The sixth annual Artists & Makers Conference will take place Thursday, April 4, from 2 to 6:30 p.m.; and Friday, April 5, from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Point Lookout.

The conference, produced by the Island Institute’s Archipelago, promises a full slate of information, networking and presentations tailored to the needs of Maine's arts-based businesses. This year is a half day longer.

Speakers will include artists George Pearlman, Colin Page, Kenny Cole and Robert Shetterly; Barbara Michelena of CRAFT Gallery, Whitney Birdsall of New England Made, Alex Steed of Knack Factory, Karen D’Silva of Creative Services Agency, Laura Serino of Island Apothecary; CERF+; and more.

Featured topics include Successes and Failures on Instagram; Insurance Planning for Artists and Makers; The Impact and Importance of Email Marketing; Financial Resources and Opportunities for Maine Artists; Pathways in Fine Art and Craft; DIY Photography Workshop; Growing from Collaborations; and What is an Artists’ Obligation to Society?

The event attracts artists and makers from across the state and offers three themed tracks — Foundational, Transformational, and Inspirational — that highlight information for those just starting a business; those looking to take their business to the next level; and those interested in tips for maintaining fulfillment, passion and inspiration in their business.

Other highlights include, back by popular demand, a PechaKucha-style event to inspire creativity and the opportunity to network with professionals and peers; and portfolio and product reviews. Available on a first come, first serve basis (limited slots available), these will be held on the first day from 2 to 4 p.m.

Those who register, via EventBrite, by Sunday, March 10, will pay the early bird rates of $25 for Thursday, $30 for Friday only; and $40 for both days.

For updated information on speakers and registration, check out Archipelago’s Facebook page; or contact Lisa Mossel Vietze at 596-0701 or

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