Registration open for Artists & Makers

The fourth  annual Artists & Makers Conference will be held Friday, April 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the University of Maine’s Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Ave./Route 3.
Hosted by Archipelago and the Island Institute, the one-day event will offer practical tips and strategies to help arts businesses grow. It is open to all artists and makers who live and produce work in Maine.

Registration Opens for Artists & Makers Conference Scheduled for April 7

BELFAST, ME—The fourth  annual Artists & Makers Conference will be held on Friday, April 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Hutchinson Center in Belfast. Hosted by Archipelago and the Island Institute, the one-day event will offer practical tips and strategies to help grow arts businesses and is open to all artists and makers who live and produce work in Maine. 

Archipelago features artists in celebration of Fall

ROCKLAND, ME—Fall brings color and beautiful light, subjects Kathleen Perelka and Betty Heselton explore in their artwork. New paintings are currently on display in the Archipelago Fine Arts Gallery, the Island Institute’s gallery featuring the work of Maine artists. Perelka and Heselton will be featured along with new work by Herb Parsons, Kendra Denny, Catherine Worthington, Ben Coombs, Wayne Hall, Jennifer Field, Joe McBrine, Jody Meredith and Janice Jones.

Archipelago “Summer” show features artists from Waldoboro and Chebeague Island

ROCKLAND, ME—Archipelago Fine Arts is celebrating summer with a new exhibition including Jean Kigel, Caroline Loder, Dylan Metrano, Lacey Goodrich, Wayne Hall, Michele O’Keefe, Stephanie Crossman, Jeff Barrett, Carolyn Kemp, and Lin Lisberger. The public is invited to a reception at the First Friday Artwalk on August 5th. The show will be up until August 28th.

How two of Maine’s first year-round artists made Maine an arts destination

“Stell Shevis — and her artist husband, William (known as “Shevis”), who died in 2010 — moved to Belmont in 1945 at a time when artists who could make a living in Maine year-round were rare. Despite Maine’s longstanding importance as a source of inspiration for artists, most of the artists associated with the state before then were seasonal residents, who spent summers on the coast before returning to Boston, New York, or Philadelphia to sell their work.

Artists and Makers get a business boost

The Archipelago Artists and Makers Conference was reimagined this year to grow beyond an invitation-only event, and it expanded well beyond our expectations to include over 130 artiststhat attended from all four corners of the state – Kennebunk to Houlton and Bethel to Machiasport. Maine has always been an inspiration for artists: jewelers, painters, candle makers, fiber artists and sculptors abound.

Finding that niche: Artists and Makers Conference 2016

…“I called probably a couple dozen island artists and said, what do you need from the Institute, what are we missing here? And they said, ‘Oh gosh, I really need to know about pricing,’ or ‘I could use some support on how to make a show booth.’ So, we said, OK, we’ll do it,” Vietze said.
The rise of the Internet and attendant websites and social media has given island artists and makers, as well as those in remote mainland communities, a way to get their work out to the world.

Archipelago’s Artist and Maker Conference caters to those in the creative economy

By Kay Stephens / Penobscot Bay Pilot
BELFAST — In recent years, the Midcoast has seen a number of events and conferences dedicated to uplifting those in the arts and creative economy and on April 1, Archipelago, retail side of the Island Institute, is bringing together artists and makers from around the state for a one-day event to offer networking, and practical tips and strategies to help people grow their small business. 

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