Maine’s Fine Crafts Makers Exhibit annual Scarborough Fine Crafts Show

Maine Crafts Guild hosts its annual Scarborough Fine Crafts Show co-sponsored by Camp Ketcha on Saturday and Sunday, September 13 and 14, at 336 Black Point Road near Scarborough Beach State Park. Known for excellence in their craft, 40 artists will exhibit their work for sale over the course of two days.

“If you appreciate fine craftsmanship, this is the place for you,” said Portland-based metalsmith and beach stone jeweler Jennifer Nielsen.

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 and produced and handmade in Maine. The show is a unique opportunity meet and visit with leading potters, jewelers, weavers, carvers, printers and other crafts specialists, and learn, firsthand, about their process and work.

“I love watching people fall in love with my work and then take it home, or come back again because they can’t stop thinking about it,” commented Nielsen.

Jennifer Nielsen Hand-crafted Jewelry

hand-crafted jewelry by Jennifer Nielsen

Now in its fifth year, the Scarborough 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.

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; MDI Directions, August 1-3; and Augusta, November 1-2.

Admission, in September, in Scarborough 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.