Maine Craft Portland, a retail gallery and resource center is under construction with plans to open on July 1, 2018, according to Sadie Bliss, executive director for the Maine Crafts Association last week. (Bliss is a resident of Munjoy Hill). The new space, Mechanic’s Hall, 519 Congress Street, is located in the arts district of downtown Portland.
MCP will promote craft in Maine through exhibitions and public programming and directly benefit Maine craft artists through sales of their work. An entire wall of historical, floor-to-ceiling hardwood and glass cabinets will be a beautiful feature for the Maine Craft Association retail space.
Mechanic’s Hall, more formally known as Maine Charitable Mechanic Association (MCMA), was built in 1859 and is in the National Historic Register. It served as Portland City Hall following the infamous city wide fire of 1866. It also housed and served meals to Union troops during the Civil War according to a press release issued last week by the Association.
The creation of this craft arts center in an excellent addition to the arts district with the Maine College of Art (“MECA”) across Congress Street.
Please visit www.MaineCrafts.org for more information.