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Maine Crafts Association news and opportunities

Double Cleated Tumbler by Kreg McCune.


Sept 1-30: Hillary Hutton, Handweaver at Center for Maine Craft

Sept 2-26: Surf and Turf: Postcards From Maine L&S Cylinder Exhibition at Maine Craft Portland

Sept 9, 5 to 8 p.m.: STITCH (outside): Maine Designers on the Runway

Sept 9, noon to 6:30 p.m.: STITCH Style Market

Sept 9, noon to 5:30 p.m.: #MakeItBlue Indigo Dyeing Activity

Sept 18-19: MCA Guild Fine Craft Show: Scarborough


Oct 1, 5 to 7 p.m.: Craft Apprentice Program Capstone Exhibition Opening Reception

Oct 1-30: CAP Exhibition at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts

Oct 1-31: Tom Fererro Original Paintings Exhibition @ Center for Maine Craft

Oct 2-3: Maine Craft Weekend 2021

Oct 2, 2 p.m.: CAP Artist Talk at Watershed: Tim Christensen + Aidan Fraser

Oct 3, 2 p.m.: CAP Artist Talk at Watershed: Lissa Hunter + Ashley Page

Oct 23-24: MCA Guild Fine Craft Show: Brunswick

Nov 2 to Dec 31: Blue Moon Clay Carvers Exhibition @ Center for Maine Craft

Nov 5 to Dec 31: The Craft Maker’s Gambit: An Exhibition of Chess Inspired Work

Dec 8: Application deadline: CAP 2022

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Barbara Chase solo show on view at Monkitree

“Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” by Barbara Chase.

When I look into the eyes of an animal, I do not see an animal. I see a living being. I see a friend. I feel a soul.” — Anthony Douglas Williams

“The ‘Eyes’ Have It,” a solo show by Barbara Chase, runs from Sept. 14 through Nov. 5 at Monkitree, 263 Water St., Gardiner.

Chase, an acrylic artist living in Waterville, paints a wide variety of subjects. In this show, she focuses on animals, specifically focusing on the eyes.

“I love to find animals, birds and even bees that have distinctive eyes. The beauty in the eyes of other species serves to remind us that all living creatures have an equally special place in our universe,” she says.

Chase likes to present a subject that is staring at the observer, providing an animal-to-human connection.

It has been said that an animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language. Art can help inspire reflection and encourage connection. In “The ‘Eyes’ Have It,” Chase allows us to get up close and personal with the animals — and a few insects — in her paintings.

A portion of the sales of the paintings in this show will be donated to Johnson Hall as part of The Gardiner Creativity Fund Challenge, a program where The Gardiner Creativity Fund will match donations by the creative community toward the capital campaign to renovate the historic Johnson Hall into a state-of-the-art performing arts space. Chase will also be offering bookmarks for sale with the proceeds going to the Gardiner Creativity Fund Challenge during the length of the show. 

The show can be seen at Monkitree during regular shop hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

There will not be an opening reception.

Go to for additional information.

Exploring Maine: a maker’s journey at Monkitree

Central Maine Clay Artists offer artistic and functional designs that allow you to take Maine with you. Each of the clay artists has their identifiable style but with this show they are exploring new shapes and designs that gather inspiration from the state that offers so much — powerful ocean, scenic lakes, rugged mountains, delicate wildflowers, exceptional dining, dramatic seasonal changes, and more. In addition to the clay artists, the show will include paintings on the same theme by Nancy Keenan Barron.  

Each artist has a distinct focus when seeking inspiration from what Maine offers. When asked about their inspiration, the natural environment is front and center. The abundance of Maine’s lakes, rivers and ocean, wildflowers, even dining outdoors, has served as inspiration. Participating Central Maine Clay Artists include Mary K Spencer, Whitney Gill, Robbi Fritz Portella, Malley Weber, Libbey Seigars, Lori Keenan Watts, Marie Palluotto, Elizabeth MB Downs and Ru Allen.

The show opened July 20 and can be seen at Monkitree, 263 Water St., Gardiner, through Sept. 11. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. There will not be an opening reception.

See for details.

Mother’s Day sale at MCA Retail Gallery 

As we approach Mother’s Day and Father’s Day this year, we have much to reflect on. The Maine Crafts Association has missed the familiar faces of its patrons and members as people locked down and changed their lives to become teachers, caregivers and more during the pandemic. Many of you have been the glue holding everything together for your children, your parents, your businesses and yourselves. The importance and strain of these roles has been exemplified with each long day.

While MCA wishes they could give you a whole new perfect world in a handbasket with endless wine and chocolates, the best they can offer are special storewide sales.

A Mother’s Day sale will run from May 1 to 9.

Visit Maine Craft Portland at 521 Congress St., Portland. Found on the first floor of the beautiful Maine Mechanics Hall, Maine Craft Portland is located in the vibrant Arts District of Portland. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Sundays by appointment. Call 207-808-8184, or email for details.

The Center for Maine Craft is located at the West Gardiner Travel Plaza at 288 Lewiston Road West in Gardiner. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Call 207-588-0021, or email for details.

You can also shop online and find hundreds of artisan-made items sourced from the MCA retail galleries, shipped nationwide. Enter code THANKSMOM21 at checkout for 20% off your purchase. Code will be valid from midnight May 1 through May 9.

J. Whitman Studio 2020 Workshops & Classes

J. Whitman Studio 2020 Workshops & Classes

Robert Carsten : June 12-14, 2020 Cost $375

Michael Latala: Portrait July 10-12 2020 Cost $425  Landscape July 14,15 2020 Cost $285

Doug Dawson: Sept. 28-30, 2020 Cost $425

Life Drawing 1pm to 3pm every Saturday in February Cost $15 each class


Jerri Whitman 207-779-6277

900 Gardiner Rd Dresden, ME 04342

The Center for Maine Craft Showcases Sara Palumbo’s: ‘Words with Wool’

The Center for Maine Craft welcomed their first Winter Artist in Residence, Sara Palumbo, fiber and mixed media artist of Bath, Maine. Sara moved her studio to their West Gardiner location nestled in their retail space for the winter. Sara is creating in the space and bringing her passion project to life- Words into Wool. She is meeting with people who call Maine their home, listening to their personal story and creating a felted piece representing the essence and vibration of each story. “I see this project as the joining of ancient practices of storytelling, felting and shamanism. My dream is to have this be a travelling installation that will grow around the state of Maine”.

Sara’s installation went up on January 7th, and she has been crafting people’s stories into her woolen art pieces in real-time in the craft center. Sara’s interview subjects include a broad range of women from across Maine, the captain of a lobster boat, an entrepreneur and forager, a shaman and many others, and her great joy in this work is bringing the soul of each story into physical being that can be shared with the world. Visitors are encouraged to watch her as she works and ask questions. Sara’s method is wet-felting, the creation of fabric from layers of wool roving kneaded together with water and friction. Sara turns individual fiber strands into sheets of cloth, the same way that she turns the strands of other people’s stories into works of art.

The installation will be up at the Maine Center for Craft in West Gardiner until March 2nd, and there will be a closing reception on Saturday, February 29 th from 3pm – 6pm. Learn more about Sara’s work at

Doug Frati Exhibition at The Center for Maine Craft

The Center for Maine Craft, in Gardiner presents new work by Doug Frati through November 19, 2019 in the Center exhibition gallery. Frati is a wood artist and organic farmer based in Palmyra, ME. The exhibition features his signature wood relief carvings. Frati is a two-time winner of the People’s Choice Award at the Portland Fine Craft Show. 

Doug Frati was born in Maine in 1954 and spent his youth in a small town on the banks of the Sebasticook River. He attended art school, graduating in 1979 with a degree in printmaking. His work was soon collected privately as well as publicly when the Portland Museum of Art included it in their permanent collection. 

Frati’s current wood carving is a direct reflection of where and how he lives. Many of his carvings are made of old wood salvaged from antique objects, broken and lost to barns and attics. A neighbor runs a small saw mill where large white pine is turned to boards for carving. He creates his own stains to bring out the graphic and textural aspect of the carvings. History becomes an element for creating a new work of art. Layered time adds weight and depth, driving iconic imagery. The work brings to, and brings out, something in the viewer that is real and solid. Something old yet fresh. Shop Doug Frati’s Show online!

Monkitree Presents “It’s A Colorful Day in the Neighborhood” by Anita Morrissey

On September 6th from 5:30-8pm, Monkitree will hold an opening reception for the show “It’s a Colorful Day in the Neighborhood.” In this show Anita Morrissey, of Sidney, Maine explores her connection to the natural world which was nourished by the beauty she was surrounded by growing up in Gardiner.

“I spent countless hours exploring the fields and forests of Oaklands, swimming in Cobbossee Stream, playing capture-the-flag in Bull’s woods along Kingsbury Street and collecting wild flowers for Mrs. Purdy’s sixth-grade project,” she explains.  The connection Anita formed early to the natural world continues to inform her paintings, “My work is almost always inspired by something I have observed while wandering along the country roads near my house or in my gardens. The changing seasons provide the constant drama of dying and rebirth, changing light, and amazing color shifts. I gather ideas and images with my sketchbook, camera and journal, head for my studio, and let the painting begin.”  Anita is particularly interested in the magic that seems to happen when the wild, unpredictable energy of nature bumps up against a stark barrier…creating an edge that is fraught with tension. Stone wall along an unbridled country garden. Ice jam in a beaver dam. Paved road next to an overgrown field or woods. Granite walkways. Bridges. Wildflowers in a simple vase. She exclaims, “When chaos meets resistance…Yummy!”

Monkitree is a fine art and craft gallery located at 263 Water Street in Historic Downtown Gardiner, Maine and “It’s a Colorful Day in the Neighborhood” can be viewed through November 2.

News from the Maine Crafts Association


April 21, 2019
We’re hiding eggs around the store.  What do they contain, you may ask? Find one and you shall see!



The Center for Maine Craft is the host of seasonal & holiday Pop-Up Shops featuring Maine artist-members of the MCA.  Located in the West Gardiner Service Plaza, a different MCA member is invited for an exclusive showing of their work within the main lobby.  Pop-Up shops will be scheduled every Saturday from June 29 – August 31, 2019  Hours: 10am – 3pm  Location: 24 Service Plaza Dr. West Gardiner, ME 04345



Mugs by Paige Driscoll for The Clever Cup


The Center for Maine Craft presents The Clever Cup, an annual exhibition/invitational to MCA members to create one-of-a-kind, extraordinary and beautiful mugs and mug-related objects in the Center Gallery, March 1-April 28, 2019Exhibiting artists include Tracy Adams, Paige Driscoll, Whitney Gill, Tyler Gulden, Jean Hardy, Jon Ho, Brooke Hoerner, Adrian King, Guenola LeFeuvre, Kreg McCune, Allison McKeen, Willy Reddick and Mary K & Jeff Spencer.

2019 CAP Masters and Apprentices Announced

Nissa Smiley (left) Lauren Beach (right)

The Maine Crafts Association, in partnership with the Maine Arts Commission, announces the master/apprentice pairs selected for the 2019 Craft Apprentice Program (CAP):

Joe Ascrizzi, master with apprentice Lisa Neuman (jewelry)

Kim Dailey, master with apprentice Jedediah Malcore (wood turning)

Gabriel Frey, master with apprentice Frances Soctomah (Maine Indian baskets)

Nisa Smiley, master with apprentice Lauren Beach (jewelry)

David Wolfe, master with apprentice David Connor (printmaking)

The 2019 program is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Maine Arts Commission funding and media sponsorship support from Maine Magazine.