PORTLAND FINE CRAFT SHOW

2022 Portland Fine Craft Show
Saturday, August 27, 2022 | 10am-5pm
Free Street Parking Lot, 120 Free Street, Portland ME

Admission is free and open to the public!

Featuring approximately 100 juried exhibitors from Maine and the Northeast exhibiting fine craft in the following media categories: baskets, ceramics, fiber-decorative, fiber-wearables, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, printmaking, stone and wood, as well as outreach booths featuring New England and Portland arts organizations, international artists new to Maine, guilds and schools by special invitation, and several sponsor booths. The Portland Fine Craft Show remains one of the only Maine craft shows open to artists not living in Maine, and has a reputation for being well-organized and high quality, with high attendance.

SHOW LOCATION: New in 2021

For five years (2015-19) the Portland Fine Craft Show occupied Congress Street between State and High Streets, with this segment of Congress Street closed to vehicles on the Show day. In 2021, the Portland Fine Craft Show was moved to a private parking lot at 120 Free Street, a location familiar to returning exhibitors. The Free Street Lot location is attractive for its proximity to the original show location and, like the original location, its accessibility from major Portland Arts District attractions – Portland Museum of Art, the Children’s Museum, and both the Old Port and the West End. The change of location is on the advice and conditions of the City of Portland.

PFCS Graphics

In 2021 Portland Fine Craft Show exhibitor Ebenezer Akakpo of Westbrook and South Portland, ME designed and developed the show’s newest graphics using the Adinkra symbol of Unity in Diversity. 

SHOW AWARDS

Three exhibitors will be selected during the show for show awards, to be announced by social media. Be sure to follow the SMC on Instagram @ShopMaineCraft

Awards for Best Booth Design and Best of Show will be juried by the 2022 Show Awards Juror and announced during the day via social media.

The People’s Choice Award will be selected from visitor ballots throughout the day and announced at 4 p.m. via social media.

About the 2022 Awards Juror:

Kate Anker- Owner of Running with Scissors Art Studios and Board President of Creative Portland

Kate Anker has lived in Maine since 1999.  Growing up in the midwestern plains of Minnesota, Anker graduated from St. Olaf College in 1996, majoring in Studio Arts and Asian Studies with a focus on printmaking/book arts and the Japanese language. She also studied at Kansai Gaidai in Osaka, Japan, and Cape Town University in Cape Town, South Africa. After graduating, she was a studio apprentice under Master Potter Richard Bresnahan from 1996-97. Anker worked for Campbell Logan Press in the book preparation and restoration department, the Minneapolis Center for the Book Arts, and in the North Dakota State University print shop as a studio assistant. She moved to Maine in 1999 as a bookbinder & letterpress apprentice, and after taking over her mentor’s studio, ran a restoration & fine edition bookbinding & wholesale business for the next 5 years. Anker joined Running With Scissors, then a new Portland studio community in 2006, and purchased it in 2011. In 2013 Anker moved the group, expanding it from serving 15 members to over 75 full-time artists with private studios, woodshop, print shop, general equipment, a brand new clay center, workspace, and gallery. In 2020, she and husband Aaron Anker purchased the 16,000 sq ft studio building, securing it as a creative space for artists. In 2019, she joined Creative Portland, the city’s non-profit arts agency as the vice president of the board and has served as the board president for the past two years. Anker loves living in Maine with her husband, two teenage daughters, and studio dog Millie.

2022 Show Jurors

Exhibitors of the Portland Fine Craft Show are selected using a jury process by three members of the New England craft community with the assistance of Juried Art Services.

Julie Horn, 2022 Show Juror

Julie is the Assistant Director and Visual Arts Director for the Maine Arts Commission and manages the State’s Percent for Art program. She relocated to Augusta after working for six years as the director for visual arts, craft, media and design at the Tennessee Arts Commission in Nashville. Her tenure there also included curating and managing the TAC gallery. Her education includes a BFA in painting from the University of Arizona, a MFA in print media from Cranbrook Academy of Art, and a fellowship at the Wexner Center for the Arts, at The Ohio State University. Her professional work experience includes facilitating a variety of studio and lecture classes at several colleges in TN and serving as adjudicator for grants for Louisiana and Tennessee.

Kaveh Mojtabai, 2022 Show Juror 

Founder and publisher of Artscope Magazine, a multi-platform magazine dedicated to reviewing exhibits and artist profiles; covering cultural events, connecting artists with their audience; and creating access to the arts. Previously, he worked for a global consulting firm. He has juried several shows including the Newburyport Art Association, Milton Art Center and gallery invitationals.

Vicky Rodriguez, 2021 Award Juror + 2022 Show Juror

Vicky Rodriguez is the Arts Director at the New England Sculptors Association and was previously the Director of Craft Boston. She primarily considers herself a problem-solver and has used her project management skills to produce educational videos and print resources, visual and written digital content, websites, exhibitions, events, and large-scale fine craft trade shows. She has worked with non-profits and small businesses, including the Society of Arts + Crafts and the New England Sculptors Association. A lover of art and a maker of things, Vicky loves applying her organizational skills to build platforms through which other artists can also thrive.

Thank you to our 2022 Show Sponsors & Supporters!

Become a sponsor: contact: 207-805-4918 or Simonne Feeney, Show Director, Simonne@shopmainecraft.com

Exhibitor Amenities

• Listing in printed Show Program/Map (a collaboration with West End News)
• Listing in online Show Directory
• Social media promotion/post of each individual artist
• Lunch delivery in compostable packaging – no plastic
• Water cart refill delivery and refill stations – no plastic throwaway water bottles
• Volunteer booth sitters
• Professional Show Producer with staff available daily for assistance leading up to show
• Pre show and day-of-show advertising opportunities for exhibitors
• Awards for Best Booth Design, Best of Show and People’s Choice with prize of auto entry and free booth in 2021 show

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