Weaver Hillary Hutton of Vienna is set to show her work at Mount Desert Island High School July 24-26 in the Maine Crafts Guild “Directions” show. PHOTO COURTESY OF MAINE CRAFTS GUILD

Talent provides show’s sense of ‘Directions’



BAR HARBOR — The Maine Crafts Guild presents its 40th annual “Directions” Fine Craft Show at Mount Desert Island High School July 24-26. The centrally located high school on Route 233 has been the location of the juried show for all four decades.

More than 70 of Maine’s finest craftspeople will fill the school with their work, transforming the space into a gallery-like setting of carefully designed individual displays. Participating Maine artisans from the Mount Desert Island area include jeweler Heather Murray of Bar Harbor, stoneworker Obadiah Buell of Sullivan, gilding artists Paul Monfredo and Nancy McCormick of Seal Harbor, potter Rocky Mann of Bar Harbor, weaver Judith Blank of Bar Harbor, ecouture textilist Amelia Poole of Brooksville, jeweler Cara Romano of Ellsworth, jeweler Jodie Aragona of Southwest Harbor, Jennifer Miller of Lamoine, jeweler Jackie Haines of Lamoine and Island Designs artists Chong and Judith Lim formerly of Bar Harbor and Cranberry Isles.

Many of the artisans describe their work as connected to the Maine landscape and natural processes.

Admission is $5 adults; under 18 free. The show is open Friday, July 24, 5-8 p.m., Saturday July 25, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday July 26 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to the heirloom-quality work available for sale, attendees will be treated to live music and refreshments by Amanda Kendall of Sassafras Catering.

“The current ‘buy local’ and ‘support small business’ campaigns seen nationwide are the latest spin on the philosophy the guild has always embodied and practiced,” said guild member Linda Perrin, a glass blower from Ellsworth. “While riding the wave of economic ups and downs, the guild maintains a dynamic membership that is comprised of young journeymen, nationally recognized masters and founding members who continue to show new work – illustrating the perseverance and self-reliance that are integral to surviving as a professional artisan in Maine.”

The Maine Crafts Guild was established in 1975 in a spirit of cooperation with the goal of bringing the finest professional craftspeople together with those who appreciate handmade products.

“Members of the guild have one thing in common, a passion to create. Some focus on pushing the limits of their work, some on learning traditional methods from the elders of their craft, some are attracted to handwork because of the quality of life it engenders, while others are interested in having a positive cultural impact,” Perrin said.

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