Liz Hoag – A One-Woman Show at Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture

08/31/2017 0 Comments
Liz Hoag – A One-Woman Show at Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture

Artist Liz Hoag finds inspiration in the simple act of taking a walk in the woods near her Portland home. It isn’t just about what she sees – it is also about what she feels.

“When walking in the woods, the trees surround us. We cannot see the quiet, but we feel it,” says Hoag.

We are so excited to be featuring Hoag’s work in a three-week show beginning Saturday, September 2. We are also thrilled that she will attend the opening reception Saturday evening, from 5 to 7 PM.

Hoag, who has lived in Maine for about 25 years, has a studio in Westbrook. After taking photographs on walks around her Portland neighborhood or one of the many trails around the state, Hoag goes to work in her studio. “This is where the magic happens. I normally start with a dark canvas, or negative space, and build up by adding light. For me, the result is both abstract and representational,” she says.

Hoag blends the ideas inspired by her nature experiences into her work, using mostly acrylic paint on canvas. “It seems I have always leaned toward realistic work, but I like abstract. It’s looser,” Hoag says. She describes the work as “misty” when she discusses the pulling of light color over dark. “It is the light and color that makes a space quiet,” she says.

Hoag especially focuses on trees, as she feels they are the part of the landscape that gives depth and frames the beauty of the outdoors. “They are an integral part of nature. We take them in without thinking about them,” she says.

Besides the “treescapes” Hoag has become known for, she also paints seascapes and landscapes, which will be part of her upcoming show. Nature is constantly inspiring her to paint. “It’s balance and shape,” Hoag says. “For each of us, there is a need to find beauty and balance in the everyday. Much of what I paint is considered ordinary. They are things usually passed by, but if a second is taken to stop and see, it’s impossible not to notice how truly dramatic they are. The balance of the light and dark always manages to create calm.”

Although her work is an expression of her relationship to nature, Hoag ultimately is hoping to evoke feelings in those who view her work. “I personally do not think of the ‘story’ or ‘narrative’ of my paintings,” says Hoag. “That being said, these paintings truly reflect the feel of the moment when I was in this beautiful place.”

Hoag is looking forward to discussing her work and her process at the reception opening night. Please come in and visit at 14 Western Avenue in Kennebunk.

The online show is live Friday afternoon, Septemeber 1. Watch our Facebook page for the update.

FMI or 967-2803.  We are open daily – please check our website for times.

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And Summer Turns to Fall

08/28/2017 0 Comments
And Summer Turns to Fall

Our show gallery on Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk is a seasonal gallery. With just a few more days left in our Maine Art Shows Season, we wanted to take time to thank all of our patrons, artists, and friends who have supported us for our 2017 summer shows.

Over the course of the summer, we celebrated with four shows: The 6th Annual Choice Show, Craig Mooney’s One Man Show, our 20th Anniversary Show, and presently, Three Artists, Three Rooms, One Show – Frey, Gerding, and Granter. Click each to view, if you didn’t have a chance to see them. A few pieces from each show are still available on the Artist Pages. Each show featured some of the best art work from around the state and New England.  We were incredibly fortunate to house such beauty.

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Our success over the past few months has been overwhelming, and we owe it to all involved. It has been a fabulous summer, and already we are already planning great things for next year. Be sure to stay connected through email and social media to help plan your visits next year.

With all that said, it is nearly impossible to believe Labor Day is this weekend, and we will close the gallery on the hill on Monday. However, the nice part about having two gallery spaces is that it doesn’t have to end. So even though our show gallery is closing on Chase Hill, our main gallery at 14 Western Avenue stays open year round and will be hosting two fall shows.  Liz Hoag will open on September 2nd and run through the 21st. Following her will be David Witbeck from September 23rd to October 23rd.  Each will take over the entire first floor of the gallery and help us to welcome in fall. Watch for more info on each coming soon.

So… as the autumn leaves start to fall, and the kiddos go back to school, don’t forget we are still here and come in for a visit. We have the same wonderful artists we featured all summer long, in addition to many other favorites.

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Philip Frey and His Changing Landscapes

08/24/2017 0 Comments
Philip Frey and His Changing Landscapes

Philip Frey lives in a part of Maine where sea and shore meet mountain and forest. His studio and home are hidden away just minutes from the varied and beautiful landscape of Acadia National Park. When an artist is immersed in the beauty only mother nature can create, it is impossible not to capture it in paint.

“Painting en plein air and then moving into the studio to work is typically a matter of refining the painting in terms of subtle color and value changes to bring it to completion,” says Frey.

Philip has practiced in many mediums, from watercolor to acrylic to oil. The many landscapes that make up the lands of Maine welcome the artist in. “What interests me in most all my paintings is light and color; the sense of light coming through and infusing a locale,” says Frey. “The ephemeral quality of light, color, and shape is intriguing and draws me towards it.”

Frey borders a style somewhere between realism and abstraction. His work is familiar but has a composition that allows some leeway. “I’ve always been interested in abstraction, particularly the moving line between abstraction and representation. It’s a fun and fruitful place to explore,” he says. “I sometimes think about how can I paint the essence of something or a place through an economy of brush strokes.”

This collection of Philip Frey’s work will be at Maine Art Shows at 10 Chase Hill until Labor Day. We are open every day from 11 am to 5 pm. Please stop by and visit, or click here to see the online show with a 360-degree virtual tour. Click here to see our entire collection of Philip’s work.

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Three Views of Maine

08/21/2017 0 Comments
Three Views of Maine

When your business is called Maine Art, people come looking for images captured not only in the spirit of Maine but often times in the places of Maine. The three artists currently featured at Maine Art Shows do just that.

Philip Frey, who lives and paints on the midcoast of Maine, views his home through a lens of abstract realism. His works are of places and things we know and love, but his loose strokes and beautiful blocking create works even Mother Nature can love.

Fluid Sky Tidal Plane by Philip Frey Water, Island, Sky by Philip Frey Near, Far by Philip Frey

His landscapes represent the forest and the mountains, the sea and the fields. Each holds a memory of a vacation once spent or a childhood never forgotten. They are the places we will visit soon enough or sometimes they are the view from our window. Frey captures Maine as he sees it; his home.

With Ellen Granter, we move to the shore. Granter has a family home on Goose Rocks Beach, practically right next door to Maine Art’s galleries. It is where her mother and father call home, where her brothers and sisters gather in the summer, and where aunts and uncles and cousins congregate. Kennebunk and Kennebunkport are visited often and Ellen finds her solitude in the harbors here.

Dories 1 by Ellen Granter Galaxy by Ellen Granter Docked by Ellen Granter

The peace and quiet in these pieces are similar to the tranquility found in the landscapes and bird works that Granter has produced in the past. They show a side of the coast that is separate from the hustle and bustle of town and village. The beauty of the moored sailboat, the docked dingy, or the floating dory are landscapes of our area many take for granted until we are reminded of what a true part of our culture they are.

Our last view of Maine is a different side of coastal life – the marsh.  Margaret Gerding lives on the marsh in Cape Porpoise in Kennebunkport.  Through her studio windows, she watches the light change and often drops everything to go “be” in it.  No matter the time of day, the magic of the marsh is a painter’s paradise.

Seeing Forever by Margaret Gerding Aqua Cleansing by Ellen Granter Soft Colors of the Marsh by Margaret Gerding

Margaret loves to paint outside and is often found in the “secret” places of the coast with either her sketch pad or easel or both.  Occasionally, you will even find her teaching.  Now that she calls Maine her home, her art classes take place here.

So no matter what side of Maine you are looking for, you will find it here at Maine Art Shows up on Chase Hill. This Three Artists, Three Rooms show will run through Labor Day.  We are open from 11-5 every day.  Come visit or check us out online.  Click here for the virtual 360-degree tour  – it is the next best thing to being here.

Philip FreyEllen GranterMargaret Gerding

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Ellen Granter on Sailing – A Love-Hate Relationship

08/17/2017 0 Comments

“I began painting boats recently because I love the way they evoke a sense of peace and calmness,” says Granter. “However, some of my fondest childhood memories of the sailing world were not on the water nor were they calm and peaceful.”

Boston Harbor November by Ellen Granter Galaxy by Ellen Granter Hazy Light by Ellen Granter

While speaking with Ellen about her newest collection, she shared some of her memories of her father, who loves sailing, and family and friends who also love the sea. Her favorite moments were not the day at sea, but more the riotous camaraderie that followed a great day of sailing.

“I survived several seasons of sailing in the Rochester Frostbite Association,” remembers Granter. “They were an intrepid group of fierce competitors who braved the brutal, bitter cold of a Lake Ontario winter and sailed no matter the conditions.” Granter laughs as she retells her story. “I immediately get seasick on the water, and these events began my reference to sailing as merely “The S Word”.  Even though I did not love being out on the boat, I did love the loud and often hilarious rules-protest arguments in the bar afterward. They made it almost worth the whole effort.”

With so many memories of this world and the bonds created with others who love sailing, it is not a surprise that Ellen found her way back to the water.  It is also no surprise that her favorite view is from the safety of the harbors of Maine and New England. Here is where she finds inspiration.

Dories 3 by Ellen Granter Dories 1 by Ellen Granter

If you are a boat lover, be it sailboats, dories, or schooners, Granter’s present collection of work is a can’t-miss opportunity.  Not only do they capture the love of the sea and harbors, many are small enough to be hung in the cabin of your favorite vessel.

Andiamo by Ellen Granter

Maine Art Shows is open every day from 11-5 at 10 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. This show will run until Labor Day, September 4.  If you cannot make it in, please check out the online show and 360-degree tour on our website by clicking here.

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A Gallery of Flowers – Studies by Margaret Gerding

08/14/2017 0 Comments
A Gallery of Flowers  – Studies by Margaret Gerding

Margaret Gerding is not only a painter, she is also a teacher. Spending many days in the marshes or on the beaches of the Kennebunks, she shares her gift of art with her students. It was during one of her recent sessions that she asked her students to stretch themselves a little further. She issued the 30-Day Artist Challenge, a test to push the artists’ skills beyond their normal comfort zone. Not only did Gerding issue this challenge, she joined in.

For Gerding, the landscapes and seascapes of Maine are her love. She paints them every day with a smile. However, part of this challenge was to paint something that isn’t a “normal” subject matter. “It is an exercise that reminds the artist to really examine a subject, while at the same time staying loose with the short amount of allotted time,” says Gerding.

After a bit of deliberation, she chose flowers.

Due to this, not only did Margaret bring a season’s worth of amazing work with her for this show, she brought a very special gift, the gift of her flowers.

As you enter Maine Art Shows, each room is designated to one of the three featured artists. Gerding has a room near the front of the gallery. Adjacent to it is a small entryway that presently houses her “garden”. Here you will find many of the small studies Gerding completed during this challenge. With more than fifteen small flower paintings, they are a must-see part of this show.

Over the course of the next few weeks, Maine Art Shows’ three rooms are each filled with a different artist. One of those artist, of course, is Margaret Gerding. She has recently become a Kennebunkport resident and is incredibly happy to be back in the place of many happy childhood memories. With her home and studio in Cape Porpoise, she is able to capture the beauty of our area every day.

We welcome you to come visit. Maine Art Shows is open every day from 11am to 5 pm. It is also viewable with our virtual tour by clicking here. The show will run through Labor Day. Please call or visit us online to see details or get more information. 207-967-0049 or

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Three Rooms, Three Artists, Three Shows in One

08/11/2017 0 Comments
Three Rooms, Three Artists, Three Shows in One  

It‘s going to be three for three at Maine Art Shows in Kennebunk. A three-artist show, featuring the works of painters Philip Frey, Margaret Gerding and Ellen Granter, will be on display for three weeks, beginning with an opening reception tomorrow, Saturday, August 12th. The artists will attend the reception, which is 5 to 7 PM.

“All three artists have strong ties to Maine and capture the true essence of the state,” says gallery owner John Spain.  “Though each has distinctively different styles and subjects, the show as a whole is a wonderfully cohesive body of work.”

Philip Frey, a Maine native, lives and works near the central coast.  He often travels to Acadia National Park, where he finds inspiration in the rugged environment. Primarily an oil painter, Frey’s subjects and styles vary. “I have a need to explore and discover, to stretch my limits so as to become a better painter,” Frey says.  “Cityscape, abstract, interior and figurative genres are ways for me to do that.”

Philip Frey

At one time Frey considered himself a landscape painter, but that has changed. “I think the variety (of subject and style) influences my landscapes in a positive way. Working with pure abstraction, in particular, helps me break down what good composition and a dynamic palette could be. In turn, my landscape composition has become more dynamic and has allowed me to home in on what is most important in each painting.”

Margaret Gerding has recently moved to Maine after spending many summers here as a child. Her new home and studio in Cape Porpoise give her complete access to the marshes she loves. Gerding says, “Even after having visited Kennebunkport my whole life, I am still surprised every day with new places to paint and explore.”

Margaret Gerding

Margaret’s collection of oil paintings, whether on panel or canvas, were inspired by what is right outside her doorstep. “These paintings are my recording of the quiet moments on the marsh — a touch of light, a pop of color or a connection with the land,” says Gerding.

Ellen Granter

The solitude and quiet Gerding finds in the marsh, Ellen Welch Granter finds in the harbor. Once known for her bird paintings, Granter is now focusing on boats, from sailboats to schooners to dories. “I began painting boats because I love the way they evoke a sense of peace and calmness,” she says. “Whether they are in the fog, in the sun, or in a busy harbor, their curvy lines and sense of possibility are always an invitation to paint.”  Granter’s compositions, peaceful symmetries of boats and their reflections, incorporate Maine’s distinctive and nuanced soft blues and grays.

We open Saturday, August 12th at 11am. Our artists’ reception starts is from 5-7 p.m. Please come by and visit. All three artists will be present and look forward to discussing their work and process.

To see the show online, including a 360 degree virtual tour click here.

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Shakespeare at Maine Art Gallery in Kennebunk

08/03/2017 0 Comments
Shakespeare at Maine Art Gallery in Kennebunk

Come and join Maine Art and MaineStage Shakespeare on Tuesday, August 8th. The actors and actresses, in full costume, will wander among Lyman Whitaker’s Wind Sculptures at 14 Western Ave. in Kennebunk from 7:30 to sunset. They will share excerpts from their present production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

MaineStage Shakespeare is a nonprofit theater company founded in 2011. They are comprised of young, passionate theater artists from around the country who share the goal of fostering an influential resident Shakespeare company right here in Kennebunk.

MaineStage still has a few shows before they finish out their season.  Thursdays and Saturdays, they can be found in Lafayette Park in Kennebunk and Wednesday evenings they are at the Colony Hotel in Kennebunkport. On Fridays, they normally take their show on the road, so check their website for the entire show calendar. Click here for their calendar.

The theater group also offers a camp, Shake Stars, for those interested in learning more about the craft. Next week will be their last week of classes, but there is still room if you are interested. Click here for more info.

A huge thank you to Chiara Klein, Managing Artistic Director and Director of both plays this summer. We could not have made this happen without her willingness to “think outside the stage” and join us in the sculpture garden.

We hope to see you on Tuesday, as Shakespeare wanders through the Wind Sculptures.

Maine Art Gallery at 14 Western Avenue in Kennebunk from 7:30 to Sunset


Whitaker Celebration at Maine Art

07/29/2017 0 Comments

On Saturday, July 29th we commemorated ten years working with Lyman Whitaker and his amazing kinetic Wind Sculptures. The gallery on Western Ave was filled to the brim with new and past customers, happy to have the opportunity to meet the artist behind the sculptures so many have taken home and treasure. We wandered among the sculptures filling Lower Village with a celebration not soon to be forgotten.

We were thrilled to have Lyman Whitaker and his wife, Stacy, join us here in Kennebunk for a couple days.  It had been a few years since their last visit, and they thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the coast of Maine again.

Whitaker’s sculptures have been surrounding both Maine Art Gallery and Maine Art Shows for ten years.  They have become a landmark for Lower Village, Kennebunk and a wonder for tourists and locals alike. From three feet to twenty-eight feet tall, our “Wind Forest” is filled with all forty-four styles in multiple sizes.


Whitaker is widely respected for the sophistication of his Wind Sculptures. Since the 1980’s he has focused his artistic ability on gracefully capturing the spirit of the wind through his kinetic art. Together with his wife Stacy and brother John, he has built a creative partnership based on complementary talents. Lyman dedicates his work to the wind and weather. He hopes above all that his sculptures will inspire love for our earth’s thin, moving layer of air – it warms us, gives us breath and sustains our being

If you haven’t been to Kennebunk or haven’t visited in a while, please come see us and spend some time among the sculptures. It is a lovely way to spend some of your time in Maine. FMI visit or call the gallery at 207-967-2803.

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20th Anniversary Celebration – Week One, July 22nd – July 29th

07/20/2017 0 Comments
20th Anniversary Celebration – Week One, July 22nd – July 29th

Welcome to the first week of Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture’s 20th Anniversary Celebration. Over the next few weeks, we will be using the blog to keep you updated on what’s going on, what to expect, and of course a little kudos for events that have gone by.

As most of you know the show opens Saturday, July 22nd at 11am sharp up at Maine Art Shows.  This will be the first real look at the over thirty artists’ work. Remember, however, that you can get an online sneak peek on Friday evening, the 21st, if you follow this link. 20th Anniversary Show. You will also find an online 36o° virtual tour on the top of the show page.

We have so much planned and all is available on our calendar, but we thought we would highlight the next few days for you. Each Thursday during the show, we will post a blog with details. Each date is clickable to see more details about the event.

July 22nd, Saturday – 11am – Let the show begin. Maine Art Shows opens it’s doors for the first look.  Stick around or come back from 5-7 pm for our Opening Reception at Maine Art Shows. Music by The Mike Walsh Trio. Catered by David Hurd, personal chef and catering.

Susan Wahlrab Prana by Susan Wahlrab

July 23rd, Sunday – Susan Wahlrab takes over Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture at 14 Western Ave. 10am- 5pm. She will also be doing a demonstration of her watercolor process in the front parking lot around noon.

July 24th, Monday – Jill Valliere takes over Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture at 14 Western Ave. 10am-5pm.

Jill Valliere Spirit Soaring by Jill Valliere

July 25th, Tuesday – Jill Valliere 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.

Tuesdays at Toroso, July 25th – Happy Hour with Maine Art Gallery and Liz Hoag @ Toroso Restaurant in Kennebunk. Click this link for more details. 5-7pm

Liz Hoag

July 26th, Wednesday – Liz Hoag 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.

July 27th, Thursday  – Janis Sanders 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.

Janis Sanders Blue Island Skies by Janis Sanders

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.

That is just our first week!  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. 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

Hope to see you soon!