The Maine Crafts Association’s next Midcoast Regional meeting will feature artist Patricia Shea of Belfast. She will present a talk titled Social Media — How to make it Fun, Interesting and Easy Sunday, May 15 from 1 to 3 p.m. at River Arts, 170 Main St./Business Route 1.

At her farmhouse studio, Shea enjoys designing and painting watercolor illustrations for various applications in the commercial surface design markets both for her own online stories and for clients large and small in the form of labels and logos. For the past 20-plus years, she has enjoyed developing designs for various companies in the fashion and home décor markets. Her highly detailed watercolors have been featured on porcelain for Andrea by Sadek, PTS America, Noritake and other manufacturers. Shea has illustrated a number of books, designed logos, embroideries, fabric design, placement designs and greeting cards.

Shea’s work also has been featured in Bloomingdales, LL Bean, Macy’s, The Winterthus Museum and in various magazines including Maine Home + Design, Victoria and special publications by Better Homes and Gardens.

“Over the past two years, I have been exploring the field of ‘outbound marketing’ using social media in the form of a blog, online stores and a Facebook fan page to generate a platform through which to sell my work,” she said.

To check out Shea’s online presence, visit, patter and face

Participants do not need to be a MCA member to attend the gathering. A $5 donation is requested at the door. For more information, contact Sara Hotchkiss, Midcoast Regional Coordinator, at 832-8133 or

The evening before the meeting, Jacques Vesery of Damariscotta will receive Maine Crafts Association’s 2011 Master Craft Artist award during a special reception at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle. Vesery is one of Maine’s nationally renowned craftspeople with an extensive career in making, educating and innovating in craft. He is being honored for his excellent craftsmanship, inspired design and the singular vision demonstrated by his body of work.

Maine Crafts Association is a statewide non-profit organization promoting the work of Maine’s craft artists for more than 25 years. For more information, visit

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