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

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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 info@maine-art.com

Hope to see you soon!

Coffee and Tea Talk – An Intimate Chat with our Artists

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Coffee and Tea Talk – An Intimate Chat with our Artists

To help celebrate the 20th anniversary of Maine Art, many of our artists are paying visits to the Kennebunks. Our calendar is full of events and goings on. One of our favorite offerings, however, are the Coffee and Tea Talks.

Over the course of the twenty-day show, ten of our artists have decided to take the opportunity to spend some intimate time with those who love their work.  Often times during a show openings or artist receptions, the crowd can be overwhelming and only minutes are available to chat with each visitor. We are hoping these opportunities will give you a chance to have a lovely conversation and ask a few questions.

Dates to Remember

Tuesday, July 25 – Jill Valliere

Wednesday, July 26 – Liz Hoag

Thursday, July 27 – Janis H. Sanders

Friday, July 28 – Lyman Whitaker

Monday, July 31 – Karen McManus

Thursday, August 3 – William B. Hoyt

Friday, August 4 – Margaret Gerding

Saturday, August 5 – Craig Mooney

Sunday, August 6 – David Witbeck

Wednesday, August 9 – Ellen Welch Granter

So come and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea with one of our featured artists at a local coffee shop in the Kennebunks. These events are free, however seating is limited to only ten (10) guests. Therefor, we ask you to contact the gallery directly to put your name on the list. Call 207-967-2803 or email info@maine-art.com using the artist’s name and “Coffee and Tea Talk” as your subject. Be sure to arrive at the main gallery at 14 Western Avenue by 10:45am. We will let you know where to go from there. Remember, your name must be on the list to attend.

While you are here, don’t forget to wander up the hill and check out the 20th Anniversary Show at Maine Art Shows at 10 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. With over 30 artists from Maine Art’s past and present participating, it is a must see.

Click this link for the  calendar & all events scheduled for the summer season:

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

PRINTABLE VERSION OF 20th ANNIVERSARY SHOW EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bill Huston Table by Huston and Company

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

Karen McManus Clam Digger by Karen McManus

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

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

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

William B. HoytSentinel by William B Hoyt

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

Marsh Sky II by Margaret Gerding

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

Craig MooneyAfterglow Haze by Craig Mooney

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

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

Hope to see you soon!

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

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

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

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

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

David Witbeck

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

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

Gretchen Huber Warren Janis Sanders

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

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

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

Susan Wahlrab

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

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

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

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Lyman Whitaker and Whitaker Studio – 10 Years with Maine Art

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Double Helix Horizontal Merinda III Desert Flame

It has been ten years since John Spain, owner of Maine Art, first saw Lyman Whitaker’s copper Wind Sculptures. It has been ten years since conversation about representing them started with Stacy Christensen, Whitaker’s wife and business partner. It has been ten years since the amazing kinetic sculpture garden began greeting all who visit the Kennebunks. It has been ten years, and it is time to celebrate!

Off and on, over the last few months, Maine Art has been lucky enough to spend some time with the masterminds behind Whitaker Studio. Between dinners with Lyman and Stacy, off-roading and tenting with John Whitaker and his lovely wife, Janet, and even some crazy slot canyon scrambling with the fabulous Jen Shepherd, the General Manger of the studio, plans started to form. It was inevitable that some crazy scheming and concocting would happen during this time spent together. The results were better than we ever expected!

John, Trisha, Janet and John Lyman and Stacy Jen Sheperd with John Spain in the water behind her

As you know, on July 22nd, Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture will begin twenty days of celebrating twenty years – with our 20th Anniversary Show. The three-week span will be full of amazing art, gallery events and artist visits. Thanks to some fantastic fancy talk from one John Spain, one of those artists will be Lyman Whitaker. We are lucky to have him visiting for a few days and plan to schedule a variety of ways for you to interact and meet with this talented man. To culminate his visit, Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture, at 14 Western Ave, will host a Whitaker 10th Anniversary Party in and around the sculptures which have made him famous. Be sure to stay in touch for all the details.

Lotus with Double Helix Vertical behind Double Spinner

Lyman’s visit is just one of many exciting and fun events we have planned for the 20th Anniversary Show. The best way to stay abreast of our summer events is to add your email to our mailing list, if you haven’t already.  Our website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram will also have continuously updated information.

As for now, and throughout the spring season, the gallery will be open from 10am – 5pm every day. Please stop by and visit. If we can help in any way, never hesitate to call 207-967-2803 or email at info@maine-art.com.

Lyman at work

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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