Arts and crafts co-op seeks members

Food ‘shopkeeper’ considered
Feb 12, 2014
Medomak River Community Market is a nonprofit arts and crafts cooperative located in Waldoboro village.

Waldoboro — Medomak River Community Market, a nonprofit arts and crafts cooperative located in the village on Friendship Street/Route 220, is planning for its fourth season. The market is looking for crafters and artists from Maine who would like to become part of this diverse member-owned shop.

The market was deliberately located in Waldoboro Village at its inception with the intention of a local volunteer staff serving local community members. While that market does enjoy some busy summer months, its year-round structure allows it to be the go-to spot for locals looking for distinctive gifts for all sorts of occasions.

In addition to handmade arts and crafts, the market carries a diverse selection of gently used books hand-picked by Ravenspeak Books; a selection of collectible and antique items; and art supplies stocked by Salt Bay Art Supply of Damariscotta.

Experienced artists or crafters looking for a friendly shop in which to display their wares may contact the market at medomakrivercm@gmail.com for an overview and 2014 application. The next product jury will be Friday, Feb. 21. Jurying is an ongoing process and is normally held once a month.

Those new to selling their goods in a cooperative setting will find the core members of the coop are all experienced crafters and artists happy to share their experiences and advice. A market member would be willing to sit down and discuss options, by appointment. If there is enough demand, the cooperative may hold an informational session sometime in March. For more information, check out the market’s Facebook page.

Medomak River Community Market is considering something new this year if they can find the right member — someone to set up a “shop within the shop.” The market has had many a person wander into the shop looking for coffee/pastry/food/snack items and so is trying to figure out how to meet this need in a consistent way. Anyone with ideas about how to go about this is encouraged to send an email.

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

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