Center for Maine Craft

Center for Maine Craft

Mail: PO BOX 173 Gardiner, ME 04345
Visit: 288 Lewiston Road
West Gardiner ME 04345

2022 Hours

Open Daily: 9am – 6pm

Contact:
207.588.0021 | center@shopmainecraft.com

The Center for Maine Craft is a retail store and gallery selling and exhibiting the work of over 300 Maine craft artists. One of two unique retail locations operated by Shop Maine Craft, the Center is the central location for craft sales, education, and activities in our state. The Center for Maine Craft and Maine Craft Portland are the source of the craft objects found in our webshop, as well as many in-store exclusives like one-of-a-kind original artwork, handcrafted furniture, and short-term or limited edition works.

All work for sale at the Center is handcrafted by Maine craft artists or produced by small Maine companies.

Exhibitions

Center News

Features

The Center for Maine Craft is a retail gallery + information hub of Maine Craft events, travel resources, and activities:

Cultural Tourism Information
Visit the Center to find craft artist studios, commercial galleries, nonprofit arts organizations, and more, anywhere in the state.

Visitor Information Center
Facilitated by the Maine Office of Tourism, the Center for Maine Craft provides statewide visitor information to all travelers visiting the West Gardiner Service Plaza.

Directions:
The Center is located within the West Gardiner Service Plaza. From the Rt 126 roundabout, enter the service plaza parking lot. The Center is inside the plaza building, immediately to the left of Starbucks.

Exit Numbers: 95 Southbound: Exit 103 | 95 Northbound: Exit 102 | I-295: Exit 51

Mailing Address (USPS): PO BOX 173 Gardiner, ME 04345

Physical Address (UPS + FedEx): 288 Lewiston Rd. West Gardiner, ME 04345

Contact Center Staff:

+ Whitney Gill, Center Manager: whitney@shopmainecraft.com
+ Suzzanne Doiron, Assistant Manager + Membership Coordinator: suzzanne@shopmainecraft.com
+ Edythe Morin, Inventory Coordinator: edy@shopmainecraft.com
+ Natalie Torgeson, Visitor Information Coordinator: vic@shopmainecraft.com
+ Center Phone: 207.588.0021

About the Center for Maine Craft

In 2006, the Maine Crafts Association (MCA), in collaboration with a consortium of Maine craft organizations, strategized the further establishment of Maine as a national destination for craft. The MCA, with dedicated supporters and funders, established the Center for Maine Craft in 2008, a successful year-round fine craft gallery located within the West Gardiner Turnpike Travel Plaza. The Center now welcomes over 136,000 visitors per year and showcases the work of over 300 artist-members of the MCA.

A decade later, the Maine Crafts Association established a second retail location, Maine Craft Portland: A retail gallery + resource center in the historic Mechanic’s Hall of downtown Portland, Maine. Opened in July 2018, Maine Craft Portland promotes craft in Maine through exhibitions and public programming, and directly supports over 140 Maine craft artists through sales of their work.

For Artists: Our Jury Process

Artists and businesses interested in selling their work at the Center for Maine Craft or Maine Craft Portland must participate in the gallery jury process. The galleries conduct two juries: fine craft and complementary products. Applicants must live and work in Maine at least 6 months per year to qualify. Click the link below to read more and make a jury appointment.

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