The 6th Annual Portland Fine Craft Show (redo of 2020!) is produced by the Maine Crafts Association (MCA), a non-profit organization supporting craft artists through educational, marketing and retail opportunities. MCA programming is funded by individual and institutional memberships, board member contributions, annual fund donations, corporate contributions, foundation and government grants, and program service fees. The MCA seeks to strengthen individual craft artists, Maine communities, local economies, and the visitor experience through dynamic and diverse programming including the Craft Apprentice Program, the Portland Fine Craft Show and Maine Craft Weekend.
2020 SPONSORS & PARTNERS
Caleb Johnson Studio
Maine Arts Commission
Gorham Savings Bank
West End News
Maine Organic Farmers and Growers Association
SHOW STAFF CONTACT INFORMATION
SHOW DATE AND HOURS
Saturday, August 28, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Rain or Shine
Free Street Lot, 120 Free Street, Portland, ME 04101, otherwise known as the Show Zone
GPS ADDRESS for Show Entrance: 120 Free St, Portland, ME 04101
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need specific driving directions.
The Portland Fine Craft Show is free and open to the public, and features exhibitors from Maine and the Northeast exhibiting fine craft in the following media categories: baskets, ceramics, fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, stone and wood, as well as outreach booths featuring New England arts organizations, international artists new to Maine, and schools and guilds by special invitation. The Portland Fine Craft Show remains one of the only Maine craft shows open to artists not living in Maine, and has a reputation for being well-organized and high quality, with high attendance.
MCA Member Single Booth 10×10 in-line fee: $165.00
MCA Member Double Booth 10×20 in-line fee: $300.00
MCA Member Triple Booth 10×30 in-line fee: $450.00
+$40.00 charge for corner booth
Non Member Single Booth 10×10 in-line fee: $195.00
Non Member Double Booth 10×20 in-line fee: $360.00
Non Member Triple Booth 10×30 in-line fee: $540.00
+$40.00 charge for corner booth
We will provide a roving and stationary water carts to refill water bottles. Please help eliminate the use of throwaway plastic bottles by bringing a container for drinking water.
THERMOS FOR COFFEE/TEA
Please help eliminate use of coffee cups by bringing a thermos.
TENT WEIGHTS Must have one at each tent leg, 40lbs each leg recommended (please see show rules and policies).
MASKS AND FACE COVERS (see show rules and policies).
UPDATED! LOAD-IN AND LOAD-OUT INFO FOR NEW LOCATION!
For the 2021 new event location we are offering two time slots for exhibitor load in. Exhibitors must decide on their load in date and time in advance and verify this time with the event manager (email@example.com). We are offering security to protect the lot during the night of Friday, August 28th if you do choose to take advantage of the advanced day load in time slot. Please note! this is for displays and tents only! Do not leave your work unattended in your booth during the night.
-Friday, August 27th 2021: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
-Saturday, August 28th 2021: 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
All vehicles must be removed from the show zone by 9:30 a.m.
Show start is at 10:00 a.m and is open to the public till 5:00 p.m.
LOAD OUT: Saturday, August 28th 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
TBA we will update you as we get closer to the event about
REMINDER: The show zone will be ONE-WAY for vehicles during load in & out. Enter Congress St at State St. and exit at High St.
There is exhibitor-only parking for regular and oversized vehicles at 120 Free Street in the outdoor lot between the Children’s Museum (142 Free Street) and the Dogfish Cafe. The cost is $5 per space for the full day – oversized vehicles will pay per number of spaces the vehicle occupies ($10 or $15 depending on size). The lot opens at 6am.
Additional parking options
The following lots and garages are closest to the State to High Street area of Congress:
Spring Street Garage: 45 Spring St.
Midtown Lot: 44 Free St.
Gateway Garage: 181 High St.
One City Center Garage: 1 City Center
Check your listing
Show Rules & Policies
EXHIBITOR RULES & REGULATIONS
1. Exhibitors must be present at the show for all show hours, and must be wearing exhibitor badge in lanyard/holders provided at load-in
2. Partner exhibitors may be represented by one member of the partnership.
3. Exhibitors must set up and take down within the allotted time frame: 5 a.m. – 9 a.m. set-up, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. take down.
4. Exhibitors must move vehicles from the show zone to a parking lot by 8 a.m.
5. Only the following media categories may be exhibited: baskets, ceramics, fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, stone and wood. The following Media/Products may not be exhibited: specialty foods, personal care, candles, books, CDs/DVDs, cards, 2D fine art, photography, flower arrangements, buy-sell items or any products made from commercially available kits.
6. Proper Tent Weights are REQUIRED Must be attached to tent poles and of substantial weight-the standard is 40lbs at each corner. We will not be weighing your weights, but will insist that your weights are heavy enough to firmly ground your tent and that the weights are properly attached to the tent poles. If you’re in the market for tent weights, we suggest PVC pipe, end caps, big eye bolts and concrete. This link has some pretty good instructions…
7. Standard 10×10 Ez-up (or equivalent) tents are required
8. No tarps are allowed, tent side flaps that came with the tent are acceptable
9. No electricity or WiFi is available
10. Exhibitors must load out between 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. All materials must be moved onto the sidewalk by 7 p.m. if not fully loaded.
11. MASK MANDATE- As per the office of Governor Mills the mask mandate will still be in effect on this date. We are asking for all vendors and anyone that might be assisting you that day wear a mask.
90 days or more prior to event (Sunday May 30th): Full refund less $25
31-89 days prior to event (Monday May 31 – Wednesday July 28): 50% refund
30 or less days prior to event (Thursday July 29): No refunds
ME STATE SALES TAX ID
Pre show: If you are not already collecting ME state sales tax, REGISTER your Business
Sole Proprietors use this form.
Businesses with EINs use this form (fill out page 7 and the top of pg 9 only)
During show: charge 5.5% on all your sales
Post show: File / Pay sales Tax
For more info at https://portal.maine.gov/salestax/
Maine Revenue Services Contact Info:
(207) 624-9693 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
LIABILITY AND INSURANCE
Exhibitors display all work at their own risk and should carry appropriate insurance. Exhibitors are urged to carry ALL-RISK INSURANCE to protect against damage, loss and all other hazards, from the time the materials leave place of origin until they are returned after the show. Riders can usually be added to existing policies to get the needed coverage.
SALES EXCHANGE/REFUND POLICIES
MCA recommends that exhibitors post their refund, return, and exchange policies in their booth. It is not sufficient to have the policy printed on sales receipt as the receipt is received post-sale.
Exhibitor Amenities & Services
The MCA will provide all exhibitors with name tag badges and a mini show guide at load-in; these must be worn throughout the Show.
A reminder to MCA Professional-level members to bring your member sign to display in your booth. If you are an MCA member at the professional level and have not received your sign, email email@example.com.
A coupon for a free tall coffee from Coffee By Design is included with the exhibitor badge, thank you CBD! Visit their shop in the Show zone at 620 Congress, opens at 6:30am.
UPDATED – LUNCH AND WATER DELIVERY
The MCA provides a roving and stationary water cart to refill water bottles, and a bag lunch made by Hannaford. One lunch per booth or two for partner businesses – MCA volunteers will deliver lunch and water refill cart to your booth. Lunch is turkey sandwich, chips, fruit & cookie. To request a vegetarian lunch, email Dorothy: Dorothy@mainecrafts.org.
CELL PHONE CHARGING STATION
The MCA Info Booth is located at the High Street entrance to the show. MCA will provide battery-powered cell phone chargers at the Info Booth for exhibitor use.
The Show provides Porta-Potties, located at Park Street and at High Street.
MCA volunteers are on-hand for booth sitting. A cell phone number to our volunteer coordinator will also be provided for day of event requests.
UPDATED – SHOW AWARDS
Three Exhibitors will be selected during the show for show awards, to be announced by social media. Be sure to follow the MCA on Instagram @maine_crafts_association
Awards for Best Booth Design and Best of Show will be juried by Caleb Johnson of Caleb Johnson Studio and announced during the day via social media.
The People’s Choice Award will be selected from visitor ballots throughout the day and announced at 4pm via social media.
Marketing & Promotion
In partnership with the West End News (WEN), a local paper serving the Greater Portland area including South Portland, Falmouth, Scarborough, Westbrook and Brunswick, we have printed a four page color Show Guide. The Show Guide will be an insert in the August edition of West End News (12,000 copies distributed) and will be distributed as a stand-alone piece to show visitors. Additionally the Show Guide will be added to the Maine Sunday Telegram for the first Sunday of August. The Show Guide serves as both marketing prior to the event and the show program the day of the event with the event Map, and Vendors listed with their booth numbers.
EXHIBITOR AD OPPORTUNITIES
Vendors of the Portland Fine Craft Show have the opportunity to purchase varying sized ads to be printed on the Show Guide.
Ad space available include :
- Top Banner Ad-$200.00 size 4.8″ wide x 2.3″ tall,
- Side Vertical Ad- $100.00 size 2.4″ wide x 4.6″ tall,
- Classified Ad- $50.00 2.4″ wide x 2.4″ tall,
- Larger as space upon request.
For a visual reference you can view the 2019 Show Guide.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to coordinate the purchasing of ads in the Show Guide.
MCA Facebook and Instagram
The MCA will be featuring the Show on Facebook and Instagram before and throughout the Show. Be sure you are following us and please promote the Show through your social media networks!