New Manager at Maine Art Prints and Framing – Opening This Spring!

01/18/2018 0 Comments
 
New Manager at Maine Art Prints and Framing – Opening This Spring!

Over the last few weeks, we have shared much about all the changes and additions that are going on here at Maine Art.  With Paintings and Sculptures, Shows and The Hill all experiencing some sort of growth and change, new staff has become a must.

When Natalie, our former Gallery Manager now Gallery Director, took on her new role, one of the duties she had to give up was framing.  Even though she loves it, is tremendously good at it, and will miss it, it was time to hire someone to make both prints and framing their primary job. Of course, if you are going to hire a person, you might as well give them a brand new store to work in! Last week we told you all about the new shop at Maine Art Hill, Maine Art Prints and Framing. (Click here to read more.)

Those of you that know and love Natalie understand how particular and professional she is. For her to give this role over to someone else, they had to be good! So who is going to be the face of this new venture? None other than one of Natalie’s former proteges, Louann McDonald.

Louann worked for Natalie years ago at a frame shop where Natalie was the manager.  She trained her and worked together well. She was the first person Natalie thought of when this position became available.

Louann was born and raised in South Portland and is a local girl at heart. She came from a large family, six brothers and one sister. “My sister was a godsend. With six brothers we needed each other often,” says McDonald. “However, my husband Chris and I have only son, who is in high school. We do have many nieces and nephews, though.” Louann loves the area and even after the wandering of her youth, she came back to southern Maine and decidedly calls it home.

Her college years were spent at St. Michaels College in Vermont where she not only earned her BA in Art but played basketball for this small Division II school. With her background in art, she was still drawn to the retail setting and immediately was tagged “management material”. From apparel to art she has had experience with running a small business. So when Natalie called, she was intrigued. She was a bit sad that this time we don’t have any hoops schedule to be installed at the gallery, but we convinced her Maine Art was a place she could easily snuggle in and find a place for herself.

In Louann’s free time the kitchen has long been a place to create, both cooking and baking. Anyone worth their salt in the food industry knows what an art working with food can be.  “I’m not ready for Masterchef or Chopped if you watch these shows,  but I find the confines of my kitchen therapeutic,” laughs McDonald.  Louann also enjoys the art of writing, mostly calligraphy. The peaceful feeling found while working in this medium brings joy and calm to what can often be a crazy world. “Throw in a great glass of wine, my dog, and the perfect non-fiction book, and I am a happy girl,” says McDonald.

The only thing that would make it better, travel. “The very top of my bucket list is Ireland.  I love the history and the music of the area and would love to put my feet on their soil,” shares McDonald.

Louann begins her work here at Maine Art the first of February.  We are excited to introduce her to the staff, and our artists and clients.

Remember February brings our 25% off Custom Framing Sale, which will be held at the 14 Western Ave location. We are welcoming her in, but putting her right to work! Please stop in and say hello. Check out our website for February hours by clicking here.

Hope to see you soon.

Big News in Prints and Framing at Maine Art Gallery in Kennebunk

01/11/2018 0 Comments
 

Every February, we thank our customers by celebrating the custom framing aspect of our gallery with the 25% off Custom Framing Sale. This year will be no different. However, this will be the last year we celebrate it at Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture at 14 Western Ave. As many of you know, things are changing here at Maine Art, and prints and framing will undergo some of the biggest changes.

Twenty-six years ago, John Spain purchased Kennedy Studios. It was a small print and framing shop across the street from where Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture is now, in what the locals lovingly call the Mole Hole Building. Prints and custom picture framing was what we did. I took years to slowly grow the original works side of our business, but grow it did. Soon we needed a bigger space.

When Spain moved the business to the present location across the street at 14 Western Ave, the frame shop went with him. We kept select prints from artists for whom we also carry their original works, but our business turned mainly to paintings. Presently, the frame shop is behind the scenes, but still a service we happily provide for not only our clients but many of our artists. Most of the original works hanging in the gallery are not framed. By having the frame shop at hand, we are able to assist our clients to find framing that not only enhances the piece but fits their personal style and the style of the room it will soon call home.

As the years passed and we continued to grow, Spain was happy to pass the “framing” torch on to our then gallery manager, Natalie Lane. For the last eleven years, she has been in charge of our framing department. We have continued to expand that part of the business, however, both in staff and supplies. We have a growing selection of frames, in addition to all the tools needed to create quality work. A year ago one of our staff, Patrick Harrison, was trained and soon became Natalie’s extra set of hands. But still, there are times when framing felt like a full-time job. Then this past fall, Natalie became our gallery director and she too has expanded her workload. We needed to make some changes. What is a growing gallery to do when they just keep growing!

With quite a bit of deliberation and the addition of new gallery spaces for the Maine Art family, we have decided to open a gallery space that will solely be the home for all of our framing and prints. Maine Art Prints and Framing. Phew! Now what?

This new space will be the cornerstone of the Maine Art Hill galleries. The small original house which occupied the property since the mid-70s is being moved to the back of the lot and redesigned to meet our growing print and framing needs. (Unit 6, the tan one, second from the right.) We have hired a brand new full-time frame shop manager, Louann McDonald, who will not only design and frame, but discover, order, and stock our new and expanded print selection. We will continue to carry your favorite prints from artists like Hoyt and Witbeck. Yet, we are looking forward to expanding the selection of their prints, as well as prints from new and present artists. Like all the galleries at Maine Art Hill, we are hoping to open by the first of May.

“We are excited that we will be able to offer not only a wider variety of custom frames but also an extensive new selection of high-quality prints,” said owner John Spain. “Prints and framing are where this business began. I can’t imagine a better way to honor those beginnings than to go back to them, and make them better than ever.”

Our January hours are Thursday through Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. February will bring our Annual 25% off Custom Framing Sale, and we will be open more hours to serve you better. Louann begins work February first, just in time for our annual February framing sale. Please check the website for current hours and stop in to introduce yourself and say hello.

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Maine Art Pop-Up – A New and Unique Gallery for Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk

12/26/2017 0 Comments
 
Maine Art Pop-Up – A New and Unique Gallery for Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk

Maine Art Paintings & Sculpture introduced our newest gallery space in the Maine Art family, Maine Art Hill. This collection of seven micro-galleries will be home to high-quality artists and artisans and add to our lovely coastal community which is quickly becoming known as Maine’s premier art destination.

Four of the seven spaces are already spoken for and under contract. The amount of interest in the remaining three is overwhelming, and we expect to have them filled before January comes to a close. The enthusiasm is a wonderful surprise, and we are looking forward to announcing the occupants soon.

With all that said, it is our newest and most unique gallery space, MAINE ART POP-UP, that has us so excited to meet fabulous creatives from all over.

For collectors and visitors in the area, this will be a wonderful place to find new and interesting artists and artisans. Each week a new pop-up will take over and share their work. It will be an opportunity to see some of the finest art from throughout New England and beyond. However, for the artists and artisans, it will be a very different opportunity.

This gallery/retail space is available for weekly rentals by guest artists and artisans. The high vaulted ceiling and beautiful north facing windows fill the space with that magical light all artists love. We have equipped the space with hanging systems and quality art lighting. This brand new build out also includes all utilities, Wi-Fi, water, and heat/air conditioning.

One of the other perks of Maine Pop-Up, or at least we think it is, is our marketing and social media presence. When booking a week with us, we will not only include business names, hashtags, and web links on our year-round calendar, but they will be on our social media and marketing blitzes for that week. We have a fabulous new marketing director, and she is loving the idea of partnering with the pop-ups and creating interesting and fun content.

Last but not least, location, location, location. An entire week right in the heart of the Kennebunk and Kennebunkport shopping area. Our walking traffic is crazy as soon as spring hits and doesn’t slow down until the famous Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude festivities come to a close.

It is our hope that by offering this space we can help create a vibrant, ever-changing atmosphere and encourage long-lasting connections between artists, artisans, and clients.

Weekly rates range from $700-$1150 depending on the time of year. FMI contact Trisha Winslow at 207-951-0984 or trisha@maine-art.com.

*If interested in a year-round rental contact John Spain at john@maine-art.com or call the gallery at 207-967-2803.