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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Three Rooms, Three Artists, Three Shows in One

08/11/2017 0 Comments
 
Three Rooms, Three Artists, Three Shows in One  

It‘s going to be three for three at Maine Art Shows in Kennebunk. A three-artist show, featuring the works of painters Philip Frey, Margaret Gerding and Ellen Granter, will be on display for three weeks, beginning with an opening reception tomorrow, Saturday, August 12th. The artists will attend the reception, which is 5 to 7 PM.

“All three artists have strong ties to Maine and capture the true essence of the state,” says gallery owner John Spain.  “Though each has distinctively different styles and subjects, the show as a whole is a wonderfully cohesive body of work.”

Philip Frey, a Maine native, lives and works near the central coast.  He often travels to Acadia National Park, where he finds inspiration in the rugged environment. Primarily an oil painter, Frey’s subjects and styles vary. “I have a need to explore and discover, to stretch my limits so as to become a better painter,” Frey says.  “Cityscape, abstract, interior and figurative genres are ways for me to do that.”

Philip Frey

At one time Frey considered himself a landscape painter, but that has changed. “I think the variety (of subject and style) influences my landscapes in a positive way. Working with pure abstraction, in particular, helps me break down what good composition and a dynamic palette could be. In turn, my landscape composition has become more dynamic and has allowed me to home in on what is most important in each painting.”

Margaret Gerding has recently moved to Maine after spending many summers here as a child. Her new home and studio in Cape Porpoise give her complete access to the marshes she loves. Gerding says, “Even after having visited Kennebunkport my whole life, I am still surprised every day with new places to paint and explore.”

Margaret Gerding

Margaret’s collection of oil paintings, whether on panel or canvas, were inspired by what is right outside her doorstep. “These paintings are my recording of the quiet moments on the marsh — a touch of light, a pop of color or a connection with the land,” says Gerding.

Ellen Granter

The solitude and quiet Gerding finds in the marsh, Ellen Welch Granter finds in the harbor. Once known for her bird paintings, Granter is now focusing on boats, from sailboats to schooners to dories. “I began painting boats because I love the way they evoke a sense of peace and calmness,” she says. “Whether they are in the fog, in the sun, or in a busy harbor, their curvy lines and sense of possibility are always an invitation to paint.”  Granter’s compositions, peaceful symmetries of boats and their reflections, incorporate Maine’s distinctive and nuanced soft blues and grays.

We open Saturday, August 12th at 11am. Our artists’ reception starts is from 5-7 p.m. Please come by and visit. All three artists will be present and look forward to discussing their work and process.

To see the show online, including a 360 degree virtual tour click here.

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Shakespeare at Maine Art Gallery in Kennebunk

08/03/2017 0 Comments
 
Shakespeare at Maine Art Gallery in Kennebunk

Come and join Maine Art and MaineStage Shakespeare on Tuesday, August 8th. The actors and actresses, in full costume, will wander among Lyman Whitaker’s Wind Sculptures at 14 Western Ave. in Kennebunk from 7:30 to sunset. They will share excerpts from their present production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

MaineStage Shakespeare is a nonprofit theater company founded in 2011. They are comprised of young, passionate theater artists from around the country who share the goal of fostering an influential resident Shakespeare company right here in Kennebunk.

MaineStage still has a few shows before they finish out their season.  Thursdays and Saturdays, they can be found in Lafayette Park in Kennebunk and Wednesday evenings they are at the Colony Hotel in Kennebunkport. On Fridays, they normally take their show on the road, so check their website for the entire show calendar. Click here for their calendar.

The theater group also offers a camp, Shake Stars, for those interested in learning more about the craft. Next week will be their last week of classes, but there is still room if you are interested. Click here for more info.

A huge thank you to Chiara Klein, Managing Artistic Director and Director of both plays this summer. We could not have made this happen without her willingness to “think outside the stage” and join us in the sculpture garden.

We hope to see you on Tuesday, as Shakespeare wanders through the Wind Sculptures.

Maine Art Gallery at 14 Western Avenue in Kennebunk from 7:30 to Sunset

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Whitaker Celebration at Maine Art

07/29/2017 0 Comments
 

On Saturday, July 29th we commemorated ten years working with Lyman Whitaker and his amazing kinetic Wind Sculptures. The gallery on Western Ave was filled to the brim with new and past customers, happy to have the opportunity to meet the artist behind the sculptures so many have taken home and treasure. We wandered among the sculptures filling Lower Village with a celebration not soon to be forgotten.

We were thrilled to have Lyman Whitaker and his wife, Stacy, join us here in Kennebunk for a couple days.  It had been a few years since their last visit, and they thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the coast of Maine again.

Whitaker’s sculptures have been surrounding both Maine Art Gallery and Maine Art Shows for ten years.  They have become a landmark for Lower Village, Kennebunk and a wonder for tourists and locals alike. From three feet to twenty-eight feet tall, our “Wind Forest” is filled with all forty-four styles in multiple sizes.

 

Whitaker is widely respected for the sophistication of his Wind Sculptures. Since the 1980’s he has focused his artistic ability on gracefully capturing the spirit of the wind through his kinetic art. Together with his wife Stacy and brother John, he has built a creative partnership based on complementary talents. Lyman dedicates his work to the wind and weather. He hopes above all that his sculptures will inspire love for our earth’s thin, moving layer of air – it warms us, gives us breath and sustains our being

If you haven’t been to Kennebunk or haven’t visited in a while, please come see us and spend some time among the sculptures. It is a lovely way to spend some of your time in Maine. FMI visit http://kennebunkportwindsculptures.com or call the gallery at 207-967-2803.

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

07/20/2017 0 Comments
 
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

07/20/2017 0 Comments
 
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

07/20/2017 0 Comments
 
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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