Mount Desert Island has been an inspiration and haven for artists since the mid 1800s when it was popularized by the Hudson School Painters such as Thomas Cole and Fredric Edwin Church. This brought both additional artists and the summer resort community to our island – a tradition that continues to this day and has led to Mount Desert Island being a host to some spectacular fine art fairs that offer heirloom quality pieces. (We’ll have a future post about other types of craft fairs as well so stay tuned if you are looking for something a little different.)

Maine Crafts Guild Annual Directions Fine Crafts Show at Mount Desert Island 

The longest running fine crafts show in Maine, entering its 43rd year, this show will be at returning to MDI Highschool July 27th – 29th, 2018. Craftspeople undergo a jurying  process to become professional members and can work in mediums from, clay to fiber to jewelry.  Only work handmade by the crafts people is accepted

Art in The Park

June 16th & 17th will see Bar Harbor Village Green alive with art. this annual show run by Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce features nearly 35 painters and photographers from around the country. The exhibitors are judged on their work of art. One for the home team – 2017 Best in Show for Painting was Bangor oil artist JoAnne Houlson.

Northeast Harbor House Invitational Arts & Crafts Show

For over a decade this show has taken place every August in Northeast Harbor.  The organizers, Jodie Aragona, jeweler, and Linda Perrin, glassblower, select and invite around thirty five distinguished artisans in a variety of mediums to participate. Many of the exhibitors are quite local, while some are from other parts of ME or MA, NY, PA, RI, etc… With the help of the Neighborhood House, they create a simple direct marketplace where artisans, like local jeweler Leslie Jones, bring their wares and meet their audience face-to-face. It’s a relaxed, elegant and atmosphere, with no admission charge.

Maine Outdoor Arts Festival by Coastal Fine Art Alliance of Maine

The Coastal Fine Art Alliance of Maine (CFAAM) was founded in 1999 as a nonprofit organization. Its mission is to provide a venue for artists from or connected to Maine by hosting juried shows in outdoor gallery settings. Southwest Harbor holds “Gallery on the Green” events on the last weekend in July and second weekend in August. Each show is juried individually for only 35 participants, so participants change for each show (see we’re throwing in another 2’fer!). Any profit from these shows is funneled back into the Southwest Harbor community.

Abbe Museum Indian Market

The new kid on the block! May 18th – 20th will see the Inaugural Abbe Museum Indian Market on the Bar Harbor Village Green. This  will showcase contemporary Indian artwork from 75 native artists representing 40 nations and also feature a fashion show, film festival and live music, creating more exposure for Indian art and artists from Maine and beyond. It is a large-scale juried art show that encompasses a range of arts and attracts artists which is unusual in the Northeast. Most such show are located in the southwestern United States, and our Wabanaki artists have been top prize winners. This show will see  the Wabanaki  getting recognition in their Homeland.

So if you’re looking for that special heirloom piece or the perfect wedding present, why not check out one of our fine craft shows this summer?

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