Philip Frey: A Look Inside

07/01/2015 0 Comments
 

On Saturday, June 27th, Philip Frey hosted the opening of his solo show, New Works, with Maine Art Shows. All three rooms of the gallery at 10 Chase Hill Road are filled with pieces Philip has created for this one-man show. This show will run until July 16th.

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Philip lives in Sullivan, Maine in a lovely little house nestled in the woods just off the beaten path.  His studio sits right next door with a short stone path connecting the two through the trees. He has surrounded himself with the solitude and woodsy beauty of Maine hidden minutes from the rugged coast of Acadia and Mount Desert Island.  He has found the best of both worlds.

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Over the years Frey has immersed himself in watercolor, acrylic, and oil; painting still life, figurative, and landscape. Yet the one constant throughout most of his work has been the inspiration Maine has given. Whether it’s the rough and rocky coastline or a group of young children celebrating summer on the dock, there is an outside presence of where we call home. It weaves its way through all medium and style to show off its charm and allure through Philip’s work.

Over the next few weeks we will offer ‘Behind the Scenes’ posts about Philip and his collection of work on Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture’s Blog. Individual paintings will be seen through his eyes and stories will be told through his voice as we take a closer look into the beautiful world of Philip Frey.

New Works will be at Maine Art Shows for the next three weeks.  They are open every day from 11-5.  If you can’t make it in for a visit, the online show. Philip also has more work on his Artist Page at Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture or come into the gallery at 14 Western Avenue here in Kennebunk to see his complete collection.

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Philip Frey, New Works Opens

06/28/2015 2 Comments
 
Philip Frey, New Works Opens

To begin with, “thank you” to all who came out for the opening of Philip Frey, New Works.  From eleven yesterday morning until seven o’clock in the evening we enjoyed the company of so many wonderful people.  Philip and the staff put in a long day at Maine Art Shows, but the time was well worth it. This was obvious when only an hour after opening a third of the pieces were boasting little red stickers. Philip Frey, New Works was an immediate success.

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During an opening it is always interesting to eavesdrop on an artist with new clients.  The passion and love for what they do is never as obvious as during these moments. With the quality and quantity of work in this show, Philip was kept busy answering questions and inquiries about particular pieces, as well as his process. Even discussions of place came into play. The love of Maine and her beautiful coast was shared by all who attended and often was the deciding factor in which piece to take home.  Appreciation for a painting grew ten fold when both artist and patron were able to share memories of a place so perfectly captured on canvas.

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Ten Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk is lucky enough to be the home for Philip’s new collection of work for the next three weeks.  Maine Art Shows is open from 11am – 5pm every day and will happily show you around. If you can’t make it in by July 16th, please visit the show on-line,  Philip Frey, New Works. Don’t forget Philip has additional work at Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture down on 14 Western Ave in Kennebunk, and on his Artist Page, as well.

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New Works in the Making

06/26/2015 0 Comments
 

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Last week time was spent with Philip Frey at his home and in his studio. After seeing the artwork for his upcoming show first hand and listening to Philip’s stories, excited doesn’t begin to describe the emotion swirling around the opening of New Works.  Even though the inside peek at many of the pieces happened during the visit, some pieces were wrapped for travel or leaning against easels waiting for that final approval. It just wasn’t the same. It’s time to see it all come together, in true Maine Art Show style.

Watching the staff at Maine Art Shows pick and choose what goes where, and next to what, and in which room is crazy. How do they decide?  Amy and Natalie make it look easy, but it takes hours of hard work, arranging and rearranging to make “New Work” come to life. As a result by mid-afternoon on Friday, the gallery on the first floor of 10 Chase Hill Road is finally quiet…and without a doubt, absolutely perfect.

It is definitely a treat to wander through the rooms with nothing but silence to critique the work. Time is undisturbed as the memories and visions of Philip Frey spill into each room. Views of Acadia National Park and Schoodic Peninsula, abstracts of water and sky, and children captured in play complete the celebration of summer.

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Please come and join Philip, his New Works, and Maine Arts Shows  in this celebration. The gallery is open from 11-5 every day starting Saturday, June 27th through Thursday, July 16th at Maine Art Shows at 10 Chase Hill in Kennebunk. You can also visit virtually at Philip Frey, New Works. Be sure to check out the rest of Philip’s work at Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture or virtually on his Artist Page.

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One Gallery. One Show. And You.

06/12/2015 0 Comments
 
 

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For Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture this show started months ago. For some of artists involved, it started years ago. For us, the voter, over a month ago.  Phew!

Now here we are a day away, and with all that prep time everything must be all set and ready to go. Right?  If you asked Amy Lewia, Maine Art’s Gallery Director…. actually, don’t ask her, she is just a little busy. She and Natalie Lane, the galleries manager, are hard at work on the first floor of Maine Art Shows. It is their job to transform the three room gallery into a work of art itself, and they have just a few hours to do it.

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One of the most difficult parts of final phase of this show is the fact that the art work has been on display all over Kennebunkport this week for the Art of Dining Series.  It was just yesterday that John and Patrick picked up the final pieces of shared work.  Now the banging, bustling, and beautifying starts.  Maine Art Shows is soon to open their first show of the season.

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So, while Natalie and Amy and many other staffers are downstairs making the magic happen, Donna Speirs, the gallery’s one and only in-house chef and decorator extraordinaire, has taken over the kitchen on the second floor to begin the preparation for the spectacle of delicious wonders that will feed the starving art buyers at the opening tomorrow afternoon. Donna is an artist in her own right. At the same time, Chris and Mike, the maintenance crew, have been hard at work all week. The walls are pristine, the hardwood floors are sparkling, and the front porch is perfect.The amount of people it takes to transform Maine Art Shows gallery space is astounding.

The entire building is coming together to give you an show like no other.  A show you, the voter, helped curate. The Choice Art Show. If you are wanting to experience it first, and first hand, there are still a few tickets left for the opening at five o’clock tomorrow. The show will run until June 25th, so if don’t see you on Saturday, please stop by for a visit.  The Maine Art Shows gallery on 10 Chase Hill is open from 11 – 5 every day.

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