The Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Kennebunkport’s Christmas Prelude

11/22/2017 0 Comments
 
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Kennebunkport’s Christmas Prelude

While most of us have just settled in for our annual feast of turkey and all the fixings, or maybe by now it is time for a quick, merely a blink, afternoon, full-belly nap, many around Kennebunk and Kennebunkport are fixing to begin one of the biggest and most celebrated times of our year, Christmas Prelude.

Photo by KennebunkportMaineLodging.com

Photo by KennebunkportMaineLodging.com

Kennebunkport’s Christmas Prelude begins Thursday, November 30, with evening events. There is a brief pause mid-week, then we begin again for the second weekend and run through Sunday, December 10. Voted the #2 Christmas Town in America by HGTV and designated as one of the Top 100 Events in North America for 2015 by ABA, Kennebunkport’s Christmas Prelude is a winter destination for many across the country. This will be the 36th year of festivities and each year it is better and better.

Officially the kick off is the tree lighting in Dock Square at 5:30 pm on Friday, December 1. The square is full of folks who have wandered in to celebrate our classic Maine Christmas. Come and join the Christmas caroling with the Kennebunk High School Chamber Choir. A huge thank you to Kennebunk Savings for sponsoring this event.

For nine straight days, you will find interesting local fun scattered across town. There is something for everyone. From chowder cook-offs and parades to beer tasting and, of course, the Village Art Walk, Passport to Prelude is on Friday, December 8 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Stop by and get your “Passport to Prelude” stamped at participating Village Art Walk galleries, including Maine Art.  Pick up your free Passport at participating galleries or the Chamber of Commerce Kiosk, 1 Chase Hill Road, Kennebunk (across from H.B. Provisions) as early as December 1. Collect your stamps through the last day of Prelude, December 10 for your chance to win prizes! See the website for details.

The Kennebunk Business Association has an all-inclusive website to help both locals and visitors maneuver their way around town. Everything from parking to tickets to activities can be found on this page. https://www.christmasprelude.com. Activities begin Thursday, December 2 at 2:00 pm. See the schedule for details.

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However, try KennebunkportMaineLodging.com if you are looking for local insight and info. It is a wonderful site to find detailed descriptions of all the events, as well as recommendations for lodging and restaurants. The owners are locals and love to share the inside scoop on how to make the most of any trip to the Kennebunks. Click here for their Prelude Page. (A big thank you to them, as well, for allowing us to use their images in this post.)

As always we are open and celebrating right along with you. Our hours during the festivities will be:

12/1: 10am-8pm

12/2: 10am-8pm

12/3: 10am-6pm

12/8: 10am-8pm

12/9: 10am-6pm

12/10: 10am-5pm

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Shakespeare at Maine Art Gallery in Kennebunk

08/03/2017 0 Comments
 
Shakespeare at Maine Art Gallery in Kennebunk

Come and join Maine Art and MaineStage Shakespeare on Tuesday, August 8th. The actors and actresses, in full costume, will wander among Lyman Whitaker’s Wind Sculptures at 14 Western Ave. in Kennebunk from 7:30 to sunset. They will share excerpts from their present production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

MaineStage Shakespeare is a nonprofit theater company founded in 2011. They are comprised of young, passionate theater artists from around the country who share the goal of fostering an influential resident Shakespeare company right here in Kennebunk.

MaineStage still has a few shows before they finish out their season.  Thursdays and Saturdays, they can be found in Lafayette Park in Kennebunk and Wednesday evenings they are at the Colony Hotel in Kennebunkport. On Fridays, they normally take their show on the road, so check their website for the entire show calendar. Click here for their calendar.

The theater group also offers a camp, Shake Stars, for those interested in learning more about the craft. Next week will be their last week of classes, but there is still room if you are interested. Click here for more info.

A huge thank you to Chiara Klein, Managing Artistic Director and Director of both plays this summer. We could not have made this happen without her willingness to “think outside the stage” and join us in the sculpture garden.

We hope to see you on Tuesday, as Shakespeare wanders through the Wind Sculptures.

Maine Art Gallery at 14 Western Avenue in Kennebunk from 7:30 to Sunset

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Attention Fathers and Children – It’s Mother’s Day

05/11/2017 0 Comments
 

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This weekend is all about the mothers.

They have earned a weekend of pampering and love. They have earned a bit of rest from the crazy. They have earned anything they darn well please. If you are at a loss as to how to make this happen for the mommas in your world, look no further than a visit to the Kennebunks.

Rumor is the sun may just peek out over the course of the weekend, but even if it is raining, there is still much to do. The majority of the restaurants, hotels and resorts are open for the summer season and are offering interesting and intriguing specials for this holiday weekend. If you are looking to celebrate, a place is easy to find. Our specialty shops are all spiffed up and waiting for visitors, as well. We are proud of the variety of stores that line Rt 35, Western Ave, Dock Square and Ocean Ave. If you are looking for a little peace and quiet, however, there is nothing better than a blanket on the beach, a picnic and a good book. Parking passes for the Kennebunk Beaches aren’t necessary until June 15th.

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No matter if you are coming for the entire weekend or just driving in for a day trip, there is something for everyone. Spas and shopping or hikes and bikes, it is easy to make a woman happy here on the coast of Maine. Of course, we always recommend a visit to Maine Art, but we promise to make it fun.

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A wander through our gallery is always a treat. We have a great deal of new work from our artists. They were incredibly busy over the winter.  We also have a new artist, Charles Bluett, whose work is fabulous. If you are looking for art or perhaps a Wind Sculpture guaranteed to make any mother smile, we are happy to help you find just the right piece.

You can find us at 14 Western Ave in Kennebunk. We will be open all weekend from 10-5. Many of our staff live locally and are happy to help with recommendations for things to do. Since Sunday is Mother’s Day, we have given many of our mommas the day off, however, we happily put owner, John Spain, to work for the weekend. He has been in town for over twenty-five years, so you will be well taken care of.

A few other websites you may find helpful:

https://www.facebook.com/kennebunkport/

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One Way or Another – The Mathew J. Lanigan Bridge

03/09/2017 0 Comments
 

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It has been in the planning for a while now, but the actual construction – and destruction, began right after Christmas. Many businesses in the port, who remain open throughout the winter, were worried about access. However, the town has made sure that customers can get to where they need to be, one way or another.

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The weather in February put a damper on progress, but by Tuesday, February 21, the pedestrian walkway between Kennebunk and Kennebunkport opened. So for now, you have two choices for visiting. You can reach us by coming into town on Log Cabin Road, parking behind Alisson’s Restaurant in the public lot and enjoying the new walkway. You can also come in Route 9 from Wells or Route 35 from Kennebunk and park right at the gallery.

We have four spots in front of Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture on Western Ave, as well as a few behind the building.  If by any chance these are full, we have three additional spots at the top of Chase Hill at Maine Art Shows.

“Walking the footbridge” has become a bit of a right of passage for winter residents and visitors.  It is fun, novel and allows an up-close and personal look at the progress of the bridge. It is a nice way to wander between the shops and restaurants of Lower Village and Kennebunkport. You can’t use the Mathew J. Lanigan Bridge as a throughway by car, at least not for a couple months. However, we wanted to remind you that we are all still very much up and running down here by the river if you don’t mind the walk.

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We hope you take a day, enjoy this spring sunshine we have been blessed with, and come #bravethebridge.

Lanigan Bridge News, on Facebook is a fabulous place to stay updated on the progress of the construction. Even if you are not a Facebook user, you can see the development as it moves forward. Right now, this is what the schedule looks like: March 11-13: The in-water pier demolition takes place with the tides, which will include nighttime work. April 20 (tentative): Bridge reopens to traffic (one-way). May 25 (tentative): Project complete. The Chamber of Commerce is also putting together Demolition Survival Kits for local residents – more details soon!

Watch the bridge repair live with the new LIVE BRIDGE CAM

We hope to see you soon. Take lots of pictures and remember to tag us at #maineartgallery and the bridge at #bravethebridge. Check out our website for our winter hours and visit soon.

   

Painting the Town Red

01/19/2017 3 Comments
 

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Over the last few years, February has brought more than just ice and snow to the Kennebunks. Winter is long here in Maine, and we do what we can to celebrate it and enjoy every piece and part that makes us smile. So – in keeping with recent tradition – we will once more, “Paint the Town Red” and celebrate a little love.

For the entire month of February visitors and locals alike will find special deals, interesting events and wonderful surprises throughout Kennebunk and Kennebunkport. Eat, stay and play (and don’t forget skate) specials will run from January 28 – February 28, 2017.

The kick-off event began at David’s KPT on Saturday, January 28th at 7pm. FROSTED! is said to be a freezing good time. There was a custom ice bar with a luge, light fare by Chef David Turin, s’mores & hot chocolate bars, and entertainment.  Tickets included two signature drinks, with a cash bar available as well. Tickets were $50/pp in advance through Love KPT or $65/pp at the door. Remember this is only the beginning.  The complete schedule of events can be found by visiting the Event Page.

After this, the love keeps on flowing.  Here at Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture, we are offering 25% off select custom picture framing from February 2 through February 28th. Bring in your own artwork or have a new piece framed. Be sure to check our website for our hours for February. Many other shops are also offering specials, as well. River’s Edge Spa & Salon, Cottage Breeze Day Spa and Boutique, and Mainly Drizzle are just a few.  Check out the complete list on www.lovekpt.com.

Of course, if you are coming to the Kennebunks, you have to eat. It’s some of what we do best around here.  Even in the winter, there are so many amazing choices. To get you started there is not one, but two happy hours at Toroso, a Spanish tapas restaurant that is fairly new to town. You will find one early happy hour and another for late night snacks all winter long. Whatever suits your fancy. For dinner, Salt and Honey is offering a wonderfully Warm Dinner for Two: Pre-fix three-course dinner including a bottle of wine for $89.00, throughout the month of February.  Ports of Italy and The Kennebunkport Inn are both offering special events all month long. If you are staying for a few days, check out the entire list of specials on the Restaurant Page.

Staying over is always part of the fun. The Kennebunk Inn has a Valentine’s Day package. The Boathouse is offering a crazy engagement deal. Don’t forget Captain Lord Mansion, The Breakwater Inn and Spa and The Grand Hotel. There are so many to choose from. As before, a complete list is available on the Hotels Page.

For complete lists of events, offers and details – www.lovekpt.com Check out the top twenty five romantic ideas for the Kennebunks.

The Kennebunk-Kennebunkport-Arundel Chamber of Commerce is always a good source for anything Kennebunks.

Want more? Kennebunkport Maine Lodging.  These folks know, love and live the Kennebunks all year-long.

No matter what the weather, we welcome you to come and spend a little time in the Kennebunks. Winters are long – spend some time with friends and enjoy a “bit of summer” in Kennebunk and Kennebunkport.

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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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.

Maine Art Joins The Nonantum’s Kennebunkport Progressive Dinner Tour

05/19/2016 0 Comments
 

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This Sunday, May 22nd, Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture is happy to join The Nonantum Resort in hosting the first of two Spring Kennebunkport Progressive Dinners. May’s tour will be a small group visiting several of Kennebunk’s quality establishments in the resort shuttle. With only fourteen guests, this will be an intimate gathering. This visit will start with a private party at Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture for appetizers, followed by Jillyanna’s Woodfired Cooking School, Ports of Italy, Kennebunk, and One Dock Prime. At each stop guests will enjoy one course and a beverage.

Last year, the owner of Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture had the opportunity to experience one of these Progressive Dinner Tours. “It is a wonderful way to dine your way around Kennebunk and Kennebunkport,” says John Spain. “When The Nonantum approached us about being the kick-off location for this year’s spring tours, I thought it was a great idea.”

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The next scheduled Kennebunkport Progressive Dinner Tour will happen on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 19th. Again, Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture will be hosting the first stop. Guests will gather at Maine Art Shows for a cocktail and appetizers, and a private look at the Choice Art Show. Other stops planned are Salt & Honey and 95 Ocean at The Nonantum Resort. One more local restaurant will soon be announced.

The Nonantum Resort offers the tour as part of an overnight package. It includes two tickets to the Kennebunkport Progressive Dinner, breakfast the next day, and two Nonantum Resort etched wine glasses to take home as a souvenir. To book online click here. Individual tickets can also be purchased for $95 pp by calling the resort at 207-967-4050. There are one or two tickets left for this Sunday’s event and several left for the event on Father’s Day.

Be looking for three more Kennebunkport Progressive Dinner Tours this fall.

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To read a more detailed account of one of last years tours visit www.kennebunkportmainelodging,com

 

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