Which Lyman Whitaker Wind Sculpture Will Win?

11/09/2017 0 Comments
 

Over the last month, we asked all of our Wind Sculpture customers to send us a favorite photo of their sculpture at its home. After many years, it still amazes us how beautiful and diverse each landscape is that has become a new home for one or more of these copper beauties.

Once all of the photos were in, we chose twelve finalists’ photos from the hundreds submitted. These twelve are made into a calendar for the finalists as a thank you for participating. Now all that is left is for you to choose our winner. The Facebook Wind Sculpture Photo Contest begins this Saturday, November 11th. Check the album by clicking here, Facebook Page, and vote by “liking” your favorite Wind Sculpture image. The finalist whose photo receives the most organic “likes” as of 10 a.m. EST on Saturday, December 2, will be this year’s winner of a large Stream by Lyman Whitaker. Please feel free to share the post in order to get more votes for your favorites.

Stream by Lyman Whitaker

Don’t forget! If you are planning to purchase a sculpture for the holiday gift-giving season, you must have your order in by December 10th to guarantee delivery for Christmas. Delivery will only be guaranteed for Small through X-Large sculptures that are in stock at the studio. You can, of course, visit the gallery and take one home with you as late as 1:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

Please stop by and visit. Artwork arrives frequently, and there is almost always something new to see. Our website is updated daily and is also a wonderful source for up-to-date inventory. www.maine-art.com  If we can help in any way, never hesitate to call. 207-967-2803.

Throughout the holiday season, the gallery will be open from 10 am – 5 pm every day, except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. We will also close at 1:00 pm the day before each holiday.

Follow this link to see all of Lyman Whitaker’s Wind Sculptures –  kennebunkportwindsculptures.com

Follow this link to read more about Whitaker Studio – Whitaker Studio Insights and Stories

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Save the Date – Summer of 2018

11/02/2017 0 Comments
 

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

Artist Holly Ready The Works of Holly Ready

In 2018, we are thrilled to start the season with our 3rd Annual Spring Show featuring artist Holly Ready. Ready is taking over the first floor of The Gallery on Maine Art Hill from May 26 through June 16.  Holly lives and paints in Cape Elizabeth surrounded by views that inspire the amazing sunsets for which she is most known.  Her color and light are perfect to kick off a fabulous summer of art in the Kennebunks.

On June 9, Shows on Maine Art Hill opens for the summer with the 7th Annual Choice Art Show, the only show curated by you. This is our seventh year combining this show with the Kennebunkport Festival. Fourteen Artists. Forty-two works. We always love seeing your choices. Be on the lookout for more information on which artists are participating, how the show works, and how to vote for your favorites beginning in May.

Bethany Harper Williams The Works of Bethany Harper Williams

Beginning June 30, Bethany Harper Williams and David Witbeck are paired at Shows on Maine Art Hill as an amazing duo.  Their show will run for three weeks, closing on July 19. Many have discovered and fallen in love with both artists over the past few years. We truly enjoy filling Shows on Maine Art Hill with this work. We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of this show.

On July 21, our show gallery at 10 Chase Hill will magically transform into three galleries. Well, kind of. Last year we received wonderful feedback from our customers and collectors about how much they loved having three artists all sharing one space for the Frey, Granter, and Gerding show. This was a show where each of the three rooms became a gallery in itself.  Our only job was to match three unique and varied artists to form a fabulous trio of works. With such success and positive feedback, we decided to do it again, and again, and again.

The Works of Susan WahlrabThe Works of Rebecca KinkeadThe Works of Jeffrey Fitzgerald

The first of the three trio shows features Susan Wahlrab, Rebecca Kinkead, and Jeffrey Fitzgerald. This show begins on July 21 and runs through August 9.  The second will open on August 11 with Liz Hoag, Janis Sanders, and Trip Park. This show runs until Thursday, August 30. Normally this is our last week of the summer at this gallery, but with our past September feeling very much like summer, we said, “What the heck! Let’s do one more.”

The Works of Liz Hoag The Works of Janis Sanders The Works of Trip Park

The extended season show will run from September 1 until September 20, and that isn’t even the most exciting part. This last three-artist show features three of Maine Art’s newest artists, John LeCours, Claire Bigbee, and Ingunn Milla Joergensen.

 

Last, but certainly not least, our season wraps up back at The Gallery with our beloved and wonderfully talented William B. Hoyt. His solo show will fill the first floor at 14 Western Ave starting September 22.

William B. HoytThe Works of William B. Hoyt

Phew.…

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

The Gallery at 14 Western Ave is open all year round. Stop by and say hello… especially for Prelude.

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

Click the links below to read more.

Holly Ready~Rebecca Kinkead~Susan Wahlrab~David Witbeck~Jeffrey Fitzgerald

Liz Hoag~Janis Sanders~Trip Park~William B. Hoyt,

John LeCours~Bethany Harper Williams

 

2018 Show Schedule with Links to Artist Pages

Holly Ready at Maine Art Gallery from 5/26 – 6/16

Choice Show at Maine Art Shows from 6/9 – 6/28

Bethany Harper Williams and David Witbeck at Maine Art Shows from 6/30 – 7/19

Susan Wahlrab, Rebecca Kinkead, and Jeffrey Fitzgerald at Maine Art Shows from 7/21 – 8/9

Liz Hoag, Janis Sanders, and Trip Park at Maine Art Shows from 8/11 – 8/30

John LeCours, Claire Bigbee and Igunn Milla Jorgensen at Maine Art Shows from 9/1 – 9/20

William B. Hoyt at Maine Art Gallery from 9/22 – 10/11

A Mainer by Heart and Home – Artist Bethany Harper Williams Shares

10/26/2017 0 Comments
 

When artist Bethany Harper Williams was young she was introduced to Maine via a little spot just up the coast from us called Ocean Park. Even as a child she was drawn to the water and knew her first visit to our coast would not be her last. She, like the rest of us, knew that once Maine’s salt water gets in a person’s blood it never leaves.

Now she is back, and Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture is happy to have her. Bethany Harper Williams is a wonderful new artist we now have the pleasure of representing.

Let's Go Fly a Kite

Williams has always been creative, always sketched, and always drawn and painted, even as a child. “My parents have very amateur paintings of mine framed in their cottage,” Williams shares. “My grandmother passed down her old oil paint set when I was ten, and my grandfather built me an easel.”

She went to Concordia University in Montreal for Fine Arts and graduated with a BFA, with Honors in Graphic Design. “After graduating, I moved to Toronto and worked for a design firm. I stayed there for 15 years. I loved my job and the creative atmosphere.” After son number three in 1999, however, she left the firm to start her own small design business from her home. “I figured I could be more flexible, but still keep my creative side happy.”

“One Saturday afternoon everyone was occupied, a rarity in my house. I brought out my paints which I had purchased on a just in case whim. I had a photo of one of my kids running with a kite on the beach in Biddeford Pool. Big beach, big sky, little person. I was very nervous,” admits Williams. “I painted all afternoon. The time flew by. I was in a zone and on a high. I painted until midnight.” Even at this point, she knew this was the beginning of something bigger.

Red Umbrellas Yellow Beach Chairs

It was William’s husband who first brought her back to Maine. He had been coming to Biddeford Pool since the early ’70’s. “It started off taking a week or two of holiday. Then once I quit working full time, we spent the month of July and Labor Day weekend,” shares Williams.  “We rented for many years and finally bought five years ago. The community has become just as much “home” as Toronto.”

“I only painted a few paintings a year for the next few years but all were inspired by summers in Biddeford Pool. It wasn’t until 2011, I decided to have a show,” says Williams. “I knew I wanted to do something in Biddeford Pool, but I didn’t know what. We ended up throwing a cocktail party for all our friends. Many friends had no idea I painted. Needless to say, it was a big success.”  This inspired her to want to go further with her painting and changed her focus from graphic design to painting.

http://www.maine-art.com/paintings/Bethany_Harper%20Williams/63820/

We welcome you to come in and see Bethany Harper Williams complete collection of work. We open every day at 10 am at 14 Western Ave in Kennebunk. Please check our website for seasonal hours.

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An Autumn Afternoon of Art

10/19/2017 0 Comments
 

Join us for an autumn afternoon this Saturday, October 21st.

From 12 pm to 4 pm.

Food. Music. Art

We are celebrating the fall colors, the cool air and the addition of two new artists to the gallery. Both are excited to join our family, and we want to give them a proper Kennebunk Welcome. There is nothing like hot apple cider and fall bites to make a Maine gathering complete. We are also thrilled to have live music from local guitarist Beau Dalleo. So, as you are out wandering and enjoying the sunshine this weekend, we hope you take some time to come say hello and visit.

Bethany Harper Williams

 See New Works  or  Read More About Her

“Her work represents the youthful energy of the present day yet has peaceful and calm roots planted in nostalgia. This paradox is expressed beautifully in her simple yet sophisticated style of painting.”

 

John LeCours

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“The first time I painted outside, en plein air, in Portsmouth Harbor, I realized that nothing can replace the excitement and energy of reacting to the elements and painting directly,” he says. “Feeling the sights, sounds and smells and reacting to them with ‘mark making’ was a true epiphany.”

 

Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture, at 14 Western Avenue in Kennebunk, is open daily at 10 am. Check the website for closing times as seasons change. FMI call 207-967-2803.

 

John LeCours – An New Artist at Maine Art

10/17/2017 0 Comments
 

 Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture in Kennebunk is happy to introduce a new artist to the gallery

 John LeCours.

Nederzee Daydream #41

“I have been very fortunate and humbled by my success as an artist, and take none of it for granted,” says LeCours.

LeCours, who works mostly in oils, takes inspiration from the natural beauty of his native New England. “The first time I painted outside, en plein air, in Portsmouth Harbor, I realized that nothing can replace the excitement and energy of reacting to the elements and painting directly,” he says. “Feeling the sights, sounds and smells and reacting to them with ‘mark making’ was a true epiphany.”

Through plein air painting, the intuitive dialogue with the sea and the elements have allowed LeCours to produce his most authentic work and has enabled him to discover his true voice as a visual artist.

 Nederzee Daydream #19

It was three summers ago he visited the Peabody Essex Museum to view a JWM Turner show. “They had many of his works from The Tate Britain and the National Gallery on display for that summer. The show mesmerized me so much that I joined the museum and went to the show about ten times to absorb as much as I could,” recalls LeCours. “Turner was painting “the feel“  of the ocean and the elements. His work certainly was an inspiration.”

“My central aim in painting is to create beautiful imagery. My creative process centers on a direct and intuitive response to nature and its elements in the tradition of JMW Turner and James Abbott MacNeil Whistler,” LeCours explains. “I hope to evoke a response in the viewer to these experiences.”

Harbor Twilight, Cape Porpoise

LeCours grew up in Saratoga Springs, NY. He studied at the Rochester Institute of Technology and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design. He currently maintains a loft/studio in his Townhome on the Lamprey River in Epping, NH, but has many collectors outside of New England.

“My paintings have allowed me to form lasting friendships with collectors from across the United States and Canada,” says LeCours.

Join us for an autumn afternoon on Saturday, October 21st. View the new works. Hot apple cider and fall bites will be served. Live music from local guitarist Beau Dalleo.

Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture, at 14 Western Avenue in Kennebunk, is open daily at 10 am. Check the website for closing times as seasons change. FMI call 207-967-2803.

See our complete collection of John LeCours’ work by clicking his link. John LeCours – A Complete Collection

Bethany Harper Williams – A New Artist at Maine Art

10/16/2017 0 Comments
 

“I am completely inspired by water, sky, and beach, I love the big expanses of landscape. Couple this with the changing ocean light, and it’s magic,” says Bethany Harper Williams.

Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture is happy to introduce a wonderful new artist. We now have the pleasure of representing Bethany Harper Williams.

“I don’t like to paint the obvious. I like the viewer to look and find new things like the shapes of colors, textures, playful shapes and scribbles. The vast areas of sky or beach or water give me the room to play,” says Williams. “When looked at up close, all these interesting and unexpected shapes and subtle textures and colors can be found. Yet from a distance, it is clearly a sky or beach or water.”

Williams often has figures in her paintings. “I am trying to capture a moment in time. I’m not concerned with who the people are, but I’m trying to invoke a memory others can relate to,” shares Williams. “My people have become even more simplified, much less detailed.” In her latest series of Beach Days, the figures are simple strokes of color. But as simple as they are, she still captures the movement and interaction, the mood and activity.

Pink Hat Green Bucket Orange Bucket Blue Boogie Board

“I work mostly with palette knives, big and small. Always using a palette knife for my figures. It helps me to stay away from focussing on details,” says Williams. “Recently I have started to bring brushes back into my work to add texture, but I like using big brushes, like a broom!”

William’s work is often described as having energy but also a calmness and playfulness. “It is reflective of who I am. I am a doer. I’m very active. I love sports, tennis, golf, biking, swimming, and skiing. However, I’m also a very relaxed, calm person. I love to travel, especially adventure traveling.”

One gallery owner says this about Williams and her work. “Her work represents the youthful energy of the present day yet has peaceful and calm roots planted in nostalgia. This paradox is expressed beautifully in her simple yet sophisticated style of painting.”

Big Beach Walk Yellow Bikini Red Trunks

What does Bethany Harper Williams say about her own work? “It makes me happy that I get to do what I love and other people enjoy it too.”

“It makes me happy that I get to do what I love and other people enjoy it too.”

Bethany Harper Williams

Join us for an autumn afternoon on Saturday, October 21st. View the new works. Hot apple cider and fall bites will be served. Live music from local guitarist Beau Dalleo.

  Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture, at 14 Western Avenue in Kennebunk, is open daily at 10 am. Check the website for closing times as seasons change. FMI call 207-967-2803.

See our complete collection of Bethany Harper Williams’ work by clicking her link.

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Witbeck and his Women – Artist Insights on Nudes

10/12/2017 0 Comments
 
Witbeck and his Women – Artist Insights on Nudes

“The human figure has been subject matter for art forever,” says David Witbeck.

Witbeck has been working on figure drawing almost every week for several years. The drawings and sketches, however, piled up in his studio, unseen by anyone but him. Then one day, that changed. “I thought it would be fun to turn some of them into paintings. An artist should paint what he loves,” grins Witbeck. ‘Nough said.”

Psamathe by David Witbeck

These pieces evoke the classic, whimsical Witbeck style but, because they are based on drawings from observation opposed to the iconic fishermen culminated from memories and imagination, they are more anatomically correct in terms of proportion, though ever so slight in some cases. Witbeck doesn’t draw particularly realistically and is not into making beautifully finished renderings.

“Even when drawing from life, the figure is a point of departure to have fun with making shapes,” says Witbeck.  “The genesis of most of my figurative paintings are rough, one and two minute sketches.”

Nude I - Wood Block by David Witbeck

Just as the model is the point of departure for the original sketch, his sketch is a point of departure for the finished painting. Each step is a little further removed from the original, what many refer to as simulacra.

“Even the most gorgeous young model can become an ordinary, maybe even slightly frumpy, middle-aged beach babe or a voluptuous Nereid by the time she gets to my canvas,” he laughs of his deliberately unconventionally sexy women. “My emphasis is, as always, simplifying and exaggerating shapes and composing the surface of the canvas in a pleasing way.”

Elizabeth by David Witbeck Sirens II by David Witbeck Barbara by David Witbeck

To fill out the composition and give a counterpoint to the main subject there are occasional figures in the clouds and little creatures nearby.

“They are there mostly just for fun, but they are necessary. Maybe a Freudian would say that I’m that little voyeur gull,” laughs Witbeck, “but seriously, a basic element of good composition is a repetition of shapes.”

Witbeck’s women range from nude woodblock prints to his bathing suit-clad beach babes to his Nereids, who are a Witbeck version of the classic sea nymphs.

“They’re all great fun to paint. I especially love when I don’t need to worry about what color to paint their clothes.”

Artist David Wibeck David Witbeck’s Solo Show will run until Thursday, October 19 at Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture at 14 Western Ave in Kennebunk, Maine.  He has completely taken over the first floor, and his show is a must-see for the fall season. Please click the links below to learn more about David Witbeck and his work. David Witbeck’s 2017 Solo Show David Witbeck  – A Year Round Collection of Available Work David Whitbeck – Artist Insights and Stories      

Painting Maine – Thoughts from David Witbeck

10/05/2017 0 Comments
 
Painting Maine – Thoughts from David Witbeck

Even though David Witbeck now lives in Rhode Island, Maine still holds a large portion of his heart and his work. He has so many memories he has created here and visits as often as he can. “Last October I spent a couple weeks recharging my Maine batteries and explored,” says Witbeck. “I wandered amongst the pole wharves of Friendship and Stonington, and visited many bays and harbors along the coast.”

Noontide by David Witbeck Haunted Island by David Witbeck

“This year I seem to have developed a fascination with pole wharves,” shares Witbeck. “They often look so spindly and fragile, and yet they withstand the coming and going of the tide and the bumping of boats against them.”

Image from Maine Encyclopedia

Pole wharves are a classic style that are often found in the fishing villages of Maine.

Witbeck loves walking low tide mudflats around and under the pole wharves. He spends a great deal of time looking for whatever secrets the receding water may have revealed. “Even though the pole wharves I visited don’t look a bit like the ones I painted, they certainly provided me with inspiration.  My work has always been more about what it feels like than what it looks like,” says Witbeck.

Lumpers by David Witbeck (wood cut) Town Landing by David Witbeck (wood cut) Menemsha Gulls by David Witbeck (wood cut)

Witbeck’s Solo Show at Maine Art Gallery also has a few new harbor paintings. “These pieces are based on the view of Camden and Penobscot Bay from Mt. Battie and Mt. Megunticook. The day was spectacularly beautiful, like so many autumn days in Maine,” he says. “Like all my work, they are essentially big shapes based ever so loosely on reality.”

Archipelago by David Witbeck Blue, Blue Bay by David Witbeck

Witbeck captures the Maine coast and all its wonders in a fun and interesting way. We welcome you to come and see this amazing show and challenge you not to smile.

David Witbeck

Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture is at 14 Western Ave in Kennebunk. We open every day at 10 am. Please check our website for daily closing hours as they will change with the seasons.  We do showcase Witbecks work all year round, however, this solo show will only be hanging through October 19.

Click this link to see the 360-degree virtual tour of Witbeck’s Solo Show

David Witbeck – A Solo Show

Click this link to read more about David Witbeck

David Witbeck – Artist Insights and Stories

Click this link to see our entire collection of Witbeck’s work

David Witbeck – Artist Page

The Shape of Things – Thoughts from David Witbeck

09/28/2017 0 Comments
 
The Shape of Things – Thoughts from David Witbeck

“All my work is essentially big shapes based ever so loosely on reality,” says David Witbeck.

Morning Commute by David Witbeck

Witbeck is one week into a three-week show at Maine Art Gallery.  He has taken over the entire first floor and this new collection of work is fabulous. His subjects range from pole wharves to harbor scenes to his classic fishermen and lobstermen.

“Regardless of what the nominal subject matter of my work may appear to be,” says Witbeck,  “to me, my paintings are about making interesting shapes and composing the surface of the canvas in a pleasing way.”

Be it the larger than life Hank, the fisherman, or the harbor of Blue, Blue Bay, it is easy to spot a Witbeck original work once you have seen one.

Hank by David Witbeck Blue, Blue Bay by David Witbeck

“I start just about every painting by drawing one big shape, the “subject” directly on the canvas. By default that leaves a second shape, the “background,” explains Witbeck. “I try to refine the two shapes so they’re both interesting. Even my landscape, seascape, and harbor scenes are essentially a sky or water shape combined with a land shape.”

After that the subject gets subdivided into smaller shapes. in the case of his fishermen, for example, to suggest clothing and such. Then other small shapes are attached to the primary shape to suggest the fish or the lobsters, or even the clever little seagull that finds his way into many of Witbeck’s pieces. “I usually add some little details to the background to suggest a boat, a gull or a piece of land, which creates the illusion of a middle ground.”

Bellbuoy in the Night by David Witbeck Patrick by David Witbeck Blue Harbor

“A compositional thing I do, which adds to the two-shape idea, is when I add these little details to the background, I usually ‘attach’ them either to the figure or to the edges of the canvas,” he explains how he keeps his work connected. “Few of my paintings have more than a couple ‘free-floating’ shapes. “That is, the shapes are not attached to one another nor to the edge of the canvas.”

This is by far the most diverse collection of Witbeck’s work we have seen here at Maine Art Gallery. We love the variety of both subject and size. It is truly a wonderful show. The work is simple and clean, but never loses the honest feel of Maine and the way it should be.

Witbeck’s Solo Show is at 14 Western Avenue in Kennebunk. It will run through October 23. We are open every day at 10 am. Please check the website or call for closing hours as they will change later in the fall. You can also see the entire show virtually by clicking the show link here.  David Witbeck – A Solo Show 2017

Click here for the website – www.maine-art.com or call  (207) 967 – 2803 FMI

To read more about David Witbeck click here – David Witbeck – Artist Insights

To see our entire collection of Witbeck’s work click here – David Witbeck – Artist Page

 

David Witbeck – A Solo Show at Maine Art Gallery

09/21/2017 0 Comments
 
David Witbeck – A Solo Show at Maine Art Gallery

Fans of artist David Witbeck might quickly – and rightfully so – associate him with a particular subject. “I’ve been painting my signature fishermen for eleven years,” Witbeck says. “They’ve become my identity as an artist, but it’s not all I am.”

Abner by David Witbeck

Witbeck’s recent work, which includes figurative and landscape pieces, will be on display for three weeks at Maine Art Gallery in Kennebunk, beginning Saturday, September 22. The artist will attend the opening reception that evening, from 5 to 7 PM.

Witbeck’s larger-than-life coastal characters have earned him many ardent followers. During recent years, however, the Rhode Island-based artist has focused his energies on other subjects. For example, last October he spent time in Maine, in Friendship and Stonington, so he could focus on pole wharves. Witbeck is drawn to their spindly and fragile appearance, which belies their ability to withstand the constant barrage of the tides.

Time and Tide by David Witbeck

“I love walking low-tide mudflats, around and under pole wharves, looking for whatever secrets the receding water may have revealed,” Witbeck says. While his subject matter may shift, his loose, bold, expressive style has not. “The actual wharves in these harbor villages don’t look a bit like the ones I painted for the show,” he says. “As always, my work has always been more about what it feels like than what it looks like.”

Yellow Harbor by David Witbeck

John Spain, Maine Art’s owner, says that Witbeck’s work evokes joy. “I’ve had the pleasure of representing David Witbeck for eight years and one of the most enjoyable parts is watching peoples’ first reactions to his work,” Spain says. “It begins with the smiles on their faces, and then they stand and really study each piece, the amazing compositions, and the masterful execution.”

Witbeck looks forward to discussing his work and his process at the opening. Maine Art Gallery is at 14 Western Avenue in Kennebunk. The gallery opens 10 AM daily. FMI, visit maine-art.com or call 967-2803.

Click to see the new show in a virtual 360-degree tour.

Click to see our entire collection of David Witbeck’s available works.

Click to read more about David Witbeck.