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Maine Crafts Guild celebrates 40 years

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BAR HARBOR - Maine Crafts Guild's MDI 'Directions' Fine Craft Show is turning 40 this year. The centrally located Mount Desert Island High School on Route 233 in Bar Harbor has been the location of the Directions Show for all four decades. Over the years it has become a celebration of summer for all the townships and summer visitors in the region. Only once a year (July 24-26), this event is not to be missed if you enjoy fine crafts work inspired by living in Maine.

In 1975 the Maine Crafts Guild was established in a spirit of cooperation with the goal of bringing the finest professional craftspeople together with those who appreciate hand made products. The organization's commitment to excellence in fine craft has never faltered. Members of the Guild have one thing in common, a passion to create. Some focus on pushing the limits of their work, some on learning traditional methods from the elders of their craft, some are attracted to handwork because of the quality of life it engenders, while others are interested in having a positive cultural impact.

The current 'buy local' and 'support small business' campaigns seen nationwide are the latest spin on the philosophy the Guild has always embodied and practiced.

Over the years, the Guild, as a membership, volunteer-based organization, has had its share of challenges. While riding the wave of economic ups and downs, the Guild maintains a dynamic membership that is comprised of young journeymen, nationally recognized masters and founding members who continue to show new work illustrating the perseverance and self-reliance that are integral to surviving as a professional artisan in Maine.

In addition to the customary artful booths and extraordinary work available for sale, attendees of the 40th Anniversary Maine Crafts Guild Directions Show on Mount Desert Island (July 24 - 26) will be treated to live music, and the extraordinary food of Chef Amanda Kendall of Sassafras Catering. Admission: $5 adults; under 18 free.

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Maine Crafts Guild 40th Anniversary Directions Show

Mount Desert Island High School

Route 233

Bar Harbor, Maine

Friday, July 24, 5 8 p.m.

Saturday, July 25, 10 a.m. 5 p.m.

Sunday, July 26, 10 a.m. 4 p.m.

The Maine Crafts Guild's Mount Desert Island Directions Show is referred to as the most outstanding craft show in Maine. More than 70 of Maine's finest craftspeople will fill the easy to find Mount Desert Island High School with their work, transforming the space into a gallery-like setting of carefully designed individual displays. Come and meet extraordinary artisans and purchase work of heirloom quality handmade in Maine. Admission: $5 adults; under 18 free.

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