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The Big Chill Holiday Sale is today!  10am-4pm at Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo Street in Portland.  There’s a handy little map if you need directions!  Two floors of awesome artists, I know you can’t resist.  Be careful on those icy roads, this morning!

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That’s right, y’all.  This poster will soon be gracing the halls and walls of coffee shops, community centers and libraries everywhere.  This screen printed, limited edition of 100 will be for sale for $10 at the bar at The Big Chill on Sunday, December 2nd.  Yay to our local artists, Kris Johnsen and Meagan Anderson for putting it together!

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Barn Owl on reclaimed Maine barnwood by Mermaid Meadow, a Big Chill vendor!

As promised, the December 2012 Big Chill vendors are posted here!  And we couldn’t be happier.  We saw a lot of familiar names coming in the mail along with a host of fresh, new applicants to The Big Chill.  We’re so psyched to bring you all this good art just in time for the gift-giving-season!

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Oh my gosh, look at the calendar!!  It’s October 22nd already and The Big Chill applications close on October 31st!  That means it’s gotta be mailed to 10 Mayo St., Portland, ME 04101 by Wednesday, October 31st and not a second later!

If you’d like to download an application, please visit the link at the tab above that says “Apply!”  Then it will say “Click Here for the Big Chill Application!” and then you will and then you will say “Oh score, I’m just steps away from sending my application in!”

So all you handmade, vintage and local people – cover us in a landslide of your creativity!  Sounds awesome, right?

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Hello, interweb!  Well, we finally had a chance to sit down and bang out this year’s application for The Big Chill.  It’s happening on Sunday, December 2nd and we think you ought to join us!

If you just want to click on the link below you can download and print a .pdf of the application for your perusal.  Applications will be open through Wednesday, October 31st and vendors will be announced on November 1st!

Please fill out the application in full as we cannot consider any applications that are missing information. We are really looking forward to making it big this winter!


Click Here for The Big Chill 2012 Application!

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Hey-yo!  Hope you’ve all had an amazing summer at the beach, eating ice cream, going on vacation, visiting friends and family, yadda yadda yadda.  But get to work, little elves!  Because this year’s Big Chill will be Sunday, December 2nd at Mayo Street Arts Center in Portland, ME.

Applications are open on Monday, October 1st and will run through October 31st.  We’ll announce our vendors on November 1st!  More information about vendor fees, specific times, location and more will be available on the 1st with the applications.

Stay tuned, silly balloons!

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Hear ye, hear ye!  The Big Thaw arts, crafts and vintage sale is happening TODAY (Saturday, May 12) from 10am to 4pm at 10 Mayo Street, which is where the lovely Mayo Street Arts Center is located.  If you’re not familiar with it, it’s very easy to get to off of I-295 N or S.  Check out this technology map:

The Big Thaw features 30+ artists, crafters and vintage sellers occupying two floors of the Mayo Street Arts Center.  Artists who have studios at Mayo Street may open up for the event, too.  Refreshments are available at the snack bar upstairs, including beer and wine for the daydrinkers among you.  Our doors open at 10am sharp, but please no early visitors while our vendors set up their spaces!  We look forward to seeing you – buy and make local!

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Yay!!  Posters are here!  Actually, they’ve been here for some time, but I’m finally just able to get off my lazy end and take a picture or two.  Kris Johnsen and Meagan Anderson (who will be setting up their wares at The Thaw on May 12!) spent some quality time making yet another work of art for us to share our event with the world.

click to purchase Big Thaw poster!

The posters are for sale in the Etsy shop, and you can send me a message if you’d like a listing created with no shipping fee and you can just pick it up at the sale.   Purchasing these posters at $10-a-pop (what a deal!) really helps to support the time and effort that goes in to the creation of our Big Thaw event.  If you need any more incentive, just know that they are gorgeous, three-color screen prints on a Spring-y green french paper as the background —  Kris and Meagan also used a ‘split fountain’ on the sky, which is why you get such a nice gradation in the blue sky.

click to view listing for this poster

Some people have asked why we’re so crazy to spend time and money on a limited edition, hand printed event poster when just a flyer would do.  The answer?  We really care about quality work, and we also really care about artists working in our community.  Even though we only have 100 posters to sell and post around town each one of those packs a real punch.  This time it’s a deer, squirrel and birdy punch.  Pow!

The Big Thaw arts, crafts and vintage sale will take place on Saturday, May 12 at Mayo Street Arts Center at 10 Mayo Street in Portland, ME from 10am to 4pm.  We hope to see you there!

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A huge part of the Big Thaw and the Big Chill is our handprinted posters, a collaboration from Kris Johnsen and Meagan Anderson.  Advertising our event with artwork that has been locally-sourced and cared for is important!  And… we’re picking up the posters this week – excitement!  For now, enjoy these pictures of the process that Kris and Meagan went through to make them.  We’ll post pictures of the final product soon:

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Fuzzy Fleece Owl by Tracy Jean Handbags, click for more information

Finally!  Nous avons une Tweeter.  Now that we’ve joined all the cats in the 21st Century you can follow us by visiting https://twitter.com/thebigthawportl  Not only will we have updates from the blog, but more images from our awesome vendors.  Check back soon – the vendor spotlights start this week!

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