Holly Ready, Opens at Maine Art Shows

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Holly Ready

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

Holly Ready Artist Insights and Stories.

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

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

Studios on Maine Art Hill

5 Chase Hill Road Kennebunk

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

The Works 

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

Pop Up on Maine Art Hill 

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

Thompson and Company Fine Art Gallery

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

Fine Art Prints and Framing 

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

PhosArt Photography and Fine Art

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

POP UP at Studios on Maine Art Hill in Kennebunk 2018

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Studios on Maine Art HIll

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Join us to celebrate the growth of Maine Art in The Kennebunks. The POP UP is one of six new galleries at Studios on Maine Art Hill, our brand new micro gallery space. POP UP features guest artists & artisans on a weekly rotating basis. To learn about each visiting artist or set of artists click their links below.

 Pine Tree Pop Up  5/22 – 6/4

Kathy Ostrander Roberts 6/5 – 6/11

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

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

Garry D Harley 6/26 – 7/2

Christopher O’Connor 7/3 – 7/9

Phil Laughlin 7/10 – 7/16

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

Erika Manning 7/24 – 7/30

Julie Houck 7/31 – 8/6

Robin Swennes 8/7 – 8/13

Rachel Altschuler 8/14 – 8/20

Kristine Biegel 8/21 – 8/27

Don Rainville 8/28 – 9/3

Rick Hamilton 9/4 – 9/17

Jeff Fioravanti 9/18 – 9/24

Dog Days with Gloria Najecki 9/27 – 10/8

Pop Up with The Pink Show – Real Men Wear Pink Benefit for American Cancer Society 10/11

Robin Swennes 11/27 – 12/3

Lauren Kendrick Sleat 12/4 – 12/10

** Inquiring Artists email abby.maineart@gmail.com

 

Thompson and Company Fine Arts

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

5 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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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Pop Up Artist Lauren Kendrick Sleat

Featured Artist, Lauren Kendrick Sleat is the guest artist for Pop Up beginning Tuesday, December 4 to Monday, December 10. Read on to learn more about her inspiration, her process, and her work.

 December 4 to December 10

 

My artwork falls into two main categories.  In the first category, I use issues of class, race, sexuality, and politics as a gateway to more specific topics such as slavery, genocide, and more broadly, deviant political ideology. Through metaphoric imagery, my work serves as a commentary on these issues often underscoring the negative impact they have had on our society from both a historical and contemporary perspective.

My second and central category of work is inspired by the great organic sculptures built by the elements – rain, water, wind, and fire.  It also draws heavily from the natural shapes and forms we see in nature such as the shapes of river rocks worn down by waters gentle persistence, shadows cast by the moon, and the whimsical movement of nature.

I typically work in installation format, charcoal and cut paper with primarily a black and white palette. I use black and white not as a substitute for color but as an abstract way of conveying feeling while leaving space for viewer interpretation.

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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