6th Annual Choice Art Show – “Enchanted” by Jennifer Clement

06/24/2017 0 Comments
 

Enchanted - by Jennifer Clement

For Jennifer Clement, paintings are difficult to put into words. They are more about emotion, and the desire to share these emotions.

Clement says, “I don’t seem to have the correct language. I guess that is mostly because my works have less to do with words and more to do with feeling. They are a product of how I experience this world around me.”

Jennifer believes her work is born from a visual moment where she becomes a part of it. It moves her both emotionally and spiritually. Often inspired by dreams remembered, her work is always somehow familiar. “It is like a memory or déjà vu,” she says. “I can never quite place my finger on it.”

Enchanted, her Artist’s Choice in this year’s Choice Art Show, was created after a similar type of dream. “The place was vast, and I was surrounded by colors I had never seen before. They were alive and continuously shifting, but so subtly and softly my eyes could not capture them long enough to study them or commit them to memory,” says Clement. “It was magic.”

Jennifer’s work is quite subtle, with very gentle transitions of color and shape. The paintings do not grab you from across the room, but rather softly whisper. They are a gentle welcome to the viewer. They provide time to relax, let go and take a moment.

“I want people to stop thinking, to get out of the mind and into the heart,” says Clement. “My paintings offer the viewer what they need, not necessarily what I feel. They are not about me, but rather about the viewer finding their own meaning.”

Clement describes her paintings as poetry without words, and she mostly paints for herself. She says, “For me, the process of painting is a gift, a retreat and a practice, like a meditation, prayer or religion.”

Jennifer Clement

To see Clement’s work and the rest of the 6th Annual Choice Art Show, visit Maine Art Shows from June 10th to June 29th. We are located at 10 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. The gallery is open every day from 11AM – 5PM. FMI, please call at 207-967-0049 or email at info@maine-art.com.

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**** In addition to painting Jennifer donates her time fundraising to rescue horses in danger of slaughter.  She works directly with Hidden Pond Equine Rescue, a 501(c)(3). The mission of Hidden Pond Farm Equine Rescue is to rescue, rehabilitate, and ultimately re-home equines that are at direct risk of slaughter. Please contact Jennifer directly for corporate, personal donations or to set up a fundraiser.

   

6th Annual Choice Art Show – “Beyond the Horizon” by Jill Valliere

06/23/2017 0 Comments
 

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Beyond the Horizon - Jill Valliere

Jill Valliere is a Maine artist who has a unique and interesting process, but for anyone who knows Jill’s work, it may be a surprise to see her newer pieces. In some, the metal leaf is absent. But, as always, there is a story behind this new inspiration.

Valliere says, “I had a bumpy start in the studio this winter. A hearty case of Artist’s Block. Every now and again this happens to all of us, so I am told, but this one was a doozie. I tried different things to work through it, but nothing was breaking the spell.”

Then Valliere received some advice from one of her dearest friends and things changed.  At the time, this friend was going through an aggressive round of chemo and what started as a concerned call, soon morphed into a pep talk for a blocked artist. “I can’t explain why, but this conversation flipped the switch for me. It put things into perspective. I spent the rest of the winter happily, and obsessively, working in my studio. The better news, my wonderful friend is now cancer-free and moving on to happier times in her life.”

Being the kind of artist who needs to continually experiment with her paintings, this new, fresh perspective allowed her to push the boundaries a bit more than normal. “Whether it is trying out a new tool, a new material, changing a technique or experimenting with subject matter, change keeps me engaged and excited in the studio,” says Valliere.

This is when Jill decided to set the metal leaf aside, and try something a bit different. “I am still applying the usual layers of tinted gels and glazes, as well as the use of sandpaper and scraping tools,” she says, “but just with a lighter hand.” Her Artist Choice piece, Beyond the Horizon, exemplifies this new process.

“I love the idea of seeing a dramatic sky, but only in the reflection. With the water being so unusually calm and quiet, it was a perfect mirror image,” says Valliere. “This was the first piece I tried without the metal leaf behind it, and the first time I tried this composition. I am thrilled with the results.”

We are assured this certainly won’t be the end to the metallics for Valliere, but we may see more of her new work intermingled with her metal leaf pieces in the future.

Jill Valliere

Visit Maine Art Shows from June 10th to June 29th to see the 6th Annual Choice Art Show in person. We are located at 10 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. The gallery is open every day from 11AM – 5PM. FMI, please call at 207-967-0049 or email at info@maine-art.com.

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6th Annual Choice Art Show

 

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6th Annual Choice Art Show – “Brackish Sweetheart” by Jeffrey Fitzgerald

06/21/2017 0 Comments
 

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Brackish Sweetheart by Jeffrey Fitzgerald

“She’s mystery,” says Jeffrey Fitzgerald about Brackish Sweetheart.

Fitzgerald is a Maine artist and calls the beautiful town of Ogunquit home. There he is surrounded by the unique waters, known as brackish water. Where the river meets the ocean, the waters blend, swirl and swell to create something truly engaging.

“I spied last summer’s leaves in flux, the river’s freeloaders making their way downstream. The vines and ivy, suctioned and wrought, fully adorned to a big trunk,” says Fitzgerald. “The seaweed was circling and even a periwinkle and a pebble were afloat.”  This salt water spin caught his eye. “I look to bring these things together in Brackish Sweetheart. The painting is about growth and water caught in a spiral. It is the brew of river life meeting the sea.”

Fitzgerald, who works mostly in acrylics, finds the physical and emotional energy of the ocean and coastline. His paintings find a balance, story, and power between the creative process and the world as he sees it.

“This painting is about process and story along and among events. I endlessly break the day into compositions.  Those ephemeral moments become working paintings,” say Fitzgerald.  “It is much more than infatuation, the tug of desire to conjure tactile objects and places. Brackish Sweetheart is driven by gesture and color, but also by medium, brushstroke and negative space.”

Jeffrey Fitzgerald

To see more of Jeffrey Fitzgerald’s work, visit Maine Art Shows from June 10th to June 29th to see the 6th Annual Choice Art Show in person. We are located at 10 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. The gallery is open every day from 11AM – 5PM. FMI, please call at 207-967-0049 or email at info@maine-art.com.

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The 6th Annual Choice Art Show

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6th Annual Choice Art Show – Cliff House and Roses by Janis Sanders

06/19/2017 0 Comments
 

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Cliff House and Roses by Janis Sanders

“This spot at the end of land at Bailey Island, Maine is continually overflowing with beauty and drama. The surf somehow dips and pounds the shore even on, what appear to be, calm ocean water days,” says Janis Sanders. “The thud and thunder resonate through you.”

Sanders stumbled upon this location a few years ago when en route to home from mid-coast Maine in late in June. “The sun was getting low, casting gold like chiffon over every surface,” he remembers. “It was seemingly palpable in the crisp, cool, soft breeze. I wanted to savor it, absorb it.”

Like all artists, Sanders takes liberties in this painting to portray the contrast and juxtaposition of this scene the first moment he took it in. “I have these ‘Aaah!’ moments. They are filled with glee and delight,” says Janis about the inspirations for Cliff House and Roses. “The movement of something so grand, while we are so small. It happens in seconds. Then I have to figure out how to take those few fleeting moments of emotion, observation and interaction and put them to paint.”

Sanders emphasis is on the movement of the wind and tenaciousness of the grasses. He has bold, broad gestures to indicate the sway and the strong stance of the flora. “This place is not timid, nor is my application of paint. The paint can pile up, and does, adding an element of three dimension and power, “ says Sanders. “Theory says I could smooth it out, instinct says to leave it alone, let it speak.”

Janis Sanders

To see more of our Janis Sanders collection visit Maine Art Shows from June 10 to June 29 to see the 6th Annual Choice Art Show in person. We are located at 10 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. The gallery is open every day from 11AM – 5PM. FMI, please call at 207-967-0049 or email at info@maine-art.com.

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6th Annual Choice Art Show – “Beach Babes” by David Witbeck

06/18/2017 0 Comments
 

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David Witbeck’s work has a classic charm and character. He captures coastal life like no other New England artist. This year, however, he decided to use the Choice Art Show to play with another idea.

Witbeck says, “I’ve been painting my signature fishermen for eleven years. They’ve become my identity as an artist, but it’s not all I am.” David goes on to explain, “A couple years ago, I did a series of nudes that were great fun to do and a lot of people seemed to enjoy them. Yet, it takes a brave person to buy one and hang it in the family home,” he pauses, “though there were a couple.”

Time passed, and Witbeck’s pile of figure drawings continued to grow. Recently, he revisited the idea with the addition of bathing suits. This time painting his ‘girls’ in a more stylized manner.

“Before fishermen or BF as I like to say, I’d often create very minimalist paintings. The composition is much more important than the nominal subject matter. Think Milton Avery and Diebenkorn,” Witbeck refers to two influential painters.  “My new ‘beach babes’ incorporate the nudes of a couple years ago and early minimal paintings of ten-plus years ago. Conceptually they are not that far removed from the rest of my oeuvre.”

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The underlying concern in all Witbeck’s work is composition, shape, and, to a lesser extent, color. It’s more obvious in the Beach Babes.

“I struggled hard not to model the shapes to give the illusion of a third dimension. They’re deliberately flat. Although, I couldn’t stop myself from penciling in the suggestion of facial features,” says Witbeck. “Then I decided to name them with common names, just as I do with the fishermen and lobstermen.”

David did comment that the names may or may not reference real women, in case anyone is wondering. Here at Maine Art, we love celebrating the women of summer in all shapes in sizes.

David Witbeck

If you are interested in getting to know all the Beach Babes, visit Maine Art Shows from June 10th to June 29th to see the 6th Annual Choice Art Show in person. We are located at 10 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. The gallery is open every day from 11AM – 5PM. FMI, please call at 207-967-0049 or email at info@maine-art.com.

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6th Annual Choice Art Show – “Sailor’s Delight” by Holly Ready

06/16/2017 0 Comments
 

Sailors Delight - Holly Ready

Holly Ready is known for her amazing Maine skies. She captures both sunrises and sunsets with such vivid color, she rivals Mother Nature herself.

“With all my paintings, luminosity is an important element.  It is usually the vehicle that involves the viewer with my work,” says Ready. “Each painting starts out with careful attention to the composition.  The process of layering shapes of color on a clean canvas, using value, temperature and intensity, becomes an intuitive dance of the senses. Eventually, the painting evolves and takes on it’s own personality once the colors start interacting.”

Having lived along the Maine coast for most of her life, she is compelled to express onto canvas the feelings of excitement, peace and contentment she derives from her surroundings.

“It’s the feelings I’m trying to transfer to the viewer in my work,” say Ready. “Be it a crashing wave, a peaceful marsh or a vibrant sunset, each convey a feeling, a time of day, and a time of life.”

For Ready, Sailor’s Delight is a close-up of that special time of day when the sun sinks quickly and the changing light creates vibrant colors in the clouds, but then vanishes into night.

“I loved the process of painting this painting because of the abstraction in the shapes and the layering of these shapes and colors to create that burst of intense light. It is that moment of splendor,” says Ready. “It is my ‘ah-ha’ moment.”

Holly Ready

Visit Maine Art Shows from June 10th to June 29th to see the 6th Annual Choice Art Show in person. We are located at 10 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. The gallery is open every day from 11AM – 5PM. FMI, please call 207-967-0049 or emai info@maine-art.com.

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 6th Annual Choice Art Show

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6th Annual Choice Art Show – “Dining Alfresco” by William B. Hoyt

06/14/2017 0 Comments
 

Dinner Alfresco by William B. Hoyt

Choosing a favorite painting is not always an easy task for an artist. This year, however, William B. Hoyt did not find his decision difficult.

“Oh, this painting was an easy choice for me. It’s an illustration of the Maine state motto,” laughs Hoyt as he goes on to explain. “My daughter, Gwen, her husband and their four children come to Maine in the summer. Their house looks out on Gilkey Harbor in Islesboro. It’s a good stopover for the windjammers. They come sailing in at the end of the day and drop anchor, often leaving their mainsails up until everything else is settled.”

Hoyt is a lover of all things Maine, especially the sailboats, and often his imagination and attention are caught by the simple things Maine has to offer.

“The setting sun bathed us in light when it dropped below the eaves of the porch. The water sparkled and danced with it,” says Hoyt. “I have to pinch myself when a scene like this unfolds before me. It’s practically sensory overload.”

Even though Hoyt’s home and studio are in Vermont, his heart is often in Maine. His summer travels bring him in and out of the most remote parts of our coast, both by land and by sea. It is what gets him through those long snows of winter.

“I save the beauty of these moments for later, sometimes months later. In the dead of winter when snow is piling up on my skylights, I have to stop painting to go out and clear it off, shovel the walk, and put more wood in the stove. Then I am able to go back to ‘work’ and paint and enjoy ‘the way life should be’ and that brief perfect moment of summer.”

Dining Alfresco is just one of three pieces from William B. Hoyt in the 6th Annual Choice Art Show. Visit Maine Art Shows from June 10th to June 29th to see the 6th Annual Choice Art Show in person. We are located at 10 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. The gallery is open every day from 11AM – 5PM. FMI, please call at 207-967-0049 or email at info@maine-art.com.

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6th Annual Choice Art Show – “Marsh Sky IV” by Margaret Gerding

06/12/2017 0 Comments
 

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Marsh Sky IV

Margaret Gerding lives locally and is able to truly capture the southern Maine area. Margaret’s Artist’s Choice in this year’s Choice Art Show, Marsh Sky IV, was inspired by an early morning jaunt down the road to Goose Rocks Beach.

“The clouds held a multitude of colors, yet somehow remained gentle and soft. It is this sense of calm that I hope is portrayed here,” says Gerding. “After my first full year living in Kennebunkport, I have realized my love for the salt marsh is so dependent on its connection with the sky. Until I experienced it day after day, I didn’t recognize how different and strong the coastal light is. Each day offers something new.”

The locals and the tourists alike recognize these marshes and have fallen in love with them as Gerding has. “I have always been drawn to this area where the meandering waterways change with the tides, the long grass shows its golden colors, and the protective stance of distant trees is forever present.”

When Margaret Gerding begins to look forward to spring each year, she gives herself a “push” to get excited again. Whether it be through color, especially yellow, or exploring different subject matters like strong clouds and flowers.

“I have always loved painting flowers. They give me a burst of color and subject matter I can have in front of me,” says Gerding.  “After working the winter months from sketches and pictures this is very welcome. By April I miss painting outside and the flowers remind me of things to come.” Gerding has also traveled extensively, and recalling those memories continues to inspire. “I loved France and the lavender fields, and the sunflower fields of Italy,” she says.

While most people are running to the store for milk and supplies for the March/April snow storms, Gerding is scurrying off to the grocery store in search of flowers in order to keep painting. Her teaching schedule is geared toward the winter months, so she can leave warm weather open for lots of plein air and studying.

Marsh Sky IV is one of three pieces from Margaret Gerding in the 6th Annual Choice Art Show. Visit Maine Art Shows from June 10th to June 29th to see the 6th Annual Choice Art Show in person. We are located at 10 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. The gallery is open every day from 11AM – 5PM. FMI, please call at 207-967-0049 or email at info@maine-art.com.

Margaret Gerding

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Charles Bluett – A New Artist at Maine Art

06/01/2017 0 Comments
 

Along the Coast

This is always an exciting time for us here at Maine Art. With so much going on this summer already, it is an added bonus to be able to introduce you to another amazing New England artist, Charles Bluett.

Charles was born in Brussels, Belgium in 1965 where his parents happened to be working at the time. Both his parents are English, however, so they soon moved to the county of Kent, England, where he grew up.

Bluett says, “At 13, we moved again. Westminster, the heart of London, was quite the opposite from Kent’s natural beauty. We lived about 700 meters from Big Ben, the iconic Houses of Parliament and five minutes from the Old Tate gallery, before the New Tate was constructed on the South Bank of the Thames. This is where I first discovered my passion for art, but especially painting. I spent many hours sitting in the Rothko Room there, surround by his ethereal color panels.”

Bluett has spent the best part of his adult life in the US. He didn’t start painting in earnest until he moved to New York City as a young man back in the late 1980’s. Even then, it was purely as a thing he took huge private pleasure from doing; a hobby.

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“It was a visit from Charlie Phillips who changed all that. Charlie ran an influential gallery in the West End of London with Harry Blain. He came to the house for dinner, saw my work, and offered me my first solo exhibition. This was back in the early 90’s. In the same month, I was also selected by The Royal Academy of Art in Piccadilly, the epicenter of British art for centuries, to feature in the Annual Summer Exhibition. This is where I sold my first work ever commercially. It was a great honor and a humbling experience. I remember taking my dear mother up the hallowed steps of the Royal Academy the day before the opening of the exhibit. We viewed my work in the most prestigious art institution in England. She had always been very supportive of my painting, and this was a definite ‘ah-ha’ moment for me.”

Bluett had a number of solo exhibitions in London and the US, but it was not until January of 2016, that life finally showed him that he must do this full time.

“Life is simply too short not to follow your passion. My wife had fallen ill with cancer, and after we were blessed to come through the other side, I decided it was time to stop compromising and use the gift I had been given to its fullest.”

For Bluett, this decision stays with him daily. After he spends what he considers a highly productive day completing a piece of work, he leaves his studio for the day walking backwards. He stares at the final piece through his studio door windows and contemplates.

“I am always still considering whether it is complete or not. Then, I turn toward the outdoor view ahead of me and see a twilight sky, a blazon sunset or simple tree line, and I am filled with so much color and energy. I smile to myself, realizing I should never take myself that seriously. In all I do, given what is laid out before me by ‘the powers that be’ in such scale and natural wonder, I keep perspective. I always try hard to be a part of it all. It is the important message I am left with, and I enjoy and relish the gifts I have been given, whatever they may be. This always makes me smile. Thankfully, it happens very often.”

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Bluett currently resides in Vermont with his lovely and hugely understanding wife, Suzy, his two kids, Ty and India, and a large number of critters, from horses to cats and dogs.

Be on the lookout for more posts about Charles Bluett, his inspirations and his process. His work is like no other in our gallery and certainly is worth a peek in person. We are open every day, but please check our website for hours.

**If you can’t make it to the Kennebunks soon, check out our complete collection of his work on his artist page. Charles Bluett – Artist Page.

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Rebecca Kinkead’s Spring Show

05/18/2017 2 Comments
 

Barn Owl (Blue Yonder) - Rebecca Kinkead

When an artist loves and is inspired by her subjects, the joy and passion is evident in the work. It emanates from the canvas and the room is filled. Beginning Memorial Day weekend, the entire first floor of Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture will be filled with the joy and passion of artist, Rebecca Kinkead.

John Spain, owner of Maine Art says, “This is Rebecca’s second show with Maine Art. We were incredibly happy with the success of her first show with us last summer. The gallery was visited by collectors from across New England. Kinkead’s work is like no other artist we represent. There is an energy and life she creates with her medium. It simply must be seen to be appreciated.”

Kinkead’s process is a bit different from classic oil painting. With the addition of chalk powder and linseed oil, she creates a concoction she can seriously get her hands into. For her, it is more than just a physical process, it is a feeling.

Kinkead explains, “Paint and wax are layered, dripped and scraped to create a sense that the subject is still emerging…still ‘becoming’. When I begin a painting, I often start with my fingers in the wax/paint mixture. I feel the form with my fingers. The more familiar the form, like my dogs, the easier it flows. Working with my hands allows me to find the form faster, easier, and more naturally.”

Fetch (Sunrise) - Rebecca Kinkead

Her dogs, all three of them, are featured in one of her many series, aptly named, Fetch. This year’s show will also contain works from her Traveler and Cannonball collections, which feature children. The inspiration for these pieces is a personal one, as well.

“A few years back I received a Christmas card from a friend. Her daughter was on top of a mountain leaning into the wind. I remember that feeling, that freedom. It reminded me of trust – trusting one’s self and trusting one’s environment,” says Kinkead. “I think some of my best paintings have come from trusting my gut, letting go, and not thinking too much, the same way children often do.”

Meadow Bloom - Rebecca Kinkead

Kinkead’s first degree was from the University of Vermont. Yet it was while she was working on her Master’s Degree in Experiential Learning at Minnesota State University, Mankato, that she found her love of ceramics. Soon after that graduation, however, when in a tiny studio apartment in Boston with room for an easel only, she tucked away her clay and picked up her paintbrush.

“I have painted professionally since 1999. In 2009, I made the move to my present studio in Vermont,” says Kinkead. “I had worked in acrylics for seven years. In the past, I didn’t have the open space or ventilation for oil. Once I moved to Vermont, this was no longer a problem. It took me almost six years to get to know this new medium, but I will never go back. Oil is just delicious to work with.”

Rebecca Kinkead

Rebecca Kinkead’s one-woman show opens Saturday, May 27, with a an artist’s reception that same evening from 5-7 pm. The show runs through Thursday, June 17. Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture, at 14 Western Avenue in Kennebunk, is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm. FMI call 207-967-2803. Kinkead’s show can be viewed online beginning Thursday, May 25, at www.maine-art.com/shows.

To see all of our collection of Kinkead’s work click here. Rebecca Kinkead – Artist Page

To read more about Rebecca, her process, and her craft click here.  Rebecca Kinkead – Artist Insights