Maine Crafts Guild hosts annual Fine Crafts Show

Maine Crafts Guild hosts its annual MDI Directions Fine Crafts Show, Friday evening through Sunday afternoon, August 1-3, at Mount Desert High School, Route 233. Known for excellence in their craft, more than 80 artists will exhibit their work for sale over the course of three days.

An astounding array of exquisitely made pieces for the home, the body and the heart will be for sale, including works in glass, clay, wood, precious stones and metals, paper and fiber, all superbly designed, produced, and handmade in Maine. The show is a unique opportunity to meet and visit with leading potters, jewelers, weavers, carvers, printers and other crafts specialists, and learn, firsthand, about their process and work.

Now in its 39th year, the MDI Directions show is one of four exhibitions the Guild will host this season. The Guild’s mission is to support and further Maine’s long heritage of excellence in craft making through statewide shows. Members gain entrance to the Maine Crafts Guild through a jury process that recognizes the highest quality of skill and craft.

“Our goal with these shows is to create a room full of wow for the community to engage. There is so much talent in Maine. The Guild shows offer the public a chance to participate in Maine’s historic commonwealth of fine crafts, to meet the artists, and take home something amazing,” said Charlie Jenkins, the new Guild President and Dresden glass blower.

Hitchcock-earrings

18 Karat Gold Earrings by Pamela Hitchcock

Craftspeople featured in Guild shows include winners of awards such as the Switchback Ranch Purchase Award (Western Design Conference—WY), Emily Dickenson Excellence in Jewelry Award, and Best in Weaving (Living with Craft Exhibit, NH), and honored artists in numerous juried exhibitions and biennials.

Work for sale at a Guild show can range in price from under $50 into the thousands of dollars. The experienced crafts collector, as well as the simply curious, can all find one-of-a-kind pieces at a Guild show.

The Guild hosts three other shows in the state, through early November: Damariscotta, July 19-20; Scarborough, Sept. 13-14; and Augusta, November 1-2.

Admission is $6; under 18, free. Visit mainecraftsguild.com for details and a list of exhibitors by medium and information on all upcoming Maine Crafts Guild Shows.