VISIT + SHOP + LEARN
Retail Gallery + Resource Center
Spring 2023 Hours
Open Monday – Saturday: 10am-5pm
Sunday: 11am – 3pm
Maine Craft Portland is a retail gallery + resource center in the historic Mechanics Hall downtown Portland, Maine. It promotes craft in Maine through exhibitions and public programming and directly benefits Maine craft artists through sales of their work. Maine Craft Portland opened in July 2018 and exhibits and sells the work of 200 Maine Crafts Association members.
521 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101 (map)
Maine Craft Portland
Mia Del Bene
Retail Gallery Manager
ABOUT MAINE CRAFT PORTLAND
One decade after opening the Center for Maine Craft, a retail gallery in West Gardiner, the Maine Crafts Association established a second retail gallery + resource center: Maine Craft Portland. Since the gallery opening in July 2018, the new space has continued the MCA’s mission to introduce Maine’s craftspeople to a national audience through exhibitions and public programming in the beautiful Mechanics Hall of downtown Portland. Together the Center for Maine Craft and Maine Craft Portland represent the work of over 400 craft artists and small businesses of Maine.
HISTORICAL BUILDING MEETS MODERN MAKERS MOVEMENT
The Mechanics Hall is located in the vibrant Arts District of Portland. Across the street from Maine College of Art, blocks from the Portland Museum of Art, and home to an art supply store, it is only made more ideal by dovetailing missions of the Maine Charitable Mechanic Association and Maine Crafts Association. Mechanics Hall programming & events strengthen the MCA’s efforts and income opportunities. Maine Craft Portland represents Maine’s history of excellence in craft, reinforced by the impeccably preserved historical architecture, library, ballroom and classroom found in the levels above the retail space in this historical building.
MAINE CHARITABLE MECHANIC ASSOCIATION
The Maine Charitable Mechanic Association was founded in 1815 as a social organization that promoted and supported the skilled trades—blacksmiths, coopers, carpenters, and more—and their practitioners. Its original members were master craftspeople and entrepreneurs and their apprentices. Today MCMA works to connect that history to the modern makers movement by providing social support and a place for knowledge sharing, particularly from the older generation to the younger generation.
Mechanics’ Hall currently supports makers, members and the public with educational and other programming, and access to its historical library, ballroom and classrooms.
Mechanics’ Hall was completed in 1859 and is on the National Historic Register. It served as Portland City Hall after the infamous city-wide fire of 1866. It also housed and served meals to Union troops during the Civil War. An entire wall of historical, floor-to-ceiling hardwood and glass cabinets grace the MCA’s new retail gallery space. Thankfully, the building’s historical preservation status has protected the cabinets through the various tenants and uses of the building. The cabinets remain a dominant display and aesthetic component of Maine Craft Portland. They were built in the late 1800’s for a jewelry retailer and now offer an exciting design challenge incorporated with contemporary craft displays.
MAINE CRAFT PORTLAND WAS MADE POSSIBLE THROUGH THESE GENEROUS CONTRIBUTIONS:
Windgate Foundation | Betterment Foundation | The City of Portland | Toodie & Gary Gulden | Caleb Johnson Studio | Shannon Richards | Sam Shaw | Susan Morris & Chip Newell | Judy Glickman Lauder | Mimi Dunn | Richard & Mary Howe | Lisa Pixley | Maine Charitable Mechanic Association | Amy Gulden & Randy Ramusack | Jim Brady | Carole & Alex Chanler | Loc Chanler & Sadie Bliss | Joan Sorensen | Kerry Grantham | Lynn Thompson | Tyler & Kat Gulden | Sue Bralove | Wendy & Mike Laidlaw | R.M. Davis, Inc. | Adrienne Paiewonsky | Sandra Henderson | Dick Spencer | Christian & Peg Becksvoort | Clair Sandford | David & Clemmer Montague | Mary Campbell | Robert Diamante | Sallie Findley | Lisa Evans & Jeffrey Smith | Joyce Wethington-Knight | Lissa Hunter | Lynn Kneedler | Camden National Bank | Ayumi Horie | Kim Reid | Kathleen Goddu | Barbara Hopkins | Deborah Weiss | Joyce Schwaller | Alison Thibault | Peter Mills | Valerie Paul | Francine Rudoff | Ebenezer Akakpo | Andy Verzosa | Frank Carr | Mary Hodgkin | Donna D’Aquino | Kevin Derrick | Nancy Shor | Kari Radasch & Ian Anderson | Karen Gola | Alan Bradstreet | Douglas E. Wilson | Gayle J. Fraas | Michele Michael | Jake Hanin | Lynn Duryea | Cathy Heinz | Lisa & Scott Cylinder | Susan Horowitz | Carole Ann Fer & Ellen Weiske | Tim McCreight | Anonymous | John McVeigh | Deborah Gould | Kim Round | Marie Pallutto | Kris Lape | Mark Bell | Kim Bentley