Samuel’s Wave – Jill Matthews, Artist Choice

Jill Matthews is a new artist here at Maine Art Hill, and this is her first Choice Show with us. Living in Kennebunkport, she takes her inspiration from the places she loves best, the place she calls home.

“I am connected to this wave series more so than any others I have created,” says Matthews.  “Some of my favorite pieces are often those based on the impact a new experience has had on me.”

Samuel’s Wave is a painting of a moment that had such an impact. Matthews is naturally drawn to the coast and has always felt her best when connected to the sea.

“Learning to surf has brought me even closer to a place I thought I already knew.  It is so rare to be lucky enough to experience a well-loved place in a completely different way,” shares Matthews.  “This particular painting brings me back to a day I surfed with my son.  It was a day when I realized the true power of the ocean and how it continues to connect us all.”

Recreating these moments, these memories, on canvas and sharing them is part of the passion and the reason Jill paints.

To read more about Jill Matthews and her work follow this link.

Jill Matthews – Stories and Insights

To see our complete collection of Jill’s work follow this link.

Jill Matthews – Artist Page

To see more from Matthews and the other fourteen artists from the 7th Annual Choice Art Show in-person visit Shows on Maine Art Hill from June 9 to June 28. We are located at 10 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. The gallery is open every day from 10 am to 5 pm. FMI, please call at 207-967-0049 or email at info@maine-art.com. As always you can view the entire show and see the virtual tour by clicking here.7th Annual Choice Art Show.

Opinions Exchanged – Jeffrey Fitzgerald, Artist Choice

Opinions Exchanged by Jeffrey Fitzgerald

Jeffery Fitzgerald does a lot of paintings in the winter. With that, very few of his paintings are of the winter. His love affair with the canvas, color, and brushstroke suggesting warmer vignettes and so with this, he welcomes the spring and Opinions Exchanged his Artist Choice piece for 2018.

“This painting is of sand, branches, rocks and tiny new spring life proposed by brushstroke. It activates and energizes the canvas, but at the same time holds it together,” says Fitzgerald. “I use texture to conjure objects and then paint over texture to suggest an underneath.”

Though considered abstract, Jeffrey Fitzgerald’s work is often representational.  His life near the coast influences his work. The tumultuous play of water and earth and life bring a celebration of nature.

The naming of his paintings often leads the viewer down the road to understanding.  “Opinions Exchanged is about catching pieces of conversations that are similar but offer lots of voices. This one, a warm spring day and its blessings,” explains Fitzgerald.

  

To read more about Jeffrey Fitzgerald and his work follow this link.

Jeffrey Fitzgerald – Stories and Insights

To see our complete collection of  Fitzgerald’s work follow this link.

Jeffrey Fitzgerald – Artist Page

To see more from Fitzgerald and the other fourteen artists from the 7th Annual Choice Art Show in-person visit Shows on Maine Art Hill from June 9 to June 28. We are located at 10 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. The gallery is open every day from 10 am to 5 pm. FMI, please call at 207-967-0049 or email at info@maine-art.com. As always you can view the entire show and see the virtual tour by clicking here.7th Annual Choice Art Show.

Moonrise at Bass Creek  –  Alex Dunwoodie, Artist Choice

When asked about Moonrise at Bass Creek, the first word to come from artist Alex Dunwoodie was “home”.

Moonrise at Bass Creek by Alex Dunwoodie

“This place is comfortingly familiar. It is where I stop when a walk takes me past. I know I will always be rewarded,” shares Dunwoodie.

For her, the beauty this spot brings to each visit is not only a delight but a surprise. “There are always questions. What has grown in with the season? What is the light doing at a particular time of day? Will I see the muskrat or the red-wing blackbirds? A crane? Perhaps a family of them?” Dunwoodie asks knowing the answers to her questions are limitless. “I could paint this one view countless times, and it changes continuously.”

As one of Dunwoodie’s favorite places, this spot holds as much beauty on an overcast day as on a sunny one. “On this particular day, the yellow yarrow flowers were glowing in the evening light, floating above the early summer green. This tree, once just a figure in the landscape, has become a friend. Every time I walk by, I have to stop at this spot, I have to take a deep breath, and then I have to just wait and see.”  For the artist, this place is so familiar and on this particular evening, so peaceful. “It simply makes me happy.”

Alex Dunwoodie has provided Maine Art Hill with six pieces for the 7th Annual Choice Art Show. Each very different from each other. Each equally spectacular.

“I chose these six paintings for the show after spending the winter trying new approaches, taking a break from closely-cropped small still-life and water studies to work on larger surfaces and subjects. The result is partly the consequences of moving to a new workspace. My work was bound to reflect a transition,” Alex explains.  “I wanted to work on a variety of subjects, sizes, application of paint; I was free to try new things.”

Stones at Biddeford Pool by Alex DunwoodieOvercast, Cape Elizabeth by Alex DunwoodieKeepers by Alex Dunwoodie

From weathered buoys hit by bright, late-day sun in Keepers, which is loosely painted, to the quiet and subdued, more tightly rendered, Overcast, Cape Elizabeth, this change is seen and felt. “Stones at Biddeford Pool was painted with numerous application techniques, from stippling to finger painting. Lots of fingerpainting,” laughs Dunwoodie. “The common denominator in all the work remains the same as in the past: quiet contemplation.”

To read more about Alex Dunwoodie and her work follow this link.

Alex Dunwoodie – Stories and Insights

To see our complete collection of Alex Dunwoodie’s work follow this link.

Alex Dunwoodie – Artist Page

To see more from Alex Dunwoodie and the other fourteen artists from the 7th Annual Choice Art Show in-person visit Shows on Maine Art Hill from June 9 to June 28. We are located at 10 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. The gallery is open every day from 10 am – 5 pm. FMI, please call at 207-967-0049 or email at info@maine-art.com. As always you can view the entire show and see the virtual tour by clicking here. 7th Annual Choice Art Show.

Blissful Awakenings – Claire Bigbee, Artist Choice

“The painting Blissful Awakenings most expresses my intent to capture something I feel in nature.”

Blissful Awakenings by Claire Bigbee

Claire Bigbee,  a new artist with Maine Art Hill, is enjoying being part of her first Choice Art Show.  A Maine resident, nature has always been a draw for Bigbee, and like all of us that call Maine home, it is about more than just the view.

“It is something behind the view that drives me to return to nature,” claims Bigbee. “The river and marsh have always struck me.” When Bigbee was young and first moved to Maine, she knew if she could paint just ten percent of what she felt when near the marshes, she would be honored. “There is something in the wind, like a warm breath. It moves through the tall marsh grasses, and the birds swoon in flocks not missing a beat. The sky is so vast and pregnant clouds shadow the marsh and river.  It is breathtaking and mysterious, and leave me wordless.” For Bigbee, everything is interconnected and part of one force, a genuine feeling of oneness.

Bigbee feels similar to George Inness, a prominent American landscape painter when he expresses thoughts on the real visible realm and the invisible realm, a material realm, and a spiritual realm. “There is a vibration behind the material world, and we become more human when we touch it,” says Bigbee.  “It is like peering behind the veil of reality to find some deeper truth. I use paint and canvas to try to depict this and capture that presence.”

A painting, for Claire, is an expression of those moments when struck by a view. It is her attempt to keep that white heat moment of excitement.  The middle tones in this painting have a darkness, the colors are muted, but there is a harmonious glowing quality, like a thin veil over everything.

“When I am painting the visible world around me the invisible unexpectedly comes to me. That is my desire, my need, to capture both worlds.”

To read more about Claire Bigbee and her work follow this link.

Claire Bigbee – Stories and Insights

To see our complete collection of Claire Bigbee’s work follow this link.

Claire Bigbee – Artist Page

To see more from Claire Bigbee and the other fourteen artists from the 7th Annual Choice Art Show in-person visit Shows on Maine Art Hill from June 9 to June 28. We are located at 10 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. The gallery is open every day from 10 am to 5 pm. FMI, please call at 207-967-0049 or email at info@maine-art.com. As always you can view the entire show and see the virtual tour by clicking here. 7th Annual Choice Art Show.

“The paramount difficulty with the artist is to bring his intellect to submit to the fact that there is such a thing as the indefinable—that which hides itself that we may feel after it . . . But God is always hidden, and beauty depends The paramount difficulty with the artist is to bring his intellect to submit to the fact that there is such a thing as the indefinable—that which hides itself that we may feel after it . . . But God is always hidden, and beauty depends upon the unseen.” George Inness

 

Another Crossing – Craig Mooney, Artist Choice

Another Crossing by Craig Mooney

“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” T.S. Eliot

Craig Mooney has been a part of Maine Art for over ten years. Over the course of this time, many have fallen in love with his dreamy skies and landscapes that pull us into a world full of memories and wishes.  Yet recently, we have realized some of his best work lies beyond his horizons and in his figurative pieces.

Last year’s theme for his show was “escape”.  Each painting giving the viewer the ability to step outside of daily life, even if for only a minute or two, and escape into the world he created on canvas. This year, Mooney gives us a very similar gift with his Artist Choice, Another Crossing.

“The quote from TS Eliot truly sums up this piece,” says Mooney. “It is a painting about adventure, wanderlust, and longing. Yet there is a sense of openness and nostalgia. It is what I wanted to capture in this work.”

The image itself is a woman, possibly on a ferry crossing a channel. Yet, it is up to the viewer to decide on her destination. Is she leaving it all behind? Or is she coming home?

“The original idea actually came from a photograph given to me by a friend,” tells Mooney. “In the original image, the figure was on a train. I realized, however, whether it be a train or a plane or a boat, it matters not what is on the other side of the window. It is the emotion conveyed through the traveler that is most important.”

To read more about Craig Mooney and his work follow this link.

Craig Mooney – Stories and Insights

To see our complete collection of  Mooney ‘s work follow this link.

Craig Mooney – Artist Page

To see more from Mooney and the other fourteen artists from the 7th Annual Choice Art Show in-person visit Shows on Maine Art Hill from June 9 to June 28. We are located at 10 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. The gallery is open every day from 10 am to 5 pm. FMI, please call at 207-967-0049 or email at info@maine-art.com. As always you can view the entire show and see the virtual tour by clicking here.7th Annual Choice Art Show.

Holly Ready, Opens at Maine Art Shows

Maine is famous for seascapes, skies, and sunlight. No visit to the coast is complete without them. To start our summer, Maine artist Holly Ready celebrates all three in her upcoming show at The Gallery on Maine Art Hill, 14 Western Avenue in Kennebunk. This is a one-woman show of Ready’s most recent work. It runs from Saturday, May 26 through Saturday, June 16.

Ready grew up in Massachusetts but summered here in Maine. As so many do, she fell in love with the state, and it wasn’t long before she began calling it home. In the middle of raising her family, Ready decided to take her painting to a new level and began classes at Maine College of Art in Portland.

“I have always painted. I come from a long history of painters with a grandmother who fostered that growth with gifts of canvas and color,” says Ready. “My first painting was a seascape. I loved painting the water. There were times I made the canvas sing. The problem was I didn’t know how I made it sing. It was intuitive. It wasn’t until art school that I began to understand the process behind the magic.”

“Art school was later in life, but not a career. I only went part-time, but it was my escape. The early classes were sometimes frustrating, and I questioned why I was there. I was a painter. I wanted to paint. By the time I declared my major, it all came together like a puzzle,” says Ready. “On top of classes and skilled professors, I had an incredible cohort. I learned so much from them.”

John Spain, owner of Maine Art Hill has been an admirer of Holly’s work for several years. “In the past, I had happily included her in multiple shows. Finally, I convinced her to join us two years ago. This is Holly’s second solo show with us, and we are excited to share her new work.”

The sky is a strong feature in much of Ready’s work. The play of light and shadow grabs the viewer’s eye. She prefers working from warm to cool to produce the ‘sing’ she refers to often.  The composition is key, and she is very aware of her percentage of earth versus sky. After that, she claims the paint dictates and the color happens. With her landscapes and seascapes, the colors flow beautifully.

“It’s all about the feeling. It’s a serenity. It changes, but each of them has a peace,” says Ready.  “I like when art doesn’t give all the answers. These works have a time and a place. They are grounded, but the details are for the viewer to fill in.”

Holly Ready’s show will open at The Gallery on Maine Art starting Saturday, May 26 with an Artist’s Reception that evening from 5-7pm. The Gallery, at 14 Western Avenue, is open daily from 10 AM to 5 PM. FMI call 207-967-2803. Ready’s show can be viewed online starting today.
www.maine-art.com/shows.

Holly Ready

To read more about Holly Ready, her work and her process click here.

Holly Ready Artist Insights and Stories.

To see our entire collection of Ready’s work click here.

Holly Ready Artist Page.

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Studios on Maine Art Hill – 5 Chase Hill Rd. Kennebunk

Studios on Maine Art Hill

5 Chase Hill Road Kennebunk

A  collection of seven micro-galleries situated in the heart of the Kennebunk/Kennebunkport shopping area.

The Works 

A new three-dimension art gallery. Representing 10 new local artists and displaying their work year round.  See more by clicking here – The Works.

Pop Up on Maine Art Hill 

A weekly pop-up gallery. Each week the artists and artisans will change. Ranging from jewelry and sculpture to paintings. See the schedule and read about each by clicking here – POP UP

Thompson and Company Fine Art Gallery

Owners of Northlight Gallery, True North Gallery, Thompson & Company, Jill and Harry Thompson are adding an additional gallery to their collection. Their gallery on Maine Art Hill will feature artists who capture the essence of Maine, many who love coming to paint here in the Kennebunks. Click here to visit their webpage.

Fine Art Prints and Framing 

This double gallery is the cornerstone of Studios and will be the new home to not only our frame shop but a new collection of fine art prints from many of our artist you know and love. Hoyt, Witbeck, Gerding, and Granter just to name a few. Read more about our new framer.

PhosArt Photography and Fine Art

It is not only a gallery but also the new studio to Donna Kabay and Tammy Ricker.  The two local artists will be sharing the space for both retail sales downstairs and a working studio upstairs. Look for more about them soon. Click the artists’ names about to visit their websites and Instagram accounts. More about both of these women and their vision for this space soon.

POP UP at Studios on Maine Art Hill in Kennebunk

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Studios on Maine Art HIll

5 Chase Hill Road Kennebunk, ME

OPEN DAILY AT 10 AM

Join us to celebrate the growth of Maine Art in The Kennebunks. 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.

 Pine Tree Pop Up  5/22 – 6/4

Kathy Ostrander Roberts 6/5 – 6/11

Suzanne Anderson ofYikes Studio, Dylan Moore ofGrind Studio & Valerie McCaffrey of Garden Guardians 6/12 – 6/18

 Peter Brown of Meadowlark Designs and Wendy Newcomb 6/19 – 6 /25

Garry D Harley 6/26 – 7/2

Christopher O’Connor 7/3 – 7/9

Phil Laughlin 7/10 – 7/16

Cynthia Woehrle & Chris Ploof 7/17 – 7/23

Erika Manning 7/24 – 7/30

Julie Houck 7/31 – 8/6

Robin Swennes 8/7 – 8/13

Rachel Altschuler 8/14 – 8/20

Kristine Biegel 8/21 – 8/27

Don Rainville 8/28 – 9/3

Jeff Fioravanti 9/18 – 9/24

**If you are an artist interested in being a part of POP UP contact us at trisha@maine-art.com

 

Thompson and Company Fine Arts

Studios on Maine Art Hill is happy to welcome Thompson and Company Fine Arts

5 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. 

Owners of Coastal Art Group, Jill and Harry Thompson, are thrilled to be part of Maine Art Hill.  They have been in the gallery business in town for over twenty-five years and see this new space as an opportunity to do something different. 

This duo has a very artist forward approach to showcasing work. Both are internationally sold artists themselves and understand the special dynamic between artist and art collector.

Set to complement their three current galleries, Northlight Gallery on 33 Ocean Avenue in Kennebunk, True North Gallery at 27 Dock Square, and Thompson and Company, an artisan gallery located in Dock Square as well, this new space will focus more on the true essence of Maine.

“We are featuring Maine based artists at this location,” shares Jill Thompson. “It will be classic coastal work from both visiting and local artists. We are hoping to showcase visiting artists, as well as those who call this area home.”

Award-winning pastel artist Susan Payne will be working at the new location, both in a retail capacity as well as a featured artist. Having an artist in residence allows collectors and visitor a peek inside their world and work and a better understanding and appreciation of what it means to be an artist in the amazing place. 

The Thompson and Company Fine Art Gallery is open daily at 10 am. Visit at Studios on Maine Art Hill at 5 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk.

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Thompson and Company Fine Arts

 

THE WORKS on Maine Art Hill in Kennebunk

5 Chase Hill Road

Kennebunk, Maine

A new three-dimension art gallery. Representing 10 new local artists and displaying their work year round.  We are open daily at 10 am.  Please wander up Chase Hill and take a peek.

Check out our artists by clicking below

Susan Bennett

Donna D’Aquino

Mark Davis

Lucie and Bernie Hueber

David Jacobson

David Random

Richard Remsen

Jill Valliere

Jaques Vesery (coming soon)

Joseph Webster

 

 

 

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