PORTLAND FINE CRAFT SHOW
2023 Portland Fine Craft Show
Saturday, August 26, 2023 | 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.
Now for its third year in a row, the Portland Fine Craft Show is located 120 Free Street, a private parking lot in the heart of Portland, Maine’s arts district. The Free Street Lot location is attractive for its proximity to its accessibility to major Portland Arts District attractions – the Portland Museum of Art, art galleries, and both the Old Port and the West End.
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.
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.
2023 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.
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.
Ashley Page- Studio and Programs Coordinator at Indigo Arts Alliance
Ashley Page is the Studio and Program Coordinator at Indigo Arts Alliance. She serves as a point of contact for artists and supports the development of related public programs and special projects to best connect artists and communities. In her role, she ensures the smooth operations of the studio and its administrative needs. As an interdisciplinary artist, community organizer, and social disruptor, Ashley’s creative spirit, passion for community, and dedication to the artistic growth of artists of color is interwoven into her own artistic philosophy. Drawing from the power of vulnerability, collaborative honesty, and mutual understanding, her work creates bridges between art and people.
Patricia Daunis- Dunning, Daunis Fine Jewelry, 2018 MCA’s Maine Craft Artist Awardee
Esteemed jeweler Patricia Daunis-Dunning considers jewelry “site-specific sculpture”. A Maine native, she founded Daunis Studio with her husband William Dunning in Portland in the early 80s. Over the years Daunis has employed and inspired many young artists and helped them to develop into confident crafts people. Nationally renowned in the field of jewelry and metalsmithing, Daunis-Dunning has been recognized with many awards, among them DeBeers’s Diamonds Today Award, World Gold Council’s Grand and First Prizes, the MJSA’ Custom Design of Distinction (1st and 2nd Prize), and the Jewel Award from Jewelers of America. She has authored numerous articles for Jewelers Inc. Magazine, and has been featured in Contemporary American Jewelry Design by Ettagale Blauer and Metalworking for Jewelry by Tim McCreight, among many other craft and industry publications.Her work has been shown regionally and nationally, including exhibitions at the Museum of Arts & Design (formerly American Craft Museum) and the Fuller Craft Museum. Daunis-Dunning has taught at Boston University and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design.
Thank you to our 2022 Show Sponsors & Supporters!
Become a sponsor: contact: 207-805-4918 or Simonne Feeney, Show Director, Simonne@shopmainecraft.com
• 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