Craig Mooney Opens at Maine Art

06/29/2017 0 Comments
 
Craig Mooney Opens at Maine Art

Artist Craig Mooney is stepping back to a time when art was an escape.

“People are always going to be in search of love. People are always going to be in search of adventure. People are always going to be in search of an escape,” says Mooney. “This show gives them all three.”

Celestial by Craig Mooney

Maine Art Shows is hosting Craig Mooney’s one-man show beginning July 1st. This show will run for three weeks and contain not only his classic semi-abstract seascapes and landscapes, but also some fabulous new figurative works.

Mooney says, “In this time and age we are entering, people are looking for an escape. This new series of work offers that. My recent works are more romantic motifs. I want to give people a place to go for a bit of peace. It’s that feeling found when spending time with a painting, then suddenly it captures you. It holds on, and you are there, even if only for a while. It’s more than just seeing it, it is feeling it. The work has to be sincere.”

Dory Calm by Craig Mooney Surf Riders by Craig Mooney

Born and raised in Manhattan, Mooney left the city in 1988 to attend Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, where he received a fine arts degree in 1992.  He secured his first large commissioned work from New York Hospital in 1995. “The work for the hospital turned into a series of works and more commissioned pieces for Cornell Medical College,” says Mooney. “Thanks in part to this early success, I was able move to rural Vermont and set up a studio.”

He is inspired by all the places he has called home – his native New York, the mountains and farms near his studio in Stowe, Vermont, and the beaches of Maine and Massachusetts where he spends as much time as he can.  Mooney imbues these semi-abstract renderings of place with emotions he feels are universal and timeless. “I love my studio in Vermont, but with all the time I spend in Kennebunk and the weekends I spend with family on Cape Cod, I have become a ‘coastal painter.’ I am not sure when it happened, but it is part of who I am now,” says Mooney.

The romance of his landscapes is also found in his figures. Amy Lewia, Maine Art’s Gallery Director, notes, ”I’m very excited about presenting some new imagery in this solo show. His figurative works and cityscapes are absolutely breathtaking, and we can’t wait to share more of them with our customers.”

Craig Mooney

Mooney looks forward to discussing his work and his process during his Artist Reception on Saturday, July 1st, from 5 to 7 PM.  This show runs though Thursday, July 20th. Maine Art Shows is at 10 Chase Hill Road and is open from 11AM to 5PM daily. If you can’t make it to town, please visit the show online by clicking here. FMI visit www.maine-art.com or call  207-967-2803.

To read more about Craig’s process and past – Craig Mooney – Artist Insights

To see Craig’s entire collection – Craig Mooney – Artist Page

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An Artists’ Reception – The Choice Art Show

06/11/2017 0 Comments
 

The 6th Annual Choice Art Show

We want to take time today to say THANK YOU! to all that were involved in the Kennebunkport Festival this week. It was a tremendous success. The incredible staff at Maine Media and all the volunteers and sponsors.

Maine Art wrapped up our week with the 6th Annual Choice Art Show Artist Reception at Maine Art Shows up on Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. We had an incredible turnout and celebrated in true Kennebunkport style.  It was lovely to have so many of our artists on hand to talk about their work and their process.  They are truly part of our family, and the Choice Show is a reunion of sorts for us.  Be sure to check the blog over the next few weeks for Artist Insights to their choice for the show.  It is always fun to see what they have to say.

Lastly, our events would not be the same without the help of our vendors. All three rooms and the outside porch were full to the brim with people enjoying the music from the Mike Walsh Trio out of Portsmouth. We binged on fabulous food from David Hurd, Personal Chef and Catering. And yes, we did raise a glass or two from Down East Wines in Kennebunk. Also check out Dave Dostie’s pics of our event at Kennebunkport Festival – Choice Art Show (coming soon). A huge thank you to all for helping in the success of the show.

If you missed the opening, but want a chance to see the show, it runs until Thursday, June 29. We are open every day from 11AM to 5PM. If you cannot make it to Kennebunk,  please check in out on line at www.maine-art.com and contact us if you have any further questions. 207-967-0049 or info@maine-art.com.

To read more about each artist click their name: Jennifer ClementJeffrey T. FitzgeraldMargaret GerdingEllen Welch GranterLiz HoagWilliam B. HoytHolly ReadyJanis H. SandersJill ValliereSusan WahlrabAbbie Williams, and David Witbeck.

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The 6th Annual Choice Art Show Opens June 10th

06/08/2017 0 Comments
 

THE CHOICE SHOW

On Saturday, June 10th, Maine Art Shows starts their summer season and, continuing with tradition, opens with The Annual Choice Art Show.  This is the sixth year for the Choice Art Show and, as always, the art stays true to the charm and appeal of the area. Twelve artists have submitted works celebrating every aspect of Maine life. This state is incredibly diverse, and all of its beauty is well represented.

The People’s Choice, the Editor’s Choice, and the Artist’s Choice make up the three works on display from each of the participating artists. The People’s Choice works are the first twelve pieces curated for the show. Thank you to all of our voters this year! The voting results were made public this week, and we were very impressed with this year’s choices. The other two will remain a secret until this Saturday, when the show opens at 11 a.m.

Amy Lewia, Maine Art’s Gallery Director says, “We keep the Editor’s Choice and the Artist’s Choice a secret until the show opens. This year’s artists’ submissions were incredible. Not only was it a difficult choice for the voters, the artists themselves struggled with deciding on a favorite.”

Rebecca Falzano, Editor-In-Chief at Maine Home+Design and Maine Magazine, and the woman behind our Editor’s Choice, also took on this challenge. She chose the second twelve of the thirty-six pieces in the show, one from each artist. This is her first year participating in the decision making process for the Choice Show. The two magazines are publications of Maine Media Collective, the producer and promoter of the Kennebunkport Festival.

John Spain, owner of Maine Art says, “We love having one of the editors from Maine Media help curate this show.  They have been involved in the Editor’s Choice since the beginning,” says Spain. “Keeping tradition is important. The Choice Art Show is something our clients look forward to each year. They are invested in it. This event truly has a wonderful sense of community.”

The 6th Annual Choice Art Show opens on Saturday, June 10th at 11 AM. Maine Art Shows is located at 10 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. The opening reception for the show is that same evening from 5 to 7 PM, and is part of the Kennebunkport Festival. Many of the artists attend the reception and will be available to discuss their work. This is our only ticketed event of the summer, and tickets are $45 and can be purchased online at www.kennebunkportfestival.com. For more information about tickets and the show, visit www.maine-art.com/choice or call Maine Art at 207-967-0049.

The show will be available online on Saturday, June 10.

Proceeds of tickets sales to benefit Full Plates Full Potential.

To read more about each artist click their name: Jennifer ClementJeffrey T. FitzgeraldMargaret GerdingEllen Welch GranterLiz HoagWilliam B. HoytHolly ReadyJanis H. SandersJill ValliereSusan WahlrabAbbie Williams, and David Witbeck.

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Kinkead in the Kennebunks

05/25/2017 0 Comments
 

This weekend is the start of the summer season in Maine. The sun has finally made its way to the Kennebunk coast, and we are planning to enjoy Memorial Day Weekend in style. It is time for the first show at Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture.  Rebecca Kinkead’s widely anticipated solo show opens on Saturday, and we have the privilege of having her here with us. Talk about time to celebrate!

We love when our artists are able to visit the gallery and spend time with their show. There is nothing like walking into a gallery and having the chance to talk to the creator of a one-of-a-kind piece of work. The sharing of insights and stories between client and artist cannot be replicated.

John Spain, owner of Maine Art says, “I’m pleased Rebecca will be joining us for the reception on Saturday evening. Her last show at Maine Art happened to coincide with her prestigious residency in Iceland,” says Spain. “That show was a such a great success, many of our clients fell in love with her work, and subsequently Rebecca. Now, they are thrilled with the opportunity to meet and chat with her this weekend.”

Kinkead’s studio is in Vermont, so she is looking forward to a little escape to the coast. This will be her first trip to the gallery. No matter how much we try to explain the magic of the Kennebunks, it must be experienced first hand. We can’t wait to show her around town, and watch her fall in love with Maine Art and our surrounding community.

The show opens at 10 AM on Saturday, May 27th. Then join us on Saturday evening from 5-7 PM for the Artist’s Reception. The gallery at 14 Western Ave will be full of fun and friends. The Mike Walsh Trio will be playing outside, and David Hurd has whipped up an amazing array of appetizers to share. The entire first floor is dedicated to Kinkead’s work and will be a fabulous first stop to kick off the holiday weekend.

If you can’t make it to Maine this weekend for a visit, remember the Kinkead show will run until Thursday, June 17th, and we are open 10 – 5 Monday to Thursday and 10-6 on Friday to Sunday. The complete show is also available to view on our website beginning Wednesday, May 24th.

Hope to see you soon!

To read more about Rebecca, her process, and insights into her work, check out our other blog posts that feature her.  Rebecca Kinkead Artist Insights and Stories.

To see the entire schedule of summer events at Maine Art click here. Summer Show Schedule

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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

Choice Art Show, 2017 – Let the Voting Begin

04/27/2017 0 Comments
 
 

CHOICE ART SHOW

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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.

Watch for our Facebook, website and email updates on Monday, June 5th for the announcement of the “People’s Choice” winners.

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.

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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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Lyman Whitaker and Whitaker Studio – 10 Years with Maine Art

04/20/2017 0 Comments
 

Double Helix Horizontal Merinda III Desert Flame

It has been ten years since John Spain, owner of Maine Art, first saw Lyman Whitaker’s copper Wind Sculptures. It has been ten years since conversation about representing them started with Stacy Christensen, Whitaker’s wife and business partner. It has been ten years since the amazing kinetic sculpture garden began greeting all who visit the Kennebunks. It has been ten years, and it is time to celebrate!

Off and on, over the last few months, Maine Art has been lucky enough to spend some time with the masterminds behind Whitaker Studio. Between dinners with Lyman and Stacy, off-roading and tenting with John Whitaker and his lovely wife, Janet, and even some crazy slot canyon scrambling with the fabulous Jen Shepherd, the General Manger of the studio, plans started to form. It was inevitable that some crazy scheming and concocting would happen during this time spent together. The results were better than we ever expected!

John, Trisha, Janet and John Lyman and Stacy Jen Sheperd with John Spain in the water behind her

As you know, on July 22nd, Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture will begin twenty days of celebrating twenty years – with our 20th Anniversary Show. The three-week span will be full of amazing art, gallery events and artist visits. Thanks to some fantastic fancy talk from one John Spain, one of those artists will be Lyman Whitaker. We are lucky to have him visiting for a few days and plan to schedule a variety of ways for you to interact and meet with this talented man. To culminate his visit, Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture, at 14 Western Ave, will host a Whitaker 10th Anniversary Party in and around the sculptures which have made him famous. Be sure to stay in touch for all the details.

Lotus with Double Helix Vertical behind Double Spinner

Lyman’s visit is just one of many exciting and fun events we have planned for the 20th Anniversary Show. The best way to stay abreast of our summer events is to add your email to our mailing list, if you haven’t already.  Our website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram will also have continuously updated information.

As for now, and throughout the spring season, the gallery will be open from 10am – 5pm every day. Please stop by and visit. If we can help in any way, never hesitate to call 207-967-2803 or email at info@maine-art.com.

Lyman at work

Follow this link to see all of Lyman Whitaker’s Wind Sculptures –  kennebunkportwindsculptures.com

Follow this link to read more about Whitaker Studio – Whitaker Studio Insights and Stories

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Planning Ahead – 2017 Show Schedule for Maine Art

10/13/2016 0 Comments
 
 

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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 for a link to all things, “20th 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.

Rebecca Kinkead~Craig Mooney~Philip Frey~Margaret Gerding

Ellen Welch Granter~Liz Hoag~David Witbeck

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

Artist Trio; Frey, Gerding and Granter  – August 12 – September 4

Liz Hoag – September 2 – September 21

David Witbeck – September 23 – October 19

Rebecca Kinkead – A One-Woman Show

07/19/2016 0 Comments
 

Kinkead_Wish (Starry Night)

The nationally acclaimed paintings of Rebecca Kinkead have arrived in the Kennebunks. Her love of animals, children in motion and the outdoors is celebrated in this one-woman show at Maine Art Shows in Kennebunk. Whether you are a collector or viewing her work for the first time, this dynamic show is an intimate step into the heart of the artist.

“I want my work to welcome you in. It’s open. Art should be a portal for your own stories,” says Kinkead. “The most important thing for me is to be authentic. I tap into the direct link between my gut and the canvas.”

Kinkead has been painting professionally since 1999, finding increasing success in galleries across the United States.  Her work has no geographic constraints. She captures moments and memories for all.

“I paint energy or a feeling more than depicting something that is perfect. I need it to feel alive, but not necessarily look life-like or photographic,” says Kinkead. “I love slinging paint in a way that mimics the actual movement of wind or a wet dog shaking. Somehow the arm knows what to do. It can feel it better than the eyes sometimes.”

Her studio in Vermont is surrounded by foxes, owls and songbirds. She claims there is more nature than people. For over a decade, she tried painting wildlife, especially the owls, but struggled to do it in a way that felt authentic. Then she moved to New England. She has flowed with the give and take of nature for years, learning the language of these creatures. With this immersion comes the ability to capture them on canvas.

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“The wildlife is abundant. For me, it’s the moment I make eye contact with an animal. It’s exhilarating. I wonder if they see me as a threat, or if they know better. The connection with something wild, even if it is just for an instant, is so intimate.”

That same intimacy connects the artist with her not-so-wild animals. “We hike in the backyard and take our dogs for walks,” says Kinkead. Her dogs have quickly become her greatest muse. She has a Yellow Lab, a German Pointer, a Beagle and the possibility of a new puppy soon.

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“I have codependency issues with my dogs. I love them so much. They teach me how to live and how to be a better person. Our Beagle in particular could have a party all by herself with a ball of lint,” says Kinkead. “I want to be more like that; more in the moment, always finding the joy.”

This same joy is on her canvases that feature children. For Kinkead, they are the keepers of memories for us all. Whether wishing on stars or dandelions, there is magic. Her subjects emerge from the paint. The surface appears sculpted rather than painted. “I prefer slinging paint in a way that mimics the actual movement of the wave or a wet dog shaking. Somehow, the arm knows what to do… it can feel it better than the eyes sometimes,” she says.

John Spain, owner of Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture, says, “I love the interaction of the medium with the surface of the canvas. There is an energy, a presence in her work. I can see a sculptor in everything she does.”

This is not a surprise considering her BA in Ceramic Arts. Once she received her first BA in Political Science from UVM and a Masters Degree in Experiential Learning at Minnesota State University, Mankato soon followed. During this time she found her love of ceramics, adding another degree.

“After I finished school, I moved to a small place in downtown Boston which I shared with another person. Large studio space was expensive, so I settled for a 4’ x 5’ corner of the apartment. Sadly, ceramics need space, and I no longer had any. In frustration, I turned to painting for a creative outflow. I could paint anywhere, and it was so immediate,” says Kinkead.

After ten years in Boston, and now seven in Vermont, Kinkead has found her space, and with it, her success. “It is such a compliment that people want to live with my work,” says Kinkead. “Every piece I sell allows me the time to paint and create and learn. It is a complete circle.”

Rebecca Kinkead

Rebecca Kinkead’s show opens at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 23rd at Maine Art Shows, 10 Chase Hill Road. There will be an opening reception that evening from 5-7 p.m. The show runs through Thursday, August 11, and is open daily from 11 am to 5 pm. FMI call 207-967-0049. Kinkead’s show can be viewed online beginning Wednesday, July 20th at noon: www.maine-art.com/shows.

To read more about Rebecca and her work with Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture click Maine Art and Rebecca Kinkead – Stories and Insights.

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Holly Ready, Opens at Maine Art Shows

06/29/2016 0 Comments
 

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Maine is famous for seascapes, skies and sunlight, and no visit to the coast is complete without them. This month, Maine artist Holly Ready and Maine Art Shows celebrates all three with an upcoming show at 10 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. This one-woman show of Ready’s most recent work features the amazing skies of Maine. We open Saturday, July 2 and run through Thursday, July 21. We will kick off the show with Ready’s Artist Reception from 5pm – 7pm on Saturday, July 2.

Ready grew up in Massachusetts, but summered here in Maine. As so many do, she fell in love with the state, and it wasn’t long before she began calling it home. In the middle of raising her family, Ready decided to take her painting to a new level and began classes at Maine College of Art in Portland.

“I have always painted. I come from a long history of painters with a grandmother who fostered that growth with gifts of canvas and color,” says Ready. “My first painting was a seascape. I loved painting the water. There were times I made the canvas sing. The problem was I didn’t know how I made it sing. It was intuitive. It wasn’t until art school that I began to understand the process behind the magic.”

For Ready, art school was later in life, not a career. She only went part-time, but it was an escape. The early classes were sometimes frustrating for her; after all she was there to paint.

“I was a painter. I wanted to paint. By the time I declared my major, it all came together like a puzzle,” says Ready. “On top of classes and skilled professors, I had an incredible cohort. I learned so much from them.”

Ready is not new to Maine Art Shows. She has participated in multiple group shows over the years, the most recent being Maine. As They See It. last August. Each show has been a collection of works from a variety of artists in the area culminated around a particular theme.

John Spain, owner of Maine Art Shows, says, “I have admired Holly’s work for several years. I have happily included her in multiple shows. I have been trying to convince her for quite sometime to join us for a solo show.”  This year everything fell into place. “Finally,” he says, “the stars have aligned, or maybe in Holly’s case it’s the clouds?”

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Clouds are a strong feature in much of Ready’s work, as in After the Storm. The play of light and shadow in the sky grabs the viewer’s eye. She prefers working from warm to cool to produce the ‘sing’ she refers to often.  Composition is key, and she is very aware of her percentage of earth versus sky. After that, she claims the paint dictates and the color happens. With her landscapes and seascapes, the colors flow beautifully and her skies certainly do sing.

“It’s all about the feeling. It’s a serenity. It changes, but each of them has a peace,” says Ready referring to her collection for July’s show.  “I like when art doesn’t give all the answers. These works have a time and a place. They are grounded, but the details are for the viewer to fill in.”

We welcome you to come and see Ready’s work in person. Again, the show opens at Maine Art Shows starting Saturday, July 2 at 11am. All are invited to the Artist’s Reception that evening from 5-7 p.m. Food and drink will be served and a chance to meet the artist is always fun!

Holly Ready

The gallery at 10 Chase Hill Road, is open daily from 11 AM to 5 PM. Ready’s show can also be viewed online at Holly Ready at Maine Art Shows

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