Lyman Whitaker and Whitaker Studio – 10 Years with Maine Art

04/20/2017 0 Comments
 

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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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Blossoming at Maine Art

04/06/2017 0 Comments
 

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After last week’s winter storm, we have our fingers crossed that spring is truly on her way.  Soon the grass will be green, and the branches on the trees will succumb to that lovely glow of new growth. Once spring has started, she usually rolls right along, which means the flowers are sure to follow. These are our favorite signs of the season here at Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture, and the favorite of many of our artists, as well.

If you, like us, are a bit impatient and want to fill your home with the brilliant flowers of Maine’s warmer seasons, come and visit. Our flowers are always blooming. Whether it be the poppies and delphiniums of Sandra L. Dunn, in Royal Purple Delphinium and Profusion of Poppies, or the simple strokes of Philip Frey’s Blooms, these up-close, still lifes bring color and light to any room.

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If you prefer the beauty the blooms bring to the exterior of your home and the way your yard comes alive, works like No Thyme Farm from Karen McManus and End of May from Abbie Williams will help remind you that springtime is upon us.

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Even Lyman Whitaker is in on the fun with his very popular, Tulip. There are few buds that can stand winds up to ninety miles per hour and look glorious covered in snow. This is a flower for all seasons; always in bloom and no watering necessary.

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Of course, with the flowers come the birds and the bees. Spring would not be the same without them. Both Trip Park and Ellen Granter celebrate these little creatures. Lilac Lover is a fun and colorful portrayal of one of our favorite pollen spreaders, and Bonita and Soon Soon are beautiful reminders of the wonders Mother Nature is about to unfurl on us.

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So — if you need a little pick-me-up, and flowers make you happy, find your way to 14 Western Ave. in Kennebunk. You can always find a hint of spring in the air. Until then, we can settle for Lobsters and Champagne and its little pot of blooms, much like William B Hoyt, as he too waits for spring to blossom.

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Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture is now open seven days a week. Click here for hours.

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One Way or Another – The Mathew J. Lanigan Bridge

03/09/2017 0 Comments
 

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It has been in the planning for a while now, but the actual construction – and destruction, began right after Christmas. Many businesses in the port, who remain open throughout the winter, were worried about access. However, the town has made sure that customers can get to where they need to be, one way or another.

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The weather in February put a damper on progress, but by Tuesday, February 21, the pedestrian walkway between Kennebunk and Kennebunkport opened. So for now, you have two choices for visiting. You can reach us by coming into town on Log Cabin Road, parking behind Alisson’s Restaurant in the public lot and enjoying the new walkway. You can also come in Route 9 from Wells or Route 35 from Kennebunk and park right at the gallery.

We have four spots in front of Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture on Western Ave, as well as a few behind the building.  If by any chance these are full, we have three additional spots at the top of Chase Hill at Maine Art Shows.

“Walking the footbridge” has become a bit of a right of passage for winter residents and visitors.  It is fun, novel and allows an up-close and personal look at the progress of the bridge. It is a nice way to wander between the shops and restaurants of Lower Village and Kennebunkport. You can’t use the Mathew J. Lanigan Bridge as a throughway by car, at least not for a couple months. However, we wanted to remind you that we are all still very much up and running down here by the river if you don’t mind the walk.

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We hope you take a day, enjoy this spring sunshine we have been blessed with, and come #bravethebridge.

Lanigan Bridge News, on Facebook is a fabulous place to stay updated on the progress of the construction. Even if you are not a Facebook user, you can see the development as it moves forward. Right now, this is what the schedule looks like: March 11-13: The in-water pier demolition takes place with the tides, which will include nighttime work. April 20 (tentative): Bridge reopens to traffic (one-way). May 25 (tentative): Project complete. The Chamber of Commerce is also putting together Demolition Survival Kits for local residents – more details soon!

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We hope to see you soon. Take lots of pictures and remember to tag us at #maineartgallery and the bridge at #bravethebridge. Check out our website for our winter hours and visit soon.

   

The Frame Shop – A Look Inside

02/10/2017 0 Comments
 

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Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture; the name says it all – almost. Maine Art has an additional service that not all galleries offer; custom picture framing.  At the back of the sales counter sits our in-house frame shop. It is behind the scenes, yet a key part to complete your gallery experience. Every February, we thank our customers & celebrate the custom framing aspect of the gallery with a 25% off Custom Framing Sale. The time is now!

The custom framing aspect of the gallery works to support our artists and our customers. Only a few of our artists frame their own work. By having the frame shop at hand, we are able to assist them and our clients to find framing that enhances each piece, as well as the room it will soon call home.

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John Spain, circa 1991, at Kennedy Studios…soon to be Maine Art

John Spain, owner of the gallery, says, “When I purchased Kennedy Studios 25 years ago, framing was a large component of the business. Now, even though framing is only a part of what we do, it remains an invaluable convenience for our customers and artists alike.”

Though John understands the value of this service, it is Natalie Lane, the gallery manger, who is the brains and talent behind it.  With over twenty-four years experience, we are incredibly lucky to have her at the framing table.  For the last ten years, she has shared her amazing eye for design, her color sense, and skills in the Maine Art workshop. She is a master framer.

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Natalie Lane, Gallery Manager

Many have used this service for new pieces of work which were purchased through the gallery. However, we offer custom framing for a myriad of cherished items and previously-owned artwork. Natalie’s ability and willingness to think “outside the frame” has changed heirlooms into works of art.

“My favorite items to frame are photos and correspondence from the past. Clients bring in bits of family history to preserve, so their story continues to touch future generations,” says Natalie. “I enjoy listening to the client and discovering the story behind whatever they’ve brought in. Knowing why it’s important to them is just as much a part of the process as finding the perfect frame.”

From ‘Hole in One’ score cards, a golf course map, and a flag from the hole, to a handmade christening gown that was passed through several generations, we can help you preserve it.

“I am always amazed at what people bring in, and have been truly blessed to see some fabulous pieces of family history,” says Lane as she lists off some of her favorites. “A Civil War Union cap with drumsticks, rocks and sediment samples from a mining vacation, a marriage proposal on a napkin, (she said yes!), a chef-signed menu from a favorite restaurant,vintage maps, wallpaper and upholstery scraps along with recipe cards from a grandmother. The list goes on. I even framed a hand painted tapestry of Hare Krishna’s Wedding.”

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Just when we think we have seen it all, someone comes in to challenge Natalie and her skills. “One of the most unique requests for me was a bathroom fixture with a plug. The customer just couldn’t part with it after renovations. It was part of a childhood memory of the home. Once framed, they hung it in the newly renovated bathroom; a perfect memory of the past. How fabulous is that?”

Due to the influx of work, Natalie has started to train Patrick Harrison, one of our year-round sales staff. There is just too much work for one woman to keep up with, especially in the summer. Patrick has agreed to spend part of his winter hours learning this trade.

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Patrick Harrison, Sales Associate and Framing Assistant

“Patrick has just begun his training. There is still a lot to cover, but he is taking to it very quickly. He is showing a real talent,” says Lane. “His art background is advantageous in understanding what type of artwork is before him. It is also key when looking at the design aspect.”

If you love, cherish or otherwise value it, it should be cared for. If framing is the best way to present or preserve it, we can help. Each individual work that comes before us is carefully considered as to how it should be handled. We frame original works along with limited edition gilcée prints, serigraphs, lithographs, textiles, needlework, pastels and anything else you can imagine. We use all acid-free materials and care for each item as if it were our own. We offer glazing selections that include UV protection for works to be framed under glass, including museum glass.

If you have questions or need ideas, feel free to contact Natalie directly at natalie@maine-art.com or call the gallery during business hours, 207-967-2803. Check the website for winter hours.

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Painting the Town Red

01/19/2017 3 Comments
 

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Over the last few years, February has brought more than just ice and snow to the Kennebunks. Winter is long here in Maine, and we do what we can to celebrate it and enjoy every piece and part that makes us smile. So – in keeping with recent tradition – we will once more, “Paint the Town Red” and celebrate a little love.

For the entire month of February visitors and locals alike will find special deals, interesting events and wonderful surprises throughout Kennebunk and Kennebunkport. Eat, stay and play (and don’t forget skate) specials will run from January 28 – February 28, 2017.

The kick-off event began at David’s KPT on Saturday, January 28th at 7pm. FROSTED! is said to be a freezing good time. There was a custom ice bar with a luge, light fare by Chef David Turin, s’mores & hot chocolate bars, and entertainment.  Tickets included two signature drinks, with a cash bar available as well. Tickets were $50/pp in advance through Love KPT or $65/pp at the door. Remember this is only the beginning.  The complete schedule of events can be found by visiting the Event Page.

After this, the love keeps on flowing.  Here at Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture, we are offering 25% off select custom picture framing from February 2 through February 28th. Bring in your own artwork or have a new piece framed. Be sure to check our website for our hours for February. Many other shops are also offering specials, as well. River’s Edge Spa & Salon, Cottage Breeze Day Spa and Boutique, and Mainly Drizzle are just a few.  Check out the complete list on www.lovekpt.com.

Of course, if you are coming to the Kennebunks, you have to eat. It’s some of what we do best around here.  Even in the winter, there are so many amazing choices. To get you started there is not one, but two happy hours at Toroso, a Spanish tapas restaurant that is fairly new to town. You will find one early happy hour and another for late night snacks all winter long. Whatever suits your fancy. For dinner, Salt and Honey is offering a wonderfully Warm Dinner for Two: Pre-fix three-course dinner including a bottle of wine for $89.00, throughout the month of February.  Ports of Italy and The Kennebunkport Inn are both offering special events all month long. If you are staying for a few days, check out the entire list of specials on the Restaurant Page.

Staying over is always part of the fun. The Kennebunk Inn has a Valentine’s Day package. The Boathouse is offering a crazy engagement deal. Don’t forget Captain Lord Mansion, The Breakwater Inn and Spa and The Grand Hotel. There are so many to choose from. As before, a complete list is available on the Hotels Page.

For complete lists of events, offers and details – www.lovekpt.com Check out the top twenty five romantic ideas for the Kennebunks.

The Kennebunk-Kennebunkport-Arundel Chamber of Commerce is always a good source for anything Kennebunks.

Want more? Kennebunkport Maine Lodging.  These folks know, love and live the Kennebunks all year-long.

No matter what the weather, we welcome you to come and spend a little time in the Kennebunks. Winters are long – spend some time with friends and enjoy a “bit of summer” in Kennebunk and Kennebunkport.

Happy New Year 2017

12/29/2016 1 Comment
 

Celebrate what you want to see more of.  ~ Tom Peters

Cheers to a new year.  As amazing as 2016 was for us here at Maine Art, we are looking forward to 2017. It is our twentieth year as Maine Art,  and we have filled the season with so many exciting and new events to share with you.

Over the course of the winter, we will keep you informed of everything Maine Art in a variety of ways. Not only can you receive emails by joining our mailing list, but we will continue to use Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest as our social media venues. Each has a different purpose, and daily posting is something for all of us to look forward to. We not only welcome you to follow us, but invite you to share our posts with friends and family who may also enjoy Maine Art. Look for updated show schedules, visits from artists, new work, artist demonstrations and, of course, the calendar for the 20th Anniversary Show.

Note that in 2017, our website will be ever changing and remains the best source for all new artwork and artist information.  It is directly connected to our inventory. New works are added daily, and you will never see a piece of work that isn’t presently available. It is also where you will find our blog. The blog is updated weekly during the off-season, and bi-weekly during the summer. You will find insights from artists, show schedules, Kennebunk and Kennebunkport events and so much more. This is a place for you to get to know our artists, as well as who we are as a gallery.

The upcoming year is going to be a great one. We can’t wait to see you and share this exciting time.  Don’t forget Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture is open year-round with winter hours posted on the website. Maine Art Shows will re-open in June with the Choice Art Show during the Kennebunkport Festival. Hope to see you soon!

HAPPY NEW YEAR

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The Happiness of the Holidays

12/21/2016 0 Comments
 

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This week we are stopping for a second to wish you all the happiest of holidays. We hope each of you find comfort and joy in family and friends as you gather together for whatever reason over the next few weeks.

Since the beginning of the month, we have been incredibly busy greeting new travelers and old friends. Many were here to celebrate Kennebunkport’s Christmas Prelude, to enjoy the lights and cheer, and of course to pick up a last-minute gift or two for their favorite people. During this time, we have been overwhelmed by the kindness and warmth each visitor has brought into the gallery.  The smiles and friendly greetings have been abundant this year.

We here are Maine Art are so lucky to spend our days surrounded by beautiful works of art and a staff that truly enjoy coming to work everyday. It makes it easy to give this happiness back to our customers. It also makes the gallery a wonderful place to be every day, but especially this time of year. So, as the last few days of the “shopping season” wrap up, we invite you to stop in, even if it’s just to say, “Happy Holidays!” and share a smile.

Please know, if you are still in need of ideas for holiday gift-giving, the Small Works Show is still full of wonderful pieces to mark memories or create new ones, and Wind Sculptures can always be snuggly placed in the back of your car for a special surprise.  Don’t forget – we also have gift certificates for those who are hard to buy for.

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We will be open daily from 10-5 at 14 Western Ave in Kennebunk. There is parking right out front, so you don’t have to brave the cold. Remember, we will be closing at 1 p.m. on Christmas Eve and closed on Christmas Day.

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Something Small for the Holidays

12/15/2016 0 Comments
 

Even though Kennebunkport’s Christmas Prelude is all wrapped up, there are still many retailers here in the Kennebunks who are still celebrating this holiday season. Restaurants and shops throughout Kennebunk and Kennebunkport are open for business and would love to see you before the new year strikes.

In the past, there has been interest expressed in smaller works for the holidays, so that’s what we have done. Over the last few weeks, our gallery at 14 Western Avenue has been arranged to help you find just what you need. The entire first floor is dedicated to “Small Works.” All pieces are 20” x 20” or smaller and have been grouped by artist. They are easy to find and offer a variety of styles and mediums to meet your personal tastes.

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These may not be stocking stuffers by definition, but they certainly would be a pleasant surprise to anyone who finds one under their tree. There are a few watercolors by Susan Wahlrab, Ellen Welch Granter is represented by both her birds and her boats, and William B. Hoyt has more of the 6″ x 8″‘s that sold so quickly during his show this summer. Alex Dunwoodie just dropped off a few brand new works that are a perfect fit. You will also find a handful of pieces contributed by Sandra L. Dunn and Jeffrey T. Fitzgerald for this perfect holiday show.

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Of course, we have our entire collection of works from all your favorite artists upstairs. Many new pieces have arrived over the course of the fall and certainly deserve a visit. However, if you can’t get to Maine and need some assistance, please check out our website. It is updated daily with new work. Remember – we are available daily by phone, as well. 207-967-2803. We are open every day and happy to help.

Happy Holidays to All!

Additional Artists Include: Rebecca KinkeadCraig Mooney, Liz Hoag, Karen McManus, Holly ReadyJanis H. Sanders,  James Rivington Pyne, Barbara Jones Peabody, Abbie Williams, Trip Park, Margaret Gerding, Philip Frey, Jill Valliere and David Witbeck.

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And Prelude Continues…

12/08/2016 0 Comments
 

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Prelude is still going strong here in the Kennebunks, but now we are decorated in snow. For those who missed it last weekend, we are doing it all over again! There are added activities and new fun events, so check out the link to the schedule below, and come in and visit us here at Maine Art.

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REPOST FROM SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3rd

It is that time of year again! Kennebunk and Kennebunkport are coming alive with holiday spirit.  Over the course of the last few days, greens have been cut, bows tied and lights strung.  The town looks fabulous and is more than ready to greet the influx of locals and tourists soon to arrive to kick off this holiday season with Christmas Prelude. Here at Maine Art, we are excited to be a part of it.

Please stop in on the Fridays and Saturdays of Prelude to share in some cookies, hot chocolate, and of course, our holiday show of small works. The entire first floor of the gallery is dedicated to smaller works, pieces that are 20” by 20” or smaller.  With over twenty artists represented, it is easy to choose the perfect holiday gift or wonderful addition to your home as you celebrate this season. This collection will be displayed every day through December 31 at Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture at 14 Western Ave.

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As part of Prelude, we are participating in The Village Art Walk. This event is coordinated by the Kennebunk-Kennebunkport-Arundel Chamber of Commerce and local art galleries, beginning Friday, Dec. 9th and continuing thru Saturday, Dec. 10th. The “Passport to Prelude” includes 10 participating galleries. To get your “Prelude Passport” stamped, visit 6 of the 10 participating Village Art Walk galleries for your chance to win prizes of art!

Pick up your free Passport at participating galleries or the Chamber of Commerce Kiosk, 1 Chase Hill Road, Kennebunk, right next door to Maine Art. You can also click here to print a copy. Passports must be returned to the Chamber of Commerce kiosk by 5 p.m. Dec. 10 to be entered into the drawing for 16 prizes! Click here for more details about the Art Walk.

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We look forward to seeing you during this festive season. If you have any questions, feel free to call us at 207-967-2803. We are open seven days a week. Check out our website for hours. www.maine-art.com.

Happy Holidays in the Kennebunks

12/03/2016 0 Comments
 

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It is that time of year again! Kennebunk and Kennebunkport are coming alive with holiday spirit.  Over the course of the last few days, greens have been cut, bows tied and lights strung.  The town looks fabulous and is more than ready to greet the influx of locals and tourists soon to arrive to kick off this holiday season with Christmas Prelude. Here at Maine Art, we are excited to be a part of it. Please stop in on the Fridays and Saturdays of Prelude to share in some cookies, hot chocolate, and of course, our holiday show of small works. The entire first floor of the gallery is dedicated to smaller works, pieces that are 20” by 20” or smaller.  With over twenty artists represented, it is easy to choose the perfect holiday gift or wonderful addition to your home as you celebrate this season. This collection will be displayed every day through December 31 at Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture at 14 Western Ave. As part of Prelude, we are participating in The Village Art Walk. This event is coordinated by the Kennebunk-Kennebunkport-Arundel Chamber of Commerce and local art galleries, beginning Friday, Dec. 9th and continuing thru Saturday, Dec. 10th. The “Passport to Prelude” includes 10 participating galleries. To get your “Prelude Passport” stamped, visit 6 of the 10 participating Village Art Walk galleries for your chance to win prizes of art! Pick up your free Passport at participating galleries or the Chamber of Commerce Kiosk, 1 Chase Hill Road, Kennebunk, right next door to Maine Art. You can also click here to print a copy. Passports must be returned to the Chamber of Commerce kiosk by 5 p.m. Dec. 10 to be entered into the drawing for 16 prizes! Click here for more details about the Art Walk. We look forward to seeing you during this festive season. If you have any questions, feel free to call us at 207-967-2803. We are open seven days a week. Check out our website for hours. www.maine-art.com.