At the beginning of 2021, Maine Crafts Association and Shop Maine Craft began splitting into two separate entities. The Maine Crafts Association, established 1983, continues to carry on its educational initiatives. The new entity, Shop Maine Craft, carries on the shopping-based initiatives. Shop Maine Craft programs use jury process to grant access to some programs and some programs require MCA membership or offer discounts to MCA members. See below for details.
SHOP Maine Craft Jury Process Information
Read on for an overview of SHOP Maine Craft juried events + activities. Please follow the links in each category for more information or to begin an application.
Center for Maine Craft + Maine Craft Portland
Held in the spring and fall, the gallery jury process is open to all craftspeople who live and work at least seasonally in Maine. The galleries conduct two juries: Fine Craft and Complementary Jury.
Portland Fine Craft Show
An annual fine craft show held in Portland, Maine featuring approximately 100 juried exhibitors from Maine and the Northeast. Jury applications are accepted November – December.
GUILD LEVEL MEMBERSHIP JURY PROCESS
Guild Level Membership is the Maine Craft Association’s only juried membership. This membership level is designed to attract and bring together professional craft artists to exhibit in the Guild Fine Craft Shows with other professional craft artists who make work that is excellently conceived, crafted and presented.
Applications must be received 60 days prior to a Guild Fine Craft Show date.
East End Vend
East End Vend is a small and festive outdoor market in Portland, Maine for Maine Crafts Association members and non-members to participate as vendors alongside farmers and foodies. East End Vend markets are typically four hours long, held on multiple dates, and offer a wide variety of art, craft, and other Maine products in a laid-back and community neighborhood setting.
Seconds & Supplies Sale
Hosted every other year between Portland and Ellsworth, Maine, this event provides an opportunity for the public and fellow artists to purchase studio supplies, materials and equipment, as well as seconds (final products not quite right for full price retail or wholesale shows and stores) directly from Maine artists.
Join the MCA
The Maine Crafts Association believes strongly in the services offered to its members. In addition to benefitting from sales venues through Shop Maine Craft galleries + events, MCA also offers educational, marketing, networking, and support services to craft artists. We strongly urge all MCA members to take advantage of these important benefits.
For more information about membership levels and benefits, visit mainecrafts.org