Registration open for Artists & Makers

Mar 16, 2017

Belfast — The fourth annual Artists & Makers Conference will be held Friday, April 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the University of Maine's Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Ave./Route 3.

Hosted by Archipelago and the Island Institute, the one-day event will offer practical tips and strategies to help arts businesses grow. It is open to all artists and makers who live and produce work in Maine.

This year's conference will offer three themed tracks highlighting information for those just starting a business; those looking to take their business to the next level; and those interested in tips for maintaining fulfillment, passion and inspiration in their business.

New features include three tracks throughout the day (Foundational, Transformational and Inspirational); opportunities to meet with and have products reviewed by retail experts; opportunities to meet with and have fine art portfolios reviewed by gallery experts; a PechaKucha-style event to inspire creativity; a DIY tabletop photography workshop; and more networking opportunities.

Participants will be able to focus on one track throughout the day, or they can mix and match from different ones depending upon their areas of interest. Sessions will cover tips for starting a business, approaching stores and galleries, building a website, grants and financial opportunities for artists and makers, marketing and branding trends, social media and more.

Speakers at this year's event include James Morin of Flowfold, Bill Laurita of Swan's Island Company, Sadie Bliss of Maine Craft Association, Dennis Gleason of Gleason Fine Art, Maggie Bokor of Maggie Bokor Jewelry and more.

General registration is open through Friday, March 31, and costs $35. Thereafter, the late registration cost is $45. All tickets include a light breakfast, lunch, fruit and beverages. To register or view a complete agenda, visit For questions regarding registration or the conference, contact Archipelago Director Lisa Mossel Vietze at 596-0701.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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