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September 2013

Going Big

The implications of growing as an artist and art based business including fabrication, production, sourcing, and staffing.

Close your eyes and think about where your practice or art-based business could be in 10-15 years. Well, guess what? With some preparation, realistic goal setting and action, you could accomplish those goals in 5-10 years or less. Join us and to hear from Maine based creatives who have outgrown spaces, expanded their businesses and achieved national recognition. This session is designed to help creatives strategize their potential growth and gain perspective on what practical steps to take. Presenters include artist Aaron Stephan, designer Erin Flett and career coach Barbara Babkirk of Heart at Work Associates.


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Erin Flett Presentation

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Professional development series - Sessions & Links




Barbara Babkirk is a Master Career Counselor and founder of Heart At Work Associates, a career counseling and outplacement firm in Portland.

With a focused and intuitive approach, Barbara makes a difference in people’s lives by helping them design a new life chapter. She has a successful record guiding career transitions for professionals ranging from executives and artists to attorneys and entrepreneurs. An expert in her field, Barbara is a public speaker on work-related topics and writes a work-focused blog for the’s business page.


Erin is a passionate, prolific graphic artists that in the last two years focused on creating her own line of hand screened textiles out of her Maine studio. Featured in well over 30 national and international magazines in 3.5 years such as REAL SIMPLE, O MAGAZINE, BETTER HOMES & GARDENS, COUNTRY LIVING AND MANY MORE...AS WELL AS numerous blogs and books for her distinctive eclectic hand. Her soulful and fun designs bring joy and dimension with a traditional / modern edge and new breathe in the world of textiles. Her work makes you smile, ponder and gives your space new life and style. 


Aaron Stephan is an artist that lives and works in Portland, Maine. His work presents a wry look at the world around him – focusing on complex web of information carried by everyday materials and objects. His work has taken form as a twenty-foot

high table and chairs, a shelter made entirely of books, and a series of drawings reproducing iconic artworks ad infinitum.

Aaron made his home in Maine in 2000, where he graduated with an MFA from Maine college of Art in 2002. He was the 2002 Marguerite Zorach fellow at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the 2005 Louise Bourgeois fellow at YADDO in Saratoga Springs, NY, and was an artist in residence in the Arts/Industry Program in Kohler, WI in 2008. His work has been featured at the Portland Museum of Art, ME; DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, MA, Samson Projects, MA, John Michael Kohler Art Center, WI; California Center for the Arts, CA; Farnsworth Art Museum, ME; Institute of Contemporary Art at Meca, ME; DUMBO Center for the Arts, NY; Troy Arts Center, NY; Sienna Gallery, Lennox, MA, University of Maine Museum of Art, ME; Quint Contemporary Art, CA; Aucocisco Gallery, ME; Gallery Naga, MA; Albany Airport Gallery, NY; Lamont Gallery at Exeter Academy, NH; and the University of New England Museum of Art, ME.

Stephan has completed public commissions at multiple sites throughout Maine including Westbrook, Jackman, Dover-Foxcroft, Belfast, Jefferson, Lewiston, Lisbon, Biddeford, and Portland. He is currently working on public commissions for Madison, WI, Nashville, TN, and Indianapolis, IN.