and funders, established the Center for Maine Craft in 2008, a successful year-round retail gallery located within the West Gardiner Turnpike Travel Plaza. The Center now welcomes over 136,000 visitors per year and showcases the work of over 300 artist-members of the MCA.
A decade later, the Maine Crafts Association established a second retail location, Maine Craft Portland: A retail gallery + resource center in the historic Mechanic’s Hall of downtown Portland, Maine. Opened in July 2018, Maine Craft Portland continues the MCA’s mission to promote craft in Maine through exhibitions and public programming, and directly supports over 130 Maine craft artists through sales of their work.

Images by Matt Congdon Photography

For Artists: Our Jury Process

The jury process is open to all craftspeople, including MCA members and non-members, who live and work, at least seasonally, in Maine. The MCA conducts juries for two separate media categories: fine craft and complementary products.