Mark your calendars for this free, all ages event and give the gift of original art! The sale is produced by the Artists at Work team to benefit MECA’s education, outreach, and student programs while providing an opportunity for MECA students, alumni, faculty and staff to sell unique, handmade arts, crafts and gifts for the holiday season.
2016 Location and Sale Dates
Maine College of Art, Porteous Building
522 Congress Street, Portland, Maine 04101
Friday, December 2, 5pm–9pm
Saturday, December 3, 10am–5pm
*Indicates Current Students
The Library, on the second floor, is having a Booksale.
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Thank you for your interest in participating in the 2016 MECA Holiday Sale— applications are now closed.
The MECA Holiday Sale is juried and we receive hundreds of applications; take this opportunity to present a unique and standout application for the jury to review. If you are applying with a co-vendor, choose your boothmate carefully. Your choice could help or hinder your application. No vendor is grandfathered into the sale. All items in the sale must be handmade or hand-altered by the applicant. Priority is given to MECA alumni, students, faculty and staff as space is limited. If you have participated in the past, think outside the box, branch out and share your new ideas!
The jury reviews applications using the following criteria
Well-made, thoughtful and unique work
Great photos and professional display
Exhibit professionalism online
Sale balance, diversity of materials and products
Q. How do I become a vendor at Holiday Sale?
A. Vendor applications are available Thursday, September 1, 2016. The deadline to participate is Friday, September 30, 2016.
Q. How big are the booth spaces?
A. Booth sizes are variable; on average they can accommodate an 8’ x 4’ table. Some spaces are larger than others. We do our very best to accommodate individual vendor needs. The booth fee will be due after acceptance.
Q. What are the booth fees? Please note that fees are collected after the jury process from accepted vendors.
Current MECA Student – BFA, MFA, and MAT ($30 per student, $60 per table)
All student tables are shared 1/2 tables.
Faculty or Staff – BFA, MFA, MAT, and Continuing Studies ($130)
MECA Degree Holding Alumni (Graduation Year Required) ($130)
All Others ($250)
Q. Can I cancel my application or booth reservation?
A. Please only apply if you are sure you can participate on both Friday, December 2, 2016 and Saturday, December 3, 2016. You may cancel your reservation in writing no later than Friday, October 28, 2016. No refunds after October 28, 2016.
Q. Can I share a booth with another vendor?
A. We allow booth sharing, but limit it to only two vendors per booth. Both vendors need to apply together on the same application. The primary contact will be the first vendor entered on the application. The secondary vendor’s info can be entered in the optional fields below that. Choose your boothmate carefully as this could help or hinder your application.
Q. Do you provide tables and chairs?
A. MECA provides tables. Chairs are available at no extra charge.
Q. Do you accept food vendors?
A. We work closely with Sodexo / MECA Food Service to provide food for the sale. We allow a small number of our vendors to sell specialty handmade items like chocolate and candy upon special request. Food items must be mentioned in your application.
Q. Is there access to electrical outlets?
A. Electricity is available in most areas with the use of an extension cord (provided by the vendor). Lighting at MECA is good and we do our best to illuminate the space with hundreds of twinkle lights. We encourage the use of battery operated display lights.
Q. Can I leave the sale early or arrive late?
A. No. MECA expects artists to have their booths set-up, open and staffed during all sale hours. Artists may have someone else staff their booth with advance notice. We appreciate compliance with these policies. Future applications to the MECA Holiday Art Sale may be compromised if these policies are not followed.
Q. Will there be press and advertising for the event?
A. This is already in the works! Poster and postcards will be distributed around Portland, South Portland, Freeport and beyond. We will be advertising in printed publications and online media outlets. Digital postcards will be available. If you would like printed posters to distribute, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your request.
Thank you for reading through the Vendor FAQ page. By continuing with the application process, you acknowledge that you have read and understand the expectations of the MECA Holiday Sale.
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