The MCA retail gallery halls are decked with the handmade beauty and wonder of the season! MCA artist members and staff have been hard at work to bring handmade holiday goodness to our shelves. 2019 marks the 11th anniversary of the Center for Maine Craft and first year anniversary of Maine Craft Portland. Together the retail galleries represent the work of over 400 craft artists and small businesses of Maine. Visit us this holiday season and give the gift of handmade: Scroll down to see the many shopping opportunities and events still left to enjoy in 2019!

MCA presents 30 Lovely Things: our annual holiday gift guide to inspire and entice you to visit the Center for Maine Craft and Maine Craft Portland this holiday season, and all year long! Some items are available for online purchase; all of these lovely things can be found at one or both of our lovely stores.

Center for Maine Craft Holiday Hours

Through Dec 23rd 
Open Daily 9am-8pm
Christmas Eve & New Years Eve: 9am-4pm
Closed: Christmas Day & New Years Day

Visit: 288 Lewiston Road West Gardiner ME 04345


Emily Shaffer Studio @ Center for Maine Craft

Emily Shaffer of Emily Shaffer Studio is a jewelry artist based in Belfast, Maine. Using silver as her medium, Emily creates pieces of contemporary jewelry that bring a modern edge to your every day life. On Friday, December 20, 2019 visitors of the Center for Maine Craft will get the chance to meet Emily, learn about her process and browse her full jewelry collection. Don’t miss this chance to grab a special, holiday gift! Read More


What do yellow sneakers, a gecko, a visit to the vet’s, and a memorable seven-course Swedish meal all have in common? Why, calamity, of course! Romp through these humorous and sometimes poignant adventures as the author reveals the joys and comedic pitfalls of everyday experiences, including vacations, family pets, moving, and dealing with the neighborhood kids. Join us at the Center for Maine Craft on Saturday, December 21, 2019 to meet the author and receive your own signed copy of Love, Lutefisk, and Lemon Zest Sneakers. Read More

Annual Holiday Ornament Showcase

Featuring 50+ artist-members and staff of the Maine Crafts Association, the work exhibited is a variety of traditional and contemporary craft. Shop for beautifully crafted and one-of-a-kind ornaments, holiday cards, specialty foods, stocking stuffers, home decor and more! Read more

On View: November 21 through year’s end!

Maine Shellware

Maine Craft Portland Holiday Hours: 

Through Dec 31st
Monday – Thursday 10am-6pm
Friday & Saturday 10am-8pm
Sunday 12pm-5pm
Christmas + New Years Eve: 10am-4pm
Closed: Christmas Day, New Years Day, January 2nd (Inventory Day)

Visit: 521 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101



This second annual group show exhibition represents all craft mediums ready for your holiday hosting!  On the table and throughout the gallery you will see finely hand crafted items such as forged flatware, thrown dinnerware, Venetian stemware, felted trivets, napkin rings, and much much more! Also specially built for this year’s show are dining table and chairs created by the fine woodworkers W.A. Mitchell of Farmington, Maine. Read More

‘The Helpers Arrive, Borne by Cosmic Comets’

Many makers came together to complete the 3 beautiful holiday windows at Maine Craft Portland!

Maine Craft Portland Wins BEST THEME in Portland Downtown’s annual Holiday Window Display Contest!  

Cynthia Thompson of Transformit created this stunning window installation exclusively for Maine Craft Portland. Titled ‘The Helpers Arrive, Borne by Cosmic Comets’, its message is one of bringing light & assistance to our troubled world. Artist’s Statement: “The Earth needs our help! Using the I Ching (our guide to the natural order of the cosmos) we call on the Helpers. This installation tells of their arrival, in translucent fabric comets.”

The Gifts That Keep On Giving…

Did you know that MCA operates 19 programs + events designed to benefit local Maine artists and small businesses? Consider a gift of membership to a loved one this season, we have a few options below! For a full list of the upcoming programming and opportunities available to our members in 2020, Click Here.

For the Artist
Give the gift of MCA benefits! Your gift of Basic or Professional membership to your artist friend or family member will grant them full access to MCA educational, marketing and networking events and activities. Membership cycle is January 1- December 31. Join Now

For the Patron
The Individual Patron level (formerly called Customer Membership) is for MCA supporters, patrons and customers. Members at this level support the MCA and benefit from a 15% discount on purchases at the Center for Maine Craft + Maine Craft Portland. This membership is active for one year from purchase date. Join Now

For Anyone!
Not sure what they want? The MCA Retail Galleries offer gift certificates of any amount, and they never expire! Call us at (207)588-0021 to purchase one today! We’ll mail them to you, or to the person of your choice!

For the Someone Who Has Everything
Consider a tax-deductible donation to the Maine Crafts Association in their name. Your contribution helps us continue to provide more (and better) opportunities + benefits to the community we serve. Donate Now

Gift an MCA Workshop!

The MCA Workshop Series connects Maine Craft Artists with one another and with other resources within our community. The series offers opportunities to learn something new, engage with other artists and, in for some workshops, spend time in a peer’s workspace.


When: September 26-27, 2020
Where: Center for Maine Craft, 288 Lewiston Road, West Gardiner, ME, 04345


When: Tuesday, January 7 at 5:30pm
Where: Mechanics Hall Classroom, 519 Congress Street, Portland, ME

with Basha Burwell

When: Saturday, January 25, 2020
Where: Church: 16 Brewster St, Rockland ME 04841

Happy Holidays to All – and thanks for shopping local!