2017 Artists & Makers Conference

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The annual Archipelago Artists & Makers Conference brings together artists and makers from around the state to learn about a variety of topics from professionals and peers. The event attracts participants from all four corners of the state - Kennebunk to Houlton and Machias to Bethel - for a full day of information and networking, as well as presentations ranging from business planning and website development to pricing, marketing, and more. 

The 2017 Artists & Makers Conference will take place on Friday, April 7, 2017, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, at The University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast, Maine.

This year's conference will include three themed tracks highlighting information for those just starting a business, those looking to take their business to the next level, and those interested in tips for maintaining fulfillment, passion, and inspiration in their business! 

New features this year:

  • Three tracks throughout the day—Foundational, Transformational, and Inspirational (focus on one track or mix & match from different ones!);
  • Opportunities to meet with and have your product reviewed by retail experts;
  • Opportunities to meet with and have your fine art portfolio reviewed by gallery experts;
  • A Pecha Kucha-style event to inspire our creativity;
  • A DIY Tabletop Photography Workshop; and
  • More networking opportunities!

Conference Agenda

For a complete list of conference topics and speakers, view the full conference agenda here:  2017 Artists & Makers Conference Agenda

Conference Schedule

To view or download a PDF of the conference schedule, click here:  2017 Artists & Makers Conference Schedule

Registration details

Click here to purchase tickets and register for this year's event!

Early bird registration: $25 (through March 17)
General registration: $35 (March 18-31)
Late registration: $45 (after April 1)

For questions regarding registration or the conference, please contact Lisa Mossel Vietze at (207) 596-0701 or lvietze@islandinstitute.org.


The University of Maine Hutchinson Center is located at 80 Belmont Avenue in Belfast, Maine. For a map and driving directions, click here


Maine has long been known for its ability to inspire artists, and the islands of the Gulf of Maine have been particularly associated with the production of fine arts and crafts. Archipelago, the Island Institute store and gallery, showcases a broad and unique collection of handmade art, craft and design that represents the very best of Maine's islands and coastal communities.

Since Archipelago opened in 2000, we have returned nearly $1.5 million to Maine’s artists and makers, providing an important component of the Institute’s work to sustain the economic viability of these special places by diversifying local economies. 

Shop Archipelago and you will find delightfully special and one-of-a-kind items. You’ll also be helping to support one of Maine's greatest natural assets: its island and working waterfront communities.

Remember, Archipelago is ever-changing, just like the seasons of Maine.

Retail Store Hours

Winter Hours: (January through May)

Tuesday - Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Summer Hours: (June through December)

Monday - Friday 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.