After her college years at St. Michaels College in Vermont where she not only earned her BA in Art but also played basketball for this small division 2 school. Even with her background in art she was drawn to the retail setting and was immediate management material. From apparel to art she has had experience with running and managing a small business. So when Natalie called, she was intrigued. At this time we don’t have any hoops schedule to be installed at the gallery, but we convinced her Maine Art was a place she could easily snuggle in and find a place for herself.
“The authenticity of what Maine Art stands for really resonated with me. It is full of kind and passionate people,” say Goodwin “The thirty incredibly talented artists alone were a huge draw. I am excited to apply my skill sets and learn about art in a new way.”
Everyone knows Natalie. If you have been into the gallery, her smiling face is one of the first you see. Our long time clients ask for her by name, and love the fact that she remembers their taste and style. But, believe it or not, Natalie has a life outside of Maine Art!
Born in Portland, Maine and raised in Kennebunk and Kennebunkport, Ryan has the distinction of being a local. Even though he has lived in New Hampshire, New York, Connecticut and California, Maine is still the place he calls home.“I went to Hamilton College in New York. I received my BA in English and Creative Writing with a minor in Environmental Studies in 2011,” says Cadigan. “Now I am a University of New Hampshire Creative Writing MFA candidate and entering my second year.”
It may have started with musicals like Jesus Christ Super Star and Choral Camp at the University of Maine in Orono or a favorite teacher who guided his interests toward the art department, but it ended as the lead singer in a rock band and the owner of a successful gallery. That’s right, being the front man is nothing new for John Spain. Even though, it is more common to find the owner of Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture in jeans and a dress shirt, not black leather pants and a tank top, his love of music and the arts has never waivered.
“The day I closed on my house in Hampstead, NH, I went to Foxwoods Casino. Isn’t that on the way to Kennebunk? Anyway, I sat next to a wonderful woman for over three hours. She was from Kennebunk, and one of the owners of Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture. It only took me five years before I made it into the gallery to see Francesca again,” says Speirs, “and I’m still here.”
In 2012, Patrick graduated from New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester, NH earning his BFA in Illustration. With a successful senior show, he attempted to make it in “the big city”. However, he quickly grew homesick for the beautiful landscapes and slower lifestyle of his home state.
Trisha Winslow came to Maine Art quite by accident. She didn’t apply or submit a resume or even inquire about an open position. She just wandered down the stairs from the second floor and found a quiet niche that suited her. That was three years ago. Now, she is the voice behind our blog and the face behind the desk at Maine Art Shows.
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 by find framing that enhances each piece, as well as the room it will soon call home.
Kennebunk and Kennebunkport are very much small towns. We are referred to as ‘a friendly coastal village’, and we try to live up to that reputation. Most of us have been here for a bit, and plan on sticking around for a while longer. For those who have visited before, we pride ourselves on recognizing faces, calling folks by name, and often asking about family and winter’s news.