20th Anniversary Celebration – Week Two, July 28th – August 5th

07/20/2017 0 Comments
 
20th Anniversary Celebration – Week Two, July 28th – August 5th

It’s already the second week of Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture’s 20th Anniversary Celebration. The first week has been a tremendous success and we are getting ramped up for week two. As always, you can see the entire show and the online 36o° virtual tour on the top of the show page. Follow this link. 20th Anniversary Show.

This weekend we have invited Lyman Whitaker and Whitaker Studio to visit. We are celebrating ten years with them – don’t miss the party on Saturday night! See details below.

Each date is clickable to see more details about the event.

July 29th, Saturday – Artist Reception Celebrating 10 years with Lyman Whitaker and Whitaker Studio. 5pm – 8pm at Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture, 14 Western Avenue. Come dance and eat and meet the man behind those beautiful spinning sculptures.

July 30th, Sunday  – Bill Huston from Huston and Company takes over Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture at 14 Western Ave. 10am-5pm.

Bill Huston Table by Huston and Company

July 31st, Monday  – Karen McManus takes over Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture at 14 Western Ave. 10am-5pm. She will be hosting a coffee talk at a local coffee shop from 11am – 12 noon.  This is limited to 10 people so please contact the gallery to sign up. 207-967-2803.

Karen McManus Clam Digger by Karen McManus

August 1st and 2nd, Monday & TuesdayTwo separate plein air workshops with artist Margaret Gerding, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Details on cost and registration can be found by clicking here. Be sure to specify Monday or Tuesday.

August 1st, Tuesdays at Toroso  – Happy Hour with Maine Art Gallery @ Toroso Restaurant, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm.

August 3rd, Thursday  – William B. Hoyt takes over Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture at 14 Western Ave. 10am-5pm. He will be hosting a coffee talk at a local coffee shop from 11am – 12 noon.  This is limited to 10 people so please contact the gallery to sign up. 207-967-2803.

William B. HoytSentinel by William B Hoyt

August 4th, Friday  – Margaret Gerding takes over Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture at 14 Western Ave. 10am-5pm. She will be hosting a coffee talk at a local coffee shop from 11am – 12 noon.  This is limited to 10 people so please contact the gallery to sign up. 207-967-2803.

Marsh Sky II by Margaret Gerding

August 5th, Saturday  – Craig Mooney takes over Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture at 14 Western Ave. 10am-5pm. He will be hosting a coffee talk at a local coffee shop from 11am – 12 noon.  This is limited to 10 people so please contact the gallery to sign up. 207-967-2803.

Craig MooneyAfterglow Haze by Craig Mooney

That is second week in a glimpse.  Please check our calendar for the entire schedule of all our summer events by clicking here: CALENDAR OF EVENTS. Remember, we will post a new blog each Thursday highlighting the week to come. Also check us out on all of our social media sites for pictures and up-to-date goings on. Mondays we will share the celebrations from the past week and give kudos to all who are helping to make these 20 days incredible.

If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to call at 207-967-2803 or email at info@maine-art.com

Hope to see you soon!

Twenty Years Deserves Twenty Days – 20th Anniversary of Maine Art

07/20/2017 0 Comments
 
Twenty Years Deserves Twenty Days – 20th Anniversary of Maine Art

“Twenty years deserves twenty days,” says John Spain, owner of Maine Art.

Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture is marking twenty years of fine art in the Kennebunks with their 20th Anniversary Show. Thirty-three artists, past and present, are honoring this accomplishment with one-of-a-kind pieces to commemorate the occasion. The show opens on July 22nd at Maine Art Shows and will run through August 10th.

The artists at Maine Art are some of the finest in the area. Each has a distinctive style, but all have a connection to Maine. Amy Lewia, Gallery Director, is excited about the extensive collection of work, but for her it is more. “This show has a lot of meaning, and we love the idea of bringing all of these artists together to celebrate with us, sharing new work alongside memories from the last twenty years.”

David Witbeck

Natalie Lane, the Gallery Manager, agrees with Lewia wholeheartedly. “We have, and have had, an incredible amount of talent here. It will be exciting to see the works of present and past artists together under one roof.” Many mediums and styles will be represented. Sculpture to canvas, acrylic to oil, and abstract to absolutely everything else. “It will certainly make for an impressive show,” says Lane.

Maine Art has two galleries here in Kennebunk. Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture, at 14 Western Avenue, and Maine Art Shows, found up the hill at 10 Chase Hill Road. Each will be hosting events throughout the three-week period. Artist visits are scheduled, demonstrations will take place at both galleries, and artist talks are planned on-site and at a variety of local businesses.

Gretchen Huber Warren Janis Sanders

“It all begins on July 22 with the biggest opening reception party Maine Art has ever thrown,” says Spain. “There will be music, food, and of course, art.”  The reception will be from 5-7 PM. Additional events are posted on Maine Art’s online calendar. “We have a great deal to be thankful for here. Our goal is to truly celebrate our artists, our customers, and our community every day for these twenty days.”

Spain and his staff have filled the weeks with events for all to enjoy, but his true focus is on the show itself. “This show is important for many reasons, not the least of which is the significance of the work. To commemorate our 20th anniversary we asked each of the participating artists to supply us with that one painting they feel is their best work from the last twelve months,” reminds Spain. “They have delivered.”

When John Spain first came to town in 1991, it was as the new owner of Kennedy Studios, a small gallery focused mostly on framing and prints. In three years’ time, one gallery became two, but it wasn’t until 1997 that he took the name Maine Art. In 2000, he built the new gallery space on Western Avenue, then later branded the two galleries together as one entity.

Susan Wahlrab

“The Kennebunks are an amazing place to visit, but an even greater place to work and live,” says Spain. He gives credit to the support of this community throughout the years as a reason behind his success. “I love it here. It’s home.”

The 20th Anniversary Show will open at Maine Art Shows at 11 AM on July 22nd. The gallery is open 11 AM to 5 PM daily. FMI visit maine-art.com/20th or call 207-967-0049. The online 36o° virtual tour will be available Friday evening on the top of the show page. Click here to view it.

Participating Artists Include – Kate Adams, Christine Brenner, Annie Burnett Hidell, Christopher Castelli, Sandra L. Dunn, Alex Dunwoodie, Jeffrey T. Fitzgerald, William Fothergill, Philip Frey, Margaret GerdingEdward Gordon, Ellen W. Granter, Ed Hicks, Liz Hoag, William B. Hoyt, Rebecca Kinkead, Karen McManus, Craig Mooney, Scott Moore, Elizabeth Ostrander, Trip Park, Denise Patchell Olson, Barbara Jones Peabody, Tom Puschock, James Rivington Pyne, Holly Ready, Janis H. Sanders, Carol Sebold, Jill Valliere, Susan Wahlrab, Gretchen Huber Warren, Abbie Williams and David Witbeck.

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20th Anniversary Celebration – Week Three, August 5th – August 10th

07/20/2017 0 Comments
 
20th Anniversary Celebration – Week Three, August 5th – August 10th

It is the third and final week of Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture’s 20th Anniversary Celebration. We can’t believe it. What an amazing two weeks it has been. If you are not going to have a chance to see the show, don’t forget that you can see the entire show online and find the online 36o° virtual tour on the top of the show page. Just follow this link: 20th Anniversary Show.

We kick this weekend off with Craig Mooney. He will be back again, after his fabulous solo show in July, and will be in the gallery all day Saturday, August 5th. Stop by for a visit. Also, be on the lookout for Shakespeare amongst the Sculpture on Tuesday evening. Our local Shakespeare group will be performing in and around Lyman Whitaker’s sculptures. It is sure to be a treat!

Each date is clickable to see more details about the event.

August 5th, Saturday  – Craig Mooney takes over Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture at 14 Western Ave. 10am-5pm. He will be hosting a coffee talk at a local coffee shop from 11am – 12 noon.  This is limited to 10 people so please contact the gallery to sign up. 207-967-2803.

Craig MooneyAfterglow Haze

August 6th, Sunday – David Witbeck takes over Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture at 14 Western Ave. 10am-5pm. He will be hosting a coffee talk at a local coffee shop from 11am – 12 noon.  This is limited to 10 people so please contact the gallery to sign up. 207-967-2803. David will also be doing a demonstration of his woodblock printing in the front parking lot around 2pm.

David Witbeck Laundry Day by David Witbeck

August 7th, Monday – Philip Frey takes over Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture at 14 Western Ave. 10am-5pm. He will be hosting a coffee talk at a local coffee shop from 11am – 12 noon.  This is limited to 10 people so please contact the gallery to sign up. 207-967-2803.

Philip Frey Everything but the Kitchen Sink by Philip Frey

August 8th, Tuesday – Shakespeare Amongst the Sculpture. Our local Shakespeare troop, Maine Stage Shakespeare, will entertain us with pieces from their summer show, A Mid Summer Night’s Dream. Come to the gallery at 14 Western Ave in Kennebunk and enjoy the performance from 7ish to sunset.

Tuesdays at Toroso – Happy Hour with Maine Art Gallery and Artist Susan Wahlrab @ Toroso Restaurant from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

August 9th, Wednesday – Ellen Welch Granter takes over Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture at 14 Western Ave. 10am-5pm. She will be hosting a coffee talk at a local coffee shop from 11am – 12 noon.  This is limited to 10 people so please contact the gallery to sign up. 207-967-2803.

Ellen Granter Harbor by Ellen Granter

August 10th, Thursday – Last day to see the show at Maine Art Shows, 10 Chase Hill Rd. Kennebunk, Maine. We are open from 11am – 5pm everyday.

That is third and final week in a glimpse.  Please check our calendar for the entire schedule of all our summer events by clicking here: CALENDAR OF EVENTS. We hope you have a chance to visit. Please continue to check us out on all of our social media sites for pictures and up-to-date goings on. Mondays we will share the celebrations from the past week and give kudos to all who are helping to make these 20 days incredible.

If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to call at 207-967-2803 or email at info@maine-art.com

Hope to see you soon!

A Growing Gallery – New Works from Our Artists

07/17/2017 0 Comments
 
A Growing Gallery – New Works from Our Artists Welcome to summer in the Kennebunks! What a wonderful beginning to such a beautiful season.  We are in the middle of our third show of the year, Craig Mooney, a Solo Show. The first two, Rebecca Kinkead and the 6th Annual Choice Show were both complete successes. We are just about done filling the fabulous schedule for the 20th Anniversary Show, as well. Be sure to check out the calendar of events. There is something fun and exciting going on every day.

In the meantime, many of our artists are stopping by to drop off new work. We can’t even begin to explain how happy we are to share it. With our season being so short, it is impossible to offer the “show” experience to all of our artists. However, as many of you know, being at Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture is a show in itself.

We would love to highlight just a few for you.

 

Charles Bluett

Ice and Stone by Charles Bluett The Joy of Floating by Charles Bluett The Good Life by Charles Bluett

Bluett is one of our newest artists. His work is unlike anything else in the gallery. His images are wonderful, and the color and space is even more fabulous in person. Bluett’s goal is to capture the ebb and flow of life, and the light and color of the everyday. The Joy of Floating, Ice and Stones and The Good Life are perfect examples of exactly what he does. Though his work has abstract qualities, they certainly evoke memories.

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Trip Park

Gonzo Beach by Trip Park Keep Off the Dunes September Beach

We claim some of the most beautiful beach scenes in all of Kennebunkport, and artwork is the best way to take a piece of the coast home with you. Trip Park has captured small moments of our favorite beach memories in three of his new pieces this summer; Gonzo Beach, Keep Off the Dunes and September Beach. The colors and compositions of these images are extraordinary.

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James Rivington Pyne

Pyne is one of our sculptors. Using composite and mixed media, he captures our winged friends perfectly.  Wether it be 18 Bee-Eaters, 3 Stilt Sandpipers or Warrier Penguins VII, Pyne’s work is original and captivating, especially for our bird lovers.

Click here for James Rivington Pyne’s Complete Collection

 

Alex Dunwoodie

October Marsh Evening by Alex Dunwoodie Small Whelk on Blue by Alex Dunwoodie Pink Stripe by Alex Dunwoodie

The work of Dunwoodie has such a photographic quality. With images like October Marsh Evening, a second look is needed to see the brush strokes and detail. As in Small Whelk on Blue, many of her works recreate the little things and capture memories and moments held by them. Her water pieces, like Pink Stripe, convey the sensation of water, light and motion depicting a time of day, a sensation, and again, that one special moment.

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Sandra L. Dunn

Red, Green and Gold by Sandra Dunn Headless by Sandra Dunn Five Gold Pears by Sandra Dunn

Dunn creates paintings that range from realistic, old master style, to more modern impressionistic pieces. This summer she has added a few still life paintings that truly capture the light and shadow of her subjects. Red, Green and Gold, Headless and Five Gold Pears show, in detail, the skill Sandra brings through her brush.

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Karen McManus

5 O'Clock Ferry by Karen McManus Evening Sail by Karen McManus Gull Friend by Karen McManus

Karen has been with Maine Art for many years. She works in watercolor and oil, but always with the landscapes of her home.   5 O’Clock Ferry, Evening Sail and Gull Friend all capture a different piece of Maine, but each are quintessential images that hold time and place in a way we love here on the coast. McManus combines realistic detail with the imagery created by color and light and gives each painting a life of it’s own.

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All told, we have over thirty artists at Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture, and many have new pieces that have been or will be featured in shows this summer. New works arrive every week. Our website is in real time and is always up-to-date. Be sure to watch our Facebook page, as well,  for new additions to our inventory.  If you want to be contacted when new works arrive from any specific artist, please add your name to our email list, indicate which one, and we will be sure to contact you.

To add your name to the email list click this link – Maine Art Email

To see all of our artists click this link – Maine Art Artist Pages

Craig Mooney on Being Ambiguous

07/13/2017 0 Comments
 
Craig Mooney on Being Ambiguous

Our long-time clients and visitors have come to love and recognize the works of Craig Mooney. No one captures the color and expanse of the Maine sea and sky the same way he does. Viewers love the fact that the places he paints can be anywhere, but he also holds this same standard to his figurative works.

“My landscapes are places only I have been. They are the epitome of New England’s perfection. There is a piece and part of each beach, mountain, or ocean I have visited, and they represent somewhere I found peace,” Mooney says. “But for you, it should be a memory from a place that makes you happy.”

Along this same line, his new figuratives are beginning to push the abstract, while still capturing the essence of the man, woman or child. Works like In the Bedroom, Evening Commute, and Afternoon Light have a much looser feel to them without losing the connection to place and person.

In The Bedroom by Craig Mooney Evening Commute by Craig Mooney Afternoon Light by Craig Mooney

“The way I do figurative work is the same way I do landscapes. My landscapes are not a specific place, but they are familiar. The trick with figures is to make them ambiguous, but with a sense of realism,” says Mooney. “I want you to put yourself or someone you love into the work.”

His rose window and woman in white are both popular motifs Craig has been working with. However, his newest concept is his ‘surf riders’. These works find a perfect harmony with his love of the ocean and his wave jumping four-year-old daughter.

Surf Riders and Tumbler are perfect pieces for this show. They force the art to be cohesive, and keeps a connection between the pieces,” Mooney says. “The whole show is about escaping and the variety of the work covers the variety of ways people find their own escape.”

Surf Riders by Craig Mooney Tumbler by Craig Mooney

Whether you are a collector of Craig Mooney’s, or you are a first-time viewer, this show will be a delight. We have been representing him for close to ten years, and this is by far some of his best work.

“I am trying to reimagine my image of Maine Art Gallery. It has become so much more than the traditional Maine gallery, and this show has so much more than the classic Mooney sky,” says Craig. “It is by far the most all-encompassing display of my work.”

Craig Mooney

If you still haven’t made it to Kennebunk we encourage you to make plans soon. Craig’s show runs until Thursday, July 20th. Maine Art Shows is found at 10 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk and is open every day from 11am to 5pm. If you cant make it in, please view the show online by clicking here. You can also experience the work in a virtual walk-through by clicking this link; Walk Through Craig Mooney’s Show. It is the next best thing to being here in the flesh.

To read more Artist Insights from Mooney click this link – Artist Insights from Craig Mooney

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Meet the Staff – Ryan Cadigan

07/10/2017 0 Comments
 
Meet the Staff – Ryan Cadigan

For those of you that have been in and around Maine Art for a while, Ryan Cadigan’s face is not a new one. Ryan first came to work for us in the summer of 2008. “I did my undergrad at Hamilton College and worked at Maine Art all four summers during that time,” says Cadigan. “Now that I am back in New England for grad school it seemed like a good idea to come back and join the gallery team again.” In the photo below a much younger Ryan, left, helps install some of the first Lyman Whitaker Wind Sculptures.

Ryan Cadigan, John Spain, Dave Stone, Lyman Whitaker, and John Spain  (left to right).

Ryan with Lyman Whitaker and John Spain during sculpture installation.

Born in Portland, Maine and raised in Kennebunk and Kennebunkport, Ryan has the distinction of being a local. Even though he has lived in New Hampshire, New York, Connecticut and California, Maine is still the place he calls home. “I went to Hamilton College in New York. I received my BA in English and Creative Writing with a minor in Environmental Studies in 2011,” says Cadigan. “Now I am a University of New Hampshire Creative Writing MFA candidate and entering my second year.”

When Ryan called and said he was going to be back in the area and wondered if we had a need for him at the gallery, we jumped at the chance to have him join us, even if it is only for the summer. “Once I finish my masters I want to live abroad,” says Cadigan. He also has a few other aspirations. “Writing is in my future. Books and screenplays to be specific. I also would love to teach college-level writing & English.” In addition to writing and teaching, environmental conservation has been a lifelong passion of Cadigan’s, and one he hopes to weave back into his professional work sometime in the future.

“I am an environmental activist. If I can blend that love with work, I would be happy,” Cadigan says. He has experience in grant writing, digital marketing and copywriting.

Outside of work, writing and school, Ryan is most likely to be practicing yoga, meditation or martial arts, hobbies to help keep him focused and healthy in both mind and body.

Ryan is intelligent and extremely well-spoken. This makes him a wonderful part of our sales staff here at the gallery. His sense of humor and love of sarcasm are part of his charm. He does take lunch very seriously. We are aware of this and try our best to keep his appetite – for new food, as well as new people and stories – satisfied.

We are thrilled to have Ryan back for the summer. He has big plans and we are excited for him to continue to grow and learn. “I love the sun and the ocean, and one day I’d like to swim with whales and live on a house boat,” says Cadigan. “But my big dream is to see my name in the opening credit roll of a movie or the spine of a novel. That would be fantastic.”

Ryan Cadigan

Ryan has committed to being with us for the summer season. After that we shall see. If you are out and about in Kennebunk and Kennebunkport, stop in and say hello. The gallery opens at 10 am every day. Check the website for seasonal hours.

“Celestial” by Craig Mooney – An Ode to William

07/06/2017 0 Comments
 
“Celestial” by Craig Mooney – An Ode to William

Craig Mooney has a variety of motifs he is known for. We love his skies, sails and coastlines. Normally, each motif is focused on separately. There was a special inspiration, however, that nudged him into bringing three of his favorites into one piece.

Celestial by Craig Mooney

“In my mind, the cornerstone of this show is the piece I originally called Ode to William. It is an ode to William Trost Richards, the 19th century maritime painter,” says Mooney about the piece now named Celestial. “Trost had a distinctive style and was specially known for waves crashing on beaches.”

Richards’ work is much more realistic and detailed than Mooney’s, but the inspiration is obvious for those familiar with Richards’ work. When speaking about a particular painting of Richards’, Mooney said, “It was so interesting. His piece looked like three different paintings I had done in the past, but they were combined into one canvas.” It was a combination of a sailboat, a large cloud with light hitting, and a rocky shore. “Richards’ captured light beautifully. It is the first piece I thought of doing for the show.”

Ode to William was soon renamed Celestial, but the inspiration stayed with Mooney throughout his work for his summer show at Maine Art.

Celestial is a little more tightly controlled and more detailed than my normal work. It began an ever-changing journey into subject matter for this show,” says Mooney. “The next few pieces were more expressive and abstract, but Richard’s work stayed with me throughout.”

Craig Mooney

To see our entire collection for Craig Mooney’s Solo Show visit Maine Art Shows on Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. We are open seven days a week from 11 AM to 5 PM. FMI call 207-967-0049 or www.maine-art.com

Read more about Craig Mooney here – Craig Mooney – Artist Insights

See all Mooney’s work at Maine Art here – Craig Mooney – Artist Page

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Craig Mooney Opens at Maine Art

06/29/2017 0 Comments
 
Craig Mooney Opens at Maine Art

Artist Craig Mooney is stepping back to a time when art was an escape.

“People are always going to be in search of love. People are always going to be in search of adventure. People are always going to be in search of an escape,” says Mooney. “This show gives them all three.”

Celestial by Craig Mooney

Maine Art Shows is hosting Craig Mooney’s one-man show beginning July 1st. This show will run for three weeks and contain not only his classic semi-abstract seascapes and landscapes, but also some fabulous new figurative works.

Mooney says, “In this time and age we are entering, people are looking for an escape. This new series of work offers that. My recent works are more romantic motifs. I want to give people a place to go for a bit of peace. It’s that feeling found when spending time with a painting, then suddenly it captures you. It holds on, and you are there, even if only for a while. It’s more than just seeing it, it is feeling it. The work has to be sincere.”

Dory Calm by Craig Mooney Surf Riders by Craig Mooney

Born and raised in Manhattan, Mooney left the city in 1988 to attend Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, where he received a fine arts degree in 1992.  He secured his first large commissioned work from New York Hospital in 1995. “The work for the hospital turned into a series of works and more commissioned pieces for Cornell Medical College,” says Mooney. “Thanks in part to this early success, I was able move to rural Vermont and set up a studio.”

He is inspired by all the places he has called home – his native New York, the mountains and farms near his studio in Stowe, Vermont, and the beaches of Maine and Massachusetts where he spends as much time as he can.  Mooney imbues these semi-abstract renderings of place with emotions he feels are universal and timeless. “I love my studio in Vermont, but with all the time I spend in Kennebunk and the weekends I spend with family on Cape Cod, I have become a ‘coastal painter.’ I am not sure when it happened, but it is part of who I am now,” says Mooney.

The romance of his landscapes is also found in his figures. Amy Lewia, Maine Art’s Gallery Director, notes, ”I’m very excited about presenting some new imagery in this solo show. His figurative works and cityscapes are absolutely breathtaking, and we can’t wait to share more of them with our customers.”

Craig Mooney

Mooney looks forward to discussing his work and his process during his Artist Reception on Saturday, July 1st, from 5 to 7 PM.  This show runs though Thursday, July 20th. Maine Art Shows is at 10 Chase Hill Road and is open from 11AM to 5PM daily. If you can’t make it to town, please visit the show online by clicking here. FMI visit www.maine-art.com or call  207-967-2803.

To read more about Craig’s process and past – Craig Mooney – Artist Insights

To see Craig’s entire collection – Craig Mooney – Artist Page

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6th Annual Choice Art Show – Liz Hoag and the Trees

06/28/2017 0 Comments
 

Come meet Liz at Toroso from 5-7. Click here for details.

Stand of Trees by Liz Hoag

Each artist in the Choice Art Show chooses a piece they are especially fond of. For Liz Hoag, it was Stand of Trees. However, it is hard to talk about it in a singular way. Her thoughts on this piece encompass our entire collection of her work

Hoag says, “We take a photograph of a sunset over a lake and realize later when looking at the photo that there are branches in the view?  We subconsciously wipe them from view when looking out at the sunset, but they’re there.” She notes that they are part of the landscape that gives depth and frames the beauty. “They are an integral part of the beauty. We take them in without thinking about them.”

For Hoag, the warm light sifting through the trees, the colors of early morning or late afternoon, the cool blues and browns of the path all come together to give a sense of peace.

“When walking in the woods, we cannot see ‘the quiet,’ but we feel it. It is the light and color around us that makes the space quiet,” Hoag says. “At any time of day, even at midday with the bright light washing away some of the color, the balance of the trees, the branches, the light and dark of the forest still manage to create calm.”

Paths, trees, branches, color, light, air, open space, water – we have it all here. From looking up at trees in our suburban neighborhoods to driving down country highways, to walking trails by lakes and sea, we all have a visual peace and quiet within reach.  Liz Hoag loves this and could paint it every day.

Stand of Trees is a view from a country road. I don’t even know what town I was in,” Hoag laughs. “The beautiful snowy field was visible through the trees lining the road, and I remember being out on an adventure with my family on a sunny winter day.” A common occurrence for Hoag. “I love the simplicity of the idea that we can find calm and beauty right along the road almost anywhere in Maine.”

To see more from Liz Hoag, visit Maine Art Shows from June 10th to June 29th to see the 6th Annual Choice Art Show in person. We are located at 10 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. The gallery is open every day from 11AM – 5PM. FMI, please call at 207-967-0049 or email at info@maine-art.com.

Click the link below to see the complete show online.

The 6th Annual Choice Art Show

 

To view our complete collection of Hoag’s Work – Liz Hoag – Artist Page

To read more about Liz Hoag, her process, and her work – Liz Hoag – Artist Insights

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6th Annual Choice Art Show – “Peace on Earth” by Susan Wahlrab

06/27/2017 0 Comments
 

Peace on Earth - by Susan Wahlrab

“Nature, as always, is my artistic muse. It is also where I connect to peace and well-being all around,” says Susan Wahlrab.

Wahlrab is a visually oriented person. When sitting in the presence of nature, she feels, energetically, a calm of deep connection. Yet she also loves the variety of color, shape and texture. In her mind, there are infinite possibilities to notice and explore through the art-making process.

“I am so stimulated and ready for the sometimes maddening process of attempting to describe, in paint, a tangible place that is made of energy, spirit, color and form,” Wahlrab says. “It is constantly shifting.”

At the top of the list of places she explores, of course, is the coast of Maine. She has been spending time here in the transition seasons. This is a time when things are quiet, and the hues are both subtle and vibrant.

“My new favorite place is Schoodic Point, a part of Acadia National Park.  A dear friend of mine let me know that if I am there at dead low tide, there is an island just off the coast I can walk to and explore,” Susan explains.

Many of her new pieces come from, what she describes as, one amazingly magical morning. “Low tide was at six in the morning, so I was up at the crack of dawn. Everything was quiet, and the day was just beginning. At first, it was quite foggy. This is where Peace On Earth finds its more subtle tones of the early morning,” remembers Wahlrab. “I was walking across to the island, and I was in absolute bliss.”

After quickly exploring the tiny island, the sun rose and presented the fiery reds of the blueberries in fall.  We see this in Fired Up, the Editor’s Choice for the show.

Fired Up by Susan Wahlrab

Wahlrab considers herself extremely fortunate to be an artist and to be able to spend all winter in her studio re-living such a day through her paint. “Paintings are truly impressions and memories of being alive and present,” she says. “I feel my job as an artist is to create something that then translates and stimulates whomever is in its presence, hoping they make their own inspiration and connection.”

Susan Wahlrab

To see more from Susan Wahlrab visit Maine Art Shows from June 10th to June 29th to see the 6th Annual Choice Art Show in person. We are located at 10 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. The gallery is open every day from 11AM – 5PM. FMI, please call at 207-967-0049 or email at info@maine-art.com.

Click the logo below to see the complete show online.

6th Annual Choice Art Show

To view our complete collection of Susan Wahlrab’s Work – Susan Wahlrab – Artist Page

To read more about Susan Wahlrab, her process, and her work – Susan Wahlrab – Artist Insights

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