Ingunn Joergensen – A New Artist at The Gallery on Maine Art Hill

As things grow and change around Maine Art, we are happy to welcome one of Kennebunk’s own into our family.  Ingunn Milla Joergensen lives here in town and has found a special place in the community we all love dearly. Even though she is was not born here, she has chosen Maine to call home, or maybe it is more like Maine chose her.

“Growing up in the southern parts of Norway, I was that child who always spent time creating something, that is if I wasn’t wandering around in the woods picking wildflowers,” Ingunn shares. “I remember waking up thinking, ‘Today I will make a Masterpiece, unlike anything anyone has ever seen’ Then I’d venture off to my granddad’s wood workshop next door to hunt for treasures to use.”

All through her childhood and school, she was allowed to explore and create. “I am still grateful for all those teachers who let me go on with my ideas,” she remembers. “Frequently they were things other than what we were assigned to do. Maybe that is why I later became an art teacher myself.”

For many years Ingunn enjoyed teaching her students and still painting when she had the moments to steal. Then, ten years ago, she moved to Maine.

“What was supposed to be a two-year stay has now – a house, a huge garden, another dog and numerous chickens later – become more permanent.” For Ingunn, she was finally in a place where she could focus solely on her own work. “Quickly, I fell deeply in love with the place and it’s kind and friendly people,” she shares. “Each a little rugged, very resilient and so authentic.”

The beauty of the Maine landscape, the constantly changing elements, and the ocean are a never-ending source of inspiration for all of Joergensen’s art and design work. “It is the little things that catch my attention, a piece, a fragment, a texture, a thought, a word. Sometimes taking it all in is so much, it is almost overwhelming,” Igunn shares. “One little shell tells the story of the ocean. A piece of wood tells the story of lived life. Beauty is found in the most unexpected places.”

Joergensen has met and worked with many inspiring and talented people. Her road trips around the state in search of beautiful barns to paint has led her to the most interesting conversations. She tells the story of an older gentleman and his beautiful old horse farm

 

“Windows were broken, roofs were sagging, and he was having a hard time keeping up. The barn swallows were cheerfully flying around while rays of sunshine were streaming through the ceilings. He still had a few retired horses and a great deal of evidence of a proud life well lived. We spent hours chatting,”  says Ingunn. “A few weeks later, I returned with an invitation to my show. He saw his barn on the cover of the invitation and started to cry.”

This and so many similar stories are what make Joergensen grateful to live and paint in Maine, yet her gratitude does not end there. She has a deep gratitude, profound thankfulness, and great humility, not only when it comes to her ability to paint, but also that paintings have found their “forever homes.” All across the United States, from San Diego to Seattle from Florida to Maine, Ingunn Joergensen’s work can found. She may be lucky to have this life, but her talent and hard work have brought her to the place she is now.

Artist Igunn Jorgensen

Joergensen’s work will be debuted in the 7th Annual Choice Show beginning on June 9 at Shows on Maine Art Hill. Gain a sneak peek on May 1 when voting begins.

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Claire Bigbee – A New Artist at The Gallery on Maine Art Hill

There have been so many new and exciting changes going on in our little corner of Lower Village, Kennebunk, we can hardly stand it.  Along with new buildings and new branding, we have also welcomed a few new artists. One of which is Claire Bigbee.

Bigbee lives and works in Wells and studied graphic design and painting at the Maine College of Art. Even though she is from Massachusetts originally, she quickly found solace in being a local Maine girl.

Bigbee shares, “I moved to Ogunquit at the age of twelve when my parents divorced. I was at an age where I felt really displaced. I wasn’t  connecting to the school system or to the people in school, so I turned to the landscape.”

It was the marshes in Maine that helped ease a lot of her anxieties as a teenager. “I could feel this peace.” Now as an adult, she still finds her place in all Maine has to offer. “The winters are stripped down and everything slows down. I like that solitude. The light is incredible. The blue shadows in the winter and the skies. The beach. The water. The coastline. The pastoral inland views,” Bigbee raves. “The whole state is just a huge canvas waiting to be painted.”

When in the presence of Bigbee’s work there is a sense of energy. While the composition and light may attract her to a scene, it is the free use of color and expression that drives her.

“My process is a response to the atmosphere, the view, and the painting. I am not so concerned about the rendering of the piece,” she shares. “When I’m painting, music keeps my unconscious and conscious connected. As I mix my paints and apply them to my canvas, I’m not necessarily using a formula. I don’t create my palate the same way every time. Sometimes I just apply the paint directly to the canvas.”

It is through music Bigbee finds the soul of the piece she is painting. “When I am working on my floral paintings which are more gestural, I throw the canvas on the floor. I turn up the music and get into the beat of it. It is apparent in the strokes and in the overall energy of these pieces,” she says.

Bigbee is the creative director at Dietz Associates, a certified yoga instructor and has a dance background.   She is a very busy woman. Music helps to tap into her intuition. “Music keeps me on a plane between consciousness and unconsciousness. I’m in a space where I’m responding to the rhythm in notes of the music,” she says referring to dance, “and when painting, to the rhythm in the notes of the paint.”

Bigbee’s work will be debuted in the 7th Annual Choice Show beginning on June 9 at Shows on Maine Art Hill. Gain a sneak peek on May 1 when voting begins.

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

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

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

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

For collectors and visitors in the area, this is a wonderful place to find new and interesting artists and artisans. Each week, a  different pop-up artist is taking over and sharing their work. It is an opportunity to see some of the finest art from throughout New England and beyond. However, for the artists and artisans, it will be a very different opportunity.

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

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

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

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

Getting the walls up!

Adding some roof!!

Wow! Its a building!

It is our hope that by offering this space we can help create a vibrant, ever-changing atmosphere and encourage long-lasting connections between artists, artisans, and clients.

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

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

 

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Pop Up with Pine Tree Pop-Up Curated by Elena Sarni

Pine Tree Pop-Up will be taking over Pop Up for two weeks beginning Thursday, May 24 through Monday, June 4. Check back soon to learn more about curator, Elena Sarni, her inspiration, her artists, and her work.

May 24 to June 4

Pine Tree Pop-Up is curated by Elena Sarni. It will feature the work of roughly thirty-five regional artists and fine craftsmen and will showcase a variety of mediums, including painting, printmaking, ceramics, metalsmithing, woodworking, basketry, and textiles. Styles range from contemporary to traditional.

Pine Tree Pop-Up will be at Pop Up on Maine Art Hill at 5 Chase Hill Rd. in Kennebunk from May 24 to June 4. The gallery is open every day at 10 am. For more info about Pine Tree and Elena Sarni, follow these links to her social media sites.

PINE TREE POP-UP FACEBOOK

PINE TREE POP-UP INSTAGRAM

To read more about Pine Tree Pop-Up’s Artists follow their links below.

  Abigail Halpin

Ann Thompson 

Blocked Co. 

Catherine Worthington

catQuat

Christopher Volpe Fine Art

Digs 

Dina Andretta

Elizabeth Ruskin Ceramics 

Emily Diaz Norton

 Emily Percival

 Erica Moody|Fine Metal Wares 

Fat Cat Pots 

Gabriel McNeill

Jacobs Woodworking 

Judith Schneider

Kate Mess Jewelry 

Kelly Shows

 Kennebunk Basketry

LinoCave

Naomi Grace McNeill Jewelry 

Northern Rose Found

Ocean Fire Pottery

Perfectly Nice

Pretty Flours

S.E. Hall Furniture and Design

SEH Studios Fine Art

Steady Light Candle Co.

Susan Schwake

TetherMade

William Mitchell Serigraph Prints

Wolfgang Ertl

Pop Up Artist Kathy Ostrander Roberts

Featured Artist, Kathy Ostrander Roberts is the guest artist for Pop Up beginning Tuesday, June 5  through Monday, June 11. Read on to learn more about her inspiration, her process, and her work.

June 5 – June 11

Kathy is an established Maine artist working in the ancient medium of encaustic. She combines beeswax, powdered pigments, and dammar resin into her ocean-inspired paintings on birch wood panel. She is the owner and operator of Mousam River Gallery, a Maine based art studio.

Ostrander shares, “My goal is to represent the essence of Maine coastal waters in encaustic painting, by capturing scenes from the coastline of Southern Maine and translating them into vibrant representations of movement and color.  Through layering and sculpting of the medium, I create depth and intrigue. My hope is to spark memories and longings for Maine’s rugged shores in the hearts and eyes of the viewer.”

Kathy lives and works in Kennebunk, Maine, and is an avid sailor. Kennebunk, however, is not the only place that influences her work. Monhegan Island, Port Clyde, and Boothbay are also some of her favorite places to find inspiration.

With over 30 years of experience working in the arts, she is a member of the Pastel Painters of Maine, Kennebunk Art Guild, Maine Women in the Arts, International Encaustics Association and the New Hampshire Art Association. Kathy has exhibited at numerous shows throughout New England.

Roberts will be showing her work at Pop Up on Maine Art Hill at 5 Chase Hill Rd. in Kennebunk from June 5 to June 11. The gallery is open every day at 10 am. For more info about Roberts and her work, follow this link to her website. www.mousamrivergallery.me

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Pop Up Artist Valerie McCaffrey from Garden Guardians

Featured Artist, Valerie McCaffrey from Garden Guardians is the guest artist for Pop Up beginning Tuesday, June 12  through Monday, June 18. Read on to learn more about her inspiration, her process, and her work.

June 12  –  June 18

I love making these planters. I actually enjoy popping out of bed in the morning and putting on my old work clothes and carving concrete. I spend my day putting smiles on faces. It is a joy and I am grateful that I have the opportunity to do it.

I am repeatedly asked how I started making Garden Guardians.  To make a long story short, it started with a strong desire to have more insight and clarity into my own and others behavior. This led me to working for over two decades in an artist journal.  My takeaway from that practice is that underneath all the longings, struggles and constant B.S is a source of peace, strength, and tranquility.   I want every Garden Guardian that comes out of my studio to celebrate, attract and be a reminder of this state of joyful equanimity.  When we are in touch with that source big magic happens.

McCaffrey will be showing her work at Pop Up on Maine Art Hill at 5 Chase Hill Rd. in Kennebunk from June 12 to June 18. The gallery is open every day at 10 am. For more info about McCaffrey and her work, follow this link to her website. Garden Guardians

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Pop Up Artist Suzanne Anderson

Featured Artist, Suzanne Anderson is the guest artist for Pop Up beginning Tuesday, June 12 through Monday, June 18. Read on to learn more about her inspiration, her process, and her work.

  

JUNE 12  –  JUNE 18

I work in a wooded lakeside studio in Maine. It’s the perfect place to become immersed in creative exploration.  In the incredible beauty of my surroundings, I find myself powerfully drawn to the landscape. In 2016 I began a series of drawings at a micro scale. Closely examining and recording with drawings and photographs the tiny colorful lichen and fungus that abound in the forest and field. These drawings have been used in my enamel work, in my textile design work and in a further series of drawings that incorporate natural elements and sometimes humanoid characters. This continuing series is undertaken with an underlining response to worries over human rights and environmental issues. My work is a continuance of study along the lines of developing a symbolic language of expression that walks the line between abstract form and recognizable, though unusual, elements.

The drawing process is often started on an iPad with a stylus.  After roughing out, my work is completed on a larger screen and finally printed in small editions on high quality, acid-free, Epson Velvet paper. I work back into the prints with hand embroidered line, wool roving and sometimes found objects. The use of sewn line introduces the hand back into a digital drawing and hearkens back to traditional “women’s work”.

While centered around lichen, mosses, and fungus, this work also explores the inner and outer landscape through the abstraction of the natural forms.  The tiny little arrangements and the incredible variety of these lifeforms offer lovely surprises to the senses. The life cycle through to decay creates endless fascination. These observations come back to me in my studio not only through my 2d work but also through the medium of jewelry.  My jewelry work has a natural, casual, organic feeling. It relates to color and form to the tiny worlds of nature that I am so captivated by.

The beautiful vitreous (hot glass) enamel colors and edges promote a feeling of transition, a going back to nature, a beautiful decay. In my jewelry, I use a variety of enameling techniques in the creation of my pieces. Sgraffito, sifting, painting, graphite drawing and gold leaf are a few of the techniques I employ in my enamel work. I use hand formed and forged sterling silver, copper, and brass in my chain and findings. Each piece is finished on the edges. The non-enameled metals are either left with a satin finish or have a patina applied and are sealed with a museum quality protective wax.

To see more of Suzanne Anderson’s work, visit her webpage www.suzanneanderson.me

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Pop Up Artist Zeraph Dylan Moore

Featured Artist, Zeraph Dylan Moore is the guest artist for Pop Up beginning Tuesday, June 12 through Monday, June 18. Read on to learn more about his inspiration, his process, and his work.

June 12  –  June 18

My artwork emulates industrial decay, archaeological artifacts, and processes of geologic change. As a child and teenager, I loved building things out of abandoned materials and exploring ruined houses and strange, forgotten places. I loved old things, deeply worn with texture and meaning.

In the past several years, I’ve become disabled with a chronic illness called CFS-ME. I no longer explore a lot of abandoned buildings and am mostly housebound. Much of my work is created in bed. For this reason, working at a small size – usually just 5” x 5” – is ideal.

My artwork has been represented in many private collections throughout Maine and the world since I was 16 years old.

Moore will be showing his work at Pop Up on Maine Art Hill at 5 Chase Hill Rd. in Kennebunk from June 12 to June 18. The gallery is open every day at 10 am. For more info about Moore and his work, follow this link to his website Grind Studio

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Pop Up Artist Peter Brown from Meadowlark Designs

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

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

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

Check out his website

https://www.meadowlarkdesigns.net

Pop Up Artist Wendy Newcomb

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

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

Check out her website

http://wendynewcomb.com