The “Work of the Hand” crafts show and sale at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art presents exceptional new work by Maine’s finest contemporary craftspeople. After a year’s hiatus, “Work of the Hand” returns at a beautiful new venue — Pascal Hall, located at 86 Pascal Ave.

The show will open with a Collectors’ Preview and reception catered by Swan’s Way Thursday, Oct. 6 from 6 to 8 p.m., where guests can meet the artists and enjoy hors d’oeuvres, wine and chocolates contributed by Black Dinah Chocolatiers. “Work of the Hand” will continue at Pascal Hall through Labor Day: Friday, Saturday and Monday, Oct. 7, 8 and 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 9 from 1 to 5 p.m. Concurrent with the “Work of the Hand” show and sale will be exhibitions at CMCA, 162 Russell Ave., that reinterpret traditional quilt forms in nontraditional materials and modes of presentation.

The distinctive pieces chosen for the “Work of the Hand” invitational show are of excellent quality and unique design. This year, approximately 25 artists will offer art-to-wear clothing, jewelry and other personal accessories, glass and ceramics, furniture, rugs and other home accessories, art puppets, and more. In addition, there will be a raffle of a framed limited edition lithograph by Alan Magee titled “Ceremony of Innocence” (1984, 22-by-30 inches, #38/100), valued at $1,300. Tickets are $20 and are available at the show and at CMCA; only 100 tickets will be sold.

Proceeds from the much-anticipated “Work of the Hand” show support CMCA’s exhibitions and programs. Admission to the Collectors’ Preview Reception is $15, $10 for CMCA members. Admission to the show Friday through Monday will be $5, free for CMCA members.

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art is a nonprofit organization advancing contemporary art in Maine through exhibitions and educational programs. CMCA is grateful for the generosity of its major media sponsors, Maine Home + Design and Maine magazines; and “Work of the Hand” co-sponsors Beauty Mark Spa and Josephine of Camden.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to