PMA360 OPENING NIGHT EVENT at the Portland Museum of Art

MCW Hours: Friday, September 30, 5-8pm
Region: Greater Portland
Address: 7 Congress Street, Portland, ME, 04101
PMA360 Website

On the eve of Maine Craft Weekend, come by the PMA to enjoy special gallery talks and craft demonstrations by MCA member artists and local makers.

Gallery Talks
6 pm | MCA member Rebecca May Verrill responds to Extracten by Nancy Graves
7 pm | MCA member (and MCW Featured Location) Roxi Suger of Angelrox responds to The River – Meander II by Tim Rollins and K.O.S.

Hands-on Artist Demonstrations
5:30-7 p.m.
Mystery braid leather bracelet with Kurier Bags
Felting with Marianne Senechal

PMA360 takes place on select Free Fridays and is always free of charge. Performers, artists, scholars, and creative thinkers —PMA staff and featured guests alike—present exclusive gallery experiences, from tours and games to craftmaking and a wide variety of musical, theatrical, and art-based performances. It’s a creative, sometimes surprising, thematic approach, emphasizing that there are endless possibilities for connecting with art.


Doug Wilson Forge Blacksmithing Demonstrations

MCA Member
Craft: Blacksmithing
MCW Hours: Saturday & Sunday 10-4pm
Region: Downeast + Acadia
Address: 455 Egemoggin Rd., Little Deer Isle, ME 04650

Master blacksmith and 2016 Craft Apprentice Program (CAP) master artist Doug Wilson will open his Little Deer Isle studio for blacksmithing demonstrations. Wilson’s work has been included in numerous national exhibitions and publications, and he has been a demonstrator at national and international blacksmithing conferences including six National Conferences for the Artist Blacksmith’s Association of North America (ABANA). He is the founder of the Colby College Blacksmithing Jan Plan Program and continues to teach at nationally renowned craft schools including the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and the Penland School of Crafts.

Open studio and blacksmithing demonstrations. See Downeast + Acadia Region listings for more information.

Dailey Woodworking Tours and Demonstrations with Guest Artists

MCA Member
Craft: Wood turning and carving
MCW Hours: Saturday & Sunday 10-4pm
Region: Lakes & Mountains
Address: 26 Notta Rd, Carthage, ME 04224
Dailey Woodworking Website

Ever wonder how a salad bowl is actually made? Stop by and see for yourself! The foliage should be close to peak in our area, so combine your fall foliage tour with our annual open studio at Dailey Woodworking, with shop tours and wood turning and wood carving demonstrations going on from 10am until 4pm each day. Kim Dailey will be doing wood turning demonstrations and Steven and Justina Hatch from Eagle-Wolf Trail Wood Carving, Turning and Crafts will be joining Kim to do some wood carving demonstrations each day. Jed Malcore from Malcore Woodturning will be joining the event this year as well. We do have a wonderful view along with a fabulous shop. Come and see all that we have to offer. Want to win one of our creations? We will also be having a giveaway each day of Maine Craft Weekend.

We are a family owned and operated business located deep in the woods of Western Maine. Our bowls and mills are made from locally grown and sustainably harvested wood. (A lot of the burls are brought to me because the loggers don’t want them to go to waste and they know that I will turn them into something beautiful.) A typical day for me usually starts out on the computer, emailing and/or working on my site. I then make my commute to my shop. That’s an inside joke here with the family, as a road salesman, over the years I put on more than a million miles driving in all kinds of weather. Now my commute consists of walking down 14 steps into my basement shop. The rest of the morning and afternoon is spent turning pens, bottle stoppers, pepper mills or salad bowls. I often get asked why I make mostly functional pieces. The answer for that comes from my childhood. My family didn’t have a lot of money and everything had to have a purpose, the more things something could do the better. We didn’t have art hanging on our walls or sitting on a stand to be admired. So I carried that forward with me into my turning. I like to make beautiful functional pieces that anyone would like to have in their homes.” Kim Dailey

See Lakes & Mountains listings for more information and other events in the area.


Geaghan Brothers Brewing Company with Guest Artisans

Maine Brewers’ Guild Member
Craft: Beer, Coffee and Tea
MCW Hours: Saturday 12-7pm
Region: Maine Highlands
Address: Tasting Room, 34 Abbott St, Brewer, ME

The art of local brewing-featuring beer brewing demos from Geaghan Brothers and Central Street Farmhouse, coffee brewing demos from UnRest Roasting Co. and tea brewing demos from Tea Maineia from 12-5pm. Samples will be provided and products from all vendors will be available for purchase.

Originally known as John Geaghan’s Roundhouse Restaurant, Geaghan’s Pub and Craft Brewery opened its doors in 1975 near a local roundhouse (a place where trains were repaired and turned around on the tracks). Since many of the customers worked at the roundhouse, it was a natural theme. But even back then, there was an undercurrent of Irish items being accumulated and hung on the walls. In May of 2015, Geaghan Brothers Brewing expanded capacity and opened a production facility right across the river in Brewer. Bottling and distribution started soon after the first batch was brewed and less than eight months later, GBB was able to expand distribution state wide. Today, GBB brews can be enjoyed across Maine.

See Maine Highlands Region listings for more information and other events in the area.

C&M Ceramics at Rising Tide Brewery

Maine Brewer’s Guild Member
Craft: Ceramics and Beer
MCW Hours: Saturday 12-7pm
Region: Greater Portland
Address:103 Fox Street, Portland, ME
Brewery Website

In celebration of Maine Craft Weekend, Rising Tide will be hosting C&M Ceramics and La Creme Chocolat on Saturday, October 1. C&M Ceramics will be selling a selection of their hand crafted drinking vessels including a limited release Rising Tide drinking vessel. They will also offer a borrow a mug program where guests can borrow one of their mugs while at Rising Tide to test it out.

Rising Tide Brewing Company opened in 2010 and is a family-owned craft brewery located in Portland, Maine. The brewery specializes in artisanal, hand-crafted ales brewed in small batches, with an aim to create well-balanced beers that are inspired by old world traditions but with modern twists that make them uniquely Rising Tide. The beers are distributed in Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.

See Greater Portland listings for more information and other events in the area.

Maine Craft Weekend Becksvoort Studio

Chris and Peg Becksvoort Open Studios

MCA Members
Craft: Furniture, Photography
MCW Hours: Saturday & Sunday 12-5pm
Region: Greater Portland
Address: 186 Durham Rd, New Gloucester, ME 04260
Chris’ Website
Peg’s Facebook page

“Since the mid 1970’s, I’ve been privileged to do restoration work for the last Shaker community here at Sabbathday Lake, ME. The Shakers have had a profound influence on my work: their clean unadorned simplicity, functionalism and craftsmanship. Whether building an exact reproduction or drawing inspiration for my own designs, I keep the basic Shaker tenets in mind. Every piece is built to order. My aim has been, and continues to be, to create the highest quality individually built furniture to suit your specific needs. Toward that end, I use the best wood available and time honored joinery techniques. When you invest in my furniture, you get the benefit of over four decades of experience in joinery, wood technology, restoration, design, technical perfection, and meticulous craftsmanship.” –Chris Becksvoort

“My interest in photography came as I used my mother’s Kodak folding camera with black & white film when I was ten. Perhaps it was the cliche that a photo is worth 1000 words that piqued my desire to take pictures. If I could photograph it, I would not have to write about it!  I bought my first camera with Top Value stamps, took snapshots, saved memories, and progressed.

Now, I always have a camera just in case there is a moment that is worth 1000 words. I enjoy seeing small things and unusual angles while I work to understand how the camera works. My photos show what I have seen–I hope that they strike a chord within your own vision.” –Peg Becksvoort

Open woodworking workshop and showroom, greeting cards and photo prints for sale. See Greater Portland listings for more information.


RWS 6×6 Exhibition and Open Studios

Featuring many MCA and Maine Made Members
Craft: Ceramics, printing, photography, jewelry, fiber arts, wood, metal and more
MCW Hours: Saturday 10-4pm
Region: Greater Portland
Address: Running with Scissors, 250 Anderson Street, Portland, ME, 04101
Event page and RSVP

Participating Artists
Michele Henessey – jeweler
Molly Anathan – mixed media, painter
Cathy Bloom – ceramicist
Johnna Moore and Tim Finefrock – fine art framer, photographer, guilder and sculptors
Jo Goiran – painter, sculptor, mixed media
Flyn Castillo – painter, illustrator
Peter Bucklin – painter
Christy Zavasnik – ceramicist
Betsy Elliman – painter
Loretta Tomes – sculptor
Brain Killeen – painter
Soozie Large – ceramicist
Adria Moynihan Rusk -painter
Elizabeth Ruskin – ceramicist
Liz Brown – printmaker, bookartist, mixed media
Joni Fox-Campbell – encaustic, sculptor, mixed media
Ann Tracy – digital alchemy
Rachel Herzer – painter, ceramicist, illustrator
Carter Shappy – printmaker, sculptor
Rebecca Verrill – ceramicist
Fabiana DeSavino – ceramicist
Lisa Ruhman – ceramicist
Rachel Church – printmaker, textile designer
Kate Anker – printmaker, painter, mixed media

Experiencing how artists ply their magic will be the focus of the Open Studios at Running with Scissors Studios (RWS), 250 Anderson St, in Portland’s eclectic and creative East Bayside on Saturday, October 1st from 10 am to 4 pm. This event is free and open to the public. In addition to the 30+ artists working, you will find a unique show of work in a variety of media, in a six inch by six inch format display. Meet print makers, painters, jewelers, ceramicists, wood workers, metal workers, textile artists, print makers, book artists, mixed media and more at this one day unique event and maybe find a piece to take home. Part of the greater ME Craft Weekend, the RWS event will be neighbored by other local craft makers and craft brewers. Event page and RSVP

See Greater Portland listings for more information and other events in the area.

James Macdonald Open Studio

MCA Member
Craft: Wood-specializing in marquetry and inlay
MCW Hours: Saturday & Sunday 10-4
Region: Kennebec Valley
Address:17 Meadow Lane (GPS- Fire Road 32), Burnham, Maine 04922
Facebook (Art Guitars)

“I’m successfully getting away with spending most of my life in play clothes,” says master marquetry artist James Macdonald. Early trainings in moldmaking, guitarmaking, cabinetmaking, and boatbuilding served Macdonald well in developing a broad-based skill set. Now in his 27th year of work in his own wood shop, Macdonald specializes in marquetry and inlay work used to embellish furniture, guitars, wall hanging art, and portraiture. Macdonald studied with nationally renowned Silas Kopf, and went on to co-teach with Kopf at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, where he has been a faculty member since 2000. Collaborations with other woodworkers are a major component of his work; clients include the Gibson Custom Shop, Hinckley Yachts, and locally, Phi Home Design.

For Maine Craft Weekend, Macdonald will open his studio and show a line-up of his custom made electric guitars, furniture, and artwork featuring marquetry-the making of pictures colored with hand cut wooden veneers from around the world.

See Kennebec Valley listings for more information and other events in the area.

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

Waterville Creates! Events in Waterville

Maine Craft Weekend Sponsor
Region: Kennebec Valley
Address: Waterville, Maine
Waterville Creates! Website

Colby College Museum of Art
Teresa Margolles: We Have a Common Thread
5600 Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, Maine 04901
(207) 859-5600
Museum Website
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.

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

The Framemakers
Art Gallery
46 Main Street, Waterville, ME 04901
(207) 872-8927
HOURS: Saturday & Sunday 8:30am-4pm
Saturday, October 1, 2-4pm: The Framemakers presents ONE FOOT IN ANOTHER WORLD Poetry Reading with Bonnie Bishop. This poetry reading is free and open to the public.
Sunday, October 2, 1-5pm: THE AMAZING ACCORDION BOOK WORKSHOP (Note: This event requires registration by September 18 and has a fee) Instructor Bonnie Bishop has a BS in Art from Skidmore College and an MFA in Illustration from Syracuse University.

mca-maine-craft-weekend-waterville-opera-houseWaterville Opera House
PechaKucha Waterville Volume 22
93 Main Street, Waterville, ME
HOURS: Saturday, October 1 at 7pm
A free opening reception will take place from 5p-7p in the Common Street Arts gallery located at 93 Main Street (the Center building; next door to the Waterville Opera House). We will together celebrate at an opening reception for “mud. works in clay by maine artists”, enjoying free snacks and beverages. Then we will head over to the Opera House, where presentations begin at 7:20pm. The Volume 22 presenters are Lisa Eaton, Lee Folsom, Laurie LaBar, Johanna Moore, Jennifer Olsen, Nicholas Rossi, Claire Unsinn, and Geoffrey Warner. Waterville Creates! board President Larry Sterrs will emcee. PechaKucha Night Waterville is a fun, creative networking event for the entire community featuring diverse presenters faced with the same dynamic challenge: telling a compelling story in 20×20.



MCA Member
Craft: Wearable Fiber Arts Boutique
MCW Hours: Saturday & Sunday 10-4
Region: Maine Beaches
Address:25 Alfred Street, Biddeford, ME 04005
Boutique Website
Nearly two decades after its launch, Angelrox is a family-run business with products distributed by more than three hundred purveyors across the country and collected by thousands of fans. The first store and flagship, Suger, is the sweet home of angelrox and a fine boutique. Maine made from cozy bamboo rayon and organic cotton, Roxi Suger’s designs allow you to express your creativity and be yourself. Along side the full collection of tops, bottoms, wraps, dresses and accessories you will find some of the best local artists and Maine makers.

Born in Oklahoma and raised in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Angelrox designer Roxi Suger learned to sew from her grandmother at the age of eight. Learning and teaching alongside loved ones became a part of her story from the beginning. After graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in clothing, textiles, and design from the University of Alabama, Roxi became a part of the fabric of New York City for eighteen years with a passion, fervor, and ingenuity that never waned. Prior to starting Angelrox, Suger was head designer for Vivienne Tam, senior merchandiser at Le Chateau, designed for Urban Outfitters, Free People, mass market maternity and taught at Parsons School of Design.

See Maine Beaches listings for more information and other area events.

Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts at Boothbay Craft Brewery

Maine Brewer’s Guild Member
Craft: Beer and Ceramics
Tavern Hours: Saturday & Sunday 11:30am-close, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts will have an artists’ booth at the Tavern on Saturday from 12-4
Region: Mid Coast
Address: 301 Adams Pond Rd., Boothbay, ME 04537
Brewery Website
Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts Website

Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts has teamed up with their “other” Watershed friends for a Maine Craft Weekend celebration. Stop by the Tavern for lunch and a brew and visit the Watershed Ceramics booth to chat, peruse our pottery sale, and meet some fall artists-in-residence.

As most of you are probably aware, a rising tide floats all boats, and this time-honored adage applies in the craft beer world, too. The collaborative and altruistic nature of the brewing industry is where we all get our strength. In 2009 we started to build our own vision of a tavern, carving from the most important ingredient (community) in order to create a true ‘public house,’ where we hope to spark conversations and visions for positive change in our hometown and country. It is small, well-built with real homegrown timbers, sawn off our very own sawmill from trees donated by our enthusiastic supporters of the project.” – Boothbay Craft Brewery/Watershed Tavern

The brewery will be open for lunch, dinner and tours. See Mid Coast Region listings for more information and other events in the area.

Gulden Ceramics Kiln Opening and Studio Sale with Guest Artists

MCA and MaineMade Member
Craft: Ceramics
MCW Hours: Saturday & Sunday 10-5 (Kiln Opening beginning 10am Saturday)
Region: Mid Coast
Address:45 Clarks Cove Road, Walpole, ME 04573
Gulden Ceramics Website

Ceramic artist Tyler Gulden will host a Kiln Opening and Open Studio Sale during Maine Craft Weekend, October 1 & 2, 2016, at his studio located at 45 Clarks Cove Road in Walpole. Pottery by three Guest Artists – Brian Buckland, Jeffrey Lipton and and special guest, NY based artist Kurt Anderson – will also be featured during the weekend, along with pottery demonstrations and refreshments. The studio will be open 10-5 each day. The Kiln Opening event will begin Saturday morning at 10:00am and will continue until all the pieces are unloaded from the kiln.

Ceramic artist, arts educator and arts advocate Tyler Gulden’s functional ceramics are exhibited internationally in group and juried exhibitions. His current work follows the tradition of salt firing, in combination with the more contemporary process of soda firing, capitalizing on the unique color and surface variations that are a natural product of the process. Gulden has conducted workshops throughout Maine for children and adults, in addition to professional development workshops for teachers and artists, through the Watershed Mudmobile program. Other teaching includes workshops and lectures at Bowdoin College, Tabor Academy, Maine College of Art, Portland Pottery, and a position as Lecturer in Visual Arts and Culture at Bates College. Gulden worked for 12 years in arts administration at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Newcastle, Maine ending his tenure as Executive Director in October 2012.