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Portland Fine Craft Show
August 27, 2022 to August 27, 2022
Portland, Maine
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Application Dates:
Nov 1, 2021 - Feb 1, 2022
Application Fee:
$20.00 for MCA members
$25.00 for non-members
Late App. Dates:
Feb 2 - Feb 15, 2022
Additional Late Fee:
$50.00
Notification Date:
Mar 1, 2022


PORTLAND FINE CRAFT SHOW
AUGUST 27, 2022 • PORTLAND, MAINE


Application Dates: Nov 1, 2021 - Feb 1, 2022, 

Application Fee: MCA Members $20;  Non-members $25

Late App. Dates: Feb 2 - Feb 15, 2022, 

Late Application Fee: Members and Non-members $50.00, 

Notification Date: Mar 1, 2022


The seventh annual PORTLAND FINE CRAFT SHOW (PFCS), produced by Shop Maine Craft, will take place on Saturday, August 27, 2022, in the Free Street Parking Lot at 120 Free Street in Portland, Maine. The Show features approximately 100 juried exhibitors from Maine and the Northeast exhibiting fine craft in 10x10 tents in the following media categories: basketry, ceramics, fiber-decorative, fiber-wearables, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, printmaking, stone and wood.

 

PORTLAND FINE CRAFT SHOW is a one-day, rain-or-shine outdoor event. Exhibitors are prepared for a relatively quick set up (3-4 hours) and take down (2 hours) with an advanced day load in option for booth materials.


Show Location 
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 show moved to a private parking lot at 120 Free Street, a location attractive for its close proximity to the original show location, its accessibility from major Portlands Arts District attractions and allowed for an additional load-in window for exhibitors.
 The change of location is on the advice and conditions of the City of Portland. In 2021 the new location proved to be a successful change, deemed an improvement from both exhibitors and the public feedback.


Shop Maine Craft, (Show Producer), Change Note
Shop Maine Craft is a hub of craft artist resources, retail sales, fine craft Shows, and special events designed to support Maine’s creative economy by creating income opportunities for craft artists. Shop Maine Craft profit from sales and events directly supports individual craft artists, as well as, the Maine Crafts Association, a non-profit organization serving Maine artists, their studio practices, businesses and community since 1983.

Shop Maine Craft is a c-corporation created through the restructuring of the Maine Crafts Association to be completed in 2022. The Maine Crafts Association a 501(c)(3) established in 1983 continues to offer craft-based educational, community-building and outreach programs to membership and the larger community. Shop Maine Craft now manages the programs, developed by the MCA, which directly focus on shopping: two galleries, several shows & markets and the webshop.


MCA launched the Portland Fine Craft Show in 2015, and it remains one of the only Maine craft shows open to artists not living in Maine. PFCS is a well-organized show with a reputation for high quality and high attendance.


 


Booth Fees

$175 - MCA Member rate

$205 - Non Member rate

 


Exhibitor Amenities

  • Listing in printed Show Program/Map, a collaboration with West End News

  • Listing in online Show Directory

  • Social media promotion by Shop Maine Craft

  • Show marketing promotional materials provided

  • Lunch delivery in compostable packaging – no plastic throwaway containers

  • Water cart refill delivery and refill stations – no plastic throwaway water bottles

  • Volunteer booth sitters

  • Professional Show Producer with staff available daily
    for assistance

  • Pre-show and day-of-show advertising opportunities
    for exhibitors 

  • Professionally developed Exhibitors Guide

  • Awards for Best Booth Design, Best of Show, and
    People’s Choice


Show General Information

When: 10am – 5pm August 27, 2022 rain or shine

Where: Free Street Parking Lot at 120 Free Street,
Portland, ME

What: Fine Craft Show featuring approximately 100
vendors in 10x10 tents selling handmade craft work

 


2022 Show Jurors

Vicky Rodriguez | Arts Director, New England Sculptors Association

Julie Horn | Assistant Director & Visual Arts Director, Maine Art Commission 

Kaveh Mojtabai | Founder & Publisher, Artscope Magazine

 


Booth Info

  • Exhibitors receive their booth assignments in early summer
     
  • 10x10 spaces, EZ-up (or equivalent) tents required
     
  • Tent weights required 40lb per corner
     
  • Double or triple booths, and prime/corner booths
    are available

     
  • No electricity or WIFI available 

 


Accepted Fine Craft Media

  • Basketry
  • Ceramics
  • Fiber: Decorative + Wearable
  • Furniture
  • Glass
  • Jewelry                              
  • Leather
  • Metal
  • Mixed Media
  • Paper
  • Printmaking
  • Stone
  • Wood

 


Media/Products Not Accepted for Jury Process

  • Commercially manufactured art
     
  • Work assembled (wholly or in part) from commercially available kits
     
  • Two-dimensional art such as paintings and photographs. Handmade prints are allowed.
     
  • Production work by third-party printers, commercially printed items, or embellished commercially-made objects such as T-shirts, note cards, etc.
  • Mixed media work that uses paint and canvas as its primary medium
     
  • Screen-printed material, etchings or web-or sheet-fed offset printed work
     
  • Works that use materials acquired from the killing of endangered species, elephant/mammoth ivory, including fossilized ivory
     
  • Dried or silk flower arrangements
     
  • Soaps, personal care, candles
     
  • Specialty foods

Cancellation / Refund Policy

If before Sunday, May 29th: Full Refund less $25

If before Monday, May 30th- Wednesday, July 27th: 50% refund

After Thursday, July 28th: No Refunds

No refunds for unqualifying applications. Please contact the show director if you have any questions about your application.  


Contact Information

Simonne Feeney, Show Director
simonne@shopmainecraft.com (207)-805-4918

Sadie Bliss, Shop Maine Craft, Executive Director 
sadie@shopmainecraft.com (207)-205-0791

Shop Maine Craft Site: 
www.shopmainecraft.com

PFCS Page on Site:
https://shopmainecraft.com/programs/portland-fine-craft-show/

 

 
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