New Artists at Maine Art Hill for Summer 2019

Last year was full of growth and change as Maine Art Hill, the brand, and the new buildings took shape. The 2018 Summer Season was absolutely a crazy, fun and successful adventure. So now here comes the summer of 2019, and we are sure you are wondering what exactly can be expected up here on the hill.

First thing…. too much to put into one blog post, so we are going to split it up. Stay tuned.

This week we want to feature all the fabulous new artists that joined us since May of 2018. Our family has grown.

Rick Hamilton lives in Portland and joined us full-time mid-summer last year. His story is an interesting one and his work is like nothing else you have seen here on Maine Art Hill. This is one of the reasons we are so excited to have him with us.

The motivation behind his work is making connections with people. “I love to talk about my work and to hear how it may affect someone,” shares Hamilton.  “I am a self-taught artist and all of my images are from my head. I may be having a conversation with someone and hear a saying or sentence that inspires a painting. Sometimes, it is a line in a song that puts an idea in my head.”

Hamilton joins twelve other artists as part of our summer kick-off, The 8th Annual Choice Art Show.  This show begins June 8 and runs through June 27. (Stay tuned for more details coming soon!)

Click here to see more of Hamilton’s work.

Click here to read more about Hamilton’s story.


Julie Houck is another local artist who joined the gallery mid-summer last year. Starting with a week at Pop Up on Maine Art Hill, her work never left.

As a contemporary landscape painter working in oils and encaustics, Houck has a  desire to capture the essence of the landscape.  Her work evolves into compositions that dissolve into only the barest, most minimal components—the sky, horizon, and land.

“As an artist, I approach each painting believing that it is not enough to paint the literal view,” says Houck. “My goal is to also capture the essence of the landscape and hopefully connect you viscerally to that place and time.”

Beginning June 29, Margaret Gerding,  Ingunn  Milla Joergensen, and Jule Houck form a fabulous all-female trio at Shows on Maine Art Hill.  Their show will run for three weeks, closing on July 18.

Click here to see more of Houck’s work.

Click here to read more of Houck’s story.


Another new addition is showing his work in The Works on Maine Art Hill. Sculptor, Kevin Keiser came to the gallery in November as part of a show in the Pop Up Gallery that featured local sculptors. Like Houck, his work never left, it just moved next door.

For this artist, it is the trial and error of forms and glazes that are part of the fun, and part of the heartbreak, of seeking new results.

“I’m not looking for the perfect piece, I’m savoring the path of discovery with all its challenges,” says Keiser. “The ethos of my ceramics is communicated through the work, and I hope my work inspires people to explore their creative energies.”

Click here to see more of Keiser’s work

Click here to read more of Keiser’s story.


Lastly, we have Kathy Ostrander Roberts. Another local talent that found her way to us through the Pop-Up Gallery. A Kennebunk resident, we love having her so close to home and look forward to her coming summer work.

The ancient medium of encaustic is a unique and interesting process. She combines beeswax, powdered pigments, and dammar resin into her ocean-inspired paintings. “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,” says Roberts.

Claire Bigbee, Bethany Harper Williams, and Kathy Ostrander Roberts bring together another all female, all local show. Wow! We have so much talent in this little part of the world. This show begins on August 10 and runs through Labor Day, September 2.

Click here to see more of Roberts’s work.

Click here to read more of Roberts’s story.

You can now see why the upcoming 2019 Summer Season needs to be covered in more than one post.  Look for more news of summer coming soon.

In the meantime,  all of the galleries are open every day.  Come in an check out these new artists, as well as the familiar works of all your favorites. We open at 10. See you soon.





Save the Date – Summer of 2019 Schedule for Maine Art Hill

This year’s show schedule is set, and we couldn’t wait to share the excitement with all of you. We know how quickly summer calendars fill up, so be sure to pencil us in.


In 2019, we are thrilled to start the season with our 4th Annual Spring Show featuring artist Jill Matthews. Matthews can be found on the redesigned first floor of The Gallery on Maine Art Hill from May 25 through June 25.  Jill lives and paints right here in Kennebunkport surrounded by views that inspire the fabulous beach scenes and classic Maine ocean.  Her soft palette is perfect to kick off a lovely summer of art in the Kennebunks.

On June 8, Shows on Maine Art Hill opens for the summer with the 8th Annual Choice Art Show, the only show curated by you. This is our eighth year combining this show with the Kennebunkport Festival. Twelve Artists. Thirty-six works. We always love seeing your choices. Click here for information on which artists are participating. Remember voting begins in May!

Beginning June 29, Margaret Gerding,  Ingunn  Milla Joergensen, and Jule Houck form a fabulous all-female trio at Shows on Maine Art Hill.  Their show will run for three weeks, closing on July 18.  All three of these talented women live and paint locally. We truly enjoy filling Shows on Maine Art Hill with this work and are anxiously awaiting the arrival of this show.

On July 20, our show gallery at 10 Chase Hill will again host the much loved and respected work of artist Craig Mooney.  This solo show will feature all new work from Craig and many beautiful surprises that only Mooney can provide.  This show will run until August 8.

The second of our trio shows features Claire Bigbee, Bethany Harper Williams, and Kathy Ostrander Roberts. Another all female, all local show. Wow! We have so much talent in this little part of the world. This show begins on August 10 and runs through Labor Day, September 2.

Last, but certainly not least, our season wraps up back at The Gallery with an incredible finale of four artists, two painters, a sculptor, and a glass artist.  Richard Remson is a Maine artist who works with primarily glass, highlighting some pieces with copper and brass. Ellen Welsh Granter and David Witbeck,  both longtime favorites at Maine Art Hill will be joining Remson.  David Riley Peterson, a Maine sculptor who brings clay sculpture to a whole new maritime level will round out this quartet of talent and fill the first floor at 14 Western Ave for Labor Day Weekend starting Saturday, August 31.


So with all of that said, please keep us in mind while deciding on which weeks to visit us here in Kennebunk. Of course, we would love to have you with us all summer, but we know for some of you that’s not possible. We do our best to keep you up to date on all the goings-on, but there are a few things you can do to make sure you stay connected. Please add your name to our email list for reminders if you don’t get them already. We keep your information private and will not inundate your inbox. Also, follow us on social media Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest and of course keep an eye on our Calendar on our website.

The Gallery at 14 Western Ave and Studios at 5 Chase Hill Road are both open all year round.

Stories and Insights from each of these artists can be found on our blog.

Click the links below to read more.

Jill Matthews ~ Margaret Gerding ~ Ingunn Milla Joergensen ~ Julie Houck

Craig Mooney ~ Claire Bigbee ~ Bethany Harper Williams ~ Kathy Ostrander Roberts

Richard Remson ~ Ellen Welch Granter ~ David Witbeck ~ David Riley Peterson


2018 Show Schedule with Links to Artist Pages

Jill Matthews at Maine Art Gallery from 5/25 – 6/25

Choice Show at Maine Art Shows from 6/8 – 6/27

Margaret Gerding,  Ingunn  Milla Joergensen, and Jule Houck  at Maine Art Shows from 6/29 – 7/18

Craig Mooney at Maine Art Shows from 7/20 – 8/8

Claire Bigbee, Bethany Harper Williams, and Kathy Ostrander Roberts at Maine Art Shows from 8/10 – 9/2

Richard Remson, Ellen Granter, David Witbeck, and David Riley Peterson at Maine Art Gallery from 8/31 – 9/26

POP UP at Studios on Maine Art Hill in Kennebunk 2019


Studios on Maine Art Hill

5 Chase Hill Road Kennebunk, ME


Join us to celebrate the growth of Maine Art in The Kennebunks. The POP UP is one of six new galleries at Studios on Maine Art Hill, our brand new micro gallery space. POP UP features guest artists & artisans on a weekly rotating basis. To learn about each visiting artist or set of artists click their links below.

Pop-Up Artists 2019

LK Sleat 5/21- 5/27

Heather Blanton 5/30 – 6/10

COMING SOON 6/11 – 6/17

Christina Thwaites 6/18 – 6 /24

Stephen Young 6/25 – 7/1

markpizzaArt 7/2 – 7/8

Stephen Young 7/9 – 7/15

Michael Goodwin 7/16 – 7/22

Lynn Ericson  7/23 – 7/29

Julia M. Doughty 7/30 – 8/5

Robin Swennes 8/6 – 8/12

Dina Gardner 8/13 – 8/19

Marcia Crumley 8/20 – 8/26

Christina Vincent 8/27 – 9/2

Dog Days with Gloria Najecki 9/7 – 9/23

Suzanne Anderson of Yikes Studio and Zeraph Dylan Moore of Grind Studio 9/24 – 9/30

Pop-Up Shows from Maine Art Hill 2019

Pop Up with The Pink Show – Real Men Wear Pink Benefit for American Cancer Society 10/1 – 10/31

PAINTING / SCULPTURE: A show series of unique pairings from Maine Art Hill

Pop-Up Artists for Prelude in the Kennebunks 2019

COMING SOON 12/3 – 12/9

COMING SOON 12/10- 12/16


Inquiring artists please contact Abby.

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 207-204 -2042


Pop Up Artist L.K. Sleat

Featured Artist, L. K. Sleat is the guest artist for Pop Up beginning Tuesday, May 21 to Monday, May 27. Read on to learn more about her inspiration, her process, and her work.

May 21 to May 27

I have spent my entire life by the sea, whether it’s Kennebunk/port Maine, Provincetown Massachusetts, Cape May New Jersey, or the North Sea in the Netherlands. My happiest memories and moments are drawn from these times. The sea and its surroundings have become my muse. I typically work in gouache, oil pastel graphite and cut paper with a primarily bold and light palette as an abstract way of conveying feeling while leaving space for viewer interpretation.

My work is inspired by the great organic sculptures built by the elements – rain, water, wind, and fire. It also draws heavily from the natural shapes and forms we see in nature such as the shapes of river rocks worn down by waters gentle persistence, shadows cast by the moon, and the unpredictable movement of nature.


I work mostly on location and then move the works into my studio where I will work until completion. The scenes in coastal Maine have catapulted my vision to an abstraction of everyday imagery into whimsical scenes played out on the beach, in the dunes on the rocks, to sailing on Casco Bay, and many more, salt-water sanctuaries.

LK lives and paints in her studio on Goose Rocks beach with her labradoodle mix Sadie!


Let us know if you’re coming to L.K. Sleat’s show on Facebook!



Pop Up Heather Blanton

Featured Artist, Heather Blanton is the guest artist for Pop Up beginning Tuesday, May 28 to Monday, June 3. Read on to learn more about her inspiration, her process, and her work.

May 28 to June 3

Known for her graphite and acrylic works depicting the art of motion while celebrating competition and the human spirit, Heather Blanton is an American painter and photographer living and working in St. Augustine, Fla. Her latest series, “Sports,” depicts a wide range of subjects from golfers in mid-swing to cyclists peddling toward the finish line to hundreds of marathon runners racing to glory.

Born in Jacksonville, Fla. in 1973, Blanton studied art at the University of North Florida and The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. She spent three years living in New York City exploring hand-manipulated and distressed Polaroid SX-70 film images. As analog film teetered on the edge of extinction, Blanton turned to fine art painting as her next medium. Today, she has created hundreds of large and small sports paintings influenced by Abstract Expressionism and conflicted by a blend of animation and whimsy.


“My works are focused on the energy of the race,” Blanton explains of her “Sports” series. “They are easily distinguishable by compositional elements of color and form. By creating a dialogue between the viewer and the subject matter, this series is a cohesive collection of flat images with a chaotic, pattern-like style where the lines and negative spaces are almost as important as the subject matter.”

A professional artist since 2004, Blanton has successfully shown in nearly 50 exhibitions and her work can be found in public and private collections around the globe from Amsterdam and Atlanta to Manhattan and Miami. She has been featured in numerous publications and media outlets and continues to work as the conduit to capture her client’s passions of skiing, cycling, golfing, horse racing, and everything in between.


For more info about Blanton and her work, follow this link to her website.


Let us know if you’re coming to Heather Blanton’s show on Facebook!

Pop Up with Christina Thwaites

Featured Artist, Christina Thwaites is the guest artist for Pop Up beginning Tuesday, June 18 to Monday, June 24. Read on to learn more about her inspiration, her process, and her work.

June 18 to June 24

Christina Thwaites (1980) is a British painter, based in Orono, Maine, (USA). In 2014 she graduated from The University of Edinburgh (Scotland, UK) with an MA in French Literature & History of Art. Whilst living in Paris she attended the Ecole du Louvre and worked as an assistant to watercolorist Patrick Fouilhoux. Her painting skills developed in Italy where she attended La Porta Blu Art School in Rome. During 2010, she worked for some months in Amsterdam at Kanal 10 Guest studio and also in Walasiho, a remote village in Sulawesi, Indonesia.

In 2011 Christina was invited to Palestine to run art workshops and exhibit with Al-Mahatta Gallery during a residency period at Al Fara refugee camp. In 2011 Christina moved back to Italy and helped set up and run 33officinacreativa, an international artist in residency program in the medieval hill-top village of Toffia. Whilst living near Rome, Christina exhibited with private commercial galleries as well as showing work in public establishments including at Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome and the MACRO (Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome). In 2013 she moved to Canberra, Australia and was offered studio space at Australian National Capital Artists (ANCA.) She continued to exhibit in Europe with two solo shows in London and Rome, as well as a joint show with British Pop artist Peter Blake.

In Australia, she established herself with relative ease and had three solo shows in three different states. She moved to Maine in 2015 where she teaches and paints from her basement studio – when she is not chasing around after her two small children!

“My paintings address the familiar. Banal in subject matter, yet relevant. My work reflects the context and geographical location of where I reside at the time and, having moved and traveled a lot, my practice as an artist has been a means of grounding myself so as to feel part of and confident within each new setting.”

“I very much like old black and white photographs, and often work from them – usually sourced in library or museum collections. They provide a starting point for each work and before painting, I do multiple drawings from the photographs in order to ‘get inside’ the image and start my ‘conversation’ with it.”

“I am interested in the process and the transformation of the image from a documentary style photograph to a painting which recalls only elements of that original source. I want to present something clear and recognizable, yet without explaining or reasoning too much, in the hope that the viewer can also give meaning and emotional reflection. “

“The vibrant colors and shapes observed along the coast in Maine are spectacular and exciting and have provided the stimulus for this new body of work. “

To see more of her work visit her website 

 Let us know if you’re coming to Christina Thwaites’ show on Facebook!



Pop Up with Stephen Young

Featured Artist, Stephen Young is the guest artist for Pop Up beginning Tuesday, June 25  to July 1 AND July 9 – July 15. Read on to learn more about his inspiration, his process, and his work.

June 25 to July 1 and July 9 to July 15


Stephen Young is a third generation Nantucketer and a member of the Young’s Bicycle Shop family. He attended Cushing Academy and studied Architecture at Dean College. His art career started by painting rocks and selling them on the sidewalks of Nantucket as a child. From there he continued over the years from furniture design to house and interior design. For the last few years,  he has been living in Maine and selling his paintings in stores from Maine to Cape Cod to New Jersey. 

His studio, once private, is now open to the public and also now includes a gallery space.  

“Someone once told me ‘Don’t be afraid of color.’ These are words I live by to this day,” says Young.  “So don’t you be afraid of color, either. Let me show you how color can bring your walls to life.”



What’s with the name? ACK-ME- ARTS. ACK is the Nantucket call sign for the Nantucket Airport. As in JFK, LAX. My roots are from Nantucket “ACK” and my current life is in Maine “ME” so together they make up my business name “ACK – ME – ARTS”. 

For more info about Young and his work, follow this link to his website.


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Pop Up with markpizzaArt

Featured Artist, Mark Pizza is the guest artist for Pop Up beginning Tuesday, July 2 to July 8. Read on to learn more about his inspiration, his process, and his work.

July 2 to July 8

The inspiration for markpizzaArt’s photography is based on ‘moments in time’ which are interpreted with the use of color, texture, shapes, light, and motion. Each piece reflects an influential moment or feeling that has occurred during Mark’s life.  After realizing that no one in his family could take a decent photograph while on vacation, Mark’s interest in photography started and his pursuit to tell stories through his images became a passion.

Growing up in New England, Mark has always been drawn to the power of nature and the ocean and after moving to the metro NYC area, this lifestyle has influenced what Mark’s works have developed into today.  Creating a visual that can capture energy in that one moment is what his pieces communicate. His images are produced using various traditional and digital photography processes which are then printed on materials such as metal, acrylic, canvas, watercolor paper, and fabrics.

Mark was born in Clinton, Massachusetts and studied at Rochester Institute of Technology where he received a BFA in photography and digital imaging.  After college, he traveled to Santa Fe, New Mexico for an apprenticeship at a photography studio.  Mark eventually ended up in New York City managing the production operations side of creative departments giving him an opportunity to be on the top of digital imagery, design, and photography industry.


Mark’s work has been shown throughout the East Coast from Montclair, New Jersey to Kennebunk, Maine.  His work is featured in business and private collections in California, Massachusetts, Maine, New York, New Jersey, Florida, and Rhode Island.  Mark also shares his experiences and creative processes through classes and consultations.

“My body of work is the story of my life”  – Mark Pizza

For more info about markpizzaArt check out the following links:



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Pop Up with Michael Goodwin

Featured Artist, Michael Goodwin is the guest artist for Pop Up beginning Tuesday, July 16 to July 22. Read on to learn more about his inspiration, his process, and his work.

July 16 to July 22

“I was born in beautiful, rural northeastern Maine in the 1950s. The nature around me became the greatest distraction from an otherwise boring, isolated childhood. Since my grandfather, a self-taught artist painted landscapes, I did too.

I graduated from Maine College of Art in 1977 with a BFA. My inspiration is nature, primarily Northern, Southern and Coastal Maine, Woodstock New Brunswick.”

“My parents approved a few of my past times – I was a confirmed sissy according to them – but at least painting pictures was neither masculine nor a feminine occupation and they approved. They bought me my first set of oil paints when I was 12 years old and my life was transformed.

Although in art school I majored in sculpture, I never stopped painting, returning specifically to the landscape at age 40. I’ve never looked back.”

For more info about Goodwin and his work check out the following links to his social media.



Also, check out this fabulous interview with Tupelo Quarterly

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Pop Up Artist Julia M. Doughty

Featured Artist, Julia M. Doughty is the guest artist for Pop Up beginning July 30 to August 5. Read on to learn more about her inspiration, her process, and her work.

JULY 30 to AUGUST 5 

I am a stone scavenger and an iron hound. Since I was a child, rusty iron remnants discarded by past lives, have lured me. Old beds and cars and other rotting, wonderful iron carcasses call out to me. They are rich in history and speak of, perhaps, a simpler way of life. I love the color and texture of the rust, especially when combined with stone and wood. I love that nature has changed these objects in its process of reclaiming them. After I find these special objects, I continue their metamorphosis in my studio. Sometimes I know right away how I will incorporate them into my sculpture and sometimes it takes years. 

Mindful scavenging insists that I step outside of myself to immerse in and study nature. Its beauty and the patterns found in every living or dormant thing, never cease to spark within me, a deep and soulful appreciation. This solitary time feeds me with renewed passion and strength which sees me through my artistic process in the studio and thus, my journey as an artist. Each piece I create is unique. They continue to evolve alongside the artist in me. I am most passionate about my seahorse and lobster series. It amuses me that the lobster is also a scavenger. 

Originally from Nova Scotia, Julia has now lived in Maine for 15 years.
Her art has always been impassioned by the sea and in its proximity, she feels alive and creatively complete. With a BFA from The Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, Julia’s journey in textile, graphics and costume design has led her to the joyful discovery of ‘found object’ sculpture. Every aspect of her creative process, from scavenging the woods and coastlines to hours spent in her studio, brings her profound peace. Julia is drawn to the elements of iron (the rustier the better), copper, stone and wood and strives to balance them in her sculpture. She has had several solo shows as well as group shows in Maine and in Nova Scotia. 

Julia is currently represented in Maine by Down East Magazine in Rockport, Island Artisans in Northeast Harbor and Bar Harbor, Ironbound Gallery in Camden, Northport Landing Gallery in Northport, Casco Bay Artisans in The Old Port, Portland, Maine Art Hill Pop Up Gallery, Kennebunk and in Canada by Amicus Gallery in Chester, Nova Scotia. Julia’s studio is in Freeport, Maine. 

Doughty will be showing her work at Pop Up on Maine Art Hill at 5 Chase Hill Rd. in Kennebunk from July 30 to August 5. The gallery is open every day at 10 am. For more info about Doughty and her work, follow this link to her website.

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