The Moosehead Lake Region Economic Development Corporation (MLREDC) will launch its Artisan Village on the southern shore of Moosehead Lake in Greenville, after a successful initial pilot last summer. Four cottages will be available throughout the summer season as an affordable venue for artisans to display and sell their handmade arts and crafts. The location is a highly visible space among other shops, restaurants, and museums in the center of town. It offers a unique opportunity to market arts and crafts to local residents and to the thousands of tourists who visit the Moosehead Lake region during the summer from Maine, the Northeast, across the United States, Canada, and other countries. The Moosehead Lake Artisan Village is one of our community’s creative strategies to enhance economic prosperity and population growth in our region.
Jump on board this new, exciting venture in one of the most stunningly beautiful places in America!
Artist Application. Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 season. Artists must complete the application form, providing brief biographical information as well as three to five high resolution images of their work. There is a $25 application fee. Artists who leased a cottage during our 2017 pilot season need not resubmit images of their work, and we will waive the application fee for returning artists. Artists who work in all kinds of media are encouraged to apply. We seek unique, high quality work that is handmade or hand-crafted by participating artists and do not accept products that are bought or acquired for resale. We especially encourage artist demonstrations.
Your application and fee may be submitted by the following methods:
ONLINE FORM APPLICATION
DOWNLOAD APPLICATION and email to email@example.com
DOWNLOAD APPLICATION and mail to the Artisan Village Coordinator, MLREDC, P.O. Box 223, Greenville, ME 04441.
Submit $25 Application Fee Online
NOTE: The application fee is waived for artists who leased a Moosehead Lake Artisan Cottage during the 2017 pilot season
The Artisan Village Coordinator will immediately notify applicants by email acknowledging receipt of application.
A local jury will review applications to ensure quality and variety. Selections will be made by January 20 from applications received by then and, subsequently, on a rolling basis until all weeks and weekends are leased.
RENTAL LICENSE AGREEMENT, FEE, AND CERTIFICATE OF INSURANCE. Upon notification of acceptance, artists will be required to sign and return a rental license agreement with the requisite fee of $75/week or $30/weekend and a certificate of general liability insurance, within five days. The fee is non-refundable. The certificate of insurance must name the Moosehead Lake Region Economic Development Corporation, the Town of Greenville, and 35 Pritham LLC as additional insured entities. Please note that there are many reasonably priced options for artists including a stand-alone short-term policy or a rider on your business owner’s or homeowner’s insurance and other options specifically designed for artists, craftsmen, and tradesmen such as ACT Insurance. Our Artisan Village Coordinator is available at 207-280-0855 to discuss options with you. The signed lease agreement, fee, and a copy of the certificate of insurance may be submitted electronically at our website www.MooseheadArtisanVillage.com or mailed to the Artisan Village Coordinator at MLREDC, P.O. Box 223, Greenville, ME 04441. If mailed, the fee must be paid by personal or cashier’s check, payable to MLREDC.
DESCRIPTION AND USE OF COTTAGES.
The cottages are located at the Moosehead Lake waterfront in the village center, easily accessible on foot from Pritham Avenue, in Greenville, ME.
Each cottage is 10’ x 8’ with a 10’ x 4’ covered front porch with railing. There is a large double door equipped with a security lock and windows on two sides. There are no window shades or curtains.
Each cottage is equipped with an exterior porch light, an interior track light, two electrical outlets, a trash receptacle, and broom.
Participating artists provide their own tables, chairs, and display units.
Parking is available in a gravel parking lot across the street from the cottages or in other nearby public parking areas at no charge. For set-up and take-down, artists may bring their vehicles as close to the cottage as is feasible.
Keys to the cottage are available with your welcome packet to be picked up on your move-in day at the Northwoods Camp Rentals office at 14 Lakeview St. in Greenville between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM. Keys must be returned to the Northwoods Camp Rentals office on the move-out date.
SCHEDULE. The cottages will be open on weekends from Saturday-Sunday, June 23-24 and again from Saturday-Sunday, September 15-16 through Saturday-Sunday, October 13-14 during the summer’s “shoulder” season. The cottages will be open each week from Thursday through Monday from June 28 through September 10. Move-in/set-up day is typically the day before the lease period and move-out day is the day after the lease period. An artist may lease a cottage for a term of one weekend or one week; the maximum number of weeks and/or weekends is four. The Artisan Village Programming Committee will consider special requests from new artists who would like to participate but would like flexibility in the number of days leased. Please make a special request on page 2 of the application form.
Be sure to look at the community’s list of events and other activities in the Moosehead Lake region online at www.mooseheadlakeedc.com/events for assistance in determining your preferred schedule.
HOURS OF OPERATION. Hours of operation are from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM during the shoulder season (June 23-24 and September 15-October 14) and from 12:00-8:00 PM during the regular season (June 28- September 10). Artists may choose to open earlier or stay open later and take a break for a meal; otherwise, the cottage must be open and staffed by the artist during the designated hours. In the event of severe weather or a medical or other emergency, artists are asked to contact the Artisan Village Coordinator at 207-280-0855 if the cottage will be closed.
LODGING. Please indicate on your application form if you live out of our area and are interested in complimentary and reduced-rate lodging.
MARKETING. The Artisan Village will be part of the MLREDC regional marketing plans and will be promoted widely throughout the season through our websites, social media, and print media. Announcements also will be made regularly to local hotels, inns, and camps for their guests. Artists also are encouraged to promote themselves via their personal marketing channels.
FEEDBACK ON YOUR EXPERIENCE. At the end of the lease period, we ask that artists complete a feedback questionnaire with comments on operations and overall experience as well as a report on the number of visitors to their cottage, number of sales made, and gross dollar revenue. This information will be used solely by the Artisan Village committee for assessing our program and planning for the next year. The information will be kept confidential. The questionnaire may be left at the Northwoods Camp Rentals office when returning the cottage keys.
QUESTIONS? Please contact the Artisan Village Coordinator by phone at 207-280-0855 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the program or application process. THANK YOU FOR PARTNERING WITH US!
MLREDC Artisan Village Coordinator
PO BOX 223
GREENVILLE, ME 04441
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