The 2016 Summer Season

04/21/2016 0 Comments
 

As everyone in Maine begins to celebrate the coming of spring, here at Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture, we are already looking toward the coming summer. Which means… The Summer Show Schedule! We have planned four single-artist shows and one group show.  All will contain new and unique pieces from many of our amazing artists.

Normally, our summer shows are held up on Chase Hill in the Maine Art Shows gallery. However, this year we are starting a bit early, and thought it would be fun to have our first show right on the first floor of the 14 Western Ave. location. And who will we be kicking off the summer with? David Witbeck, of course.

David’s solo show will run from May 28th to June 16th, and will not only feature his classic men of Maine and coastal working life images, but a few new perspectives on the wonderful state we love. You can still see many original Witbecks in the gallery and online on his Artist Page, but be sure to check his online show catalog for new work. It will be live soon! Even better, put your name on our mailing list to receive a reminder when his new work from the show is available. While you are waiting, please click here to learn more about David and his work.

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Maine Art Shows, at 10 Chase Hill Rd., will again host the Choice Art Show from June 11th through June 30th. This show not only features twelve of our top artists, it is also the only show that lets you, the public, vote for the work you want to see on our walls.  Voting doesn’t begin until May 2. Again, watch for the link or join our mailing list to get a behind-the-scenes peek at this one-of-kind show.

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On July 2nd, one of our new artists will open her solo show at Maine Art Shows. Holly Ready is no stranger to the gallery, but this will be her first solo show with us.  A few examples of her work are in the gallery now and on her Artist Page, but for the first three weeks in July all the walls of Maine Art Shows will display her stunning landscapes and a few more wonderful surprises. We are happy to send you a reminder when this show catalog is available to view if you join our mailing list.

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  In the spirit of celebrating our new artists, we will also be featuring Rebecca Kinkead this summer.  Her solo show begins on July 23rd and will run through August 11th. Rebecca’s work is nationally known and celebrated, and we are very excited to be able to share it with you here in Maine. To learn a bit about Rebecca, visit her Artist Page or click here to read more. lrddpjxq6ngwqsrguyahRebecca Kinkead: July 23, 2016 – August 11, 2016

There is no better way to end a perfect summer than a William B. Hoyt show.  His timeless works capture his travels in both grand sweeping landscapes and with the tiniest of detail. He celebrates Maine and New England like no other. His show opens on August 13th and runs through Labor Day. Click here to read a bit more about Hoyt or visit his Artist Page to see our present collection of his work.

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This summer holds a plethora of talent and personality that embodies who were are here at Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture. We look forward to celebrating this summer season with you and yours. There are so many ways to stay updated on what is going on here. Be sure to check out the links below. We look forward to seeing you soon here in Kennebunk, Maine.

Our Website – www.maine-art.com

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Just a Little Something for the Holidays

11/26/2015 0 Comments
 

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The holiday season is in full swing in the Kennebunks. The streets and businesses are all decked out for the season.  The lights are twinkling, the frost is forming, and the shopping has begun.  Even though Christmas Prelude doesn’t officially begin until December 2nd, and the tree lighting won’t happen until Friday the 4th at 5:30, we here at Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture will be ready and waiting for all of you early birds.

Our Holiday Show opens Saturday, November 28th and closes at 1 p.m. on December 31 at Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture on 14 Western Ave, Kennebunk, Maine. We will have the entire first floor of the gallery dedicated to works that are 20” by 20” or smaller.  Each makes the perfect holiday gift or wonderful addition to your home as you celebrate this season. We have nearly twenty artists participating, many of which created new works for this show specifically.

Our Artist Reception will take place on Friday, December 11th during the Village Art Walk from 5 – 7 p.m.  As of right now, we know we will be joined by Henry Isaacs, Philip Frey, Janis H. Sanders, Karen McManus, Jeffrey T. Fitzgerald, Susan Wahlrab and Liz Hoag. This is a lovely opportunity to chat with these talented artists about their work. Of course our amazing in-house caterer, Donna Speirs, will be preparing some yummy treats to share. We will also have hot cocoa, wine and beer available for any and all that stop in.

For those of you that are in town, please take the time to wander over and take a peek at this collection.  However, if you can’t make it in before the holidays and the show comes to a close, not to worry. The on-line show, which will be live this Friday afternoon, will feature a selection of works from the show.

Participating Artists Include:

Daniel J. Corey ~ Alex Dunwoodie ~ Sandra L. Dunn ~  Jeffrey T. Fitzgerald ~ Philip Frey ~ Ellen Welch Granter ~ Liz Hoag ~ William B. Hoyt ~ Abby Huntoon ~ Henry Isaacs ~ Karen McManus ~ Craig Mooney ~ Trip Park ~ Barbara Jones Peabody ~ Monique Sakellarios ~ Janis H. Sanders ~ Jill Valliere ~ Susan Wahlrab ~ Abbie Williams

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Tangle – A Liz Hoag Show

10/22/2015 0 Comments
 

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Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture is pleased to announce our upcoming show, Tangle.  This one-woman show is an up-close look at some of Maine’s most intricate natural works of art- its trees. Liz Hoag, a Maine artist, has found beauty in the most simple of pleasures; looking at the amazing play of light and sky as it winds around, in and through the branches of the incredible trees that decorate our entire state. We have all spent time looking up and watching the light play in the web of branches overhead.  Liz has captured these moments perfectly in this collection of work.

Hoag describes these works as, “cutting it out.” “It is just the branches and the sky and the light,” she says. “It’s balance and shape.” Liz began the collection the winter before last and has added to it this summer. After taking photographs on walks around her neighborhood or local trails, she comes back to her studio.  This is where the magic happens.  Starting with a dark canvas, or negative space, she builds up by adding light.  The result is a “stained glass” image that is both abstract and representational.

The online preview for Tangle opens today, Thursday, October 22nd.  Liz does have other work on display in the gallery, which may be viewed on her Artist Page. Please take the time to look into the wonderful world of Liz Hoag.

Tangle by Liz Hoag will run from October 24th to November 25th.  We will have an Artist Reception on Saturday, October 24th from 5-7 pm at Maine Art, 14 Western Ave in Kennebunk.  We hope you will be able to stop by and meet this amazing woman and check out this intriguing new show.

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Opening Day – From A Distance – A Craig Mooney Show

09/28/2015 0 Comments
 

From A Distance – A Craig Mooney Show

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Saturday, the doors of Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture opened for Craig Mooney’s show, “From A Distance.”  Now, this was the first time we have ever done a show here in the gallery at 14 Western Ave. and rarely do we have shows in the fall. This was a first for us, and we truly didn’t know what to expect.

We spent all day with the over twenty tour busses that teetered into town.  The streets were full and we had a plethora of happy tourists and locals alike. By three o’clock the crowds were starting to dissipate, and a few paintings boasted the glorious little red dot… sold. “From A Distance” was off to a wonderful start, and we were only a few hours in.

The Artist’s Reception began at five and was a perfect place to come in and see the work first hand.  It was also a chance to chat with the artist himself for a few minutes.  The online show is spectacular, but there is nothing like seeing great works of art in person. Craig, his wife Kristen and their daughter Millie were on hand to share stories and details about Craig and his work.  A painting becomes more personal knowing the story behind it. While standing in front of each canvas, patrons reminisced about their where and when, their sky and sand and sun and their memories that flooded back as they took in the scenes Craig created: Goose Rocks Beach, Damriscotta, Cape Cod, Kennebunk Marsh, and Acadia among others. “I love to create a place where someone feels like they have been there,” said Mooney.  “ Like a lyricist or a poet, I want to inspire people to bring their own story to the work; to find what it means to them.” Craig still wonders at the familiar.  He finds a way to make everyday beauty a celebration and he brings to life a moment deserving of paint and canvas. This is what people love about a Mooney painting. This is why the first floor at 14 Western Ave. in Kennebunk held a crowd of art loving people. (Of course, it could have also been the food. Donna Speirs, our in-house caterer, never disappoints.)

The night flew by in a whirlwind of  people and laughter and community. By seven o’clock the street lights were coming on, and it was time to close the doors of Maine Art for the night.  There were a few of us heading out to Bandaloop, a local restaurant, to toast a fabulous first day.  Kennebunkport was still in full swing, celebrating a September like we haven’t seen in years. We were feeling blessed and grateful to be able to celebrate right along with her.

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Thanks so much to all those who came out to support Craig Mooney and Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture during his opening day.  We look forward to seeing you again soon.  Remember, the show runs until October 23rd.  Please feel free to bring a friend in and share this incredible show.  The gallery is open everyday, and as always, click here for the online show. It is a great way to take a peek if you are far away and wishing you could be here.

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From A Distance – A Craig Mooney Show

09/24/2015 0 Comments
 

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It’s important to take a step back, take a deep breath, and truly embrace the beauty surrounding us. In this new show, this is exactly what Craig Mooney has done. “From A Distance” is that step back. This is a show filled with new works and new perspectives on his classics. If you are already in love with Craig Mooney’s work, you will be amazed at what he has created. If this is your first experience, you are in for a treat.

When “From A Distance” was in it’s early stages, Craig connected with the theme. “It is necessary to put distance between you and the work,” says Mooney. “I have to stand back. Right up close, it just doesn’t make sense. It’s just blobs of paint. The distance is necessary to really see the whole picture.” Strokes of blues and greens come to life and become the ocean as we step back. Paint produces emotion. It breathes life.

Craig has been lucky enough to experience places where skies change from orange to pink to blue in the course of a day; where seas reflect dark and grey, and in just a moment change to crystal blue; where land, sky and ocean converge to produce a perfect contrast of nature. These places are familiar to us. We live here. We have created memories here. “Before this show, I went back over the last ten years,” says Craig. “ I discovered the paintings where people felt connected. Over and over, it was the sky and the sea.” It was these works that Craig revisited, creating new and original pieces that hold the same familiar feeling – a feeling we are just not quite ready to let go.

On Thursday, September 24th, the online catalogue for the show will be available to view. On Saturday, the 26th, “From A Distance” officially opens at 10 am. You will find Craig’s work on the first floor of Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture on 14 Western Ave in Kennebunk. Consider this your invitation to come in, step back, take a deep breathe and enjoy.

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Everybody Likes Birds, by Ric Kasini Kadour

08/09/2015 0 Comments
 

Last year marked two important anniversaries related to birds. A hundred years have passed since the passenger pigeon, that once was so numerous flocks of them blackened American skies for days, became extinct. Fifty years have passed since Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Wilderness Act of 1964 into law. In addition to protecting over 110 million acres of land, over the years, the law has made sure birds had places to nest and breed. The law is one of the reasons many of the birds featured in this catalog did not go the way of the passenger pigeon, why they are still around today for us to enjoy and for these artists to observe.

The British naturalist David Attenborough remarked, “Everyone likes birds. What wild creature is more accessible to our eyes and ears, as close to us and everyone in the world, as universal as a bird?”

From the Ba-Birds of ancient Egyptian art to the totem poles and prints of the Kwakwaka’wakw in the Pacific Northwest, the bird in art has always been a powerful, transformative image. When mankind first started making art, he drew birds on the walls of caves. For much of art history, artists used birds as spiritual symbols in religious painting. The only people painting birds as birds were ornithologists like John James Audubon or Alexander Wilson, whose paintings served a scientific purpose and weren’t treated as fine art until well after their deaths, when notions of art broadened. With the advent of Modernism, the image of the bird continued to be a rich subject for artists.

The six artists featured in this catalog feature birds in a variety of different ways. The realism of Ellen Welch Granter’s depictions of birds is counterbalanced by her sensitive compositions which are themselves evocative of 12th century Chinese paintings. Elizabeth Ostrander uses birds to express a mystical fantasy world in ceramic and acrylic sculptures that serve as tools for truth seeking and personal reflection. The appearance of birds in Abbie Williams’ paintings is a natural extension of her approach to landscape painting. She gives them the same loving attention she would flowers in a field or a tree in the distance. Patrick Plourde uses vintage steel, found objects, and over twenty-five years of experience manipulating these materials to make sculptures of ducks, vultures, and herons. David Witbeck paints with the wit and eye of a freelance photographer and often uses birds as part of a constellation of elements that makes a composition tell a story. James Rivington Pyne’s sculptures show an attentiveness to the nobility and sometimes quirkiness of sandpipers, terns, green longtails, pelicans, and crows.

All of these artists have in common a love of birds. Their keen observations of them help give their paintings and sculpture a veracity that ultimately allows us share in their affections. Everyone likes birds, indeed.

Click BIRDS to see the on-line show, or come and visit at Kennebunk Art Shows starting Saturday August 8th.  The show will run until September 7th.

Ric Kasini Kadour is a writer and artist from Montreal, Quebec. He is a frequent contributor to Art New England.

BIRD Starts Tomorrow – August 8th – September 7th

08/07/2015 0 Comments
 

On the first floor of 10 Chase Hill Road, Maine Art Shows is receiving its last makeover of the summer.  All the pieces from the previous show, Maine. As they see it., are being taken down and shipped off to their new owners, wires are being tightened or restrung, and sculptures and paintings for the next show are being placed and hung. Tomorrow is August 8th, and the last show of the season opens; BIRD. For this final show, six artists – three sculptors and three painters – have come together to celebrate these winged creatures.

Half expecting to hear bird songs, you enter the door to Maine Art Shows and are greeted by color and depth, beauty and whimsy, grace and tranquility.  This show not only has a theme, it has a feeling. Happy. It’s that simple. It is impossible not to smile while wandering from room to room and discovering the differences and similarities between each of these artists and their representation of the birds they love.

Come in and visit the paintings of Ellen Welch Granter, Abbie Williams and David Witbeck, and spend time with the sculptures of Elizabeth Ostrander, Patrick Plourde and James Rivington Pyne.  Each artist captures the heart and soul of the bird in a way that is classic and true to their own personalities and artistic styles.  From the serene and quiet beauty of Ellen Welch Granter to the humor and fun characters of David Witbeck, and so much in between, every viewer will find something to connect with.

The show opens on Saturday, August 8th and runs until Labor Day, September 7th.  On Saturday, August 8th, the gallery will be open during it’s regular hours of 11-5, but will remain open until 7 p.m. with an open house to welcome any and all bird lovers and art collectors in the area. Come and enjoy a glass of wine and hors d’oeuvres and enter into this wonderful new show, BIRD.

If you will not be able to make it to Kennebunk to view the show in person, please check out our on-line show. BIRDS.  The Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture website can put you in touch with someone that can help you, as well as show you other works by all these wonderful artists.

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On the Waterfront – William B. Hoyt

07/24/2015 0 Comments
 

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William B. Hoyt | On the Waterfront | Oil | 23″ X 47″ | $18500

William B. Hoyt is known for his classic portrayal of life in New England. The real-life people and places he comes in contact with are often reincarnated in paint. Be it a perfect beach day in “Jousting,” the clean lines of a sailboat venturing out for the day in “Herreshoff 12 1/2,” or the simplicity of a pot on the stove in “Topside Galley,” Hoyt brings his world to us in detail and color.

When William was asked to create a personal reflection of ‘his Maine’ for Maine. As they see it., of course there was a memory to walk with him through the process. “On the Waterfront” began with a story from the small town of Stonington, Maine. “My wife and I were up in Brooklin staying with friends while one of them attended a marine canvas sewing workshop at the Wooden Boat School. That left three of us to prowl around and explore during the class. We went by boat down to Stonington, tied up at the town dock, and wandered the streets.”

To be able to see though William Hoyt’s eyes as he wanders would be a day well spent. Maine is all about the senses, and he uses them all. “It was a perfect September day, and the sight of laundry run out on a line over a deshabille dock got me,” remembers Hoyt. “The former shops used to serve the area back when most goods arrived by boat, before good roads and bridges. Now used by a lobsterman to store paraphernalia, I caught myself reflected in the window with pot warp and buoys.” After taking a moment to look closer, you will find this reflection.  One of the many wonders of Hoyt’s paintings is the tiny facets that are found each time you stand in front of his work. Time and close inspection bring amazing discovery.

For those of us that grew up here,  we know this scene could be one of so many Maine coastal towns. Fishing and lobstering are still thriving, but not all are the tourist destinations usually seen depicted in magazines and postcards. “Stonington still serves an archipelago with goods and services that peak in summer months and subside after Labor Day.”

One day to visit Maine just isn’t enough.  Working a path up the coast could take a traveler weeks, or even the whole summer, and still all would not be seen. This is why we welcome you to come and visit Maine Art Shows in Kennebunk, and get a look inside some of the best of Maine, all in one place.

Maine. As they see it will run until August 6th.  Maine Art Shows is open everyday from 11-5. Come in.  It is a wonderful way to see Maine.

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Maine. As they see it. Opens

07/20/2015 0 Comments
 
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The day a show opens is always an exciting time.  The gallery, as well as the artists, are filled with anticipation.  Of course selling a piece of work is the hope of all, but there is also the worry of having a “successful” opening night.  Can we fill the gallery? Will people enjoy the work? Will all the planning and preparation pay off? In the case of the opening of Maine. As they see it…. Yes. Yes. And, yes.

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There was not a parking spot to be had at 10 Chase Hill Road last night.  All three rooms were full to capacity, food and drink flowed perfectly next to the buzz of brush strokes and beauty, and over a dozen artists discussed their inspiration and shared their thoughts and ideas with art buyers and each other. This is success.

One buyer spent most of the evening trying to decide between two paintings, both were just as much a part of his Maine experience as the artists’. We, as a gallery, love it when this common connection happens. So many people were congregated in one space to celebrate the impact this state has on those of us that have been lucky enough to experience it. Maine just has that way. It creeps into you and forever becomes part of who you are, and our artists captured it perfectly. This is success.

As the night closed, and the gallery again grew quite, John Spain, owner of Maine Art Shows, had a moment to reflect on the evening. “There was an incredible energy in the gallery, with artists, staff and friends enjoying this remarkable show, ” said Spain. “Since opening the gallery in 1994, we have done well over 100 receptions.  I am not sure that we have ever had a one as busy as last night’s gathering.” This is success.

Near the end of the evening a short conversation was had with Kim Case, one of the artists. “When I was little I used to come here, back when it was the Gallery on Chase Hill. I dreamed of having my work on these walls,” said the creator of “Island Line”.  The smile on her face, as she looked around the room, said it all.  Maine, As they see it., is, by every definition, a success.

If you didn’t have a chance to come by the opening last night, please accept this as your personal invitation to come and visit.  We are open from 11 – 5 every day. If you are far away and want to have a chance to experience this show, visit the on-line show at Maine. As they see it.  The show will run until August 6. Don’t miss it.

Many of the artists in this show also have additional pieces at Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture down at 14 Western Avenue in Kennebunk.  You are always welcome to stop in, and the staff is more than happy to show you around.

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Maine. As they see it. – July 18th to August 6th

07/16/2015 0 Comments
 

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In 2013, Maine Art Shows introduced Maine. As they see it., a show comprised of artists with strong Maine connections. It was a show like no other, revealing Maine through the eyes of some of the most accomplished artists in the area. Now, after two years and a great appeal to do it again, we are happy to announce Maine. As they see it., 2015. “Each painting is a reflection of the artists’ relationship with Maine,” says Amy Lewia, Gallery Director of Maine Art Shows and Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture.

If you are from Maine, or even if you have only visited, you understand the concept of having a “relationship” with the state. It is hard not to feel a special connection, even if you are just vacationing. “It is not a show of lighthouses and lobster pots,” say John Spain, owner of the gallery. “It is very clear from this body of work that each artist has their own unique connection to the state.” It is also very clear that the inspiration Maine provides is second only to the talent that has captured it.

“We have had contact with each artist over the years. We know their work and invited them to join us. We only asked them to provide us with one quintessential piece of work,” says Spain. Of the thirty-one artists, only eighteen are Maine Art artists. There are thirteen others that were invited to participate in this unique show, even though the gallery does not currently represent them. “Some of the participants Maine Art has represented in the past, and some have participated in prior shows with us,” say Lewia.

As artists stop in to visit and drop off their respective work, the excitement builds. Each piece is a “blockbuster” piece of work. When the collection comes together at Maine Art Shows, it will be simply outstanding. Maine. As they see it. will run at Maine Art Shows, 10 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk, for three weeks starting on July 18th. We welcome you to stop in and experience this work first-hand. As always, the show will also be available on-line at Maine. As they see it. starting Thursday, July 16th, and will run through August 6, the length of the show.

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We also welcome you to visit Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture at 14 Western Avenue in Kennebunk, or online at www.maine-art.com.

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