Thank you for another great year!

2018 Artists & Makers Conference
April 6, 2018
Point Lookout | Northport, Maine

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the 2018 Archipelago Artists & Makers Conference on Friday, April 6, 2018! We welcomed close to 200 artists and makers from across the state to Hedges Hall at Point Lookout in Northport for a full day of information, networking, and presentations tailored to the needs of Maine's arts-based businesses.

Open to all artists and makers who live and produce work in Maine, the annual event attracts participants from all four corners of the state and offers three themed tracks that highlight 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!

2018 Keynote Speaker 

Peter Korn, Executive Director of Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, author of Why We Make Things and Why it Matters: The Education of a Craftsman.

Other presenters

Andrea Beaulieu, Studio Linear; Kate McAleer, Bixby & Co.; Jenn Dobransky, New Ventures Maine; Julie Bernier. Earth Angel Arts; Cara Romano, KoT; Daniel Kany, freelance writer; Denise Froehlich, Maine Museum of Photographic Arts; Marsha Donahue, North Light Gallery; David Vickery, painter; Julie Horn, Maine Arts Commission; David Hill, CEI; Claire Weinberg, Dulse and Rugosa; Ellen Thayer, Love Rocks Me; Alex Steed, Knack Factory; Maggie Bokor, The Transparent Jeweler; Tim Christensen, Tim Christensen Porcelain; Michael Boardman, Coyote Graphics; Mary Laury, Schoodic Arts for All; Jon Calame, Eastport Arts Center and Eastport Children's Theater; and more. 

Pecha Kucha presenters

  • Michael Flemming
  • Nina Devenney
  • M.J. Benson
  • Jim Dugan
  • Anne Alexander

Conference Schedule and Workshop descriptions

Additional Resources

For more information, including photos and resources from this year's event, visit the 2018 Artists & Makers Conference page.

Special thanks to our supporters!

Special thanks to John and Tina Gillis and the Eaton Foundation for supporting this year's conference.

Other Events

Fall/Winter Gallery Show (through Spring 2018)

(Pictured L-R): “Penobscot Bay,” Claudia Diller; “Two Murres,” Kathleen Buchanan; and “Ten Birches on the Lake,” Anne Walker

Celebrate autumn colors and the changing seasons with a new selection of paintings and local works of art at Archipelago! The show, which highlights the work of printmaker Kathleen Buchanan of Grey Seal Press, painters Claudia Diller Art and Helene Farrar, and fiber artist Anne Walker, will be on display through the Winter. Other featured artists include Belfast artist Annette Huval, who will bring her amazing, one-of-a-kind felt holiday sculptures to Archipelago. Contact Archipelago at (207) 596-0701 with any questions.

Highlighted artists:

  • Kathleen Buchanan, Grey Seal Press (printmaker)
  • Claudia Diller (painter)
  • Helene Farrar (painter)
  • Anne Walker (fiber artist)

Other featured artists:

  • Annette Huval (felt sculptures)

See the gallery page on our website for more information on the opening or the highlighted artists for the Fall/Winter show.

Supporting the Creative Economy

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

Now open 7 days a week!

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.