Spanning June 29 through August 31, 2019, the Center for Maine Craft will host pop-up shops and events every Saturday in the West Gardiner Service Plaza. Each Saturday, a new MCA artist-member will join us in the Center lobby to present their work. The Center welcomes the public to join us, meet our members, and support Maine craft this summer!
June 29 Book signing with Jean Flahive, author of The Old Mainer and the Sea
“Eben goes out fishing one day, rowing six miles from his island home towards the harbor on the mainland, hauling in cod as he goes. But a porpoise tangles his lines, fog rolls in, and an accident leads to a broken oar. Lonely, tired, and adrift, Eben is almost ready to give in to the embrace of the sea, when rescue comes in an unexpected form. The Old Mainer and the Sea is an allegorical tale about the circular nature of hope and deliverance.” –Islandport Press
July 6 Popup Shop featuring Spinoff Studio
SpinOff Studio is a non profit art center for adults with disabilities in Gardiner, Maine. More than 25 SpinOff artists work in a variety of mediums, including painting and drawing, photography, ceramics and woodworking, weaving and other fiber and fabric arts. SpinOff artists write poetry and stories, create and record music, and express themselves through acting and other performing arts. They are well known and respected members of Maine’s artistic community. Learn More
July 13 Book signing with Jeannie Brett, illustrator of My Cat, Coon Cat | (Special Hours: 10am – 1pm)
“Silver Medal, 2011 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, Picture Book (Ages 4-8)
When a young girl moves into a new home, she slowly wins the affection of a shy Maine coon cat, as he meets the girl’s kitten, chases dragonflies, and explores the neighborhood. Beautiful illustrations by Jeannie Brett enhance the gentle rhyming verses by Sandy Ferguson Fuller to make this a delightful book for children, cat lovers, and anyone who has felt the warmth of making a new friend.” – Islandport Press
July 20 Book Signing with Barbara Kent Lawrence, author of Islands of Time and The Other Island: Ben’s Story
“In Islands of Time, Becky Granger, daughter of a prominent New York family visiting Maine for the summer, told her story about falling in love with Ben Bunker, islander from a family of Maine fishermen. Now, in the sequel, Ben tells his own side of the story. Ben’s account deepens our understanding of the characters and events in Islands of Time, but stands as a compelling story on its own. Ben, now a fisherman and a marine biologist, also shares his experience and perspective on the changing fisheries of the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank, and the ways in which the changes affect his family and community, and well as all of us who share this planet and its oceans.” Read More
July 27 Book Signing with Jane Sloven, author of Termination of Benefits.
“In Termination of Benefits, Therapist Sarah Green is skilled at helping her counseling clients untangle their emotional dilemmas but doesn’t do so well with her own problems, and she’s got big ones—ghostly visits from a murdered friend and frightening flashbacks. Then a psychopath starts stalking Maine’s counseling community, and Sarah struggles to separate past trauma from present danger.” Read More
August 3 Popup Shop featuring Spiritship Creations
Artist-member Donna Lausier of Farmingdale, Maine creates one of a kind, original artworks using wool and natural fibers. Available works will include wearable creations, wall art, and sculpture.
August 10 Popup Shop featuring Painted Turtle Illustration
Hailing from Augusta, Maine, artist-members Leane and Kate of Painted Turtle Illustration are a mother/daughter team who create creative, unique, inspiring and FUN apparel, greeting cards and watercolor art tiles. Learn More
August 17 Book Signing with Cheryl Gillespie, co-author of Compassionate Journey, Honoring Our Mothers’ Stories
‘Five women writers enter their mothers’ worlds to tell their stories and unearth complex histories filled with love, laughter, trauma, courage, resilience, and determination. Their explorations lead the writers to a more compassionate acceptance of their mothers and themselves.” –Maine Authors Publishing
August 24 Popup Shop featuring Forever Clean Soap Co
“Forever Clean Soap creates luxury cold processed soaps, whipped body butters and sea salt scrubs that are homemade in Maine with only vegan ingredients. If you are looking for soap that moisturizes, lathers, smells heavenly and can be used for overall bathing, as well as hand and face washing, then please give our soaps a try!” Learn More
August 31 Book Signing with author Mary Atkinson
Maine author Mary Atkinson is a former teacher and educational consultant who now works full time as a published poet and writer for children. She has an MA Ed from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College, Montpelier, VT.
About the books:
Owl Girl: When Holly hears the ancient and mysterious call of an owl, she’s certain he’s calling just to her and that she must find him. Will Holly find her owl? Will she get in trouble for looking? Perfect for ages 6-10
Tillie Heart and Soul: Ten-year-old Tillie practices roller skating wherever she can—even in the old Franklin Piano Factory where she lives with her guardian Uncle Fred. She has to be in the Skate-a-thon with her friends. Surely Mama wouldn’t miss it! But skating in the city is tough, three-way friendships are tricky, and the stupid rules in Mama’s rehab program could mess up all her plans. Will Tillie get to be in the Skate-a-thon? Will she lose her best friend for trying? Will Mama come home to see her? A great read for ages 8-12. Read More