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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PHOSART Photography and Fine Art at Studios on Maine Art Hill

Donna Kabay of PHOSART Photography has been in the Kennebunks for twenty-four years. Originally drawn here as a landscape architect, Kabay soon fell in love with the texture and color of this coastal area.

“The patterns in the landscape here are just that, patterns. I see them everywhere,” says Kabay. “Through my images, I try to inspire the viewer to have a new experience, even if the image is of something they see every day.”

Kabay is not alone in this new adventure to Maine Art Hill. Friend and fellow artist, Tammy Ricker will be joining her.  Each will have a portion of the retail space on the bottom floor of the big, blue, cottage style space, and they will also share the studio space housed on the second floor. Both artist work in multi mediums.  The variety of work and content is just one of the bonuses of this gallery.

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“To have the artist in residence is always a perk for our customers,” says Kabay. “We are excited about this new venue and what it will bring to our business.”

Kabay and Ricker are planning to host many themed shows as the summer progresses.  We encourage you to follow them on Instagram and Facebook to receive up-to-date information for all their goings on.

PHOSART Photography + Fine Art will be open for Memorial Day Weekend with a Grand Opening as part of the Maine Art Hill Block Party on Friday, June 8.  The studio will be open every day at 10 am this summer. Please come by and say hello.

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Things to Know – Happenings at Maine Art Hill

There is so much going on at Maine Art Hill and in the Kennebunks in general, we wanted to give you a one-stop site to get in the know! If you have any questions about what is going on with us and our galleries, please do not hesitate to call at 207-967-2803 or email at info@maine-art.com

What You Should Know

Kennebunkport Festival – While Maine Magazine and its affiliates have canceled their involvement with The Kennebunkport Festival, the sponsors, local businesses, artists, and chefs, have come together to be sure it continues.  Know that there will be many fabulous events going on from June 5 to June 10. (Yes the 10th is a Sunday!) We ask that you please bear with us and watch for news and information as it comes available.  We promise to keep you informed and add links you may need to this site as they become available. The new website is  thekennebunkportfestival.com (notice the  **THE** in front of kennebunkportfestival)

Studios on Maine Art Hill – 5 Chase Hill Road – Studios on Maine Art Hill is a  collection of seven micro-galleries situated in the heart of the Kennebunk/Kennebunkport shopping area.

  • The Works is a new three-dimension art gallery. We are representing around 10 local artists and will be displaying their work year round. MORE COMING SOON
  • Pop Up on Maine Art Hill is a weekly pop-up gallery. Each week the artist and artisans will change. Ranging from jewelry and sculpture to paintings. See the schedule and read more by clicking here.
  • Thompson and Company Fine Art Gallery, owners of Northlight Gallery, True North Gallery, Thompson & Company is 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 cornerstones 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 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.

Maine Art Hill Block Party – This is still our event and it is still part of the Festival week.  Friday, June 8th from 5-7:30 pm. Right here on Chase Hill in Kennebunk. It is a ticketed event with half of all ticket sales going to build and grant the Maine Art Hill Scholarship for the Arts at Kennebunk High School.  Read more…..   BUY TICKETS

7th Annual Choice Art Show opens with a preview at Shows on Maine Art Hill during the Maine Art Hill Block party on Friday, June 8th. The doors open promptly at 10 am on Saturday morning for the official start of the show.  This show runs until Thursday, June 28.

As always The Gallery on 14 Western Ave is open every day at 10 am. However, your next visit you will notice a few changes. By moving fine art prints and framing to Studios, we have renovated just and bit. With that came some great new wall space, and of course some great new artists.

Our website has stayed the same although you can expect a new look coming soon.  So please visit both virtually and in person.  Hope to see you soon. maine-art.com

Happy Summer!

Maine Art Hill Block Party

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***After much reflection and thoughtful discussion with our artists, staff, and friends  Maine Art Hill will no longer be doing business with Maine Magazine or any of its other entities. The recent news regarding leadership at this company is in direct conflict with our brand, the way we do business, and the way we choose to live our lives here in Maine.

With that decision made, we are happy to announce, we are proceeding, with our Maine Art Hill Block Party on Friday, June 8 as planned. 50% of ticket revenue from this event will go toward awarding and growing the new Maine Art Hill Scholarship for the Arts at Kennebunk High School.

If you have already purchased tickets through Maine Media Collective’s Kennebunkport Festival website go here to request a refund.  REFUND

Again, this event will have no connection to or affiliation with Maine Magazine or its affiliates.

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COME CELEBRATE SUMMER IN THE KENNEBUNKS

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. 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 (Click the link below to purchase tickets from us) 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 buildings, The Gallery, Shows, and the brand new Studios 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, including North Light Gallery, Donna Kabay with Phosart Studios. Joining them is our featured artist at Pop Up on Maine Art Hill, Kathy Ostrander Roberts,  and ten fabulous three dimensional artists at the all new The Works Gallery. (Read more about that by clicking here.)

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, as well as amazing charcuteries at many of the ater individual galleries. 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. 

What about the cocktail?

Now it wouldn’t be a true New Orleans event unless there was a signature cocktail, right? But we couldn’t choose just one, 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, and you must have a bracelet on to partake.  We are thrilled 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. 

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

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

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

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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New and Unique Galleries for Maine Art Hill on Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk

Maine Art Hill is happy to introduce our newest gallery space in the Maine Art family, Studios on Maine Art Hill. This collection of seven micro-galleries will be home to high-quality artists and artisans and add to our lovely coastal community which is quickly becoming known as Maine’s premier art destination.

Most of the seven spaces have already spoken for and under contract. The amount of interest in the remaining is overwhelming, and we expect to have them filled soon. The enthusiasm is a wonderful surprise, and we are looking forward to announcing the occupants soon. Please contact us if you have an interest in becoming a permanent part of Maine Art Hill.

With all that said, we want to talk a bit about Pop-Up on Maine Art Hill.

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. However, for the artists and artisans, it will be a very different opportunity.

We have many artist and artisans already booked for the season, but we wanted to get the word out about how quickly these weeks are filling up. Presently, we have only FOUR summer slots still available.  We would love to see a few more artisans in this space. Know that it is possible to share the space with a fellow craftsman. Please contact Trisha at trisha@maine-art.com if you want more information or to book your week.

This gallery/retail space is available for weekly rentals by guest artists and artisans. The high vaulted ceiling and beautiful north facing windows fill the space with that magical light all artists love. We have equipped the 14 x 20 ft. space with hanging systems and quality art lighting. This brand new build out also includes all utilities, Wi-Fi, water, and heat/air conditioning, and a parking spot! We all know how coveted those are in the Kennebunks.

Remember one of the other perks of Pop-Up on Maine Art Hill, or at least we think it is, is our marketing and social media presence. When booking a week with us, we will not only include business names, hashtags, and web links on our year-round calendar, but they will be on our social media and marketing blitzes for that week and blog posts that introduce each visiting artist. We have a fabulous new marketing director, and she is loving the idea of partnering with the pop-ups to curate interesting and fun content.

Last but not least, location, location, location. An entire week right in the heart of the Kennebunk and Kennebunkport shopping area. Our walking traffic is crazy as soon as spring hits and doesn’t slow down until the famous Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude festivities come to a close. There is actually quite a bit of progress already being made up at 5 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. Feel free to take a drive by and check it out.

Getting the walls up!

Adding some roof!!

Wow! Its a building!

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.

Weekly rates range from $700-$1150 depending on the time of year. Again, FMI contact Trisha Winslow at 207-951-0984 or trisha@maine-art.com.

*If interested in a year-round rental contact John Spain at john@maine-art.com or call the gallery at 207-967-2803.

 

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Pop Up Artist Peter Brown from Meadowlark Designs

Featured Artist, Peter Brown from Meadowlark Designs is the guest artist for Pop Up beginning Tuesday, June 19 through Monday, June 25.

Peter Brown is an artisanal woodworker who designs and makes unique furniture and other woodwork by hand. His technique focuses on traditional joinery for its enduring strength and beauty. Each piece is finished by hand using all natural oils and waxes. He currently designs and builds for a fine furniture company and select boutiques as well as for individuals. Juried shows include Maine Boats Homes and Harbors, Portland Fine Crafts, and Laudholm Nature Crafts Festival. His studio workshop is Meadowlark Designs located in Lyman, Maine and is open to visitors. Appointments are suggested. 

“I want my work to engage people’s senses in a variety of ways. In addition to being functional, I want my work to be visually enchanting and invite touch as well. I use subtle curves and angles to create appealing dynamics with linear spaces that surround a piece. Occasionally I like to create illusions such as a table top that appears to float or a shelf that seems suspended. Also, I’ll use various tapers and edge treatments to make various elements appear heavier or lighter in the context of the piece. Of course, paramount is how I use the unique character found in the wood itself; its grain and other natural features. These are the brush strokes in my work, and the natural oils and waxes I use in my finishing process bring out the beauty and richness of the wood with a silky smoothness. This is what makes people want to experience its touch and feel.”

Check out his website

https://www.meadowlarkdesigns.net

Pop Up Artist Wendy Newcomb

Featured Artist, Wendy Newcomb is the guest artist for Pop Up beginning Tuesday, June 19 through Monday, June 25.

Wendy Newcomb’s paintings represent a visual journal of her life in Maine. They reflect her love of Nature and her participation in it. A recurring theme in her work is the way in which light falls upon objects and the landscape; how it defines and creates patterns and adds drama to a scene. She prefers early morning or late afternoon light for its golden hues and long shadows. The element of water is also particularly interesting to her with its constant motion, its transparencies and how it interacts with the land and sky.  Recreating her visual experience, she wants to give the viewer a sense of being in that moment with her.

Check out her website

http://wendynewcomb.com