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.
Masks are required while shopping indoors out of the respect & comfort for all at this time. Thank You!
Spring Hours: Open Sun – Thurs 10am – 5pm
Fridays 10am – 6pm
Saturdays 9am – 6pm
207.588.0021 | email@example.com
+ Whitney Gill, Center Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org
+ Suzzanne Doiron, Assistant Manager + Membership Coordinator: email@example.com
+ Edythe Morin, Inventory Associate: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
PO Box 342 Gardiner ME 04345
Features + Events
The Center for Maine Craft is a retail gallery + information hub of Maine Craft events, travel resources, and activities:
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
Meet our members + learn about Maine craft at Center-hosted pop-up shops, artist demonstrations, and performances.
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: email@example.com
Join Us for a Free Event!
AWOOOOO-LY FIBER WORKSHOP
( A WOOLY FIBER WORKSHOP) + BOOK SIGNING
Saturday, June 26 10am-2pm
In-person at The Center for Maine Craft
Virtually via Zoom and Facebook
Join us anytime between 10am-2pm – we’ll be hosting Lucky Platt (aka Dorothy Macdonald) former MCA program manager and author-illustrator of the new picture book Imagine a Wolf (Page Street Kids 2021) and fiber artist Lynn Whiting of Whiting Works. At 11am and 1pm, join us at the Center or virtually via Zoom/Instagram/Facebook for a conversation about the materials and processes of spinning yarn, including hand dying with natural dyes and the unique qualities of alpaca fiber. Lynn will be working at her spinning wheel, and Lucky will introduce the title character of her book – a magical Wolf who has a special connection with fiber arts. Lucky will also be signing books between 10am-2pm, and can provide free personalized bookplates and book goodies for anyone who is attending virtually – visit https://www.luckyplatt.com/shop/p/bookplates to order yours today!
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.
For Artists: Our Jury Process
Artists and businesses interested in selling their work in the MCA retail galleries must first seek approval through our jury process. The MCA conducts retail gallery juries for two separate media categories: fine craft and complementary products. Both MCA members and non-members may participate in the MCA retail gallery juries. Applicants must live and work in Maine at least 6 months per year to qualify. Click the link below to read more and make a jury appointment.