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.

And the winner is…

12/03/2016 0 Comments
 

Congratulations to Gail Sanders our 2016 Wind Sculpture Photo Contest Winner!

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A Memorial for Francesca

11/24/2016 4 Comments
 

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There is so much to be thankful for here at Maine Art. We have a tremendous staff, a fabulous clientele, and some of the most talented artists in this part of the country. It took all of this for us to be where we are today.  The hard work and effort of all of these people does not go unrecognized. However, on this day, when we look deep inside and say ‘thank you’ to all who have made us who we are, our hearts and thoughts go immediately to Francesca Spain, who passed away this fall.

Francesca joined the Maine Art family, literally and figuratively, in 1995. Since then, she has touched the lives of so many in the Kennebunk area and beyond. Many of us were blessed with her smiling face on an extended visit to Kennebunk this summer. From walking her favorite beaches to eating at her favorite restaurants, she and her friends celebrated well. Her happiness and lust for life was contagious and her visit was a wonderful one.

“We cross paths with people throughout our lives sometimes never knowing the full impact a person has on you until you no longer travel on the same path,” says Natalie Lane, Gallery Manager at Maine Art. “I am blessed to have been able to call Francesca a good friend and will miss her dearly.”

“I never imagined when I took a new job at the gallery twelve years ago that I would be gaining a family. Francesca was a huge inspiration to me and always offered wonderful support and advice,” says Amy Lewia, Gallery Director. “I have so many wonderful memories of her,  which I cherish now more than ever. I am so grateful I was lucky enough to have her in my life.”

Since her death, we have been inundated with messages and phone calls from all over the country, from folks expressing sorrow and sympathy and sharing memories of Francesca. “She was a remarkable woman, and Maine Art would not be what it is today without her love, support and hard work. We are all profoundly sad,” said John Spain.

We wanted to make sure you were all aware of the memorial service for Francesca that will be held Saturday, November 26th at The Beachmere Inn in Ogunquit, Maine from 2-5 pm. If you wish, donations to hospice can be made in Francesca’s name.

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Francesca, age 56, passed away suddenly on Thursday, November 3, 2016 in Lakeland, Florida. She was born on April 7, 1960 in Grosse Pointe, Michigan to Peter J. Tarantino and Patricia (Pratt) Whitten. Francesca co-owned and operated Maine Art Gallery in Kennebunk for many years. Francesca moved to Sebring, Florida three years ago from Kennebunk. She was involved in a recovery community and had a love for people. She worked at the YMCA, volunteered for therapeutic horseback riding, and was also a member of The Elks Club in Sebring. She worked for hospice in Maine with a passion for her work. She enjoyed calling and playing bingo, bicycling, running, hiking, bowling, canoeing and traveling. She also loved music, reading, writing and some painting. She was very proud of the opportunity to be an organ donor. Survivors include her parents, sister: Theresa Haggett of Poland Spring; brother: John Vince Tarantino of Gloucester, MA and nieces: Maryssa Haggett and Kayla Haggett. Francesca was preceded in death by her brother, Isadore Tarantino.

Planning Ahead – 2017 Show Schedule for Maine Art

10/13/2016 0 Comments
 
 

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Next year’s show schedule is set, and we couldn’t wait to share the excitement with all of you. Summer calendars fill up quickly – be sure you fit us in.

We have decided to keep what has quickly become our annual spring show in place. Rebecca Kinkead is taking over the first floor of Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture from May 27 though June 17.  Rebecca joined the gallery in the fall of 2015 and has found tremendous success. We enjoyed her 2016 solo show so much and many of you are asking to see more. Therefore, we decided there was no better way to start the summer of ’17.

On June 10, Maine Art Shows opens with the Choice Art Show, the only show curated by you. This is our sixth year combining this show with the Kennebunkport Festival. Twelve Artists. Thirty-six works. Be looking for the voting to begin in May. We always love to find out what your choice is. For more info on how the Choice Show works – Choice Art Show 2016.

Craig Mooney is next on our list of celebrations at Maine Art Shows. He is hosting a one-man show beginning July 1. The show will run for three weeks and contain not only his classic seascapes and landscapes, but also some fabulous new figurative work. Craig has been with us for over 9 years, and this show will be different than any Mooney show before.

The fourth show of the season is something we are particularly excited about. Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture is marking twenty years. Twenty years deserves twenty days. We begin on July 22 with the biggest opening reception party Maine Art has ever thrown. Music, food, and of course, art. Fifty of our artists, past and present, are honoring this accomplishment with one-of-a-kind pieces to commemorate the occasion. Both galleries are in on the fun, as they will each host daily events featuring visiting artists. Check our website for a link to all things, “20th Anniversary Show.”

Following the celebration, three of our artists are staying on for three more weeks. Beginning on August 12, Philip Frey, Margaret Gerding and Ellen Welch Granter will each take over a room at Maine Art Shows. These three unique and varied artists will come together to form a fabulous trio.

Our show season will continue back at Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture.  On September 2, Liz Hoag, another Maine artist, takes over the first floor and leads us into fall with her wonderful pieces of Maine’s landscape. Immediately following, we will round out the season with David Witbeck and his distinctive coastal works. His show starts off on September 23 and runs through October 19.

That is it… so far. 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 will do our best to keep you up-to-date on all the goings-on. Please add your name to our email list for reminders. We’ll keep your information private and not inundate your inbox.

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Stories and Insights from each of these artists can be found on our blog. Click the links below to read more.

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2017 Show Schedule with Links to Artist Pages

Rebecca Kinkead –  May 27 – June 17.

Choice Art Show – June 10 – June 29

Craig Mooney – July 1 – July 20

Twentieth Anniversary – July 22 – August 10

Artist Trio; Frey, Gerding and Granter  – August 12 – September 4

Liz Hoag – September 2 – September 21

David Witbeck – September 23 – October 19

Janis Sanders – New Works at Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture

09/21/2016 0 Comments
 

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As summer comes to a close, artist Janis H. Sanders remembers the sun and salt air through brilliant color and brushstrokes in his new show at Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture in Kennebunk.

Sanders is an accomplished oil painter who has won awards for his distinctive painting style. He melds elements of American Realism with Modernism/Impressionism for a dramatically contemporary visual result. Many of Sanders’ paintings are done outside, “en plein air,” a method meaning “open air,” that was first introduced by French artists in the mid-19th century.

Sanders says, “Each of my works is done as spontaneously as possible, with only minimal blocking in of forms. I paint vigorously, expressively and physically, applying paint with a palette knife in areas of color, then smoothing and blending minimally to keep the paint fresh.”

A landlocked kid raised in upstate New York, Sanders grew into a true New Englander and continually celebrates its beauty through his work. His strong linear shapes of buildings and rooflines stand solid in contrast to the natural curves of land and sea. All are illuminated by sunlight casting gently across the varied surfaces.

“I feel the day, the sky, the atmosphere and the sun on things, just as I did as a kid, with the same amazement and awe and wonder,” he says. “I try to convey that moment of joy and presence through the scenes of my paintings without intention for nostalgia or sentimentality. Whether it is a farm in a pasture with a working barn or a lobster shack along a wharf, the sense of place is real.”

Known for his vibrant blue, the dominant color in much of his work, a Sanders sky catches the eye and holds it. The other elements, be it the rocky coast of Maine or an old house at the water’s edge, are always added later. “I begin each painting with the sky; to me the most important element,” says Sanders. “The sky is light, we are immersed in it. It’s the key to determining the entire atmosphere of the painting. Visually and practically, it provides the backdrop for the other objects in view,” says Sanders. “I paint those blue skies, each one new, each one fresh from the gut.”

Sanders has been represented by Maine Art for six years. This is his first solo show at the gallery on Western Avenue in Kennebunk, and we are excited to end the summer show season with his work. Amy Lewia, Gallery Director at Maine Art, says, “Janis is colorful. From his paintings to his attire to his demeanor, he is remarkable. His artwork exudes the same sentiment. It is difficult not to feel a great happiness when admiring his work.”

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The Janis H. Sanders Show opens at Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture, 14 Western Avenue, on Saturday, September 24, at 10 am. There will be an Artist Reception that evening from 5-7 pm with the artist in attendance. The show runs through Saturday, October 22, and is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm. FMI call 207-967-2803. The show can be viewed online beginning Wednesday, September 21, at www.maine-art.com/shows.

To read more about Janis Sanders and his work at Maine Art check out our blog. Janis Sanders, Stories and Insights.

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Margaret Gerding – New at Maine Art

08/31/2016 0 Comments
 

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A once ‘plein air only’ painter, Gerding’s oils embody the natural landscapes of coastal Maine. Her realistic interpretation of these unspoiled settings reflect a single moment in time. Her warm palette and textured brushwork, for which she is known, capture subtle changes of light and fleeting moments of color.

Gerding says, “Each piece is based on a real place, a moment I have experienced and been inspired by. There is something about being alone with nature—a quiet that connects me like no other. It is only this solitude, whether outside or in the studio, that allows the landscape to reveal itself to me.”

Plein air painting is how Margaret began, and it is still very much a part of her process. But with the birth of her daughter, the need for studio time became necessary and changes began. Now she has the best of both worlds. Her plein air painting keeps her work loose, while her studio time allows her to refine her art to a more finished state.

“My studio gives me more time to examine my work. It’s more intellectual, and the final pieces are polished. When I work en plein air, it is fast and intuitive and exploratory,” says Gerding. “Now, with both spaces as part of my process, I have the time to develop a piece and push my understanding of atmosphere and abstract simplifications in the landscape.”

In the recent months, it is not uncommon to find her along the Kennebunk Bridle Path sketching the marsh grasses or wetland waterways. With her recent move to Cape Porpoise, she is spending more and more time surrounded by the beauty of the area. “I no longer have to travel but am immersed daily in the area of my greatest inspiration. It is a place where nature provides a lifetime of exploration and study.  I had the good fortune of vacationing here every summer as a child. I grew up wandering in the marshes, exploring the greenness and the vast skies. It was a puzzle to traverse the waterways, an escape,” says Gerding. “Now, it’s home.”

With her move, she was also looking for local representation. With galleries throughout CT and MA, including Boston , she still wanted something close to home. John Spain, owner of Maine Art says, “As with many artists, it was important to Margaret to find a local gallery. She was looking for an audience who has an understanding of her subject matter and her story. We are thrilled she found it with us. In a way, this isn’t a show opening, but more of a welcome to the neighborhood.”

Gerding, a graduate from UMass, Dartmouth, had her first major show at the age of twenty-five on Newbury Street in Boston. Her early success and continued hard work lead to her paintings being included in the book, 100 Artists of New England by E. Ashley Rooney and New England Paintings (14th ed.), published by The Open Press.  Many private and corporate collections also contain her work, including L.L. Bean in Freeport, Maine Medical Center in Portland, Fidelity Investments in Boston and the Westin Hotel in Boston.

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This show of new works opens Saturday, September 3 and continues through September 22. There will be an Artist’s Reception from 5 to 7 pm on opening night. Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture is located at 14 Western Ave and is open everyday from 10 AM to 6PM. The show can be viewed online beginning Wednesday, August 31 at www.maine-art.com/shows. FMI call 207-967-2803.

To see all of Margaret’s work visit her Artist Page. Margaret Gerding – Artist Page

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