‘MECA’ Withdraws From Annual East End Holiday Sale; ‘SEA’ Continues With Traditional Holiday Art Sale on The Hill


By Carol McCracken

For the past two years, Maine College of Art, (“MECA”), has partnered with the Society of East End Artists, (SEA), to present a large Holiday Sale at the East End Community School on the Hill.  However, MECA has withdrawn from participation this year and will hold its  Holiday Sale at its 522 Congress Street Building.

For the last two years, MECA has been undergoing renovations at the former Porteous Building.  The renovation has been an effort to consolildate all of the College’s major studios under one roof.  Since that work has now been completed, MECA will be hosting its annual Holiday Sale at the former department store in downtown Portland on December 4th and 5th.  Vendors in this show are students and alumni of MECA.  For more information about the sale, please contract the event’s coordinator, Erin Hutton, at ehutton@meca.edu.

In the meantime, SEA is moving forward with its plans to hold its annual Holiday Art Sale at the EECS on Friday, December 4 (6:00 – 9:00 p.m.) and Saturday, December 5th (10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)  SEA will post the SEA Holiday Art Sale Application form online on September 12th.  Interested artists should go to the website www.seaportland.org for updates, to give SEA contact information and to apply to participate in this popular sale.  As before, the EECS PTO will be selling food and beverages in the Community Room of the School.

“We look forward to an interesting and talented mix of artists,” said Solange Kellermann, coordinator of the SEA Holiday Art Sale.  She can be reached at solangekell@hotmail.com