About SugarWood Gallery
To showcase and sell the best quality handcrafted furniture, home furnishings, accessories, and giftware in the Western Maine area.
SugarWood Gallery was created as a place for local artisans to show and sell their work to the local community. Fifteen artisans formed a company in the year 2000 which operated as a co-operative with each shareholder responsible for two days of ‘store duty’ each month.
A storefront at 248 Broadway in Farmington was leased and other artisans were invited to be ‘juried’ in. All product was sold on a consignment basis.
In 2008 the Maxham’s (part of the original fifteen) were asked by several of the owners if they were interested in taking over store operations as several of the more active ones had moved on. Today the Gallery boasts over one hundred craft/artisan. Most are from the local area with a few from out of state whose art form cannot be found within the State.
Products range from giftware, glassware, wooden utensils, wood furniture, lighting, ceramics, rugs, bronze sculpture and more. Prices range from $2 to $10,000 with each item being worthy of being given as a heirloom quality gift or a purchase for self.
Janice Maxhamwas part of the original founding team and is the owner. She juggles her schedule between the Gallery, Dental Hygiene, performing her duties as President of the Downtown Business Association, and Treasurer duties for The Clearwater Lake Improvement Association as well as The UpCountry Artists Association. In her spare time she can be found snowshoeing in her woodlot at Clearwater Lake or downhill skiing at Sunday River or Sugarloaf… or kayaking on Clearwater Lake when the ice is out. On bad weather days she can be found with a knitting or sewing project for family or friends. Janice knows every artist and personally keeps exacting detail inventory and sales records for each of them.
Dick Stanchfieldis an original founder whose specialty is lampshade making. His original designs once kept him, wife Donna, and many local artisans busy supplying Galleries throughout the United States. He and Donna currently supply a limited clientele and Dick uses his Gallery days to keep close to the public. Dick has a unique design for lamp stands and when available at the Gallery sell out quickly.
Cathy Ibarguenis a close personal friend whose primary job is Elementary School Secretary. Her knitting and sewing expertise is legendary and her woodworking skills still developing. Cathy is a great resource and is frequently found in the Gallery with her ‘helping hands’.