Portland Fine Craft Show 2016 Draws Art Lovers to West End
The Maine Crafts Association held the Portland Fine Craft Show 2016 on Saturday, August 27th, on Congress Street between High and State Streets.
Around 100 exhibitors from all over New England set up booths. It was a beautiful day and vendors were busy.
Visitors from “away” were plentiful. The Craft Show is held on the same day as the WCSH Sidewalk Art Festival that draws tens of thousands of visitors. The shows are promoted and managed separately, but they exist side-by-side and support each other.
Exhibitors sold wood crafts, linens, knit wear, jewelry, pottery, metal work and more. They appreciated visiting the West End for the day and the connections (and sales) they made.
“We have great contacts at this show,” said Geoffrey Warner of Owl Furniture, maker of ergonomically correct wood furniture out of Stonington.
“It’s a great show! We did really well last year. Last year, we sold [furniture] to a designer that was creating the doctor’s lounge at Maine Medical,” said Geoffrey.
Other vendors echoed his enthusiasm. It was a busy day in the West End. We look forward to the third annual craft show in summer 2017.