Portland Book Launch of "Handcrafted Maine: Art, Life, Harvest & Home"

Portland Book Launch of "Handcrafted Maine: Art, Life, Harvest & Home"

Book signing and conversation with Katy Kelleher and Greta Rybus

The PMA is thrilled to host the Portland launch for Handcrafted Maine: Art, Life, Harvest & Home, the new book by writer Katy Kelleher and photographer Greta Rybus. This gorgeous book serves as an overview of Maine arts and crafts in the contemporary era, and the launch will bring together people from throughout the Maine community in support of the state's incredible network of gifted makers. Kelleher and Rybus will be signing copies of the book.

Amid the sublime beauty of Maine—its primordial forests, remote lakes, rugged mountains, and craggy coastline blooms a handmade culture fed by heritage, self-sufficiency, and collaboration. Handcrafted Maine: Art, Life, Harvest & Home features lively profiles of more than twenty artists, artisans, and craftspeople—weavers and potters, a painter, an architect, a boatbuilder, a leatherworker, bakers, lobster-men, and more—at work in the woods, towns, and cities of Maine, celebrating the triumphs and challenges of entrepreneurship and independence. Including more than 225 inspiring color photographs and intimate narrative portraits, Handcrafted Maine provides a window into the inner lives of creatives and brings to life the powerful environment and spirited character that nurture the unbridled ingenuity and common-sense approach to craft and life found Down East.

Katy Kelleher is a writer and editor living in Buxton, Maine. She writes about creators of all stripes, food sustainability, and culture for local and national media.

Greta Rybus is a Portland, Maine–based photojournalist with an interest in our connection to the environment. She photographs for publications including the New York Times and Modern Farmer.