Maine Art Hill Block Party

04/12/2018 0 Comments
 

No matter how long you have been involved with Maine Art, you are sure to be aware of the fact we are always celebrating something.  We are truly lucky to have such amazing artists, clients, staff, and community surrounding and supporting us and giving us so many wonderful reasons for such celebrations.

With that said, here we go again. We are rebranding all of our properties under the name Maine Art Hill. Seven shows, eight galleries, twenty-one weekly pop-ups, thirty -five artists, and twenty years in the making.  We want to invite you all to come celebrate with us one more time at the biggest party we have thrown yet. The highlight for us is that proceeds from this event will be given back in the form of a Maine Art Hill Scholarship, for a Kennebunk High School grad who will be pursuing a degree in the arts. This is why we love this town. Everyone is connected.

On Friday, June 8 from 5 pm to 7 pm we will be hosting Maine Art Hill Block Party as part of the Kennebunkport Festival. Where this is a brand new event many are asking questions so….here is how it’s going to go.

At 5 o’clock we will begin distributing wristbands to ticket holders (see below for purchasing options) and welcome each guest with swag bags and beads. Why beads? For these few hours, Chase Hill Road will be looking a bit more like Frenchman Street and any trip to New Orleans would not be complete without several strands of beads. Once checked in, all you need to do is follow the sounds of jazz from gallery to gallery and enjoy.

So what is on the menu for the night? Art, of course, Music, Food, and Classic Cocktails. All inspired by the city, owner John Spain, knows, loves, and claims is one of the best cities to celebrate anything in.

So first off, Art.

All three Maine Art Hill galleries, The Gallery, Shows, and the brand new Studios, in addition to the Gallery at the Grand, will be featuring all new works from local artists. For the Gallery at 14 Western Ave, all the new summer work from each of our 30+ artists will be on display. At Shows, there will be a sneak peek at the 7th Annual Choice Art Show which opens at 11 am the next morning. At the all-new Studios, you will find seven new spaces all celebrating with us, including North Light Gallery, Donna Kabay with Phosart Studios and our featured artist at Pop Up, Kathy Ostrander Roberts. We are also partnering with Gallery at the Grand, where they are featuring their New Works show. We welcome you to wander back and forth between all the galleries enjoying food, cocktails, and music along the way.

So now on to Food.

Each space is offering up NOLA inspired snacks and treats. At The Gallery, David Hurd Personal Chef and Catering will be cooking up Jambalaya. Muffalettas and Gumbo to share. If you move up to Studios, BP’s Shuck Shack will be serving freshly shucked oysters. Because the only thing better than Louisiana oysters are Maine oysters. These babies are fresh and cold. At Shows, you will find none other than the local and lovely Rococo Ice Cream.  We worked all spring cooking up a few N’awlins inspired flavors made just for this event. These folks are amazing. You will also find a secret snack hiding out down at The Grand, but you will have to venture in to see just what they have in store.

What about the cocktail?

Now it wouldn’t be a Kennebunk Festival event unless there was a signature cocktail, right? But of course this is New Orleans, so we couldn’t choose, so each gallery will have their own. Hurricanes, Zazeraceks, and of course the famous Arnaud’s French 75. No matter what your taste, we will have something for you.

Now here is our favorite part. The Music.

A night in N’awlins would not be complete without music. Each gallery will house select members from the jazzy, lively New Orleans flavored septet, Soggy Po’ Boys. Be sure to stick around because these boys will come together for a fun-filled spectacular the likes of which Chase Hill has never seen.

Remember this is a ticketed event as part of the Kennebunkport Festival. The festival is a wonderful way to celebrate all the Kennbunks have to offer. Plus we are thrilled that we are able to give back through Maine Art Hill’s Scholarship for KHS. Please note this is our only ticketed event all summer. Be sure to check our calendar for all Artist Receptions and Show Events.

So… Friday. June 8th. 5-7 pm. Come ready to enjoy. There are a limited amount of tickets for sale and they are going fast.

Click the link below to purchase tickets.

Maine Art Hill Block Party
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Jill Matthews – A New Artist at The Gallery on Maine Art Hill

03/29/2018 0 Comments
 

Jill Matthews is a local artist whom with we have had a well-established relationship with for many years. Although we have never represented her, there has been a respect and admiration for not only her work as an artist but also as a gallery owner. However, as we know, life changes and grows and if we are smart we change and grow with it. It is through this process that Jill has come to Maine Art.

“I was born and raised in the beautiful state of Vermont where I studied Fine Art at The University of Vermont. While I graduated with a degree in Art Education and briefly was an art educator, I soon found my true passion was developing my own work,” shares Matthews.

So why Maine?

Sometimes it is the love of a person, not the love of the state that originally brings someone to Maine. Although for Matthews, an east coast girl by birth, it wasn’t a hard move to make she just had to make it a few times. “I met my husband, who is a Mainer, while I was finishing school on the west coast at The University of California San Diego,” tells Matthews. “I always knew we would find our way back east, but it was a bit of a process to finally land here for good.”

From California, they soon moved back home and started a family. Two babies later, the west coast called again, and they had to answer. “It would take a bit of time, but eventually we made yet another cross-country move back to Maine,” laughs Matthews. “We are finally home, and I feel so fortunate to live and work in this beautiful state.”

As many artists who are encompassed by the beauty here, Matthews’s work is inspired and influenced by her surroundings. “I am struck by things visually in an instant. Be it the way light plays off of something or the color interactions on a clear blue day.  My favorite days are foggy days. They force my eye to see the beauty in simplicity.  I strive for this in my pieces, strong uncluttered compositions. I always edit as I work, stripping away details, leaving a strength to what remains.”

Matthews has been creating art on some level for as long as she can remember.  Life has led her in various directions, but one constant has been her love for art and involving herself in the creative process.

“When I was young, maybe ten, my parents gave me a print of Andrew Wyeth’s ‘Christina’s World’.  It was the first time I was moved by a piece of art. I realized the power in that.  How art can make me feel, how it can make me think, and how it can make me wonder no matter how many times I look at it,” says Matthews. “This is what I hope and strive for in my own art, to leave an impression on the viewer.”

Matthews’s work will be debuted in the 7th Annual Choice Show beginning on June 9 at Shows on Maine Art Hill. Gain a sneak peek on May 1 when voting begins.

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Ingunn Joergensen – A New Artist at The Gallery on Maine Art Hill

03/28/2018 0 Comments
 

As things grow and change around Maine Art, we are happy to welcome one of Kennebunk’s own into our family.  Ingunn Milla Joergensen lives here in town and has found a special place in the community we all love dearly. Even though she is was not born here, she has chosen Maine to call home, or maybe it is more like Maine chose her.

“Growing up in the southern parts of Norway, I was that child who always spent time creating something, that is if I wasn’t wandering around in the woods picking wildflowers,” Ingunn shares. “I remember waking up thinking, ‘Today I will make a Masterpiece, unlike anything anyone has ever seen’ Then I’d venture off to my granddad’s wood workshop next door to hunt for treasures to use.”

All through her childhood and school, she was allowed to explore and create. “I am still grateful for all those teachers who let me go on with my ideas,” she remembers. “Frequently they were things other than what we were assigned to do. Maybe that is why I later became an art teacher myself.”

For many years Ingunn enjoyed teaching her students and still painting when she had the moments to steal. Then, ten years ago, she moved to Maine.

“What was supposed to be a two-year stay has now – a house, a huge garden, another dog and numerous chickens later – become more permanent.” For Ingunn, she was finally in a place where she could focus solely on her own work. “Quickly, I fell deeply in love with the place and it’s kind and friendly people,” she shares. “Each a little rugged, very resilient and so authentic.”

The beauty of the Maine landscape, the constantly changing elements, and the ocean are a never-ending source of inspiration for all of Joergensen’s art and design work. “It is the little things that catch my attention, a piece, a fragment, a texture, a thought, a word. Sometimes taking it all in is so much, it is almost overwhelming,” Igunn shares. “One little shell tells the story of the ocean. A piece of wood tells the story of lived life. Beauty is found in the most unexpected places.”

Joergensen has met and worked with many inspiring and talented people. Her road trips around the state in search of beautiful barns to paint has led her to the most interesting conversations. She tells the story of an older gentleman and his beautiful old horse farm

 

“Windows were broken, roofs were sagging, and he was having a hard time keeping up. The barn swallows were cheerfully flying around while rays of sunshine were streaming through the ceilings. He still had a few retired horses and a great deal of evidence of a proud life well lived. We spent hours chatting,”  says Ingunn. “A few weeks later, I returned with an invitation to my show. He saw his barn on the cover of the invitation and started to cry.”

This and so many similar stories are what make Joergensen grateful to live and paint in Maine, yet her gratitude does not end there. She has a deep gratitude, profound thankfulness, and great humility, not only when it comes to her ability to paint, but also that paintings have found their “forever homes.” All across the United States, from San Diego to Seattle from Florida to Maine, Ingunn Joergensen’s work can found. She may be lucky to have this life, but her talent and hard work have brought her to the place she is now.

Artist Igunn Jorgensen

Joergensen’s work will be debuted in the 7th Annual Choice Show beginning on June 9 at Shows on Maine Art Hill. Gain a sneak peek on May 1 when voting begins.

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Claire Bigbee – A New Artist at The Gallery on Maine Art Hill

03/15/2018 0 Comments
 

There have been so many new and exciting changes going on in our little corner of Lower Village, Kennebunk, we can hardly stand it.  Along with new buildings and new branding, we have also welcomed a few new artists. One of which is Claire Bigbee.

Bigbee lives and works in Wells and studied graphic design and painting at the Maine College of Art. Even though she is from Massachusetts originally, she quickly found solace in being a local Maine girl.

Bigbee shares, “I moved to Ogunquit at the age of twelve when my parents divorced. I was at an age where I felt really displaced. I wasn’t  connecting to the school system or to the people in school, so I turned to the landscape.”

It was the marshes in Maine that helped ease a lot of her anxieties as a teenager. “I could feel this peace.” Now as an adult, she still finds her place in all Maine has to offer. “The winters are stripped down and everything slows down. I like that solitude. The light is incredible. The blue shadows in the winter and the skies. The beach. The water. The coastline. The pastoral inland views,” Bigbee raves. “The whole state is just a huge canvas waiting to be painted.”

When in the presence of Bigbee’s work there is a sense of energy. While the composition and light may attract her to a scene, it is the free use of color and expression that drives her.

“My process is a response to the atmosphere, the view, and the painting. I am not so concerned about the rendering of the piece,” she shares. “When I’m painting, music keeps my unconscious and conscious connected. As I mix my paints and apply them to my canvas, I’m not necessarily using a formula. I don’t create my palate the same way every time. Sometimes I just apply the paint directly to the canvas.”

It is through music Bigbee finds the soul of the piece she is painting. “When I am working on my floral paintings which are more gestural, I throw the canvas on the floor. I turn up the music and get into the beat of it. It is apparent in the strokes and in the overall energy of these pieces,” she says.

Bigbee is the creative director at Dietz Associates, a certified yoga instructor and has a dance background.   She is a very busy woman. Music helps to tap into her intuition. “Music keeps me on a plane between consciousness and unconsciousness. I’m in a space where I’m responding to the rhythm in notes of the music,” she says referring to dance, “and when painting, to the rhythm in the notes of the paint.”

Bigbee’s work will be debuted in the 7th Annual Choice Show beginning on June 9 at Shows on Maine Art Hill. Gain a sneak peek on May 1 when voting begins.

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Pop Up on Maine Art Hill

03/01/2018 0 Comments
 

5 Chase Hill Road

Kennebunk, Maine

For collectors and visitors in the area, this is a wonderful place to find new and interesting artists and artisans. Each week, a  different pop-up artist is taking over and sharing their work. It is an opportunity to see some of the finest art from throughout New England and beyond.

CLICK HERE TO SEE OUR SUMMER 2018 ARTISTS

or click individual artists names

6/26 – 7/2  Garry D Harley 
7/10 – 7/16  Phil Laughlin
7/17 – 7/23 Cynthia Woehrle & Chris Ploof
7/24 – 7/30  Erika Manning
7/31 – 8/6  Julie Houck
8/7 – 8/13  Robin Swennes
8/14 – 8/20  Rachel Altschuler
8/21 – 8/27  Kristine Biegel
8/28 – 9/3  Don Rainville
9/18 – 9/24  Jeff Fioravanti

Each artist will spend an entire week right in the heart of the Kennebunk and Kennebunkport shopping area. It is our hope that by offering this space we can help create a vibrant, ever-changing atmosphere and encourage long-lasting connections between artists, artisans, and clients.

   

for interested artists read more here

     
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Pop Up with Pine Tree Pop-Up Curated by Elena Sarni

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Pine Tree Pop-Up will be taking over Pop Up for two weeks beginning Tuesday, May 22 through Monday, June 4. Check back soon to learn more about curator, Elena Sarni, her inspiration, her artists, and her work.

May 22 to June 4

Pine Tree Pop-Up is curated by Elena Sarni. It will feature the work of roughly thirty-five regional artists and fine craftsmen and will showcase a variety of mediums, including painting, printmaking, ceramics, metalsmithing, woodworking, basketry, glasswork and textiles. Styles range from contemporary to traditional.

Pine Tree Pop-Up will be at Pop Up on Maine Art Hill at 5 Chase Hill Rd. in Kennebunk from May 22 to June 4. The gallery is open every day at 10 am. For more info about Pine Tree and Elena Sarni, follow this links to her social media sites.

PINE TREE POP-UP FACEBOOK

PINE TREE POP-UP INSTAGRAM

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Pop Up Artist Kathy Ostrander Roberts

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Featured Artist, Kathy Ostrander Roberts is the guest artist for Pop Up beginning Tuesday, June 5 through Monday, June 11. Read on to learn more about her inspiration, her process, and her work.

June 5 to June 11

Kathy is an established Maine artist working in the ancient medium of encaustic. She combines beeswax, powdered pigments, and dammar resin into her ocean-inspired paintings on birch wood panel. She is the owner and operator of Mousam River Gallery, a Maine based art studio.

Ostrander shares, “My goal is to represent the essence of Maine coastal waters in encaustic painting, by capturing scenes from the coastline of Southern Maine and translating them into vibrant representations of movement and color.  Through layering and sculpting of the medium, I create depth and intrigue. My hope is to spark memories and longings for Maine’s rugged shores in the hearts and eyes of the viewer.”

Kathy lives and works in Kennebunk, Maine, and is an avid sailor. Kennebunk, however, is not the only place that influences her work. Monhegan Island, Port Clyde, and Boothbay are also some of her favorite places to find inspiration.

With over 30 years of experience working in the arts, she is a member of the Pastel Painters of Maine, Kennebunk Art Guild, Maine Women in the Arts, International Encaustics Association and the New Hampshire Art Association. Kathy has exhibited at numerous shows throughout New England.

Roberts will be showing her work at Pop Up on Maine Art Hill at 5 Chase Hill Rd. in Kennebunk from June 5 to June 11. The gallery is open every day at 10 am. For more info about Roberts and her work, follow this link to her website. www.mousamrivergallery.me

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Pop Up Artist Valerie McCaffrey from Garden Guardians

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Featured Artist, Valerie McCaffrey from Garden Guardians is the guest artist for Pop Up beginning Tuesday, June 12  through Monday, June 18. Read on to learn more about her inspiration, her process, and her work.

June 12  –  June 18

I love making these planters. I actually enjoy popping out of bed in the morning and putting on my old work clothes and carving concrete. I spend my day putting smiles on faces. It is a joy and I am grateful that I have the opportunity to do it.

I am repeatedly asked how I started making Garden Guardians.  To make a long story short, it started with a strong desire to have more insight and clarity into my own and others behavior. This led me to working for over two decades in an artist journal.  My takeaway from that practice is that underneath all the longings, struggles and constant B.S is a source of peace, strength, and tranquility.   I want every Garden Guardian that comes out of my studio to celebrate, attract and be a reminder of this state of joyful equanimity.  When we are in touch with that source big magic happens.

McCaffrey will be showing her work at Pop Up on Maine Art Hill at 5 Chase Hill Rd. in Kennebunk from June 12 to June 18. The gallery is open every day at 10 am. For more info about McCaffrey and her work, follow this link to her website. Garden Guardians

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Pop Up Artist Suzanne Anderson

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Featured Artist, Suzanne Anderson is the guest artist for Pop Up beginning Tuesday, June 12 through Monday, June 18. Read on to learn more about her inspiration, her process, and her work.

JUNE 12  –  JUNE 18

I work in a wooded lakeside studio in Maine. It’s the perfect place to become immersed in creative exploration.  In the incredible beauty of my surroundings, I find myself powerfully drawn to the landscape. In 2016 I began a series of drawings at a micro scale. Closely examining and recording with drawings and photographs the tiny colorful lichen and fungus that abound in the forest and field. These drawings have been used in my enamel work, in my textile design work and in a further series of drawings that incorporate natural elements and sometimes humanoid characters. This continuing series is undertaken with an underlining response to worries over human rights and environmental issues. My work is a continuance of study along the lines of developing a symbolic language of expression that walks the line between abstract form and recognizable, though unusual, elements.

The drawing process is often started on an iPad with a stylus.  After roughing out, my work is completed on a larger screen and finally printed in small editions on high quality, acid-free, Epson Velvet paper. I work back into the prints with hand embroidered line, wool roving and sometimes found objects. The use of sewn line introduces the hand back into a digital drawing and hearkens back to traditional “women’s work”.

While centered around lichen, mosses, and fungus, this work also explores the inner and outer landscape through the abstraction of the natural forms.  The tiny little arrangements and the incredible variety of these lifeforms offer lovely surprises to the senses. The life cycle through to decay creates endless fascination. These observations come back to me in my studio not only through my 2d work but also through the medium of jewelry.  My jewelry work has a natural, casual, organic feeling. It relates to color and form to the tiny worlds of nature that I am so captivated by.

The beautiful vitreous (hot glass) enamel colors and edges promote a feeling of transition, a going back to nature, a beautiful decay. In my jewelry, I use a variety of enameling techniques in the creation of my pieces. Sgraffito, sifting, painting, graphite drawing and gold leaf are a few of the techniques I employ in my enamel work. I use hand formed and forged sterling silver, copper, and brass in my chain and findings. Each piece is finished on the edges. The non-enameled metals are either left with a satin finish or have a patina applied and are sealed with a museum quality protective wax.

To see more of Suzanne Anderson’s work, visit her webpage www.suzanneanderson.me

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Pop Up Artist Zeraph Dylan Moore

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Featured Artist, Zeraph Dylan Moore is the guest artist for Pop Up beginning Tuesday, June 12 through Monday, June 18. Read on to learn more about his inspiration, his process, and his work.

June 12  –  June 18

My artwork emulates industrial decay, archaeological artifacts, and processes of geologic change. As a child and teenager, I loved building things out of abandoned materials and exploring ruined houses and strange, forgotten places. I loved old things, deeply worn with texture and meaning.

In the past several years, I’ve become disabled with a chronic illness called CFS-ME. I no longer explore a lot of abandoned buildings and am mostly housebound. Much of my work is created in bed. For this reason, working at a small size – usually just 5” x 5” – is ideal.

My artwork has been represented in many private collections throughout Maine and the world since I was 16 years old.

Moore will be showing his work at Pop Up on Maine Art Hill at 5 Chase Hill Rd. in Kennebunk from June 12 to June 18. The gallery is open every day at 10 am. For more info about Moore and his work, follow this link to his website Grind Studio

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