The retail gallery jury process is currently closed. Please connect with us in January 2022 to begin a new application.
Shop Maine Craft Gallery Jury Process
Located in West Gardiner and Portland, Shop Maine Craft retail galleries sell and exhibit the work of over 400 Maine craft artists and small businesses. All gallery vendors are also members of the Maine Crafts Association (MCA), a non-profit organization serving Maine artists, their studio practices, businesses and community since 1983.
Please note that gallery management must be dedicated to the operation of retail spaces and cannot conduct juries in the months of June, July, August, or December.
Center for Maine Craft
P.O. Box 173 Gardiner, ME 04345
288 Lewiston Rd.
West Gardiner, ME 04345
Manager: Whitney Gill
Maine Craft Portland
521 Congress St. Portland, ME 04101
Manager: Maria Wolff
Fine Craft Jury
Our galleries represent a broad spectrum of media, technique, and creative design. Work in the following categories of contemporary fine craft qualify for the retail gallery fine craft jury:
Baskets, Ceramics, Fiber, Furniture, Glass, Jewelry, Leather, Metal, Mixed Media, Paper, Stone, and Wood
The retail gallery jury process is open to all craftspeople, including Maine Crafts Association members and non-members, who live and work at least seasonally in Maine. All qualifying work must be made by hand, well conceived, and expertly executed in Maine with the use of appropriate equipment and tools.
How to apply: To be considered for representation at the Center for Maine Craft or Maine Craft Portland, please complete the Self Assessment Tool and review the jury information below. After this review, please contact gallery managers, Whitney Gill and Maria Wolff, with information about your business, links to your website and social media, and/or images of your work. If the managers feel the work qualifies for the jury and is a good fit for one or both galleries, they will provide an online application form, charge a jury fee, and schedule an appointment to meet you and review your submissions in-person.
For makers of Books, Calendars, Candles, Prints, Photography, Cards, Personal Care, Food Products, and Pet Products, there is a separate jury. Please scroll down to the Complementary Jury section for application information.
- Non-Members $15
- MCA Basic Members $10
- Individuals within MCA Institutional memberships $10
Jurors will consist of two of the following: Center for Maine Craft Manager, Maine Craft Portland Manager, an MCA board and/or staff member, a professional consultant, or an MCA artist-member. Jurors will review work and approve it for possible future orders according to gallery needs for seasonal sales, price levels, and media/type of work. Work representing a different medium presented by the same artist needs to go through its own jury process. For example, if an artist has ceramic work approved for sale but wants to also sell new glass work, the artist would need to re-jury for glass.
A 70% difference in inventory must be maintained between the Shop Maine Craft (SMC) galleries, meaning you will likely only be represented in one store if you are accepted. Your jury submission will be considered first for the gallery in which you prefer to be represented, however, gallery management may rotate or transfer work at their discretion; this decision is based on sales income and space limitations within each store.
The full details of the gallery ordering and rotation policies can be found in the SMC Consignment Agreement.
Submissions will be evaluated based on:
- Execution of design
- Technique and craftsmanship
- Price point
- Creative use of materials
- Aesthetic qualities
For fine craft submissions, management (jurors) will schedule a 15 minute time slot for the interview portion of the jury appointment. Jurors will be available to ask and answer any questions and discuss aspects of the submitted work.
All applicants will receive a jury response with one of two answers via email from gallery management within 30 days of their jury date:
Approved (POOL): All approved applicants will be added to the gallery managers ordering pool, their database of approved work from which to select new vendors .
Shop Maine Craft will be ordering new products regularly from the approved Pool, however, orders are not guaranteed within any set time frame. Ordering factors depend upon customer demand, season, similarity to current products at the galleries, price points, vendor rotation, and other factors related to retail commerce. It is recommended that applicants stay in communication with Shop staff if work changes or a new product is being produced.
Not Approved (NO): The work is not considered to be an appropriate fit for gallery inventory.
If an applicant’s work is not approved, managers may provide feedback on further development prior to reapplying to the jury. Possible scenarios may include the managers’ recommendation to refine craft techniques, more market research may need to be conducted for a particular product, pricing structure may need development, or the work may not be a good fit overall for historic sales trends in the galleries.
Complementary Jury: Stationery, Books, and Food Products
Known as the Complementary Jury, the following products are reviewed on a rolling basis at the Center for Maine Craft + Maine Craft Portland:
Books, Calendars, Candles, Prints, Photography, Cards, Personal Care, Food Products, and Pet Products.
To have your product considered please submit samples, Complementary Jury Form and $15 jury fee to the Center for Maine Craft or Maine Craft Portland. If/when your product is accepted and ordered you will be required to maintain an MCA membership annually. You may mail your submissions to either gallery for consideration:
Center for Maine Craft
Mailings: PO Box 173 Gardiner ME 04345
Driving Directions: 288 Lewiston Rd West Gardiner, ME 04345
Deliveries (FedEx + UPS only): 24 Service Plaza Drive West Gardiner ME 04345
Center Manager: Whitney Gill | firstname.lastname@example.org
Maine Craft Portland
521 Congress St Portland, ME 04101
Maine Craft Portland Manager: Maria Wolff | email@example.com
Shop Maine Craft Gallery Applicant/Vendor Obligations:
- Applicants must be current seasonal (6 month minimum) or year-round residents of Maine.
- Applicants must be professional, capable of producing work of consistent quality, and responsible for fulfilling orders obtained from Center for Maine Craft and/or Maine Craft Portland.
- All work represented in the galleries must be original and created by the artist or under the artist’s direct supervision. Applicants must submit only their own work, not that made by others. All work must be original and handmade in Maine or with the use of appropriate equipment and tools. Seconds, irregulars, and damaged goods are not acceptable.
- After receiving an order, all SMC gallery vendors will be required to maintain a Maine Crafts Association membership. MCA membership must be renewed annually by December 31st. Required levels are Professional ($100) or Basic ($50), depending on the products being sold.
Applicants must agree to abide by the general terms and conditions of the Maine Crafts Association as stated in the Retail Gallery Jury Process Information and Shop Maine Craft Consignment Agreement.
Questions? Please refer to these Frequently Asked Questions and/or contact us if you need assistance preparing for the jury or completing your application.
The Maine Crafts Association believes strongly in the services offered to its members. In addition to benefiting 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