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

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“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.

 

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

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.

Liz Hoag – A One-Woman Show at Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture

08/31/2017 0 Comments
 
Liz Hoag – A One-Woman Show at Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture

Artist Liz Hoag finds inspiration in the simple act of taking a walk in the woods near her Portland home. It isn’t just about what she sees – it is also about what she feels.

“When walking in the woods, the trees surround us. We cannot see the quiet, but we feel it,” says Hoag.

We are so excited to be featuring Hoag’s work in a three-week show beginning Saturday, September 2. We are also thrilled that she will attend the opening reception Saturday evening, from 5 to 7 PM.

Hoag, who has lived in Maine for about 25 years, has a studio in Westbrook. After taking photographs on walks around her Portland neighborhood or one of the many trails around the state, Hoag goes to work in her studio. “This is where the magic happens. I normally start with a dark canvas, or negative space, and build up by adding light. For me, the result is both abstract and representational,” she says.

Hoag blends the ideas inspired by her nature experiences into her work, using mostly acrylic paint on canvas. “It seems I have always leaned toward realistic work, but I like abstract. It’s looser,” Hoag says. She describes the work as “misty” when she discusses the pulling of light color over dark. “It is the light and color that makes a space quiet,” she says.

Hoag especially focuses on trees, as she feels they are the part of the landscape that gives depth and frames the beauty of the outdoors. “They are an integral part of nature. We take them in without thinking about them,” she says.

Besides the “treescapes” Hoag has become known for, she also paints seascapes and landscapes, which will be part of her upcoming show. Nature is constantly inspiring her to paint. “It’s balance and shape,” Hoag says. “For each of us, there is a need to find beauty and balance in the everyday. Much of what I paint is considered ordinary. They are things usually passed by, but if a second is taken to stop and see, it’s impossible not to notice how truly dramatic they are. The balance of the light and dark always manages to create calm.”

Although her work is an expression of her relationship to nature, Hoag ultimately is hoping to evoke feelings in those who view her work. “I personally do not think of the ‘story’ or ‘narrative’ of my paintings,” says Hoag. “That being said, these paintings truly reflect the feel of the moment when I was in this beautiful place.”

Hoag is looking forward to discussing her work and her process at the reception opening night. Please come in and visit at 14 Western Avenue in Kennebunk.

The online show is live Friday afternoon, Septemeber 1. Watch our Facebook page for the update.

FMI maine-art.com or 967-2803.  We are open daily – please check our website for times.

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And Summer Turns to Fall

08/28/2017 0 Comments
 
And Summer Turns to Fall

Our show gallery on Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk is a seasonal gallery. With just a few more days left in our Maine Art Shows Season, we wanted to take time to thank all of our patrons, artists, and friends who have supported us for our 2017 summer shows.

Over the course of the summer, we celebrated with four shows: The 6th Annual Choice Show, Craig Mooney’s One Man Show, our 20th Anniversary Show, and presently, Three Artists, Three Rooms, One Show – Frey, Gerding, and Granter. Click each to view, if you didn’t have a chance to see them. A few pieces from each show are still available on the Artist Pages. Each show featured some of the best art work from around the state and New England.  We were incredibly fortunate to house such beauty.

Mike Walsh Trio David Hurd -Personal Chef and Catering

Our success over the past few months has been overwhelming, and we owe it to all involved. It has been a fabulous summer, and already we are already planning great things for next year. Be sure to stay connected through email and social media to help plan your visits next year.

With all that said, it is nearly impossible to believe Labor Day is this weekend, and we will close the gallery on the hill on Monday. However, the nice part about having two gallery spaces is that it doesn’t have to end. So even though our show gallery is closing on Chase Hill, our main gallery at 14 Western Avenue stays open year round and will be hosting two fall shows.  Liz Hoag will open on September 2nd and run through the 21st. Following her will be David Witbeck from September 23rd to October 23rd.  Each will take over the entire first floor of the gallery and help us to welcome in fall. Watch for more info on each coming soon.

So… as the autumn leaves start to fall, and the kiddos go back to school, don’t forget we are still here and come in for a visit. We have the same wonderful artists we featured all summer long, in addition to many other favorites.

Check our website for hours and our calendar of events. www.maine-art.com

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Philip Frey and His Changing Landscapes

08/24/2017 0 Comments
 
Philip Frey and His Changing Landscapes

Philip Frey lives in a part of Maine where sea and shore meet mountain and forest. His studio and home are hidden away just minutes from the varied and beautiful landscape of Acadia National Park. When an artist is immersed in the beauty only mother nature can create, it is impossible not to capture it in paint.

“Painting en plein air and then moving into the studio to work is typically a matter of refining the painting in terms of subtle color and value changes to bring it to completion,” says Frey.

Philip has practiced in many mediums, from watercolor to acrylic to oil. The many landscapes that make up the lands of Maine welcome the artist in. “What interests me in most all my paintings is light and color; the sense of light coming through and infusing a locale,” says Frey. “The ephemeral quality of light, color, and shape is intriguing and draws me towards it.”

Frey borders a style somewhere between realism and abstraction. His work is familiar but has a composition that allows some leeway. “I’ve always been interested in abstraction, particularly the moving line between abstraction and representation. It’s a fun and fruitful place to explore,” he says. “I sometimes think about how can I paint the essence of something or a place through an economy of brush strokes.”

This collection of Philip Frey’s work will be at Maine Art Shows at 10 Chase Hill until Labor Day. We are open every day from 11 am to 5 pm. Please stop by and visit, or click here to see the online show with a 360-degree virtual tour. Click here to see our entire collection of Philip’s work.

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Three Views of Maine

08/21/2017 0 Comments
 
Three Views of Maine

When your business is called Maine Art, people come looking for images captured not only in the spirit of Maine but often times in the places of Maine. The three artists currently featured at Maine Art Shows do just that.

Philip Frey, who lives and paints on the midcoast of Maine, views his home through a lens of abstract realism. His works are of places and things we know and love, but his loose strokes and beautiful blocking create works even Mother Nature can love.

Fluid Sky Tidal Plane by Philip Frey Water, Island, Sky by Philip Frey Near, Far by Philip Frey

His landscapes represent the forest and the mountains, the sea and the fields. Each holds a memory of a vacation once spent or a childhood never forgotten. They are the places we will visit soon enough or sometimes they are the view from our window. Frey captures Maine as he sees it; his home.

With Ellen Granter, we move to the shore. Granter has a family home on Goose Rocks Beach, practically right next door to Maine Art’s galleries. It is where her mother and father call home, where her brothers and sisters gather in the summer, and where aunts and uncles and cousins congregate. Kennebunk and Kennebunkport are visited often and Ellen finds her solitude in the harbors here.

Dories 1 by Ellen Granter Galaxy by Ellen Granter Docked by Ellen Granter

The peace and quiet in these pieces are similar to the tranquility found in the landscapes and bird works that Granter has produced in the past. They show a side of the coast that is separate from the hustle and bustle of town and village. The beauty of the moored sailboat, the docked dingy, or the floating dory are landscapes of our area many take for granted until we are reminded of what a true part of our culture they are.

Our last view of Maine is a different side of coastal life – the marsh.  Margaret Gerding lives on the marsh in Cape Porpoise in Kennebunkport.  Through her studio windows, she watches the light change and often drops everything to go “be” in it.  No matter the time of day, the magic of the marsh is a painter’s paradise.

Seeing Forever by Margaret Gerding Aqua Cleansing by Ellen Granter Soft Colors of the Marsh by Margaret Gerding

Margaret loves to paint outside and is often found in the “secret” places of the coast with either her sketch pad or easel or both.  Occasionally, you will even find her teaching.  Now that she calls Maine her home, her art classes take place here.

So no matter what side of Maine you are looking for, you will find it here at Maine Art Shows up on Chase Hill. This Three Artists, Three Rooms show will run through Labor Day.  We are open from 11-5 every day.  Come visit or check us out online.  Click here for the virtual 360-degree tour  – it is the next best thing to being here.

Philip FreyEllen GranterMargaret Gerding

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Ellen Granter on Sailing – A Love-Hate Relationship

08/17/2017 0 Comments
 

“I began painting boats recently because I love the way they evoke a sense of peace and calmness,” says Granter. “However, some of my fondest childhood memories of the sailing world were not on the water nor were they calm and peaceful.”

Boston Harbor November by Ellen Granter Galaxy by Ellen Granter Hazy Light by Ellen Granter

While speaking with Ellen about her newest collection, she shared some of her memories of her father, who loves sailing, and family and friends who also love the sea. Her favorite moments were not the day at sea, but more the riotous camaraderie that followed a great day of sailing.

“I survived several seasons of sailing in the Rochester Frostbite Association,” remembers Granter. “They were an intrepid group of fierce competitors who braved the brutal, bitter cold of a Lake Ontario winter and sailed no matter the conditions.” Granter laughs as she retells her story. “I immediately get seasick on the water, and these events began my reference to sailing as merely “The S Word”.  Even though I did not love being out on the boat, I did love the loud and often hilarious rules-protest arguments in the bar afterward. They made it almost worth the whole effort.”

With so many memories of this world and the bonds created with others who love sailing, it is not a surprise that Ellen found her way back to the water.  It is also no surprise that her favorite view is from the safety of the harbors of Maine and New England. Here is where she finds inspiration.

Dories 3 by Ellen Granter Dories 1 by Ellen Granter

If you are a boat lover, be it sailboats, dories, or schooners, Granter’s present collection of work is a can’t-miss opportunity.  Not only do they capture the love of the sea and harbors, many are small enough to be hung in the cabin of your favorite vessel.

Andiamo by Ellen Granter

Maine Art Shows is open every day from 11-5 at 10 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. This show will run until Labor Day, September 4.  If you cannot make it in, please check out the online show and 360-degree tour on our website by clicking here.

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A Gallery of Flowers – Studies by Margaret Gerding

08/14/2017 0 Comments
 
A Gallery of Flowers  – Studies by Margaret Gerding

Margaret Gerding is not only a painter, she is also a teacher. Spending many days in the marshes or on the beaches of the Kennebunks, she shares her gift of art with her students. It was during one of her recent sessions that she asked her students to stretch themselves a little further. She issued the 30-Day Artist Challenge, a test to push the artists’ skills beyond their normal comfort zone. Not only did Gerding issue this challenge, she joined in.

For Gerding, the landscapes and seascapes of Maine are her love. She paints them every day with a smile. However, part of this challenge was to paint something that isn’t a “normal” subject matter. “It is an exercise that reminds the artist to really examine a subject, while at the same time staying loose with the short amount of allotted time,” says Gerding.

After a bit of deliberation, she chose flowers.

Due to this, not only did Margaret bring a season’s worth of amazing work with her for this show, she brought a very special gift, the gift of her flowers.

As you enter Maine Art Shows, each room is designated to one of the three featured artists. Gerding has a room near the front of the gallery. Adjacent to it is a small entryway that presently houses her “garden”. Here you will find many of the small studies Gerding completed during this challenge. With more than fifteen small flower paintings, they are a must-see part of this show.

Over the course of the next few weeks, Maine Art Shows’ three rooms are each filled with a different artist. One of those artist, of course, is Margaret Gerding. She has recently become a Kennebunkport resident and is incredibly happy to be back in the place of many happy childhood memories. With her home and studio in Cape Porpoise, she is able to capture the beauty of our area every day.

We welcome you to come visit. Maine Art Shows is open every day from 11am to 5 pm. It is also viewable with our virtual tour by clicking here. The show will run through Labor Day. Please call or visit us online to see details or get more information. 207-967-0049 or  www.maine-art.com.

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