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.
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.
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.
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.
Celebrate what you want to see more of. ~ Tom PetersCheers 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
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
photo credit to Greg Burke, VisitMaine.net
To read a more detailed account of one of last years tours visit www.kennebunkportmainelodging,com
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For the month of February, Kennebunkport is turning red – every shade of red. Driven by the Kennebunkport Resort Collection, we are embracing the month of February and all it stands for. The town will transform its normal winter wonderland into a sea of scarlet lights and ribbons. Visitors will find amazing deals on hotels stays, restaurants and of course, shopping. If you are in doubt for what to do to celebrate this very special time of year, look no further; Kennebunkport is ready and waiting for you to Paint the Town Red.
Audrey Hepburn, the woman that personifies the color, said, “There is a shade of red for every woman.” Whether it be crimson, rose or ruby, we all love our favorite shades. The artists at Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture do too. They know how to capture not only your interest, but your emotions with sweeps and strokes of this most remarkable color. “Red is the color of extremes. It’s the color of passionate love, seduction, violence, danger, anger and adventure,” says Color Matters. “It is the color of energy and primal life forces.” Our very own Robin Mix is skilled at swirling this fire and spirit into his glass sculptures. Pieces like Temple of Doom and Roualt Red with Orange are filled with power, or you can find the calm and gentle love delicately blended in pinks in his piece Pink Smoke.
The walls of Maine Art are proof of the varied emotions this color can produce. The bright reds Mother Nature herself provides, especially in the flora that surround our state, bring a smile and much happiness with just a glimpse. They are a reminder of love and passion even in nature. Karen McManus, Sandra L. Dunn and Monique Sakellarios all capture this in acrylic. Summer Harbor Hollyhocks, Opium Field and Paula’s Poppies will bring joy to any room.
There is the fun and whimsy of a carefree color that excites both adventure and amusement. Though their works are very different, each of these artists loves the effect this color produces. Home Slice by Trip Park, William B. Hoyt’s Clippers and Dillan, David Whitbeck’s much loved lobsterman, each grab your attention. Amazingly, not only does the wonderful red tone catch your eye, it holds it.
Lastly, you will find the classic red that is scattered throughout Maine. Her barns and boats come alive with dark shades of crimson and cinnamon. They are iconic. In Russia, the word “red” means beautiful. No other word is necessary for the feelings of home and warmth that radiate from works like Mountain Barns from Janis H. Sanders, The Red Peaked House by Abbie Williams and Lucky Day from William B. Hoyt. Each draws us in and reminds us of the comfort found inside these places.
So bring your woman or man, or even just yourself, to the coast of Maine this February and help us celebrate the love found here. Eat, drink, shop and play in Kennebunkport. We welcome you to visit Maine Art at 14 Western Avenue to check out all artists or visit us at www.maine-art.com.
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To say the opening of the Choice Art Show was a success is an understatement, if we do say so ourselves. The hard work and dedication the staff put into making this event happen was certainly rewarded. Even Mother Nature took her role seriously yesterday. By five o’clock the sky was clear and the sun was out. She even provided a slight breeze to carry the musical stylings of Max Garcia Conover from the front porch through the open door of Maine Art Shows.
Many of the artists were on hand to give a personal invitation into each piece. It was a joy to hear visitors engage in conversation regarding the artists’ process and style, their influence and approach, and even their life and family. To hear the passion and inspiration behind their work is something beautiful and extraordinary. Very few buyers have this opportunity to make a connection with the work they choose to hang in their homes.
If additional questions needed answering, John Spain, owner of the gallery, was on hand. Ever the dapper host, he embraced the Kennebunkport Festival in style, all the way from his blue plaid cap to his matching Chuck Taylors. It certainly made him easy to find when information was needed or introductions wanted. The knowledge John has of his gallery and artists, as well as a memory for guests and buyers is amazing. He is invested in making Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture a place where people feel comfortable and welcome.
On the lines of comfortable and welcome, Donna Speirs, our in-house caterer, complimented the paintings well with her own culinary artistry. Stuffed mushrooms, tenderloin bruschetta, and chocolate covered strawberries were just a few of her specialties. The only thing better than spending an afternoon surrounded by exquisite art is accompanying it with exquisite food. In the past, Maine Art Shows has always held memorable openings, but yesterday’s Choice Art Show was an event inspired by the true spirit of the Kennebunkport Festival.
If you were not able to attend the opening, know that the show runs until June 25th, and we’d love to have you experience it for yourself. Maine Art Shows is open from 11-5 daily, so stop by 10 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. Remember to visit www.maine-art.com for a virtual tour. A collection for each artist is available on their Artist Page.
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Before we start in on what today brings, we have to give a huge Thank You! to a few folks for last night. First off, One Dock Prime rocked it! What a perfect way to start of this week. After cocktails we were lucky enough to spend the evening in Jay and Erica Knudsen’s home with a crazy group of wonderful people. Artist Jill Valliere, Sponsor Tom LaPierre from LaPierre Stone, Maine Media Collective’s Emily McConnell, and of course the fabulous Chef Cara Stadler from Tao Yuan, thank you so much. Kudos to everyone involved in the Kennebunkport Festival, last night was amazing.
Today’s calendar of events is just as crazy and just as wonderful as yesterday’s. And, of course, Maine Art Painting and Sculpture will be celebrating the best of it. Our artists, David Witbeck, Ellen Welch Granter, Henry Isaacs, Jeffrey T. Fitzgerald, and Philip Frey are all having artwork delivered as we speak to the homes hosting dinners tonight and they will be in on the festivities tonight, as well.
Everything begins at the Colony Resort at 140 Ocean Ave in Kennebunkport for cocktails around 5pm. John and the artists will be milling around enjoying all the wonderful treats the Colony has to offer, and listening to the wonders of Dominic Lavoie, a Portland area musician. It is sure to be a perfect way to kick off the second night of the Art of Dining. There are still a few tickets available at the Kennebunkport Festival website.
Tonight you will find David Witbeck and his collection of fun and interesting Maine characters at the home of the Raffaellis, whom have graciously opened their home yet again this year. Chef Harding Lee Smith from The Rooms will be joining them. The Rooms, refers to several of Smith’s Portland restaurants. All of which are worth a visit if you are in Portland. This is sure to be a dinner to remember.
Ellen Welch Granter and some of her new work will be found at the Turner/Bull residence tonight. Chef Jeff Buerhaus of Walters will be wooing the guests with his Asian, Mediterranean and Caribbean inspired menu. This is a lucky crowd to be feasting on such fabulous artwork and food all in one beautiful place.
Dinner at the Hurlbutts’ is sure to be one of the highlights of the Festival again this year. They were gracious enough to open their home to both artist Henry Isaacs and Chef Guy Hernandez of Lolita. Henry will be sharing some of his best and newest pieces from the Choice Art Show and Guy will be offering up the flavors, traditions, and simplicity of the Mediterranean cuisine from his restaurant on Munjoy Hill in Portland. Everyone will be very well taken care of at the Hurlbutts’ tonight.
The stunning artwork of Jeffrey T. Fitzgerald graces the walls of the Taranto/Ellms home this evening. Fitzgerald will be joined by Chef Chris Wilcox of the Velveteen Habit in Cape Neddick. The Velveteen Habit is said to be a place that invokes, “…memories of family gatherings where food was made for comfort and nourishment and families gather together to share stories and make memories.” A few more memories will be made tonight thanks to all involved with making this dinner happen.
Even though Philip Frey isn’t a Choice Art Show artist, he is one of Maine Arts Paintings and Scultpure’s featured artists this summer. He also loves a good time for a great cause and is happy to be a part of the Art of Dining party at the Rice home. Chef Emil Rivera of Sur Lie on Free Street in Portland is the second half of the talent joining this gathering. While Frey will be sharing pieces from his extensive collection, Chef Rivera will be sharing the progressive and delectable plates and snacks from the cool new restaurant that is rocking Portland.
The Philip Frey Show, New Works, will start June 27th at Maine Art Shows and run to July 16th.
Well…that is what we are eating tonight.
Then its on to the After Party!
Stripers at 133 Ocean Ave., right here in Kennebunk, is hosting this complimentary event starting at 9pm. It will be a great way to work off some of this food! Todd the Rocket will be our DJ and Maine Art will be there to celebrate the end of another successful day of the Kennebunkport Festival. Come wrap up the night with us – you can sleep next week!
Remember to stop in at Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture as you wander around Kennebunkport, or visit us on line at maine-art.com.