I Love it. I bought It. Now how do I hang it?

11/16/2017 0 Comments
 
We are thrilled you came to visit the gallery. We are excited you have purchased a piece of artwork for your home. We can’t wait for you to send us an image of the new piece in its new environment. Wait? What? I have to take this home and hang it myself. Eek! Oddly, this is the biggest fear of most of our collectors. Falling in love and purchasing the art was easy compared to how to decide, measure and hang it in your home? Below are some general guidelines on placement and composition to help you with this process. The number one rule is to hang work at eye level. Sounds simple, but eye level changes, right? Most galleries hang work at about 58 inches high, some as high as 62 inches.  Remember this measurement is the center of the artwork, not at the top of the piece or the frame. This can become a bit problematic if you have a wire hanger, so it’s time to do some math. The folks at houzz.com suggest measuring the distance between the wire and the top of the frame, then measure the height of the art and divide it in half. Once this is done, measure 58 inches on the wall, add the measurement of half the art’s height and subtract the distance between the wire and the top of the frame. Put the nail here.

Take the process slow and try to only put one nail on the wall. We also suggest creating a template the size of your artwork, this makes it easy to move and change before you commit to the hammer. If you are hanging multiple pieces, you want to make sure you have two to three inches between each. Also, consider the entire collection of work as one installation. Find the center of it and work from there. Some other considerations. If you are hanging work in a child’s room, remember their eye level is quite a bit lower than ours.  Also, if a room is mainly used for sitting, especially a dining room, the “eye level” is considerably lower. Just to make everything a bit more confusing, we add furniture. This changes your measurements again. Use the same process as above, but be aware that any artwork should be six to eight inches above a sofa or chair and normally somewhere between a half and two-thirds of the width of what you are hanging it over.  When in doubt, go bigger.

The links and images here are clickable for more information, and of course, there are many great decorators and interior designers to help. However, if all else fails, give us a call. We are happy to work with you. Send us an image of your room and we have the technology to help you find that perfect spot and show you what it will look like. If you are local, we are happy to make a home visit to help. We want you to love your new artwork and deciding where you will hang it is a big part of that. We are open every day at 10 am, please feel free to give us a call. 207-967-2803. SaveSaveSaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave

An Autumn Afternoon of Art

10/19/2017 0 Comments
 

Join us for an autumn afternoon this Saturday, October 21st.

From 12 pm to 4 pm.

Food. Music. Art

We are celebrating the fall colors, the cool air and the addition of two new artists to the gallery. Both are excited to join our family, and we want to give them a proper Kennebunk Welcome. There is nothing like hot apple cider and fall bites to make a Maine gathering complete. We are also thrilled to have live music from local guitarist Beau Dalleo. So, as you are out wandering and enjoying the sunshine this weekend, we hope you take some time to come say hello and visit.

Bethany Harper Williams

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“Her work represents the youthful energy of the present day yet has peaceful and calm roots planted in nostalgia. This paradox is expressed beautifully in her simple yet sophisticated style of painting.”

 

John LeCours

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“The first time I painted outside, en plein air, in Portsmouth Harbor, I realized that nothing can replace the excitement and energy of reacting to the elements and painting directly,” he says. “Feeling the sights, sounds and smells and reacting to them with ‘mark making’ was a true epiphany.”

 

Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture, at 14 Western Avenue in Kennebunk, is open daily at 10 am. Check the website for closing times as seasons change. FMI call 207-967-2803.

 

And Summer Turns to Fall

08/28/2017 0 Comments
 
And Summer Turns to Fall

Our show gallery on Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk is a seasonal gallery. With just a few more days left in our Maine Art Shows Season, we wanted to take time to thank all of our patrons, artists, and friends who have supported us for our 2017 summer shows.

Over the course of the summer, we celebrated with four shows: The 6th Annual Choice Show, Craig Mooney’s One Man Show, our 20th Anniversary Show, and presently, Three Artists, Three Rooms, One Show – Frey, Gerding, and Granter. Click each to view, if you didn’t have a chance to see them. A few pieces from each show are still available on the Artist Pages. Each show featured some of the best art work from around the state and New England.  We were incredibly fortunate to house such beauty.

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Our success over the past few months has been overwhelming, and we owe it to all involved. It has been a fabulous summer, and already we are already planning great things for next year. Be sure to stay connected through email and social media to help plan your visits next year.

With all that said, it is nearly impossible to believe Labor Day is this weekend, and we will close the gallery on the hill on Monday. However, the nice part about having two gallery spaces is that it doesn’t have to end. So even though our show gallery is closing on Chase Hill, our main gallery at 14 Western Avenue stays open year round and will be hosting two fall shows.  Liz Hoag will open on September 2nd and run through the 21st. Following her will be David Witbeck from September 23rd to October 23rd.  Each will take over the entire first floor of the gallery and help us to welcome in fall. Watch for more info on each coming soon.

So… as the autumn leaves start to fall, and the kiddos go back to school, don’t forget we are still here and come in for a visit. We have the same wonderful artists we featured all summer long, in addition to many other favorites.

Check our website for hours and our calendar of events. www.maine-art.com

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A Growing Gallery – New Works from Our Artists

07/17/2017 0 Comments
 
A Growing Gallery – New Works from Our Artists Welcome to summer in the Kennebunks! What a wonderful beginning to such a beautiful season.  We are in the middle of our third show of the year, Craig Mooney, a Solo Show. The first two, Rebecca Kinkead and the 6th Annual Choice Show were both complete successes. We are just about done filling the fabulous schedule for the 20th Anniversary Show, as well. Be sure to check out the calendar of events. There is something fun and exciting going on every day.

In the meantime, many of our artists are stopping by to drop off new work. We can’t even begin to explain how happy we are to share it. With our season being so short, it is impossible to offer the “show” experience to all of our artists. However, as many of you know, being at Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture is a show in itself.

We would love to highlight just a few for you.

 

Charles Bluett

Ice and Stone by Charles Bluett The Joy of Floating by Charles Bluett The Good Life by Charles Bluett

Bluett is one of our newest artists. His work is unlike anything else in the gallery. His images are wonderful, and the color and space is even more fabulous in person. Bluett’s goal is to capture the ebb and flow of life, and the light and color of the everyday. The Joy of Floating, Ice and Stones and The Good Life are perfect examples of exactly what he does. Though his work has abstract qualities, they certainly evoke memories.

Click here for Charles Bluett’s Complete Collection

 

Trip Park

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We claim some of the most beautiful beach scenes in all of Kennebunkport, and artwork is the best way to take a piece of the coast home with you. Trip Park has captured small moments of our favorite beach memories in three of his new pieces this summer; Gonzo Beach, Keep Off the Dunes and September Beach. The colors and compositions of these images are extraordinary.

Click here for Trip Park’s Complete Collection.

 

James Rivington Pyne

Pyne is one of our sculptors. Using composite and mixed media, he captures our winged friends perfectly.  Wether it be 18 Bee-Eaters, 3 Stilt Sandpipers or Warrier Penguins VII, Pyne’s work is original and captivating, especially for our bird lovers.

Click here for James Rivington Pyne’s Complete Collection

 

Alex Dunwoodie

October Marsh Evening by Alex Dunwoodie Small Whelk on Blue by Alex Dunwoodie Pink Stripe by Alex Dunwoodie

The work of Dunwoodie has such a photographic quality. With images like October Marsh Evening, a second look is needed to see the brush strokes and detail. As in Small Whelk on Blue, many of her works recreate the little things and capture memories and moments held by them. Her water pieces, like Pink Stripe, convey the sensation of water, light and motion depicting a time of day, a sensation, and again, that one special moment.

Click here for Alex Dunwoodie’s Complete Collection.

 

Sandra L. Dunn

Red, Green and Gold by Sandra Dunn Headless by Sandra Dunn Five Gold Pears by Sandra Dunn

Dunn creates paintings that range from realistic, old master style, to more modern impressionistic pieces. This summer she has added a few still life paintings that truly capture the light and shadow of her subjects. Red, Green and Gold, Headless and Five Gold Pears show, in detail, the skill Sandra brings through her brush.

Click here for Sandra Dunn’s Complete Collection

 

Karen McManus

5 O'Clock Ferry by Karen McManus Evening Sail by Karen McManus Gull Friend by Karen McManus

Karen has been with Maine Art for many years. She works in watercolor and oil, but always with the landscapes of her home.   5 O’Clock Ferry, Evening Sail and Gull Friend all capture a different piece of Maine, but each are quintessential images that hold time and place in a way we love here on the coast. McManus combines realistic detail with the imagery created by color and light and gives each painting a life of it’s own.

Click here for Karen McManus’s Complete Collection

 

All told, we have over thirty artists at Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture, and many have new pieces that have been or will be featured in shows this summer. New works arrive every week. Our website is in real time and is always up-to-date. Be sure to watch our Facebook page, as well,  for new additions to our inventory.  If you want to be contacted when new works arrive from any specific artist, please add your name to our email list, indicate which one, and we will be sure to contact you.

To add your name to the email list click this link – Maine Art Email

To see all of our artists click this link – Maine Art Artist Pages

The Frame Shop – A Look Inside

02/10/2017 0 Comments
 

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Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture; the name says it all – almost. Maine Art has an additional service that not all galleries offer; custom picture framing.  At the back of the sales counter sits our in-house frame shop. It is behind the scenes, yet a key part to complete your gallery experience. Every February, we thank our customers & celebrate the custom framing aspect of the gallery with a 25% off Custom Framing Sale. The time is now!

The custom framing aspect of the gallery works to support our artists and our customers. Only a few of our artists frame their own work. By having the frame shop at hand, we are able to assist them and our clients to find framing that enhances each piece, as well as the room it will soon call home.

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John Spain, circa 1991, at Kennedy Studios…soon to be Maine Art

John Spain, owner of the gallery, says, “When I purchased Kennedy Studios 25 years ago, framing was a large component of the business. Now, even though framing is only a part of what we do, it remains an invaluable convenience for our customers and artists alike.”

Though John understands the value of this service, it is Natalie Lane, the gallery manger, who is the brains and talent behind it.  With over twenty-four years experience, we are incredibly lucky to have her at the framing table.  For the last ten years, she has shared her amazing eye for design, her color sense, and skills in the Maine Art workshop. She is a master framer.

Natalie Lane, Custom Frame Manager

Natalie Lane, Gallery Manager

Many have used this service for new pieces of work which were purchased through the gallery. However, we offer custom framing for a myriad of cherished items and previously-owned artwork. Natalie’s ability and willingness to think “outside the frame” has changed heirlooms into works of art.

“My favorite items to frame are photos and correspondence from the past. Clients bring in bits of family history to preserve, so their story continues to touch future generations,” says Natalie. “I enjoy listening to the client and discovering the story behind whatever they’ve brought in. Knowing why it’s important to them is just as much a part of the process as finding the perfect frame.”

From ‘Hole in One’ score cards, a golf course map, and a flag from the hole, to a handmade christening gown that was passed through several generations, we can help you preserve it.

“I am always amazed at what people bring in, and have been truly blessed to see some fabulous pieces of family history,” says Lane as she lists off some of her favorites. “A Civil War Union cap with drumsticks, rocks and sediment samples from a mining vacation, a marriage proposal on a napkin, (she said yes!), a chef-signed menu from a favorite restaurant,vintage maps, wallpaper and upholstery scraps along with recipe cards from a grandmother. The list goes on. I even framed a hand painted tapestry of Hare Krishna’s Wedding.”

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Just when we think we have seen it all, someone comes in to challenge Natalie and her skills. “One of the most unique requests for me was a bathroom fixture with a plug. The customer just couldn’t part with it after renovations. It was part of a childhood memory of the home. Once framed, they hung it in the newly renovated bathroom; a perfect memory of the past. How fabulous is that?”

Due to the influx of work, Natalie has started to train Patrick Harrison, one of our year-round sales staff. There is just too much work for one woman to keep up with, especially in the summer. Patrick has agreed to spend part of his winter hours learning this trade.

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Patrick Harrison, Sales Associate and Framing Assistant

“Patrick has just begun his training. There is still a lot to cover, but he is taking to it very quickly. He is showing a real talent,” says Lane. “His art background is advantageous in understanding what type of artwork is before him. It is also key when looking at the design aspect.”

If you love, cherish or otherwise value it, it should be cared for. If framing is the best way to present or preserve it, we can help. Each individual work that comes before us is carefully considered as to how it should be handled. We frame original works along with limited edition gilcée prints, serigraphs, lithographs, textiles, needlework, pastels and anything else you can imagine. We use all acid-free materials and care for each item as if it were our own. We offer glazing selections that include UV protection for works to be framed under glass, including museum glass.

If you have questions or need ideas, feel free to contact Natalie directly at natalie@maine-art.com or call the gallery during business hours, 207-967-2803. Check the website for winter hours.

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Something Small for the Holidays

12/15/2016 0 Comments
 

Even though Kennebunkport’s Christmas Prelude is all wrapped up, there are still many retailers here in the Kennebunks who are still celebrating this holiday season. Restaurants and shops throughout Kennebunk and Kennebunkport are open for business and would love to see you before the new year strikes.

In the past, there has been interest expressed in smaller works for the holidays, so that’s what we have done. Over the last few weeks, our gallery at 14 Western Avenue has been arranged to help you find just what you need. The entire first floor is dedicated to “Small Works.” All pieces are 20” x 20” or smaller and have been grouped by artist. They are easy to find and offer a variety of styles and mediums to meet your personal tastes.

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These may not be stocking stuffers by definition, but they certainly would be a pleasant surprise to anyone who finds one under their tree. There are a few watercolors by Susan Wahlrab, Ellen Welch Granter is represented by both her birds and her boats, and William B. Hoyt has more of the 6″ x 8″‘s that sold so quickly during his show this summer. Alex Dunwoodie just dropped off a few brand new works that are a perfect fit. You will also find a handful of pieces contributed by Sandra L. Dunn and Jeffrey T. Fitzgerald for this perfect holiday show.

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Of course, we have our entire collection of works from all your favorite artists upstairs. Many new pieces have arrived over the course of the fall and certainly deserve a visit. However, if you can’t get to Maine and need some assistance, please check out our website. It is updated daily with new work. Remember – we are available daily by phone, as well. 207-967-2803. We are open every day and happy to help.

Happy Holidays to All!

Additional Artists Include: Rebecca KinkeadCraig Mooney, Liz Hoag, Karen McManus, Holly ReadyJanis H. Sanders,  James Rivington Pyne, Barbara Jones Peabody, Abbie Williams, Trip Park, Margaret Gerding, Philip Frey, Jill Valliere and David Witbeck.

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And the winner is…

12/03/2016 0 Comments
 

Congratulations to Gail Sanders our 2016 Wind Sculpture Photo Contest Winner!

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A Memorial for Francesca

11/24/2016 4 Comments
 

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There is so much to be thankful for here at Maine Art. We have a tremendous staff, a fabulous clientele, and some of the most talented artists in this part of the country. It took all of this for us to be where we are today.  The hard work and effort of all of these people does not go unrecognized. However, on this day, when we look deep inside and say ‘thank you’ to all who have made us who we are, our hearts and thoughts go immediately to Francesca Spain, who passed away this fall.

Francesca joined the Maine Art family, literally and figuratively, in 1995. Since then, she has touched the lives of so many in the Kennebunk area and beyond. Many of us were blessed with her smiling face on an extended visit to Kennebunk this summer. From walking her favorite beaches to eating at her favorite restaurants, she and her friends celebrated well. Her happiness and lust for life was contagious and her visit was a wonderful one.

“We cross paths with people throughout our lives sometimes never knowing the full impact a person has on you until you no longer travel on the same path,” says Natalie Lane, Gallery Manager at Maine Art. “I am blessed to have been able to call Francesca a good friend and will miss her dearly.”

“I never imagined when I took a new job at the gallery twelve years ago that I would be gaining a family. Francesca was a huge inspiration to me and always offered wonderful support and advice,” says Amy Lewia, Gallery Director. “I have so many wonderful memories of her,  which I cherish now more than ever. I am so grateful I was lucky enough to have her in my life.”

Since her death, we have been inundated with messages and phone calls from all over the country, from folks expressing sorrow and sympathy and sharing memories of Francesca. “She was a remarkable woman, and Maine Art would not be what it is today without her love, support and hard work. We are all profoundly sad,” said John Spain.

We wanted to make sure you were all aware of the memorial service for Francesca that will be held Saturday, November 26th at The Beachmere Inn in Ogunquit, Maine from 2-5 pm. If you wish, donations to hospice can be made in Francesca’s name.

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Francesca, age 56, passed away suddenly on Thursday, November 3, 2016 in Lakeland, Florida. She was born on April 7, 1960 in Grosse Pointe, Michigan to Peter J. Tarantino and Patricia (Pratt) Whitten. Francesca co-owned and operated Maine Art Gallery in Kennebunk for many years. Francesca moved to Sebring, Florida three years ago from Kennebunk. She was involved in a recovery community and had a love for people. She worked at the YMCA, volunteered for therapeutic horseback riding, and was also a member of The Elks Club in Sebring. She worked for hospice in Maine with a passion for her work. She enjoyed calling and playing bingo, bicycling, running, hiking, bowling, canoeing and traveling. She also loved music, reading, writing and some painting. She was very proud of the opportunity to be an organ donor. Survivors include her parents, sister: Theresa Haggett of Poland Spring; brother: John Vince Tarantino of Gloucester, MA and nieces: Maryssa Haggett and Kayla Haggett. Francesca was preceded in death by her brother, Isadore Tarantino.

A Bit o’ Green and Sunshine

03/17/2016 0 Comments
 
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Traditionally on St. Patrick’s Day, even those who do not have a lick of Irish in them can be found donning green shirts, green hats and even green socks.  We don’t even blink when our beer turns green for one day a year; we just raise our pint all the higher and toast with a friend we may not have met yet. It’s the spirit.

Here in New England, even Mother Nature gets in on the action. Most years (let’s forget last year) by March 17th, she has begun to work her magic on the grass and flowers and leaves.  It gives those of us who have braved yet another hard winter a bit more to celebrate. There is nothing like a bit o’ green and sunshine to make a Mainer smile.

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Between spring and St. Patty’s, we love this time of year at Maine Art. The streets outside our windows have a few more people wandering, shops that have been closed and dark since January are beginning to open their windows and air out the winter dust, and on those lovely days when the thermometer rises above 60 degrees, we start to smell the beginning of the season. Of course, our pot of gold looks more like Daniel Corey’s sunflowers in Of the Sun, and our Shamrocks are made of copper by Lyman Whitaker, but still we celebrate right along with the rest of you.

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So come in and share a permanent pint with Trip Park’s Old Country or bask in the spring leaves of Birch Tangle by Liz Hoag. We are here at 14 Western Avenue in Kennebunk and open from 10 – 5.  We are happy to be sharing the Luck of the Irish, or even some spring flowers with Light Over Shadow by Philip Frey. As always, you can view our entire collection online at www.maine-art.com.

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When Winter is White

02/11/2016 0 Comments
 
There are some Maine residents that escape to warmer climates by December.  They don’t like the cold and hate the snow. There are also many who were born and raised, or transplanted by choice, who may not love an overabundance of the snow, like that which covered us from January to April last year. However, we have certainly grown fond of Mother Nature’s blanket holding us captive in front of fires, celebrating a day off from school and freezing the pond for skating. Then, there are “the crazies” – those who love it. They dream of skiing while they sit on the beach. They count the days until the snow sled is allowed out of the garage. They even wait patiently to cut holes in the lake and sit all day on frozen water and call it fishing.  For them, we are sorry that this year Thanksgiving was spent at the beach or golf course, Christmas should have been a BBQ and the Snow Sled Parade in northern Maine was an ATV extravaganza. For them, we are sharing a little reminder of, “when winter is white.”

Many will say, “If you don’t like the weather in Maine, wait a minute.”  This is funny.  When this post began, lawns were almost green. Now, as the finishing touches are added and links are being put in, Maine has been covered by the wintery white stuff  which we have been missing for most of the season. Finally, we are in it.  Maine Art and our artists are thrilled with this. We love snow as much as we love the sun… or almost as much.

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Craig Mooney, the master of the beachscape, is a skier in disguise; a snow bunny, not a snow bird. This is obvious in Snow Blanket, where he captures the quiet serenity and peace only a snow-covered landscape holds.  Many locals would love to be trapped in the little cabin which sits so perfectly in Hidden Cabin.

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Then there is Jill Valliere. This time of year she normally lives surrounded by a winter wonderland. Pieces like Carried Away and Catching the Drift are a beautiful representation of what is ordinarily her back yard.  As February arrives, she is finally enjoying the beautiful bend of trees under this new-fallen snow and the crystal-coated branches which are often her inspiration.

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Valliere is not the only one of our artists who finds beauty in the winter trees. Artist Susan Wahlrab captures the whitewashed branches with her unique watercolor technique.  First Snow and Snowflake are both done on claybord and finished with varnish.  The paths that she travels are familiar and mysterious at the same time.  They capture you and bring out a desire to find your own winter walk in the woods.

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Lastly, there is Jeffrey Fitzgerald’s Silver and Skyward Boys.  These two hint to a cooler time and place.  A place where the rocks, shells and sea life are in a sleepier spot to wait out the winter.  The silver and blue whisper of winter, and bring us back to the coast of Maine during a time of year many others leave it behind. This place is a local place.  It is the sunny day in February that often lures us back to the rocks for a just a few moments in the sun.

Our hope is not to jinx, but just to remind of the wonderland we call home. Mother Nature kept us waiting in anticipation, but has now decided to decorate Maine in a way we here at Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture are much more accustomed to this time of year. There is no way to know how much snow will come between now and spring. It will be welcome. Maybe not when we are shoveling it, but at least when we are sledding, skiing and walking through what we love about winter in Maine.

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