Originally published in The Weekly Packet, June 28, 2018
Makers’ Market offers ‘eclectic’ collection of fine arts and crafts
From left, Makers’ Market owners Michael Rossney, Michele Levesque and Amelia Poole have filled their shop with a carefully curated selection of fine art and crafts.
by Anne Berleant
Nestled in a Brooksville cottage, Makers’ Market opened in mid-May at 30 Bagaduce Road. The new shop lives up to its name, with dozens upon dozens of fine arts and crafts, all by local artists, all within 15 miles of the shop.
While that testifies to the number and quality of artists and craftspeople who live on the Peninsula, the aesthetics of owner-artists Amelia Poole, and Michele Levesque and Michael Rossney, who also own Sedgwick restaurant El El Frijoles, are fully on display.
The shop is “a hybrid gallery/boutique/lifestyle store that features the fine art, craft and innovative makings of more than a dozen local artisans in a carefully curated, eclectic environment,” according to a press release.
Or, as Rossney more succinctly puts it: “There’s not a lot of lobsters.”
Designed for visitors and year-rounders alike, Makers’ Market opens a window into Maine for people “who want to take a piece of Maine home with them,” Levesque said.
Filling but not crowding the small storefront are photographs, jewelry, ceramics, textiles, clothing, candles, glassware and more, all as envisioned through the eyes of local artists. The shop also carries biscotti and other baked goods, a small but well-rounded cache of art supplies, and a Blue Hill-based soap-and-beauty line. A front porch may offer cold drinks and a place to sit while a companion shops on a hot day.
Textile artist Poole brings her art to linen shirts, scarves, hangings and bags, and, with her studio and home on premises, “gets to be shopkeeper, lawn mower, everything,” she said, laughing.
Other items that catch the eye are Peter Wall’s paintings, carry bags made from feed sacks by Brooksville farmer and artist Marti Brill, jewelry draped over sea stones by Ali Holt’s ACH Designs, and the intriguing “surprise ball”—50 to 100 feet of paper wrapped around a sea urchin. Unspool the papers and a dozen or so Maine objects tumble out, like a seashell or piece of pink granite.
Makers’ Market grew out of the Art Box, located in Fairwinds Florist in Blue Hill, where Levesque and Rossney refashioned a candy/cigarette machine into an art machine, for small pieces of art at a small price. In its five years, the Art Box has sent nearly 5,000 pieces of tiny art out into the world.
“We’re just trying to do something a little different,” Levesque said. “It’s local, it’s handmade, it’s an interesting spot, and there’s something for everyone.”
Makers’ Market is open Wednesday through Saturday, 12 to 5 p.m. or by chance. The shop can be reached at 812-3703.
“If the flag’s flying that means c’mon in,” Poole said. “‘By chance’ is a good chance.”