For the Fifth Anniversary of the Portland Fine Craft Show (PFCS), we’ve invited an artist to collaborate with MCA in the creation of the Show’s visual identity. We’re thrilled to announce that 2018 PFCS exhibitor Brooke Hoerner/AP Curiosities of Bowdoinham, ME will lead the design and development of visual elements for the 2019 Portland Fine Craft Show. Brooke creates sculptural and functional ceramics and jewelry with a lighthearted aesthetic incorporating concepts and colors inspired by the natural world. Furthering a theme in her own studio work, Brooke will explore the concept of a Cabinet of Curiosities for the 2019 PFCS visual identity project, and has invited Amanda Mitchell, artist and founder of Delany Arts in Yarmouth, ME to collaborate on illustrative components. Designs will be revealed in early 2019. Stay tuned!

Born and raised on the Front Range of Colorado, Brooke Hoerner holds a degree in business and marketing from the University of Colorado Boulder. What was meant to be a temporary move to the East Coast seven years ago, Maine has now turned into a home and a lifestyle. Brooke was raised by a family of artists and has furthered her art discipline through community and continuing education classes. She began working with clay six years ago and is drawn to the extraordinary amount of techniques available to achieve a variety of results, as well as the scientific nature of the medium. In addition to clay, she also works with metal and copper electroforming, a process of fusing copper onto another object. Her work explores both the lighthearted and more serious aspects of nature, delving into playful colors, shapes, and forms. Brooke considers herself lucky to be surrounded by some of nature’s most beautiful landscapes and finds inspiration in the natural world that surrounds her. See Brooke’s work at 

The 5th Annual Portland Fine Craft Show will be Saturday, August 24, 2019 from 9am-5pm on Congress Street between State and High Streets in Portland, ME. Learn more and apply here.