Josh Brill ’00
Josh Brill is an artist and designer in Portland, Maine. His work focuses on the discovery and promotion of nature from the physical to the existential. His ongoing art series, the Flora Fauna collection, catalogues the design identities of plants and animals from around the world. It examines the visual character differences and similarities of life. This has extended into brand collaborations with Element skateboards, Lacoste, Petco, Habitat, Lowe’s, and the Edinburgh International Book Festival developing product designs and brand experiences focusing on animals.
Raffle Item: Sonzai, Giclée art print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag paper, 36″x 20″, 2019
Adrian King ’12 of Adrian King Pottery
My approach to making pottery stems from an intrigue for the process and materials that I use. I utilize atmospheric firing technique using wood and gas, that activate the surfaces with an earth-toned warmth. The firing process allows moments of uncertainty to happen. Bursts of color appear where licked by the flame and glaze wraps around a pot like water against rock. I want my pottery to bring comfort to our daily routine through tactile and visually stimulating surfaces that promote and encourage use.
Raffle Item: Canister Jar, Stoneware, various slip, clear glaze, Gas Fired, 2019
Joseph Lendway ’15 and Emily Green of The Woodworker’s Wife
The Woodworker’s Wife is the partnership of Emily Green and furniture maker and MECA alumnus Joe Lendway. We make fun and fancy wooden wares right here in southern Maine. Elevate your entertaining game with these sophisticated designs featuring clean lines, pops of color, and specially carved curves for comfort and easy handling. Hand-crafted, high quality, and one-of-a-kind.
Raffle Item: Set of three black walnut boards: cheese board, 6” x 12”; charcuterie board, 6” x 17”; and bread board, 6” x 22″
Caren-Marie Michel ’78
Caren-Marie Sargent Michel was born in Portland, Maine and is a lifelong Maine resident. Michel earned her B.F.A. in painting from Portland School of Art (now Maine College of Art.) Michel’s work has been selected for juried shows throughout the US and Canada, she was in residence at MECA’s Stephen Pace House in Stonington and at Baie Ste. Marie in New Edinburg, Nova Scotia.
Michel’s work was selected for Art of Katahdin and Paintings of Portland by David Little and Carl Little. Michel is represented by Littlefield Gallery in Winter Harbor, Maine. She loves color.
Raffle Item: Golden Road Marsh 20 Acrylic on canvas, 6″ x 12″, 2017, value $275. Photo Credit, Jay York.
Amalia Moon ’12
I came into metalsmithing while I was curiously thumbing through the craft section in a bookstore. I had no idea that it was possible to create such interesting and beautiful objects with some tools and my own hands. Originally from sunny California, I moved to the chilly East Coast to finish my degree at MECA. I believe that wearing jewelry is personal, intimate and tactile. When jewelry is worn, it travels through the adventures and lives of others, changing and evolving with their experiences. I lovingly handcrafted these objects to connect and evolve with others.
Raffle Item: Black and Gold Drop Post Earrings, 1.5″ L x .5″ W
Mali Mrozinski ’04 of Doublet
Mali Mrozinski is a visual artist whose work is rooted in textiles, although not defined by material or process. Her current focus has been on customization in garment making and the conceived narratives that arise from such alterations. She holds a BFA in Painting from the Maine College of Art and an MFA in Textiles & Fashion Design with a Minor in Material Culture from the University of Wisconsin Madison. Mali currently has work in the Terrain Biennial in Portland and will be a winter artist in residence at the Monson Arts Center in 2020. Mali lives and works in Readfield with her son and partner.
Raffle Item: Tool Bucket, Linen and Stitching, 2018