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Al Mather

MCA Member
Al Mather
Artist Studio
Wood (turned)
1187 Route 3, China, ME 04358
(207) 458-1987
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HOURS: Saturday 10am-4pm
Al will demonstrate woodturning and talk shop if you would like to stop by for a visit. Biscuit cutters, along with other products will be available for sale, along with some handcrafted items by his wife, Bobbi Mather.

Bag End Suri Alpacas of Maine, LLC
Fiber arts
226 Snakeroot Rd, Pittsfield, ME 04967
(207) 660-5276
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HOURS: Saturday & Sunday 10am-4pm
Come visit with our award-winning suri alpacas and learn more about this rare and beautiful natural fiber. Suri alpaca has the most natural luster of any fiber, and comes in more than 20 recognized colors. We’ll have fiber arts demonstrations ongoing, as well as raw fiber, roving and yarn for sale. Start your Christmas shopping early in our farm store, then take a selfie with a suri, pet a pig or get friendly with a goat. Hope to see you here!

Maine Brewer’s Guild Member
Bigelow Brewing Company
Brewery
473 Bigelow Hill Road, Skowhegan, ME
207-399-6262
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HOURS: Saturday 12-5pm

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Rebecca Goodale at the CMC

Home of the Maine Crafts Association
Center for Maine Craft featuring 2015 Master Craft Artist Rebecca Goodale
Retail Gallery and Exhibition
288 Lewiston Road Gardiner, ME 04345
207-588-0021
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HOURS: Saturday & Sunday 9am-6pm

For Maine Craft Weekend and throughout the month of October, the Center for Maine Craft presents an exhibition of works by 2015 Master Craft Artist Rebecca Goodale. Goodale makes unique and limited edition books, many with sculptural components. Her current project, Threatened and Endangered, is inspired by Maine’s rare plants and animals. Goodale’s work is in numerous collections including Bowdoin College Library, The Maine Women Writers Collection, New York Public Library, Herron Art Library (IN), Smithsonian African Museum of Art, Library of Congress, Hawai’i State Art Museum, Portland Museum of Art (ME) and the White House Ornament Collection. She is the Faculty Director of the University of Southern Maine’s Book Arts at Stone House program. Goodale is represented by the Turtle Gallery in Deer Isle and by Vamp and Tramp Booksellers, Birmingham, AL.

The Center for Maine Craft is a central location for craft sales, education, exhibition and activities in Maine. All work for sale at the Center is handcrafted by Maine artisans; as many as 300 fine craft artists may be represented in the Center at any one time.

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Teresa Margolles, american Juju for the Tapestry of Truth, 2015

WATERVILLE CREATES! FEATURED LOCATION
Colby College Museum of Art 
Teresa Margolles: We Have a Common Thread
5600 Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, Maine 04901
207-859-5600
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HOURS: Saturday 10-5; Sunday 12-5
Teresa Margolles: We Have a Common Thread expands on the artist’s exploration of violence through a new series of textiles involving the unprecedented participation of artist-embroiderers from Panama, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Brazil, Mexico, and the United States. The exhibition is organized by the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, SUNY, and curated by Patrice Giasson, the Alex Gordon Associate Curator of the Art of the Americas. Image: Teresa Margolles, american Juju for the Tapestry of Truth, 2015. Mixed media on a textile imprinted on the spot in Staten Island where Eric Garner died while being placed under arrest. Created with the participation of members of the Harlem Needle Arts cultural arts institute: Michelle Bishop, Sahara Briscoe, Laura R. Gadson, and Jerry Gant. Produced with the support of the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, SUNY, Purchase, New York. 66 x 98 in. New York City, United States. Photography by Jim Frank. Courtesy of Teresa Margolles and Galerie Peter Kilchmann.

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Central Maine Clay Artists at Craft Beer Cellar Gardiner
Ceramics and Beer
339 Water St, Gardiner, ME 04345
(207) 582-8811
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HOURS: Saturday 10-9 & Sunday 12-4
We’re hosting Central Maine clay Artists who are showing off their tumblers and mugs especially designed for craft beer. Saturday’s feature artists are Mary Kay Spencer of The Potter’s House, Barb Loken of Loken Pottery, and Liz Downs of Ditch Lily Pottery. Sunday will be Denae Spencer and Whitney Gill of Alley Cat Studios.

Circles of Stone Pottery
Pottery
164 Main St / Ste. 2, Richmond, ME 04357
(207) 737-4521
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HOURS: Saturday & Sunday 10-4
Come check out Circles of Stone Pottery shop and studio tour. This stoneware pottery is mostly functional, with the focus on integrating function and design. Find some unique designs from Whale Tail mugs to Oil Candles whose wicks never needs trimming.

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Common Street Arts presents an exhibition of Maine clay artists

WATERVILLE CREATES! FEATURED LOCATION
MCA Member
Common Street Arts
mud. (Exhibition)
93 Main Street, Waterville, ME 04901
(207) 872-2787
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HOURS: Saturday 10am-1pm; Opening reception 5-7pm
Common Street Arts will present mud. featuring works in clay from ceramic artists throughout the state. Opening Reception October 1 from 5-7pm

David Smus Open Studio

David Smus Open Studio

MCA, Maine Made Member
David Smus
Bronze Sculpture
Open studio
102 South Rd., Harmony, ME 04942
207-683-2179
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HOURS: Saturday & Sunday 10am-4pm
Sculpture artist David Smus will open his studio both Sat. & Sun. from 10am to 4pm. Refreshments will be available. David is a sculptor whose finished medium is limited edition or one-of-a-kind bronze, done with the age-old lost wax method of casting (no foundry or casting is done in his studio). David’s studio is set up to do all the preliminary design & clay modeling of original sculptures from which molds are made and castings are done. At least one work in progress can be viewed on his workbench as well as all the tools and materials involved. David is more than happy to explain, demonstrate and answer questions regarding the process or finished works. Other clay models and maquettes (miniature preliminary models) will be here to see, as well as parts and materials to help visualize the process…such as armatures, molds, waxes, ceramic shell, etc. Finished bronzes for show and for sale will be displayed.

 

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Heather Kerner

MCA Member
Heather Kerner
Fiber, wool felt, leather handbags
SpiralWorks Retail gallery
70 Pinnacle Rd., Canaan, ME 04924
207- 474-6519
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HOURS: Saturday 10am-6pm & Sunday 10am-4pm
Take the rural drive to Central Maine, and visit Heather Kerner’s studio in the village of Canaan, to see this experienced felt-maker’s one of a kind works in wool. Known for her woolen vessels and felt /leather handbags, Heather will be demonstrating her latest explorations in fine nuno felt-making for wearable scarf wraps, and silk-dyeing techniques in her home studio. Saturday corresponds with the local Wesserunsett Arts Council Open Studio loop as well, with many other artisans to see in our area. A quick jaunt on Rt. 2 from Skowhegan, where you can drive by the Somerset Grist Mill, stop in at the River Roads Gallery (to see a wide selection of Heather’s work), or visit the Oak Pond and Bigelow Breweries. Hope to see you then!

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James Macdonald, detail of marquetry work (Lucie’s Cabinet)

MCA Member FEATURED LOCATION
James Macdonald
Open studio
Wood-specializing in marquetry and inlay
17 Meadow Lane (GPS- Fire Road 32), Burnham, Maine 04922
(207) 416-7384
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HOURS: Saturday & Sunday 10am-4pm
James Macdonald will be showing a line-up of his custom made electric guitars, furniture, and artwork featuring marquetry- the making of pictures using hand cut wooden veneers from around the world as his colors. His marquetry has been commissioned by the Gibson Custom Shop, Hinckley Yachts, and Phi Home Designs. See his work on Facebook at James Macdonald Art Guitars.

MCA Member
Kathleen Perelka
Pastel Painting, prints, calendars, cards
Pinnacle Studio and Retail Gallery
242 Pinnacle Road, Canaan, Maine 04924
(207) 474-6168
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Kathleen Perelka

Kathleen Perelka

HOURS: Saturday 10am-6pm & Sunday 10am-4pm; Pastel demonstrations Saturday 10am and 2pm, Sunday 1pm and 3pm
If you’ve ever wondered how a pastel gets from beginning to end, what materials are used, how they are applied and to what surface are they applied; you need to come see a demo! There will two demonstrations each day, times are listed above. Refreshments will be available in the gallery space where Natalie will reside for the two days to help with questions and sales of originals, prints, calendars etc. The new gallery space is really quite lovely. I’m just .8 mile up the road from Heather Kerner whose does wonderful felt works. We are both artists with River Roads Art Gallery in Skowhegan as well.

MaineMade Member
Kennebec River Glass Works
Fused, Slumped & Upcycled Glass
39 Washington Ave., Gardiner, ME 04345
(207) 592-4731
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HOURS: Saturday & Sunday 10-4
Studio and small shop featuring items by several Maine artisans including Quercus Woodworking & Rocky Coast Designs. Offering mini-fused glass workshops throughout the weekend; check their Facebook page for details.

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Event
288 Lewiston Road Gardiner, ME 04345
207-588-0021
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HOURS: Saturday 9am-2pm
The MCW Mini Craft Show will be held within the West Gardiner Service Plaza. This will be an indoor event with booths set up within the central lobby. Crafts will include a variety of handmade ceramics, fiber, jewelry and wood products by Maine Artist-Members of the Maine Crafts Association.

Maine Adirondack Chairs
Woodworking
97 Holman Day Rd, Vassalboro, ME 04989
(207) 620-2592
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HOURS: Saturday & Sunday 10am-4pm
Grapevine Hill Woodworking builds a line popular White Cedar furniture named Maine Adirondack Chairs. Chairs, side tables, & footstools will all be available for you to purchase. Stop by our woodworking shop.

Maine Bone Carving61ap
Studio and showroom featuring hand carved moose bone jewelry & sculpture
11 Carver Lane (off Rte 41 between Mt. Vernon and Vienna), Mt Vernon, ME 04352
(207) 293-3132
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HOURS: Saturday & Sunday 10am-4pm
For those who have not visited our studio and showroom, this art form of hand carved moose bone is done in the tradition of the Maori of New Zealand. We live in New Zealand in the winter and have learned the techniques of the Maori over the 25 years we have been traveling there. Our company has been specializing in bone carvings for 21 year. We will share insights into the traditions and origins or our designs. All visitors may enter for a free carving. Drawing will be held on Dec. 15. No purchase necessary. The carvings are best appreciated when they are touched as they are small sculptural works of art with a feel of ivory. Each carving is signed and registered. Carvings are made from recycled moose bone, a bi product of the annual moose hunt.

MCA Member
Mary K. Spencer
Pottery
82 Stevenstown Rd., Litchfield, ME, 04350
(207) 582-7985
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HOURS: Saturday & Sunday 10-4
The Potter’s House and other members of Central Maine Clay Artists will be selling beer mugs and tumblers at Craft Beer Celler in Gardiner. Located on 339 Maine Street in Gardiner. Saturday: The Potter’s House, Loken Pottery and Ditch Lilly Pottery Sunday: Alley Cat Studio will be there. They aim to pair each mug or tumbler with the perfect beer.

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Allison McKeen (top) and Matt Demers Open Studio

MCA Members
Matt Demers and Allison McKeen Open Studio
Mixed Media
327 Water Street, Gardiner, ME 04345
(207) 737-9794
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HOURS: Saturday & Sunday 10-4
Come see where Matt and Allison create and display their work. They are both primarily self-taught artists working in mixed media. Matt Demers creates bold abstract mixed media paintings. He enjoys using vintage materials in his work, either collaged on the surface or as the foundation for the piece itself.
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Allison works in both photography and painting. The most common materials used in her layered paintings include found papers and acrylic paint.

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Matt and Allison’s studio is located on the top floor of 327 Water Street, across from the post office. There is 2 hour parking on Water Street. While you are in town, be sure to check out all Gardiner has to offer, including the other MCW events taking place on Water Street within walking distance.

Maine Made Member
Monkitree
Craft Gallery
263 Water Street, Gardiner, Maine 04345
(207) 512-4679
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HOURS: Saturday 10am-4pm; Demonstration from 1-2pm
Michelle Shaw from Maine Naturals will be at Monkitree at 1pm to demonstrate the traditional cold process soap making method she uses. Maine Naturals handcrafted artisan soaps are made here in Gardiner using natural, earth friendly ingredients. Come and learn what makes Maine Naturals a customer favorite at Monkitree! Demonstration will start at 1pm and is expected to take an hour.

Maine Brewer’s Guild Member
Oak Pond Brewing Company
Brewery
101 Oak Pond Road, Skowhegan, ME
207-474-3233
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HOURS: Saturday 12:30-5:30pm

Out of My Head
Fabric, beads
Open studio and showroom
204 Brunswick Avenue, Gardiner, ME 04345
(207) 582-8250
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HOURS: Saturday & Sunday 10am-4pm
Out of My Head Designs will be welcoming friends and guests into my circa 1859 Victorian home studio for a peek at my full line of colorful, quirky accessories for you, your family, and your home. From my handmade bead and button jewelry to out-of-the-ordinary fabric creations for heart and home, I look forward to sharing whatever comes “Out of My Head!”

Maine Brewer’s Guild Member
The Liberal Cup
Brewery
15 Water St., Hallowell, ME
207-MAD-BREW
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HOURS: tbd

River Roads Artisans Gallery
Antler Baskets, Fabric Art, Felted Products, Jewelry, Pastels, Pen & Ink, Photography, Pottery, Quilted Products, Stained Glass, Wooden Boards, Wooden Toys, Wooden Utensils.
Open gallery
75 Water Street, Skowhegan, ME 04976
(207) 805-8407
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HOURS: Saturday 10am-4pm
River Roads Artisans gallery is located along the Kennebec-Chaudiere corridor, one of Maine’s most storied roads. Centuries ago, the Kennebec River was a passage of trade amongst the settlers of this region, as well as a travel route for workers to Maine’s woods, mills, and shoe factories. It is increasingly famed as a route to find many of Maine’s most creative and talented artists.

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7th Annual Beginner’s Glass Bonanza at Stained Glass Express

7th Annual Beginner’s Glass Bonanza at the Stained Glass Express
Glass Studio
Glass art including stained glass, fused glass, mosaics, glass etching and flame working
966 Western Avenue, Manchester, ME 04351
(207) 213-4126
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HOURS: Saturday 10am-4pm
Have you ever wished you could try out some glass art projects without being committed to a class? This fun day is just the thing for you! Each year, we design great projects and you get to make them at great prices. You get a little taste of the craft and you get to keep your personal creations. You can make one or all. We will have stained glass, fused glass, mosaic, etching and flameworking projects. No experience necessary, beginners are welcome. Come on your own, bring a friend, or join us with the whole family!

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Steve Anderson

MCA Member
Steve Anderson
Open Studio featuring metal sculpture, art and home furnishings from found objects, blacksmithing
266 Fredericks Corner Rd, Norridgewock, ME 04957
(207) 634-2221
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HOURS: Saturday & Sunday 10am-4pm
I’ll be showing metal sculpture, garden art, home decor, furniture made from found objects and blacksmith items on both days. I plan to have my forge running for blacksmithing demos.

MCA Member WATERVILLE CREATES! FEATURED LOCATION
The Framemakers
Art Gallery
46 Main Street, Waterville, ME 04901
(207) 872-8927
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Saturday, October 1, 2-4pm: The Framemakers presents ONE FOOT IN ANOTHER WORLD Poetry Reading with Bonnie Bishop. Bishop says, “Poetry has been a part of my life for as long as I could read and write. However over the past eight years it has become a daily practice resulting in hundreds of poems mainly about animals. From this collection I culled about sixty of my favorites, included a few of my illustrations, and self-published them in a commercially printed book called ONE FOOT IN ANOTHER WORLD. On Saturday, October 1, I will read a selection chosen randomly by the audience. One of my original prints will be given as door prize. I hope to see you there!”  This poetry reading is free and open to the public.

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Accordion Book Workshop at The Framemakers

Sunday, October 2, 1-5pm: THE AMAZING ACCORDION BOOK WORKSHOP (Note: This event requires registration by September 18 and has a fee) What you thought a book should be–a cover, pages with words–is no longer true. A book can be almost anything. The only essential ingredient is imagination. The accordion book form is essentially a long piece of paper like a scroll that has been folded into pages. Today it is used as the basis for many artist books. In this workshop, you will learn how to make the accordion with a detachable cover and explore various adaptations to personalize your creations. These may include double-folds, triangles, and pop-ups. Basic materials and most tools will be provided, but students will need to bring a pencil, scissors, ruler, an x-acto knife, a glue stick, and a small cutting mat. In addition you might want to bring medium-weight decorative papers, unneeded drawings, watercolors, or prints to use for enhancing the covers. This is a great workshop for teachers! Feed your own creativity and learn something to teach your students. minimum 8, maximum 10 students; last day for registration is September 18th) Price: $100 plus $5 materials fee

Instructor Bonnie Bishop has a BS in Art from Skidmore College and an MFA in Illustration from Syracuse University. She has taught Book Arts at Colby College, UM, MECA, and KVCC as well as workshops at her home studio. Her books are in several Special Collections including Bowdoin, UNE Maine Women Writers Collection, Skidmore, and Syracuse. Currently she is a happy full-time book artist and writer.

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Tree Spirits of Maine

Tree Spirits, Winery and Distillery
152 Fairfield Street, Oakland, ME 04963
(207) 465-3007
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HOURS: Saturday & Sunday 12-5:30
We’ll be celebrating with wine, distilled spirits, chocolate and cheese, drawings for prizes, Absinthe demonstrations and our special guests: Christopher Hastings Confections will be here Saturday and Sunday from 1 til 3 with demonstrations and treats. Kennebec Cheesery will be here Saturday from 2-4. If the weather is good, they may even bring some goats! Chewy Chewy Yum Yums will be here with tasty treats from 2:30 til 4:30 on Sunday. All this, plus our regular wine & spirit tastings – come enjoy award winning, locally sourced and produced products and a chance to support local artisans!

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Wesserunsett Arts Council – Seventh Annual Rural Open Studio Tour

Wesserunsett Arts Council – Seventh Annual Rural Open Studio Tour
Multiple locations, see website for details and map
(207) 672-6517
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HOURS: Saturday 10-6
The Wesserunsett Arts Council (WAC) will be holding the 7th annual Open Studios Tour on Saturday October 1st, 2016 from 10am until 6pm. During the event, over 20 artists from Mercer to Ripley to Solon (and beyond) open their homes and studios to guests and visitors. Each studio is a unique look at how each art form is created, like sculpture, felt and woodworking.The arts council has held this event for years and finds it to be a crowd favorite. Serena Sanborn, who sits on the board of WAC, says, “it is one of my favorite events of the year and I talk to people each year who are amazed by this journey into the woods to see art. I have friends that come each year from Portland for the tour. They marvel at each house! Sometimes the homes of artists are as much a part of the experience. This popular event is a glimpse into the lives of the creative and talented neighbors that surround all of us here in Central Maine. To find out more about the event, go to Wesarts.org. There is a map there and information on all the participating artists