Everyone sees through a different eye. Beauty, as well as art, is objective. Artists can stand before the same landscape, encapsulated by the same surroundings, yet the results captured on canvas vary in a way that is indescribable. Jeffrey T. Fitzgerald describes this well when talking about the creation of “Meeting House.” “I met with this group down by the ocean. We all had different opinions and were projecting somewhat different paths, but we stood together under the most beautiful sky.”
In Maine, the sky before us changes with a heartbeat. Trying to capture it in paint is a skill in which many find envy. To be able to witness the reproduction of these moments through the eyes of so many talented artists and friends must have been truly overwhelming. And thus, “Meeting House” was born. “With all our differences, the sky, as the big picture, became the cohesion or symbol for our friendship. It was a roof on a small town meeting room where ideas and messages are offered,” explains Fitzgerald.
So often, the story behind the work is one we, as admirers, do not have the privilege of hearing. To be part of the inner circle is a gift that helps us to engage in art at a different level other than with just our untrained eye. Now, we can stand in front of Jeffrey’s work, and bring not only our own experiences and stories to the table, but his as well. With this newfound information we see, “the colors of the piece and their colonial or primitive stoic New England sensibility” come to life.
We encourage you to come and visit with Jeffrey’s work in the Choice Show at Maine Art Shows, 10 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. The rest of his collection can be seen down the hill at Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture at 14 Western Avenue, also in Kennebunk. As always, you may view Jeffrey’s work on his Artist Page on the website, but we hope you come see it for yourself.
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Before we start in on what today brings, we have to give a huge Thank You! to a few folks for last night. First off, One Dock Prime rocked it! What a perfect way to start of this week. After cocktails we were lucky enough to spend the evening in Jay and Erica Knudsen’s home with a crazy group of wonderful people. Artist Jill Valliere, Sponsor Tom LaPierre from LaPierre Stone, Maine Media Collective’s Emily McConnell, and of course the fabulous Chef Cara Stadler from Tao Yuan, thank you so much. Kudos to everyone involved in the Kennebunkport Festival, last night was amazing.
Today’s calendar of events is just as crazy and just as wonderful as yesterday’s. And, of course, Maine Art Painting and Sculpture will be celebrating the best of it. Our artists, David Witbeck, Ellen Welch Granter, Henry Isaacs, Jeffrey T. Fitzgerald, and Philip Frey are all having artwork delivered as we speak to the homes hosting dinners tonight and they will be in on the festivities tonight, as well.
Everything begins at the Colony Resort at 140 Ocean Ave in Kennebunkport for cocktails around 5pm. John and the artists will be milling around enjoying all the wonderful treats the Colony has to offer, and listening to the wonders of Dominic Lavoie, a Portland area musician. It is sure to be a perfect way to kick off the second night of the Art of Dining. There are still a few tickets available at the Kennebunkport Festival website.
Tonight you will find David Witbeck and his collection of fun and interesting Maine characters at the home of the Raffaellis, whom have graciously opened their home yet again this year. Chef Harding Lee Smith from The Rooms will be joining them. The Rooms, refers to several of Smith’s Portland restaurants. All of which are worth a visit if you are in Portland. This is sure to be a dinner to remember.
Ellen Welch Granter and some of her new work will be found at the Turner/Bull residence tonight. Chef Jeff Buerhaus of Walters will be wooing the guests with his Asian, Mediterranean and Caribbean inspired menu. This is a lucky crowd to be feasting on such fabulous artwork and food all in one beautiful place.
Dinner at the Hurlbutts’ is sure to be one of the highlights of the Festival again this year. They were gracious enough to open their home to both artist Henry Isaacs and Chef Guy Hernandez of Lolita. Henry will be sharing some of his best and newest pieces from the Choice Art Show and Guy will be offering up the flavors, traditions, and simplicity of the Mediterranean cuisine from his restaurant on Munjoy Hill in Portland. Everyone will be very well taken care of at the Hurlbutts’ tonight.
The stunning artwork of Jeffrey T. Fitzgerald graces the walls of the Taranto/Ellms home this evening. Fitzgerald will be joined by Chef Chris Wilcox of the Velveteen Habit in Cape Neddick. The Velveteen Habit is said to be a place that invokes, “…memories of family gatherings where food was made for comfort and nourishment and families gather together to share stories and make memories.” A few more memories will be made tonight thanks to all involved with making this dinner happen.
Even though Philip Frey isn’t a Choice Art Show artist, he is one of Maine Arts Paintings and Scultpure’s featured artists this summer. He also loves a good time for a great cause and is happy to be a part of the Art of Dining party at the Rice home. Chef Emil Rivera of Sur Lie on Free Street in Portland is the second half of the talent joining this gathering. While Frey will be sharing pieces from his extensive collection, Chef Rivera will be sharing the progressive and delectable plates and snacks from the cool new restaurant that is rocking Portland.
The Philip Frey Show, New Works, will start June 27th at Maine Art Shows and run to July 16th.
Well…that is what we are eating tonight.
Then its on to the After Party!
Stripers at 133 Ocean Ave., right here in Kennebunk, is hosting this complimentary event starting at 9pm. It will be a great way to work off some of this food! Todd the Rocket will be our DJ and Maine Art will be there to celebrate the end of another successful day of the Kennebunkport Festival. Come wrap up the night with us – you can sleep next week!
Remember to stop in at Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture as you wander around Kennebunkport, or visit us on line at maine-art.com.