CMCA’s “Work of the Hand” Show Returns

A show sampler, clockwise from top left: Simon van der Ven, ceramics; Morris Dorenfeld, rug; Libby Schrum, stackables; Susan Atwater, scarf

The Work of the Hand crafts show and sale at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport presents exceptional new work by Maine’s finest contemporary craftspeople. After a year’s hiatus, Work of the Hand returns at a beautiful new venue: Pascal Hall, located at 86 Pascal Ave. in Rockport. The show opens with a Collectors’ Preview and reception catered by Swan’s Way, on Thursday, Oct. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m., where guests can meet the artists and enjoy hors d’oeuvres, wine, and chocolates contributed by Black Dinah Chocolatiers. Work of the Hand continues at Pascal Hall through Oct. 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 7, 8, and 10 and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Oct. 9. Concurrent with the Work of the Hand show and sale will be exhibitions at CMCA that reinterpret traditional quilt forms in nontraditional materials and modes of presentation.

“The Work of the Hand show offers visitors the opportunity to support some of Maine’s finest craftspeople and in the process to support CMCA as well,” says CMCA director Suzette McAvoy. “We’re delighted that the show is back and in such a beautiful location as Pascal Hall. We know folks are going to enjoy experiencing Work of the Hand in this setting.”

The distinctive pieces chosen for the Work of the Hand invitational show are of excellent quality and unique design. This year, approximately 25 artists will offer art-to-wear clothing, jewelry and other personal accessories, glass and ceramics, furniture, rugs and other home accessories, art puppets, and more. In addition, there will be a raffle of a framed limited edition lithograph by Alan Magee titled Ceremony of Innocence (1984, 22 x 30 inches, #38/100), valued at $1,300. Tickets are $20 each and are available at the show and at CMCA; only 100 tickets will be sold.

Proceeds from the much-anticipated Work of the Hand show support CMCA’s exhibitions and programs. Special thanks to co-sponsors Josephine of Camden and Beauty Mark Spa. Admission to the Collectors’ Preview Reception is $15 for the public and $10 for CMCA members. Admission to the show on Oct. 7 through 10 is $5. FMI,

Listen to the 10/1 Cafe radio show and interview (5 min) with CMCA director Suzette MacAvoy