In conjunction with American Craft Week, the Maine Crafts Association is promoting the first MAINE CRAFT SATURDAY on Oct. 5. Modeled after Maine Maple Sunday and Buy Local Saturday, this event offers the public the opportunity to visit craft studios and businesses all over the state, all open to the public on the same day!
Participants include individual potter’s studios, craft galleries, glass blowing studios, outdoor installation sites, non-profit craft organizations, craft-based schools and more! Events will vary by type of location and will include, open studios, demonstrations, exhibitions, sales, tours and various other creative and interactive activities!
Craft artists, businesses, organizations: Please contact Marie Giguere with questions or to get involved: firstname.lastname@example.org or 207 588 0021
Maine Craft Saturday LIST and MAP of participating craft businesses: www.mainecrafts.org/programs/maine-craft-saturday/
MCA American Craft Week Calendar of Events:
American Craft Week: www. http://americancraftweek.com/
The Maine Crafts Association, a non-profit founded in 1983, is a Maine based arts organization, which creates opportunities for Maine artists to develop their professional careers through educational and marketing programs. The MCA offers opportunities for artists to increase their income through retail and wholesale sales, as well as, increase alternative intersection points between the public and artists.
For over 25 years, the Maine Crafts Association has served craft artists across the state with educational activities such as workshops and conferences, subsidized marketing opportunities, Haystack Workshop Weekend, Master Craft Artist Awards, exhibition and demonstration opportunities, and access to markets such as wholesale and retail tradeshows and seasonal stores and markets. In a state with a widespread population, oftentimes, lower income, MCA programming helps small Maine businesses intersect with Maine’s summer residents, visitors and larger marketplaces in Maine and New England.
The MCA’s most visible program, The Center for Maine Craft, opened in 2008, and currently represents more than 350 Maine craft artists and small businesses. The Center is a successful year round retail location, proudly contributing over $250,000 annually to the incomes of Mainers.