You’re Invited: Maine Craft Portland’s One Year Anniversary Party!

July 5, 2019, 5-8pm: Please join us during the July First Friday Art Walk to toast our first year of success!

EXHIBITION RECEPTION:

We will be celebrating with the opening of IN THE BAG: a group exhibition in the flex space featuring seven MCA members making bags of various interpretations, media, dimensions and utility! Join us for champagne and Urban Farm Fermentory kombucha while supplies last!

GIVING BACK:

Thank you, Portland! Instead of having an anniversary sale we are going to share in our success! 10% of our ANNIVERSARY DAY TOTAL SALES will be donated to Side x Side: an organization strengthening our next generation of artists through hands on opportunities and diversified collaboration.

CRAFT-CAB IT ON US:

Take a free ride on a pedicab (you’ll know which ones are ours when you see them!). Maine Craft Portland and the Metals Collective have partnered to offer free rides between Maine Craft Portland and the Metals Collective annual exhibition opening reception at The Bearded Lady’s Jewel Box (644 Congress)!

Maine Craft Portland, est. 2018

521 Congress Street, Portland, Maine 04101 | 208-808-8184

MAINE CRAFT PORTLAND is a retail gallery + resource center in historic Mechanics’ Hall, located in downtown Portland, Maine. It is the second Maine Crafts Association location promoting and selling Maine craft through exhibitions and public programming; it financially benefits Maine craft artists through sales of their work. Maine Craft Portland opened in July 2018 and currently exhibits and sells the work of over 130 Maine craft artists.

Maine Craft Portland was made possible by a dream team of MCA board members, MCA staff, local and national foundations & donors, local designers and contractors, & MCA members. Maine Craft Portland has experienced success in its first year thanks to the ongoing support of patrons, Maine craft artists and the arts community.

MAINE CRAFT PORTLAND… ONE YEAR LATER

To open Maine Craft Portland, the Maine Crafts Association researched the location, developed a business plan that would best serve MCA members and the organization, and utilized savings, as well as, garnered significant support from foundations, local businesses and individuals. Maine Craft Portland represents organizational growth as a second retail location, and also creates opportunities for more craft artists to sell work, which in-turn grows MCA membership and audience. The retail gallery includes a “Flex Space” funded by the Maine Community Foundation. The Flex Space was completed in October 2018 to accommodate exhibitions, lectures, and other educational outreach within the larger space.

One Year of Craft Education and Outreach

Maine Craft Portland serves the craft community though exhibitions and educational programming within our space and also serves as a resource center, connecting craft artists and audiences with statewide opportunities, events and programs.

July, August, Sept 2018: First Friday Art Walk with live music

Oct 2018: MCA Craft Apprentice Program Capstone Exhibition

Oct 2018: Craft Apprentice Program Informational Workshop

Oct 2018: Maine Craft Weekend Kids Collage!

Nov 2018: Chris Becksvoort Book Signing & Trunk Show

Nov. 2018: In Plain Sight | Site: Talk + Tour with Portland Society for Architecture

Nov/Dec 2018: The Dining Room: Group Exhibition

Dec 2018: First Light Solstice window installation by Cindy Thompson

Jan 2019: Carole Kainlor: Solo Exhibition of Assemblage Wall Pieces

Feb 2019: Vases of Maine: Group Exhibition & Collaboration with Harmon’s & Barton’s

March 2019: Brian Buckland: Emerging Artist Solo Exhibition Wood Fired Ceramics from Mons Klint Residency & Artist Talk

March 2019: Felting demonstration with Susan Mills

April 2019: A Winter’s Work: Side by Side: Exhibition with Carole Ann Fer + Ellen Weiski

May 2019: Fuller Craft Museum visit + talk + tour

May/June 2019: Nuptials-Adornment for a New Age: Group Exhibition with complimentary hair braiding from Green with Envy Salon during opening reception

May 2019: Custom Jewelry Design Clinic with Springer’s Jewelers appraiser Tim Quinn

June 2019: Private shopping visit with singer India Arie

July 2019: In the Bag: Group Exhibition

Too many to list: MECA students and local public school groups have visited (both formally and informally) to learn from our staff about being a professional artist, how to sell work, how to price work and how being a member of the MCA supports craft artist careers.

Thank you to the Musicians that donated hours of playing time for our patrons on First Friday Art Walk: El Malo, Mousa, Dreamziclzz and the Styx, Gregg Harper, Bohemian Swing, Sonja Florman of Blue Fuze, Owen Kennedy of Pineland Fiddlers

Maine Craft Portland participates monthly in the First Friday Art Walks with opening receptions, live music and other events. We support the business community’s efforts coordinated by Portland Downtown; we participate in Shop for A Cause, donating a portion of sales to local non-profits and other shopping and community spirit events.

In addition to the programming we offer in Maine Craft Portland we are thankful to be located within Mechanics’ Hall and be able to collaborate with this like-missioned organization to offer additional educational programs in the building such as photography workshops, intellectual property workshops, our Master Craft Artist Award Presentation, other craft community gatherings and many, many MCA board committee meetings!

Maine Craft Portland Funders & Supporters

The Windgate Foundation generously provided the Maine Crafts Association with a $50,000 challenge grant in February 2018, the following supporters contributed matching funds to secure full funding and make Maine Craft Portland possible!

Windgate Foundation | Betterment Foundation | The City of Portland | Toodie & Gary Gulden | Caleb Johnson Studio | Shannon Richards | Sam Shaw | Susan Morris & Chip Newell | Judy Glickman Lauder | Mimi Dunn | Richard & Mary Howe | Lisa Pixley | Maine Charitable Mechanic Association | Amy Gulden & Randy Ramusack | Jim Brady | Carole & Alex Chanler | Loc Chanler & Sadie Bliss | Joan Sorensen | Kerry Grantham | Lynn Thompson | Tyler & Kat Gulden | Sue Bralove | Wendy & Mike Laidlaw | R.M. Davis, Inc. | Adrienne Paiewonsky | Sandra Henderson | Dick Spencer | Christian & Peg Becksvoort | Clair Sandford | David & Clemmer Montague | Mary Campbell | Robert Diamante | Sallie Findley | Lisa Evans & Jeffrey Smith | Joyce Wethington-Knight | Lissa Hunter | Lynn Kneedler | Camden National Bank | Ayumi Horie | Kim Reid | Kathleen Goddu | Barbara Hopkins | Deborah Weiss | Joyce Schwaller | Alison Thibault | Peter Mills | Valerie Paul | Francine Rudoff | Ebenezer Akakpo | Andy Verzosa | Frank Carr | Mary Hodgkin | Donna D’Aquino | Kevin Derrick | Nancy Shor | Kari Radasch & Ian Anderson | Karen Gola | Alan Bradstreet | Douglas E. Wilson | Gayle J. Fraas | Michele Michael | Jake Hanin | Lynn Duryea | Cathy Heinz | Lisa & Scott Cylinder | Susan Horowitz | Carole Ann Fer & Ellen Weiske | Tim McCreight | Anonymous | John McVeigh | Deborah Gould | Kim Round Marie Pallutto | Kris Lape | Mark Bell | Kim Bentley

Maine Craft Portland 2018 Opening Celebration Sponsors

Maine Craft Distilling
Camden National Bank

Looking Ahead

Maine Crafts Association plans for Maine Craft Portland to be open, accessible and vital for years to come. We love our new home and community in Portland, Maine and are honored to be celebrating our first anniversary!

Maine Crafts Association is currently in a continued period of growth. The Maine Crafts Guild and the Maine Crafts Association are working collaboratively to create one statewide craft organization. Building on the strengths of each organization, we will combine resources while maintaining the history and legacy of each group to better serve the needs of our members and promote craft throughout the state of Maine.

We are also in a strategic planning year, a year-long process which includes input from the board, advisory board, staff, members and other constituencies as we develop our 2020-2025 plan. It is early in the process, but based on member feedback, and in the context of our recent significant retail growth, we anticipate a shift to focus on growing the educational component of the mission, with more opportunities for members to connect with each other and build community. For example, a multi-day interactive conference on craft linking artists and other components of our community could be in our future.