The Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Kennebunkport’s Christmas Prelude

11/22/2017 0 Comments
 
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Kennebunkport’s Christmas Prelude

While most of us have just settled in for our annual feast of turkey and all the fixings, or maybe by now it is time for a quick, merely a blink, afternoon, full-belly nap, many around Kennebunk and Kennebunkport are fixing to begin one of the biggest and most celebrated times of our year, Christmas Prelude.

Photo by KennebunkportMaineLodging.com

Photo by KennebunkportMaineLodging.com

Kennebunkport’s Christmas Prelude begins Thursday, November 30, with evening events. There is a brief pause mid-week, then we begin again for the second weekend and run through Sunday, December 10. Voted the #2 Christmas Town in America by HGTV and designated as one of the Top 100 Events in North America for 2015 by ABA, Kennebunkport’s Christmas Prelude is a winter destination for many across the country. This will be the 36th year of festivities and each year it is better and better.

Officially the kick off is the tree lighting in Dock Square at 5:30 pm on Friday, December 1. The square is full of folks who have wandered in to celebrate our classic Maine Christmas. Come and join the Christmas caroling with the Kennebunk High School Chamber Choir. A huge thank you to Kennebunk Savings for sponsoring this event.

For nine straight days, you will find interesting local fun scattered across town. There is something for everyone. From chowder cook-offs and parades to beer tasting and, of course, the Village Art Walk, Passport to Prelude is on Friday, December 8 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Stop by and get your “Passport to Prelude” stamped at participating Village Art Walk galleries, including Maine Art.  Pick up your free Passport at participating galleries or the Chamber of Commerce Kiosk, 1 Chase Hill Road, Kennebunk (across from H.B. Provisions) as early as December 1. Collect your stamps through the last day of Prelude, December 10 for your chance to win prizes! See the website for details.

The Kennebunk Business Association has an all-inclusive website to help both locals and visitors maneuver their way around town. Everything from parking to tickets to activities can be found on this page. https://www.christmasprelude.com. Activities begin Thursday, December 2 at 2:00 pm. See the schedule for details.

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However, try KennebunkportMaineLodging.com if you are looking for local insight and info. It is a wonderful site to find detailed descriptions of all the events, as well as recommendations for lodging and restaurants. The owners are locals and love to share the inside scoop on how to make the most of any trip to the Kennebunks. Click here for their Prelude Page. (A big thank you to them, as well, for allowing us to use their images in this post.)

As always we are open and celebrating right along with you. Our hours during the festivities will be:

12/1: 10am-8pm

12/2: 10am-8pm

12/3: 10am-6pm

12/8: 10am-8pm

12/9: 10am-6pm

12/10: 10am-5pm

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I Love it. I bought It. Now how do I hang it?

11/16/2017 0 Comments
 
We are thrilled you came to visit the gallery. We are excited you have purchased a piece of artwork for your home. We can’t wait for you to send us an image of the new piece in its new environment. Wait? What? I have to take this home and hang it myself. Eek! Oddly, this is the biggest fear of most of our collectors. Falling in love and purchasing the art was easy compared to how to decide, measure and hang it in your home? Below are some general guidelines on placement and composition to help you with this process. The number one rule is to hang work at eye level. Sounds simple, but eye level changes, right? Most galleries hang work at about 58 inches high, some as high as 62 inches.  Remember this measurement is the center of the artwork, not at the top of the piece or the frame. This can become a bit problematic if you have a wire hanger, so it’s time to do some math. The folks at houzz.com suggest measuring the distance between the wire and the top of the frame, then measure the height of the art and divide it in half. Once this is done, measure 58 inches on the wall, add the measurement of half the art’s height and subtract the distance between the wire and the top of the frame. Put the nail here.

Take the process slow and try to only put one nail on the wall. We also suggest creating a template the size of your artwork, this makes it easy to move and change before you commit to the hammer. If you are hanging multiple pieces, you want to make sure you have two to three inches between each. Also, consider the entire collection of work as one installation. Find the center of it and work from there. Some other considerations. If you are hanging work in a child’s room, remember their eye level is quite a bit lower than ours.  Also, if a room is mainly used for sitting, especially a dining room, the “eye level” is considerably lower. Just to make everything a bit more confusing, we add furniture. This changes your measurements again. Use the same process as above, but be aware that any artwork should be six to eight inches above a sofa or chair and normally somewhere between a half and two-thirds of the width of what you are hanging it over.  When in doubt, go bigger.

The links and images here are clickable for more information, and of course, there are many great decorators and interior designers to help. However, if all else fails, give us a call. We are happy to work with you. Send us an image of your room and we have the technology to help you find that perfect spot and show you what it will look like. If you are local, we are happy to make a home visit to help. We want you to love your new artwork and deciding where you will hang it is a big part of that. We are open every day at 10 am, please feel free to give us a call. 207-967-2803. SaveSaveSaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave

Which Lyman Whitaker Wind Sculpture Will Win?

11/09/2017 0 Comments
 

Over the last month, we asked all of our Wind Sculpture customers to send us a favorite photo of their sculpture at its home. After many years, it still amazes us how beautiful and diverse each landscape is that has become a new home for one or more of these copper beauties.

Once all of the photos were in, we chose twelve finalists’ photos from the hundreds submitted. These twelve are made into a calendar for the finalists as a thank you for participating. Now all that is left is for you to choose our winner. The Facebook Wind Sculpture Photo Contest begins this Saturday, November 11th. Check the album by clicking here, Facebook Page, and vote by “liking” your favorite Wind Sculpture image. The finalist whose photo receives the most organic “likes” as of 10 a.m. EST on Saturday, December 2, will be this year’s winner of a large Stream by Lyman Whitaker. Please feel free to share the post in order to get more votes for your favorites.

Stream by Lyman Whitaker

Don’t forget! If you are planning to purchase a sculpture for the holiday gift-giving season, you must have your order in by December 10th to guarantee delivery for Christmas. Delivery will only be guaranteed for Small through X-Large sculptures that are in stock at the studio. You can, of course, visit the gallery and take one home with you as late as 1:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

Please stop by and visit. Artwork arrives frequently, and there is almost always something new to see. Our website is updated daily and is also a wonderful source for up-to-date inventory. www.maine-art.com  If we can help in any way, never hesitate to call. 207-967-2803.

Throughout the holiday season, the gallery will be open from 10 am – 5 pm every day, except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. We will also close at 1:00 pm the day before each holiday.

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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Save the Date – Summer of 2018

11/02/2017 0 Comments
 

Next year’s show schedule is set, and we couldn’t wait to share the excitement with all of you. We know how quickly summer calendars fill up, so be sure to pencil us in.

Artist Holly Ready The Works of Holly Ready

In 2018, we are thrilled to start the season with our 3rd Annual Spring Show featuring artist Holly Ready. Ready is taking over the first floor of Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture from May 26 through June 16.  Holly lives and paints in Cape Elizabeth surrounded by views that inspire the amazing sunsets for which she is most known.  Her color and light are perfect to kick off a fabulous summer of art in the Kennebunks.

On June 9, Maine Art Shows opens for the summer with the 7th Annual Choice Art Show, the only show curated by you. This is our seventh year combining this show with the Kennebunkport Festival. Twelve Artists. Thirty-six works. We always love seeing your choices. Be on the lookout for more information on which artists are participating, how the show works, and how to vote for your favorites beginning in May.

Artist Rebecca Kinkead The Works of Rebecca Kinkead

Beginning June 30, Rebecca Kinkead is back again with a solo show.  Her show will run for three weeks, closing on July 19. Many have discovered and fallen in love with Rebecca’s paintings over the past few years. We truly enjoy filling Maine Art Shows with her work. With a wonderful fall residence out West and a brand new studio in Vermont, we are anxiously awaiting the arrival of this show.

On July 21, our show gallery at 10 Chase Hill will magically transform into three galleries. Well, kind of. Last year we received wonderful feedback from our customers and collectors about how much they loved having three artists all sharing one space for the Frey, Granter, and Gerding show. This was a show where each of the three rooms became a gallery in itself.  Our only job was to match three unique and varied artists to form a fabulous trio of works. With such success and positive feedback, we decided to do it again, and again, and again.

The Works of Susan Wahlrab The Works of David Witbeck The Works of Jeffrey Fitzgerald

The first of the three trio shows features Susan Wahlrab, David Witbeck, and Jeffrey Fitzgerald. This show begins on July 21 and runs through August 9.  The second will open on August 11 with Liz Hoag, Janis Sanders, and Trip Park. This show runs until Thursday, August 30. Normally this is our last week of the summer at this gallery, but with our past September feeling very much like summer, we said, “What the heck! Let’s do one more.”

The Works of Liz Hoag The Works of Janis Sanders The Works of Trip Park

The extended season show will run from September 1 until September 20, and that isn’t even the most exciting part. This last three-artist show features three of Maine Art’s newest artists. One of which we haven’t even announced yet, so we are not quite ready to share names. Don’t you love a good secret!

William B. Hoyt The Works of William B. Hoyt

Last, but certainly not least, our season wraps up back at Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture with our beloved and wonderfully talented William B. Hoyt. His solo show will fill the first floor at 14 Western Ave starting September 22.

Phew.…

So with all of that said, please keep us in mind while deciding on which weeks to visit us here in Kennebunk. Of course, we would love to have you with us all summer, but we know for some of you that’s not possible. We do our best to keep you up to date on all the goings-on, but there are a few things you can do to make sure you stay connected. Please add your name to our email list for reminders if you don’t get them already. We keep your information private and will not inundate your inbox. Also, follow us on social media Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest and of course keep an eye on our Calendar on our website.

The gallery at 14 Western Ave is open all year round. Stop by and say hello… especially for Prelude.

Stories and Insights from each of these artists can be found on our blog.

Click the links below to read more.

Holly Ready~Rebecca Kinkead~Susan Wahlrab~David Witbeck~Jeffrey Fitzgerald

Liz Hoag~Janis Sanders~Trip Park~William B. Hoyt

 

2018 Show Schedule with Links to Artist Pages

Holly Ready at Maine Art Gallery from 5/28 – 6/16

Choice Show at Maine Art Shows from 6/9 – 6/28

Rebecca Kinkead Show at Maine Art Shows from 6/30 – 7/19

Susan Wahlrab, David Witbeck, and Jeffrey Fitzgerald at Maine Art Shows from 7/21 – 8/9

Liz Hoag, Janis Sanders, and Trip Park at Maine Art Shows from 8/11 – 8/30

Three New Artists at Maine Art Shows from 9/1 – 9/20

William B. Hoyt at Maine Art Gallery from 9/22 – 10/11

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

 See New Works  or  Read More About Her

“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

 See New Works and Read Artist Insights

 

“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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