handmade-on-mainEngine is expanding its in-gallery retail and gift shop, Handmade on Main, this holiday season to include works by local artisans and will have its Grand Opening on Plaid Friday, November 25. Opening weekend hours will be 9am-6pm on Friday and Saturday and regular Engine hours after that.

Handmade on Main features guest curators Gabe Sutton, Megan Rochelo, and Meredith Radford for this holiday season. Artisans include GKS Furnituremakers, Meredith Radford Design, Honey Tribe Jewelry, Liz Muse Designs, and others to be confirmed.

Plaid Friday was conceived by three local businesses in Oakland, California as an answer to Black Friday’s focus on national chains and big box stores. The originators wanted to shift focus to encouraging shoppers to spend their money at unique local shops.

And why did they choose plaid? Because it represented how Oakland’s local neighborhoods are a fabric of colorful, diverse, interesting independent businesses woven together. We in Biddeford, Maine, feel that Plaid is an incredibly relevant name…it’s the state color! (jk) Truly, though, the weaving together of independent businesses and craft is so very Maine. Biddeford with its rich textile history of producing “drill” fabric and its emerging maker scene, is a perfect place to expand the Plaid Friday movement.

Anyone who stops in to shop wearing plaid will get a big hug from us at Engine. And quite possibly a freshly baked cookie.

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Doors open at 6:30pm and talks start at 7:20pm. Admission $5. Engine members free. Cash bar.


David Arenstam
Kim Bernard
Tanya Fletcher
Juliette Karlsen
Sam Paolini
Tonya Shevenell

Thank you to our sponsor:



FINDINGS : Personal Archeologies

Juliet Karelsen & Greta Rybus

“It’s possible…to write about commonplace things and objects using commonplace but precise language, and to endow those things—a chair, a window curtain, a fork, a stone, a woman’s earrings—with immense, even startling power.”

Raymond Carver

When painter Juliet Karelsen’s father died in 2013, Karelsen was left to disassemble the New York City apartment he had lived in for nearly fifty years. When photographer Greta Rybus’s 91-year-old grandmother moved into assisted living this year after decades in her family home, Rybus traveled to Montana to help.

“Findings”—opening at ENGINE on 128 Main Street in Biddeford on Friday, September 30 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.—presents the lingering reverberations of these two artist’s experiences observing, sorting, and collecting the objects left behind when a loved one has passed away or slipped into the grasp of dementia. “Findings” runs through November 26.

When we hold our deceased father’s worn wooden-handled tennis racket or our ailing grandmother’s chipped plastic thermos, these seemingly commonplace objects take on meaning far beyond their everyday use. Our unconscious instinct to attach meaning to the memory-soaked objects of our loved ones is startlingly powerful.

As Karelsen sifted through her father’s saved possessions—both the banal and family heirlooms—items that resonated with her were set aside to either keep or photograph. Karelsen both honors and reckons with these saved objects by rendering them in crayon, graphite, paint, paper, cloth, embroidery, and needlepoint.

When Rybus helped her Grandma Jane pack up the house three generations of her family had lived in, they went through the cupboards and shelves together. They lingered over all the things she had saved, the things used by the generations before her, as a way to commemorate the legacy of everyday objects, the inheritance of story, and the substance of generations past and present.

Karelsen studied painting at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Her work has been exhibited across the county, as well as in Europe. Rybus holds degrees in Cultural Anthropology and Photojournalism from the University of Montana in Missoula. About her work, she says, “I’m interested in documenting the full spectrum of the human experience: the struggle and joy, the light and darkness.” This is her first gallery exhibition.



Juliet Karelsen

Greta Rybus


The Pain Awareness and Education Collaborative (PEAC), from the Office of Research and Scholarship, has put together an art exhibit in conjunction with Engine in downtown Biddeford.  To recognize September as Pain Awareness Month and National Recovery Month, PEAC has curated pieces from the community that speak to pain and recovery.  These pieces will be on display at Engine until September 24th.

This kickoff event is during the monthly Friday ArtWalk in Biddeford and Saco.  Please come enjoy the artwork (some of which is for sale), and learn more about pain and rRecovery in our community.


Join 4 women, including Micki Whelan, Cathie Cantara, Elizabeth Hunter, and Karen Gola, at their first pop-up store which will offer handmade limited edition and one-of-a-kind objects for sale, for three days only!

OPENING PARTY: Thursday, August 4 from 5-7pm.
Thursday, August 4 from 11am to 5pm
Friday August 5 from 11am to 5pm (Engine will have extended hours until 7:30 with live music)
Saturday August 6 from 11am to 5pm

For more info, contact event coordinator Micki Whelan



Engine’s Education/Programming Coordinator strategizes, develops and delivers innovative programs that provide youth support in S.T.E.A.M., reaches out to underserved audiences, increases awareness, excitement and interest in learners of all ages and advances Engine’s commitment to rigor, creativity, and entrepreneurship. Engine creates collaborative pathways between other educational institutions, the homeschool and alternative education community, and non-profits that serve youth. The Education/Programming Coordinator seeks to develop initiatives to create a continuum of sustainable programs that integrate best practices, develops local and national partnerships, and leverages opportunities to pursue funding.

Function: Oversee the implementation and growth of the S.T.E.A.M. youth education program, including both the Compass Project and Engine’s maker space, Maine FabLab. The Education/Programming Coordinator will be responsible for developing and delivering innovative maker programming, and sourcing/supervising/training any teaching artists or makers.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with Engine staff and outside partners to create maker related programming and develop Engine’s programs as a resource for out-of-school S.T.E.A.M. learning.
  • Coordinate all aspects of workshops and programs including development, implementation and training staff and after school and summer programs.
  • Supervise, train and schedule teaching artists/makers to assist in the facilitation of programs.
  • Assist in maintaining budgets, reports, and statistics that correspond to Engine’s programs and attend meetings and conferences to increase public awareness of Engine’s programs.
  • Research, develop and prototype innovative maker activities and maintain all program materials, tools and equipment including hardware and software.
  • Staff Engine’s gallery and maker space as needed.
  • Complete other tasks as assigned.


Education: BA/M. Ed/MAT or equivalent degree in appropriate field. Candidates without a degree but with extensive relevant field experience will be considered.

Experience: A minimum of 2 years experience working in a formal or informal educational setting in a managerial role.

Required: Computer aptitude both Mac and PC platforms. Knowledge of Google Drive file management.


  • Understanding and commitment to the philosophy and mission of Engine.
  • Experience with project-based learning and curriculum development.
  • Passion and knowledge about the maker culture, fablabs, and use of technologies to support creative, engaged learning. Experience developing innovative and novel content for informal settings.
  • An experienced practitioner and mentor in the making processes.
  • Ability to get ideas accepted and to guide a group or individual to accomplish the task.
  • Demonstrable experience in working with teams with the ability to harness team creativity and translate into effective programming.
  • An effective collaborator, coordinator, team builder, and mentor and who is skilled at leveraging the talents of others and solving problems.
  • Strong communications skills with the ability to express ideas clearly both in written and oral communications and capacity to use social media.
  • A maker space, FabLab, science center or children’s museum background is a plus.
  • Experience with curriculum development and Maine’s public school system is preferred.
  • Comfortable with a hands on approach, particularly an ability to improvise with audiences of varied ages, the use of hand tools, electronics, computer software, hardware and various other technologies
  • Interest/abilities in physical computing, open source hardware and software, video and audio production, and desktop fabrication.

COMPENSATION: Commensurate with education, skills, and experience. Approximately a 20 hour a week position to start with potential for full-time employment as program grows and funding allows.

HOURS: This is an on-site position, ideally 1pm-6pm Tues-Fri with some evenings/weekends necessary.

REPORTS TO: Executive Director

HOW TO APPLY: Qualified candidates should send resume and cover letter with salary range/requirements via email to No calls please. Please include job title in subject line.

Application Deadline: August 31, 2016

Targeted Start Date: October 1, 2016

Engine, Inc. supports diversity in the workplace. Engine, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and supports a drug free workplace.

ENGINE BACKGROUND: Founded in 2010, Engine is a not-for-profit arts organization with a mission, “To foster and integrate the arts and design, education, and sustainable creative entrepreneurialism as an explicit community value and civic priority in Biddeford.”

Engine does this by operating a contemporary art gallery, retail venue, a maker space, and a digital fabrication facility, the Maine FabLab. Our programs include summer and after school arts and design activities, and operating the Compass Project, a boatbuilding program for youth. Engine is the only art and design focused organization in Biddeford, and southern Maine, that is focusing on the A/D in S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, arts/design, math) in supporting youth in developing skills and discovering career paths in the visual arts and applied arts fields, such as illustration, graphic design, animation, programming, 3D design, digital fabrication, woodworking, boatbuilding, and precision machining. Engine exhibits work of emerging and mid-career artists, providing opportunities for professional development of artists as well. Engine programs music, film, and community events. Engine’s Marble Block, a 20,000 square foot historic building donated to the organization in 2011, will eventually house our maker space and gallery, along with a 150-seat performance hall.

Since our founding in 2010, Engine has earned a statewide reputation as an alternative art space and leader in the makerspace/digital fabrication arena with the Maine FabLab. Engine is provider of teaching artist professional development, maker space resources, project-based activities, and out-of-school programming.

Engine currently has one full-time director and two part-time program staff dedicated to the Compass Project.

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A helpful link: The Fab Foundation