Exhibition & Education Flex Space @ Maine Craft Portland

Thanks to generous funding from the Maine Community Foundation, the Maine Crafts Association created a small exhibition and educational programming space in fall 2018, as part of “phase two” in opening and operating Maine Craft Portland, our second retail gallery and resource center. (opened July 2018).  The flex space was designed and built by the fine folks at MN Construction.

The Maine Crafts Association supports craft artists by providing educational, marketing and retail opportunities.

The Exhibition & Education Flex Space supports the education component of the MCA mission by providing artists, educators, non-profits, arts administrators and the public a space to interact with, learn about and explore craft in a dedicated space within our retail gallery.

The space will be used for exhibitions, featured artist displays, demonstrations, lectures, trunk-shows, info sessions, tastings, music and other efforts related to MCA educational initiatives. We welcome inquires and ideas for use of the Flex Space related to craft in Maine!

The inaugural use of the Flex Space is our annual exhibition: Masters & Apprentices: Work from Maine’s Craft Apprentice Program. The exhibition is the culmination of our Craft Apprentice Program (CAP): a seven-month studio craft apprenticeship.

In 2018 the CAP supported two pairs, a Master jeweler, Christine Peters and her apprentice Nina Devenney and a Master weaver Nancy Giesberger and her apprentice Nina Ruit. Each master dedicated 100+ hours of in-studio one-on-one learning to support the apprentice’s goals. This exhibit is a sampling of work created during the last seven months by both masters and apprentices.

CAP 2019 has generous funding from the National Endowment for the Arts to support five apprenticeships (Masters and Apprentices receive funding)

For more information and to apply to the 2019 Craft Apprentice Program visit:


The 2018 Craft Apprentice Program is supported by:
Maine Arts CommissionMaine MagazineCaleb Johnson Studio