The Painted Words of William B. Hoyt – A One-Man Show

08/10/2016 0 Comments

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Artists have been traveling to coastal Maine for decades, each trying to capture the beauty of the land and waters bordering it. William B. Hoyt is an artist who not only knows and loves this area, but works and plays here frequently.  Each of his canvases have an almost photographic quality. This attention to detail forces the viewer to lean in closer to experience every facet that forms the whole and becomes classic Maine.

Hoyt says, “There is a challenge and a joy in seeing something ineffably beautiful or moving and resolving to make a painting of it. The threads of the canvas, the sea, family, friends and Maine have woven themselves inextricably into my psyche and my work.”

Hoyt has always been an artist. He is one of few who haven’t ever been anything else. His medium may change from oils on canvas, to film or digital photography, or even to hammer and wood when he built his home and studio in Vermont. The need to create is always there, especially during the summer, and especially when he is in Maine.

“When summer is here, it means en plein air; being outside and finding the next fascination. I spend my winters with studio work. Summer is about inspiration and collection,” says Hoyt.  “Sometimes I go looking, often early in the morning before setting sail for the next harbor, or toward the end of the day after we anchor and the harsh light softens. Other times a subject recommends itself unsolicited with the realization that a painting is staring me in the face.”

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An artist sees the world through different eyes, and it is rare to find Hoyt without his camera close at hand. He is always collecting moments and has trouble not stopping to at each scene with the possibility it may someday be committed to paint. “Images are everywhere,” he says. “Some wonder if my need to stop and snap ever gets in the way. I can’t help but find that funny. It doesn’t get in the way; it is the way.”

Hoyt is a wanderer and an adventurer. He has been fortunate in his life to be able to find and create and reproduce the beauty around him. He has more stories to tell than most and remembers them in details as vibrant as his canvases.

John Spain, owner of Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture and Maine Art Shows, explains the fusion of Hoyt’s story with his art, “I have been very fortunate to have had the unique experience of visiting Wimby’s home and studio. It is truly an insight. Where most have photographs of people and memories, he and his wife Kathy have paintings. On top of that, each and every one has a story that can only be told by the master storyteller himself.”


In an attempt to truly share the man behind the art, we have coupled each of Hoyt’s pieces with his memories, inspirations, and words of insight. These stories highlight his work and share his thoughts. In addition, Hoyt has added private studies and family sketches (not for sale) to this one-of-a-kind show.


William B. Hoyt’s show opens at Maine Art Shows on Saturday, August 13, running through Monday, September 5.  As always, we will have an Artist’s Reception from 5-7 PM on opening night. This will provide a wonderful opportunity to meet and talk with the artist himself. The show can be viewed on our website beginning Wednesday, August 10, at

There will also be No Sales Sneak Peek on Friday, August 12, during The Village Art Walk.  Please wander up and enjoy a glass of wine and a quieter time to talk with the artist.

Maine Art Shows, located at 10 Chase Hill Road,  is open daily from 11 AM to 5 PM. FMI call 207-967-0049.

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William B. Hoyt on Sunset at Cuttyhunk – An Artist’s Choice

06/09/2016 0 Comments

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William B. Hoyt is an artist. He has always been an artist. He works with his hands and with his eyes and with his heart. His medium may change from the paint and brush we know and love, to film or digital photography, or even to a hammer and wood as he built his home and studio in Vermont. He has been fortunate in his life to be able to find and create and reproduce the beauty in the world around him.

Hoyt is a wanderer and an adventurer. He has more stories to tell than most, and he remembers in details as vibrant as his canvases. It is rare to find him without a camera around his neck snapping these moments that just cannot be forgotten. An artist sees the world through different eyes, and Hoyt has trouble not stopping to capture each scene he may someday commit to paint. “Images are everywhere,” says Hoyt with a grin. As an outsider, it is difficult not to wonder if his need to stop and snap ever gets in the way. However, Hoyt laughs when asked about it. “It never gets in the way,” he says perplexed. “It is the way.”

And so it was the way when the idea for Sunset at Cuttyhunk was born. ” I took a number of photographs on a friend’s boat last summer at the island of Cuttyhunk.”  Cuttyhunk is the westernmost island of the Elizabethan Islands that stretch from Woodshole, Massachusetts.  “We were relaxing in the harbor as the sun set after a day of boating.  Shouts of joy, excitement, and surprise came from young islanders jumping off the town pier into the refreshing salt water,” Hoyt remembers.  “They stood as if mounted on the pilings. They struck me as being like Greek statues of idyllic youth.”

This one painting is a combination of many photographs from this trip. Hoyt takes the best details of each, combines and overlaps until they become one memory, one work of art. “When the sailboat actually did glide past this scene in front of the old coast guard station,” says Hoyt, “it certainly was a time to be remembered.”

Sunset at Cuttyhunk is part of the Choice Art Show and will be on display at Maine Art Shows at 10 Chase Hill in Kennebunk until June 30th. Please stop in any day from 11am – 5pm to see the show in its entirety starting Saturday, June 11th.  The show is also available to view online by clicking here. Choice Art Show.


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The 2016 Summer Season

04/21/2016 0 Comments

As everyone in Maine begins to celebrate the coming of spring, here at Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture, we are already looking toward the coming summer. Which means… The Summer Show Schedule! We have planned four single-artist shows and one group show.  All will contain new and unique pieces from many of our amazing artists.

Normally, our summer shows are held up on Chase Hill in the Maine Art Shows gallery. However, this year we are starting a bit early, and thought it would be fun to have our first show right on the first floor of the 14 Western Ave. location. And who will we be kicking off the summer with? David Witbeck, of course.

David’s solo show will run from May 28th to June 16th, and will not only feature his classic men of Maine and coastal working life images, but a few new perspectives on the wonderful state we love. You can still see many original Witbecks in the gallery and online on his Artist Page, but be sure to check his online show catalog for new work. It will be live soon! Even better, put your name on our mailing list to receive a reminder when his new work from the show is available. While you are waiting, please click here to learn more about David and his work.

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Maine Art Shows, at 10 Chase Hill Rd., will again host the Choice Art Show from June 11th through June 30th. This show not only features twelve of our top artists, it is also the only show that lets you, the public, vote for the work you want to see on our walls.  Voting doesn’t begin until May 2. Again, watch for the link or join our mailing list to get a behind-the-scenes peek at this one-of-kind show.

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On July 2nd, one of our new artists will open her solo show at Maine Art Shows. Holly Ready is no stranger to the gallery, but this will be her first solo show with us.  A few examples of her work are in the gallery now and on her Artist Page, but for the first three weeks in July all the walls of Maine Art Shows will display her stunning landscapes and a few more wonderful surprises. We are happy to send you a reminder when this show catalog is available to view if you join our mailing list.

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  In the spirit of celebrating our new artists, we will also be featuring Rebecca Kinkead this summer.  Her solo show begins on July 23rd and will run through August 11th. Rebecca’s work is nationally known and celebrated, and we are very excited to be able to share it with you here in Maine. To learn a bit about Rebecca, visit her Artist Page or click here to read more. lrddpjxq6ngwqsrguyahRebecca Kinkead: July 23, 2016 – August 11, 2016

There is no better way to end a perfect summer than a William B. Hoyt show.  His timeless works capture his travels in both grand sweeping landscapes and with the tiniest of detail. He celebrates Maine and New England like no other. His show opens on August 13th and runs through Labor Day. Click here to read a bit more about Hoyt or visit his Artist Page to see our present collection of his work.

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This summer holds a plethora of talent and personality that embodies who were are here at Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture. We look forward to celebrating this summer season with you and yours. There are so many ways to stay updated on what is going on here. Be sure to check out the links below. We look forward to seeing you soon here in Kennebunk, Maine.

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On the Waterfront – William B. Hoyt

07/24/2015 0 Comments

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William B. Hoyt | On the Waterfront | Oil | 23″ X 47″ | $18500

William B. Hoyt is known for his classic portrayal of life in New England. The real-life people and places he comes in contact with are often reincarnated in paint. Be it a perfect beach day in “Jousting,” the clean lines of a sailboat venturing out for the day in “Herreshoff 12 1/2,” or the simplicity of a pot on the stove in “Topside Galley,” Hoyt brings his world to us in detail and color.

When William was asked to create a personal reflection of ‘his Maine’ for Maine. As they see it., of course there was a memory to walk with him through the process. “On the Waterfront” began with a story from the small town of Stonington, Maine. “My wife and I were up in Brooklin staying with friends while one of them attended a marine canvas sewing workshop at the Wooden Boat School. That left three of us to prowl around and explore during the class. We went by boat down to Stonington, tied up at the town dock, and wandered the streets.”

To be able to see though William Hoyt’s eyes as he wanders would be a day well spent. Maine is all about the senses, and he uses them all. “It was a perfect September day, and the sight of laundry run out on a line over a deshabille dock got me,” remembers Hoyt. “The former shops used to serve the area back when most goods arrived by boat, before good roads and bridges. Now used by a lobsterman to store paraphernalia, I caught myself reflected in the window with pot warp and buoys.” After taking a moment to look closer, you will find this reflection.  One of the many wonders of Hoyt’s paintings is the tiny facets that are found each time you stand in front of his work. Time and close inspection bring amazing discovery.

For those of us that grew up here,  we know this scene could be one of so many Maine coastal towns. Fishing and lobstering are still thriving, but not all are the tourist destinations usually seen depicted in magazines and postcards. “Stonington still serves an archipelago with goods and services that peak in summer months and subside after Labor Day.”

One day to visit Maine just isn’t enough.  Working a path up the coast could take a traveler weeks, or even the whole summer, and still all would not be seen. This is why we welcome you to come and visit Maine Art Shows in Kennebunk, and get a look inside some of the best of Maine, all in one place.

Maine. As they see it will run until August 6th.  Maine Art Shows is open everyday from 11-5. Come in.  It is a wonderful way to see Maine.


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Topside Galley – William B. Hoyt

06/10/2015 0 Comments

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William B. Hoyt  captures the heart of the sea and the sail like no other. The water moves along his brush strokes and carries you away. Even for a land lover the lure of the ocean is hard to resist when visiting with William’s work.

In “Topside Galley” the details transport you to Maine. Fresh strawberries. The lobster pot. The tiny coastal town in the distance. The artist himself tells it best.  “’Topside Galley’ celebrates and contemplates a moment from last summer on a friend’s converted lobster boat just as the sun is going down, and we are anchored for the night. The water’s on the boil for dinner and for this moment all is right in this simple world. If only I could paint the susurration of water lapping at the hull; so peaceful.”

To be able to recreate, not only the image contained inside a memory, but the emotion tangled around it is a skill.  Attaining it takes a love for the place and the time, and of course, a love of the art.

Come in to Maine Art Shows and see all three of Hoyt’s Choice Art Show pieces. The show opens on June 13. You can also find his work at Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture and on his Artist Page at