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News & Opportunities from the Maine Crafts Association

MCA Program Calendar: Upcoming Events and Deadlines


Jan 15: Sign Up Deadline for Maine Gallery Guide Co-Op Ad

Jan 19: M2M Workshop: Speed Designing with Jolene McGowan

Jan 31: Portland Fine Craft Show Application Deadline

February: Registration opens for Maine Craft Weekend

Feb15: Sign Up Deadline for Mother’s Day Ad in Downeast Magazine

April 5: Sign Up Deadline for June Maine Magazine Co-Op Ad

May 3: Sign Up Deadline for July Downeast Magazine Co-Op Ad

May 9-12: Annual MCA Workshop Weekend @ Haystack

June 9: Public Opening Reception MCA Master Craft Artist Ten-Year Anniversary Exhibition @ Fuller Craft Museum

June 1: 2019 Seconds & Supplies SALE @ Running with Scissors

June 28: Sign Up Deadline for Portland Monthly Art Annual Co-Op Ad

Sept 6: Sign Up Deadline for November Downeast Magazine Co-Op Ad

Oct 5-6: Maine Craft Weekend 2019


APPLY by January 31, 2019

Call for exhibitors for the 5th Annual Portland Fine Craft Show, August 24 from 9am-5pm on Congress Street in Portland, ME. Apply as a fine craft artist working in baskets, ceramics, fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, stone or wood. 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.


Elena Kubler | Owner/Curator, The Turtle Gallery
Kazeem Lawal | Owner/Curator, Portland Trading Co.
Anja Levitties | Chair, 2019 Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show


January 19, 2019: Speed Designing with Jolene McGowan

Are you looking to grow your 2019 audience and further your visual web presence? Join us in Ellsworth at Artsworth for a new professional development workshop! Participants will leave this workshop with their own Mailchimp account and a completed promotional flier designed and created in Adobe Spark featuring their work or business. All of this will be accomplished in one workshop, setting the participant up for future promotions.


Artist Reception: Featured Artists From Northern Journeys Magazine and Artist Talk


Steve Burns

Markings Gallery is hosting an artist reception on November 18 from 4-6:00 for past and present, featured artists of Northern Journeys Magazine. Northern Journeys is a magazine of the Arts, Humanities and Sciences distributed in Midcoast Maine. Come and meet some of the exceptional artists you have been
reading about. The evening will be capped off with a talk by Sculptor and jeweler Steve Burns.
We will have a preview of Steve’s new jewelry line. Steve will talk about how he “faked it”in the big city of New York reinventing himself as a high level restorer of major sculpture and finer art objects for NY galleries. He will tell us how he fought his way into the film union so he could barter his welding and model making skills into being able to work on union sf crews for feature films and commercials that you probably have seen.

Refreshments are generously donated by Byrnes Irish Pub, 38 Centre St, Bath, ME 04530

John Bisbee: American Steel Gallery Talk at CMCA


The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites the public to a conversation and book signing with artist John Bisbee on Saturday, October 13, 2018, from 3:00 to 5:00pm. The event celebrates the release of the exhibition catalog, American Steel, and serves as a closing reception for the final weekend of the exhibition.

Art critic Carl Little, writing about American Steel in the online arts publication, Hyperallergic, states: “There’s something homegrown, authentic and tough about this artist—a cross between Bruce Springsteen and the village blacksmith. With American Steel, Bisbee has brought a new voice to his art, one, in his words, that ‘summons the utilitarian associations of the nail with new vigor and responds to the world outside of myself, pointedly and with humor.’ He calls American Steel ‘an aggressive spectacle,’ his ‘patriotic and poetic reexamination of America.’ It’s all that and then some. Excuse the pun: Bisbee has nailed it.”



Accompanying the exhibition, and available for purchase and signing by the artist at the reception on October 13, is the newly released 64-page, fully illustrated, 11×11 inch, hardcover catalog. The publication includes a foreword by CMCA Director Suzette McAvoy and an essay by Glenn Adamson, Senior Scholar at the Yale Center for British Art and former Director of the Museum of Arts and Design, NYC. The catalog has been designed by Maeve O’Regan, with photography by Andrew Estey. It was printed in Lewiston by Penmor Lithographers.

Constructed entirely from nails, by hand, John Bisbee’s sculptures draw on a deep well of American historical and vernacular imagery. Made in a spirit of solidarity with workers of all kinds, each nail expresses the idea of things joined together.

John Bisbee: American Steel is on view at CMCA in Rockland through October 14, 2018. Major support for the exhibition has been provided by the Roxanne Quimby Foundation, John and Linda Coleman, the Lucas Kaempfer Foundation, James and Lisa Mooney, Robert and Elizabeth Nanovic, the David E. Shaw Family Foundation, and Cold Mountain Builders.

For additional information on events and exhibitions at CMCA, please visit

OCTOBER News & Opportunities from the Maine Crafts Association


Image: Embergrove shot by Michael Wilson | Artists In Their Studios 2018



MCA Program Calendar: Upcoming Events and Deadlines


Oct 6: Last day to view Winterstick Snowboards @ Center for Maine Craft Gallery

Oct 8: Maine Craft Weekend YARD SIGN ordering deadline (for MCW participants)

Oct 9 – Nov 18: The Luthiers’ Craft @ Center for Maine Craft Gallery

Oct 13: Maine Craft Weekend Mini Craft Show @ Center for Maine Craft 9am-3pm

Oct 13 & 14: Maine Craft Weekend

Oct 15: Craft Apprentice Program 2019 application opens

Oct 15: Portland Fine Craft Show 2019 application opens

Oct 23: CAP Artist Talk & 2019 CAP Information Session @ Maine Craft Portland

Oct 27: Photography for Craft Artists Workshop (Portland)

2018 Looking Ahead

Nov: Center for Maine Craft 10th Anniversary Month!

Nov-Dec: Annual Ornament Showcase @ Center for Maine Craft Gallery

Dec 7: Craft Apprentice Program 2019 Application Deadline

Dec 14-16: MCA Mentor Booth @ CraftBoston


January 31st: Portland Fine Craft Show Application Deadline

June-October 2019: MCA Master Craft Artist Ten-Year Anniversary Exhibition @ Fuller Craft Museum

May 9-12: Annual MCA Workshop Weekend @ Haystack

June 1: 2019 Seconds & Supplies SALE @ Running with Scissors

October 5&6: Maine Craft Weekend 2019



Detail, Nancy Giesberger (2018 Master)



CAP Artist Talk and Information Session October 23, 3pm, Free

Free and Open to the Public, 3:00 – 4:00pm

Maine Craft Portland | 521 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101 | 207-808-8184

Craft Apprentice Program Info Session (Application tips, program description, Q&A) and 2018 Masters & Apprentices Artist Talks by Christine Peters (2018 Master), Nina Devenny (2018 Apprentice) and Nina Ruit (2018 Apprentice)

The 2019 program has funding to support five Master/Apprentice pairs thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and we have simplified the CAP application – there is no better year to apply!

The session will provide information about the program and application process as well as serve an opportunity to connect with other artists looking for a master or apprentice match.  The session will take place in the new Flex Space at Maine Craft Portland, currently featuring work from the 2018 Craft Apprentice Program masters and apprentices.




Maine Craft Weekend


Plan your tour! Next weekend October 13-14, hundreds of artists will open their studios, offer pop-up shops, mini workshops and demos, special events and collaborations with craft venues (including brewers!) as part of this annual statewide celebration of Maine craft. This year visitors may ‘check-in’ on the event website to receive special tour recommendations, email updates/social media alerts and provide feedback.

Artists/Host Sites

Late registrations accepted through October 8, small fee applies. Don’t forget to order your yard signs – deadline is midnight October 8! Check out these tips for promoting your event.

2018 Sponsors Artscope, Maine Made, Maine Crafts Association, Maine Arts Commission, The Betterment Fund, City of Hallowell, Heart of Ellsworth, Discover Gardiner, DownEast, Portland Pottery, Moosehead Lake, Cyber Copy, Maine Charitable Mechanics’ Association and Maine Gallery + Studio Guide.

For Event Information go to:




Photography for Crafts Artists

Good photography is crucial to sharing your work online, and can help set you apart in world full of social media. While a professional photographer can provide amazing and consistent results, this may not be in the budget for all of your projects. Sign up to learn these essential skills with professional photographer, Andrew Davis in Portland, ME on October 27, 2018.

Visit: for more information




Center for Maine Craft

P.O. Box 342
GardinerME 04345
United States

Physical Address
288 Lewiston Road, West Gardiner, ME
(207) 588-0021

Maine Craft Portland
521 Congress Street, Portland, ME
(207) 808-8184

MCA Office: (207) 205- 0791





Marking Gallery Presents Jo Diggs Works + Art Talk

Fiber Artist Joe Diggs

The applique art quilts of Portland fiber artist, Jo Diggs, will be the feature exhibition at Marking Gallery  from October 2 – 31.  Jo focuses exclusively on art quilts.  Jo was educated at Wellesley and Harvard (earning a Master in education).  After forays out west, she settled in Portland in the 80’s.
Her style incorporates fractured and multiple images, manufactured and hand dyed fabrics.  They capture the essence of the New England landscape, including gardens. Her style is visually elegant and contemporary.  She may start with a specific landscape, but it quickly morphs with the layering and assembling of her fabrics.  “I am working from imagination, but they’re pure New England.”
It is a joy to listen when Jo speaks about her life’s journey in the creative and very unique art of applique quilts.


Fiber Artist Jo Diggs

 Please join us on October 11 from 5-7pm for a gallery talk with Jo Diggs.  Refreshments provided by Bath restaurant.  Markings Gallery, 50 Front St, Bath Me.

Tuesday Talk “New Gallery Models in Maine” at The Center for Maine Contemporary Art

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites the public to a Tuesday Talk on September 25, at 5:30pm, with gallerists Tobias Czudej of Waldo Exhibitions, Rockport, and Grant Wahlquist of Grant Wahlquist Gallery, Portland, to discuss “New Gallery Models in Maine.” Czudej and Wahlquist are breaking the mold of traditional galleries in the state by bringing cutting-edge national and international contemporary art to their recently opened exhibition venues in Rockport and Portland.

Under Tobias Czudej’s direction, Waldo Exhibitions is conceived as a series of temporary exhibitions in unique locations. This year’s program takes place in a 19th-century former dance hall in an abandoned oceanfront resort in Rockport. Czudej formerly worked for PACE and Gagosian Galleries, two of the world’s largest international galleries, and has curated temporary exhibitions in London and New York under the rubric CHEWDAY’S.

Grant Wahlquist is a freelance curator, critic and theorist, formerly based in Los Angeles, where he was affiliated with the Orange County Museum of Art. He now splits his time between Vinalhaven and Portland, Maine, where he opened the eponymous Grant Wahlquist Gallery in summer 2017, featuring thought-provoking work by emerging and mid-career artists working in diverse mediums.

Tuesday Talks at CMCA are free with admission; participants are invited to stay following the talks for further conversation and refreshments. For additional information, please visit

Fall Exhibitions at the Barn

Roger Goldenberg “Longstocking”


Opening Reception: Saturday September 15, 5 – 7:30 PM.

Fall Exhibitions include ‘OAA Expressions,’ an exhibition with a wide variety of subject and medium and “Roots” a theme show. Two small Memorial Exhibitions will commemorate the lives and work of painters George Burk and DeWitt Hardy. Invited New England Sculptors exhibit in the outdoor Sculpture Court. Painters Roger Goldenberg and Ethel Hills Showcase their work in the North Gallery.

Join Ethel Hills for a free Gallery Talk on Thursday, September 13 at 6 PM.

Andy Happel and Los Galactacos will give a concert on Saturday, September 8, 7:30 PM. There is a charge for the Concert. All other events are free.

Join us for ‘The Ogunquit Art Colony: History & Legacy of the OAA’ a discussion and celebration of the 90th Anniversary of the Ogunquit Art Association on Thursday, September 20 at 6 PM.

Barn Gallery closes for the season at 5 PM on Columbus Day, Monday, October 8, 2018

FMI: 207-646-8400 or

TOM PAIEMENT 20 Years of Exploration | Greenhut Galleries

Mixed media on panel 15 x 13 inches

20 Years of Exploration

September 6 – 29, 2018

Opening reception Thursday, Sept 6 from 5-7pm
Artist talk Thursday, September 20 at 5pm

Grant Drumheller featured in the side gallery.

Greenhut Galleries
146 Middle St
Portland, Maine 04101

Gallery Talk with Linda Packard at Courthouse Gallery Fine Art

Linda Packard in her Bangor studio

Linda Packard in her Bangor studio

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art will host a Gallery Talk for Colin Page on Wednesday, August 29 at 6pm. The talk will be held in conjunction with a solo show of Packard’s new work. The show runs through September 15. The event is free and open to the public.

 Linda Packard, The Poem I Meant to Write, oil on panel, 36 x 48 inches

Linda Packard, The Poem I Meant to Write, oil on panel, 36 x 48 inches

Linda Packard (b.1952) is an en plein air landscape painter, who recently transitioned to a totally process driven studio practice. The new abstract paintings in her first solo show at Courthouse Gallery have brought the sensuous physicality of her visceral landscapes to a new level. Packard, who has a profound interest in the abstract expressionist movement, is admittedly enamored by its painters. The one artist whose work she returns to most often is Joan Mitchell. For Packard, Mitchell’s paintings reflect the raw emotions of her experiences, often without specific intention. After receiving her BA in Studio Art from Smith College, Packard moved to Boston where she worded as librarian and a printmaker, and studied book arts. She eventually settled in Maine and opened a graphic design firm. In 2006, Packard returned to pursuing a fine art career. A one-week summer workshop with the late Boston painter, Jon Imber, in Stonington, Maine, marked the beginning of her love affair with the expressiveness of oil paint and en plein air painting. Packard spent five years working with Imber, who she still cites as one of her greatest influences. Packard was awarded a Heliker-LaHotan Foundation residency fellowship in 2015, and participated in a month-long residency this past fall at Weir Farm in Wilton, Connecticut in 2017. Packard lives in Bangor Maine, where she maintains a year-round studio.

Courthouse Gallery is located at 6 Court Street in Ellsworth. For more information on upcoming shows call (207) 667-6611, or visit

Talk with Photographer Jocelyn Lee and Former ICP Curator Edward Earle at CMCA

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites the public to a Tuesday Talk with photographer Jocelyn Lee in conversation with Edward Earle, former Curator of Collections at the International Center of Photography, NYC, on Tuesday, August 21, at 5:30pm in the CMCA galleries at 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine.

Lee and Earle will discuss the historical underpinnings of Lee’s work on view in her current solo exhibition, The Appearance of Things, as well as new directions in portraiture, landscape, and documentary photography. Tuesday Talks are free with admission, and participants are invited to stay after the talk for further conversation and refreshments.
Writing in The New Yorker, Rebecca Bengal describes Lee’s work in The Appearance of Things as: “Rather than the exchange between camera and subject, these painterly pictures…reveal a symbiosis between human and natural forms, each enhancing the other’s uncanny, shifting beauty.”

Jocelyn Lee was born in Naples, Italy, and received her BA in philosophy and visual arts from Yale University, and her MFA in photography from Hunter College. In 2013 she received a NYFA Fellowship, and in 2001 she received a Guggenheim Fellowship. She has taught photography at Princeton University (2003-2012) and at Maine College of Art (1993-2001). She has been a visiting artist at Yale University, Bowdoin College, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and New York University. Her work has been published in numerous national and international publications and is in many public and private collections.

Edward Earle is the former Curator of Collections at the International Center of Photography, NYC. At ICP, he curated a retrospective of MANUAL, the collaborative work of Ed Hill and Suzanne Bloom, as well as two Triennial exhibitions before retiring in 2015. Previously, Earle developed new media projects at the California Museum of Photography at UC Riverside. A graduate of the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, NY, Earle also worked at the Photographic Resource Center, Boston, and the Museum of the Moving Image, Queens.

For additional information on Tuesday Talks and exhibitions at CMCA, please visit