For the last five years Maine Art Painting and Sculpture has opened their summer season with the Choice Art Show. This year is no different. The opening reception for the 6th Annual Choice Art Show will be on Saturday, June 10th at Maine Art Shows, and will help to culminate the Kennebunkport Festival week. However, we all know the Choice Art Show really begins May 1st.
For those of you new to Choice, and a recap for the veterans, we begin with seventy-two original works from twelve artists; six pieces each. It is then narrowed down to three pieces from each artist. These three are carefully “chosen” to be in the show. This is where it gets fun. One piece, the artist chooses. One, Rebecca Falzano, Editor-In-Chief at Maine Magazine and Maine Home+Design, chooses. And then there are the third and final piece for each artist. This choice is all up to you. By casting your vote for your favorite piece by each artist, you decide the last 12 paintings that will be featured. Each and every artist represented in the show is one of the very best in the area. You can trust that no matter which piece you choose, many others will be in complete agreement. All you need to do is click the link and let us know which one you like best BEGINNING MAY 1ST.
Upon clicking, you will be directed to the 6th Annual Choice Art Show page. Here you begin voting. Each screen shows the six paintings each artist has submitted. All you have to do is tell us which one you love most by clicking it and then clicking, “Vote.” Once you decide, the site will show you what other voters liked and then move you forward to the next artist. You have until Sunday, June 4th to vote.
On Saturday, June 10th, the 6th Annual Choice Art Show opens at Maine Art Shows at 10 Chase Hill in Kennebunk. As of this moment, no one knows exactly what the show will look like. Will your favorite make it to the walls of the gallery? Come in and find out. The show is open until June 29th. Remember – if you can’t find the piece you fell in love with, visit the Artist’s Page on our website or the main gallery at 14 Western Ave. All the works are far too beautiful not to showcase somewhere at Maine Art, so they will be on display at one of our two locations once the show opens.
The opening reception on June 10th is a Kennebunkport Festival event and is a ticketed reception. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here. We welcome you to join us from 5-7 p.m. for music and food and the opportunity to meet the artists who created the work you voted on.
We look forward to seeing you soon and happy voting!
**If you cannot make it to Kennebunk to see the show in person, the full catalog will be available for online viewing. Join our mailing list to receive an email on the day it goes live.
The Artists: Jennifer Clement, Jeffrey T. Fitzgerald, Margaret Gerding, Ellen Welch Granter, Liz Hoag, William B. Hoyt, Holly Ready, Janis H. Sanders, Jill Valliere, Susan Wahlrab, Abbie Williams, and David Witbeck.
To read more about each artist, click their name above. To see other art work from each artist, click here.
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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 soon for a link to all things, “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.
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
Liz Hoag – September 2 – September 21
David Witbeck – September 23 – October 19