Category Archives: Museum Store

Holiday Elf Needs Help: Last-Minute Shopping at the PMA Store

By Caitlin Brooke
Coordinator of Brand Strategy

I haven’t done any holiday shopping yet. I haven’t even made a list. My one and only attempt included a not-so-inspirational trip to CVS where I ended up buying peanut butter M&Ms…for myself.

On my way back to work from the unsuccessful trip, I passed through the PMA Store. Bright colors, sparkles, and a crowd of festive shoppers caused me to momentarily retract my hand from the M&M bag and mosey in.

I watched as visitors and PMA staffers picked out fun and unique gifts for the folks on their list. As I perused, I found myself thinking, “Sam would like those Maine beach stone earrings to remind her of home; maybe Dad wouldn’t forget that reusable shopping bag since it’s neon pink.”

For anyone else out there who is a tad behind on gift purchasing, I asked some PMA staffers to share what they were giving their nearest and dearest this year from the PMA Store.

“My favorite stocking gifts to buy in the PMA Store are the charming felted ornaments/finger puppets created by Mia Kanazawa. Last year for Christmas, I bought a whole menagerie of the adorable felted animal ornaments—brown puppy dogs, pink piglets, blue birds—this year I continued the tradition and snapped up a felted seagull for my parents. Handmade, each one unique, and made in Maine, these ornaments are well loved by my family and adorn our tree for the holidays.” Margaret Burgess, Susan Donnell and Harry W. Konkel Associate Curator of European Art

“My niece turns one in January, and I am getting her Dahlov Ipcar’s Farmyard Alphabet. I have several nieces and nephews, and the Dahlov Ipcar books in the shop have proven to be can’t-miss birthday and holiday gifts. I feel like I’m giving them an early taste of Maine and fine art all at once!” Will Cary, Director of Leadership Gifts & Planned Giving

“I am buying the book Unknown Terrain: The Landscapes of Andrew Wyeth for my mom. She paints and is a fan of his watercolors—she also dropped a not-so-subtle hint about wanting this book for Christmas. I’m also buying the hilarious Winslow Homer mustache coasters for one of my close friends. We took many art history classes together in college and I know she will get a kick out of them.” Emily Friedman, Curatorial Assistant

“I bought two books for my six-month-old daughter, Elsa, for Christmas: The Calico Jungle and Farmyard Alphabet by Dahlov Ipcar. Theyre gorgeously illustrated and wonderfully educational—the best combination. Plus, theyre unique and interesting enough so that I wont get bored when I read them to her every night!” Erin Damon, Assistant Registrar

“The PMA Store is the perfect place for holiday gift shopping! My fiancé and I attended the Photography Fund Lecture this year, and he fell in love with Abelardo Morrell’s work, so I plan to get him a book of Morrell’s work from the Store. If your family does a Yankee Swap, I suggest the PMA Store for a unique, one-of-a-kind gift that will wow everyone. Our family had one on Thanksgiving and my contribution, for less than $15, was a set of beautiful note cards with Winslow Homer etchings—they were traded four times and fought over even after the swap had ended!”—Christi Razzi, Director of Foundation & Corporate Relations

*Free shipping at the PMA Store through December 30! Order by December 19 to receive by December 25.

Wedding Gift Ideas from the Museum Store

By Caitlin Brooke
PR & Marketing Assistant

Finding the perfect wedding gift can be a stressful task. It’s tempting to just pick a random item off the couple’s registry that fits your budget—but what if you want to add a thoughtful touch, or a personal spin on a gift?

Last year, as I found myself trekking from wedding to wedding with a gift card shoved into a non-descript envelope, I vowed that next wedding season I would take the time to think about the gifts I was giving. I care deeply about the people who are to be wed, and wanted the gift I give to reflect the appreciation I felt for being included in their special day.

So, here we are. Wedding season is in full swing, and before I go back to the old standby gift card, I thought I would peruse the Museum Store for a few ideas. I enlisted the help of Museum Store Manager, Sally Struever, for unique gift suggestions that honor tradition but are far from ordinary and bound to leave a lasting impression. Plus, the Museum Store is offering FREE SHIPPING on all online purchases.

Under $50

  • Fish Salt & Pepper Shakers by Jonathan Alder ($48)
    Say goodbye to the traditional glass shakers and hello to these cute (yet unobtrusive) ones!
  • Tea Towels by Ktaadn ($26 each)
    Monogrammed towels are great for the bathroom, but the kitchen deserves a little love too. Pick up a few of these light weight, neon printed tea towels to kick up the newlyweds’ cooking!
  • Winslow Homer Camp Mugs ($39.90 for a set of 2)
    Cozy up with these generously sized 15 oz. ceramic mugs which are perfect for soup and warm drinks.

Under $100

Under $200

Over $200

  • Space Pitcher by Tandem Glass ($280)
    Great for dinner parties, summer barbeques, or a romantic evening for two, this pitcher is a piece of art that is tremendously useful and fun to look at!

And if you decide to give a gift card, try a non-traditional card to hold it!

Meet the Artist: An Interview with Might & Main

The Museum is in full Winslow Homer mode—finishing touches are being added at the Studio, preparations for the fall exhibition Weatherbeaten: Winslow Homer and Maine are underway, and themed products are arriving daily at the Museum Store.

The Museum is excited to work with Might & Main to bring a variety of Winslow Homer inspired products to the Museum Store’s shelves. Might & Main is a small design and branding agency located in Portland whose designers share a passion and respect for process, craftsmanship, technology, and cohesive, client-based work.

Shown here, from left to right: Morgan DiPietro, graphic designer; Graeme Kennedy, Production Manager; Kevin Brooks, Principal, Online Strategist and Lead Web Developer; Sean Wilkinson, Principal, Creative Director, and Marketing Strategist; and Arielle Walrath, Principal, Creative Director, and Brand Strategist.

Why were you excited to work with the Portland Museum of Art?
GK: Not only are we fans of the Museum and Winslow Homer, but we are proud Mainers as well. Being involved in an exhibition and opening that will showcase Maine and its history is something we couldn’t pass up.
AW: This was a chance for us to be part of something culturally important; the Museum provides a valuable window to the wider art world for Mainers, and for visitors, it enables a view of the perhaps unexpected influence that artists living or working in Maine have had on American art.
MD: Plus, the opportunity to curate, art direct, and brand a whole line of cool products is a designer’s dream! The product possibilities were endless and our initial brainstorming sessions were very exciting. To focus ourselves we dove into research on Homer, and from there, we had a blast designing products that not only museum-goers would appreciate and enjoy, but we would too.

How were you inspired by Winslow Homer and his work to create product?
AW: When we were working on the custom Weatherbeaten logotype, I spent hours looking at his handwriting samples and came to really love Homer’s language. He had a way of writing that was opinionated, authoritative, even a bit curmudgeonly, but he seemed to know it and take humor in it. We tried to capture that in some of the quotes we chose to use.

Who did you work with on this project?
AW: When we started Might & Main, one of our goals was to facilitate creative collaborations. We’ve always been inspired by the work that other designers, craftspeople, and artists are doing locally.
GK: We couldn’t just showcase Maine’s most famous painter and not include some of our favorite local artisans. Working with Black Point Mercantile satisfied our desire to produce unique and limited edition items, and also continued Homer’s narrative. Black Point Mercantile’s Map Cases and Pillows are made with classic textiles that could be from the turn of the century, and are crafted not one mile from Homer’s studio on Prout’s Neck. Other artisans include Molly Angie, who fashioned the Signature rolls & Handkerchiefs, and the folks at Casco Bay Soaps. We’ve been a fan of both for a long time, and this project gave us the excuse, and wonderful experience, of bringing them into the fold to produce some incredible and unique stuff.

What are you buying to take home?
GK: I think we’re all really excited to see the Bobblehead in action. The process alone was so detailed, everything from shape of the face to Homer’s posture to moustache shape and size, that it is truly a collaborative piece.
MD: I’m really excited for the broadsides we created in collaboration with local printer, Strong Arm Bindery. Because we created these posters using a letterpress, our process was somewhat free-form, which presented a really fun opportunity to visually interpret Winslow’s words. I look forward to hanging a little piece of Homer wisdom on a wall in my apartment.