Trees

01/14/2016 0 Comments
 
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This past fall we introduced Liz Hoag to the Maine Art extended family.  The entire first floor of the gallery at 14 Western Ave. was filled with a collection of her work which was centered around her love and interesting perspective of trees. “Tangle” was a wonderful success.  However, Hoag is not the only artist we represent that has a fondness for these incredible works of Mother Nature.

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Hermann Hesse, the winner of the 1946 Nobel Prize in literature, wrote, “For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers. I revere them when they live in tribes and families, in forests and groves. And even more I revere them when they stand alone.”  Our artists have expressed this exact sentiment through paint and brush. The up close look at the intricacies of birch branches like the the work of Liz Hoag, the blur of green from a “tribe” of pine and spruce in Dusk, Mink Island by Karen McManus and of course, the strength and courage found in the simplicity of Lone Pine by Abbie Williams and Majestic Pine by Sandra L. Dunn.

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We are familiar with trees that represent all aspect of our lives: the family tree, the tree of life and even the famous children’s book by Shel Silverstein, The Giving Tree.  Strong branches and deep roots are personified in poetry and song all over the world.  Metaphors are found scattered in literature both new and classic. Confetti-like leaves, strong as the old oak, or the centennial pine. For years these wonders of nature have sheltered, decorated and inspired.  So it comes as no surprise that these same themes are seen in art. Be it the famous works of Van Gogh or O’Keefe or new pieces just created, like Catherwoods from Trip Park.  We surround ourselves and celebrate the trees.

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Most amazingly, their beauty is found in all forms from the stark bark waiting in hibernation as in Susan Wahlrab’s varnished watercolor, Snowflake or the resting Catharsis from Jill Valliere. We celebrate the color of autumn we see in Edge of the Woods by Alex Dunwoodie or even the promise of spring and new beginnings which Henry Isaacs illustrates in Saturday Afternoon, Santa Barbara. Even in the death or darkness of these plants we find meaning and beauty.  Our own Philip Frey displays this perfectly in Forest Floor.

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We house so many beautiful and inspiring pieces that spark viewers to stop, take a breathe and enjoy.  We welcome you to come in and share them with us. You may just want to wander through and appreciate the work, or maybe, just maybe, you will take one home to help fill your house with this happiness.

“Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth… whoever has learned how to listen to trees no longer wants to be a tree. He wants to be nothing except what he is. That is home. That is happiness.”  – Hermann Hess

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For the Love of the Beach

01/05/2016 0 Comments
 
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We are lucky enough to live in one of the most beautiful places in Maine.  The Kennebunks have been sited in numerous journals and websites on many “top tens” of Maine, New England and even the Untied States.  We are known for our quaint, coastal village feel and we are just that – a coastal village.  With that comes one of our favorite characteristics of the coast: the place that doesn’t close for the winter, the place where everyone is welcome and the place that reminds us daily of how truly amazing and beautiful our home is. The beach.

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In Kennebunkport, Goose Rocks Beach has been voted one of Maine’s top ten beaches. This three-mile stretch of sand is loved by locals, tourists, and of course, artists.  While the rest of us spread out towels and settle in on beach chairs, these local artists mount their easels in the sand and spread out only colors and canvas. We store memories in mere minutes with our cellphones and cameras, while they take the time to capture that tiny piece of paradise in paint.

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Then there are the Kennebunk Beaches. Less than a mile away from the gallery, Kennebunk offers not one, but three beaches.  Each have their own distinct personalities, yet all attract the artist who has the need to capture the wonder of the sea. Gooch’s Beach boosts sand and surf, similar to the grand scapes we see from Craig Mooney. Middle Beach offers a rocky coast of crashing waves and sea creatures, not unlike Jeffery Fitzgerald’s work. Then there is Mother’s Beach. A beach that boasts not only a giant castle making sandbox, but a wonderful playground and safer water for smaller children to make memories like those of artist, Liz Hoag. As diverse as this stretch of coast is, one thing holds true. Artists love them all.

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In the gallery we have a variety of Maine artists.  All have their favorite pieces of Maine, and many, at one point, have found their way to the ocean. We are blessed to be surrounded by work like “Beginning” by Daniel Corey, “Shifting Tide” by Philip Frey and “Jousting” by William B. Hoyt. We are lucky to have skilled and talented artists who are able to beautifully recreate this place we love – this place we call home.

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No matter what season you choose to visit our little town, know the beaches will be here to welcome you in.  Stop and smell the sea roses, walk in the sand and enjoy this unique and wondrous coastline.  And of course, please visit us here at Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture at 14 Western Ave.  We will be happy to help you find a little piece of Maine and her beaches to take home with you.

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Pines and Roses by Janis Sanders

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Social Media Buzz and Lyman Whitaker Sculptures

11/18/2015 0 Comments
 

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It’s contest season at Maine Art, including our 2015 Wind Sculpture Photo Contest and The Ultimate Kennebunkport Wedding Gift Giveaway.  Both contests give the option to win a Lyman Whitaker Wind Sculpture, and a little bit more.

Our 2015 Wind Sculpture Photo Contest is now open to Maine Art’s customers who already own a Lyman Whitaker Wind Sculpture, but would love to add a Spring to their garden or patio. Each year, we create a beautiful calendar with images that you, the customer, have submitted. The rules and regulations are on our Facebook page, as well as listed in the images below. Valid submissions can be sent to info@maine-art.com now through November 9th. On November 13th, we will post the 12 finalists on our Facebook page, and these finalists will be featured in our 2016 calendar.  After that…VOTE with Likes! The photographer who receives the most Likes will be adding Lyman Whitaker’s Spring to their lawn or flower beds.

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This week also began our Ultimate Kennebunkport Wedding Gift Giveaway. You must visit our Facebook page and/or our Instagram feed in order to participate, but the rest is easy and fun. In addition to Maine Art, there are six other Kennebunkport area vendors participating: One Dock Prime, Maine Coastal Kayak, Becoming Jewelry, The Nonantum Resort, Cottage Breeze Day Spa, and A. Fogarty Photography, and each has included one stellar gift in the Giveaway – it truly is the “ultimate” wedding gift! All the rules are on the vendors’ social media sites. The winner will be drawn on November 8th.

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With all of that said, how can you not visit both our Facebook page and our Instagram feed and see what is going on with Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture?  Don’t forget our Twitter feed and our Pinterest page – they both have information and images that are worth a visit.  As you can see, we are doing our best to keep you up-to-date with what is going on here at Maine Art. Click, Like, Share, and Re-Post and tell us how much you love the artists of Maine Art.

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MaineArtGallery/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/maineartgallery

Pinterest – https://www.pinterest.com/maineartgallery/

Instagram – https://instagram.com/maineartgallery/

Good Things to Come

11/05/2015 0 Comments
 

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As the leaves swirl to the ground, covering the lawns and streets of the Kennebunks, we are often asked two questions; “Do you stay open year round?” and, “Is it really slow?” Without fail, the answer is the same. “Yes we stay open, and no, it isn’t slow.” Even though the streets are not filled with summertime tourists, many people enjoy the quieter side of the Kennebunks in the fall, winter and spring. For us, there is always something to be planned, scheduled, marketed, revamped and rearranged, which keeps our year-round staff continually busy.

With this said, we thought we would take a minute to bring everyone up to speed on all the amazingness coming up here at Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture for the remainder of 2015 and into 2016.

Now through November 25th – Tangle, a Liz Hoag show, will be on the first floor of the gallery at 14 Western Ave.  This is an incredible and vibrant show with a theme like no other.  If you haven’t stopped by or checked it out on-line, we encourage you to do so.

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November 13th to December 3rd, you need to visit our Facebook Page and vote for your favorite Lyman Whitaker Wind Sculpture picture.  This is a great way to see the sculptures in their natural habitat. The picture with the most votes wins a Spring Wind Sculpture. The winner will be announced on December 4th.

Starting November 27th and running through the rest of the year will be the Maine Art Holiday Show.  Again, this will be on the first floor of Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture, and is a perfect place to do a little holiday shopping.  Kennebunkport’s famous Christmas Prelude will be in full swing during most of this show.  Be sure to check out the fabulous events and goings-on around town during this time, including the Village Art Walk on December 11th.

February, yes the whole month of February, Kennebunk and Kennebunkport will Paint the Town Red.  Come to the coast and celebrate the month that is known to be for lovers.  There are specials and events all over the community. This is a don’t-miss month.

May 28th to June 16th, Maine Art will be celebrating new and wonderful works by David Witbeck.  Many of you know and love his larger-than-life fishermen and lobstermen, but there is always so much more to see in a Witbeck show.  This event will be on the first floor of the gallery on Western Ave. Be watching for the date and time of the Artist Reception for a chance to come and chat with David himself.

2016 Maine Art Shows Schedule.

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Yes, our show schedule is ready.  We know many of you love this time of year and are already planning your annual spring and summer visits to the Kennebunks.  Be watching for the on-line show catalog announcements.  If you are not on our email list, please contact the gallery and we will make sure to keep you in the loop.

The Choice Art Show – June 11th to June 30th (opening during the Kennebunkport Festival)

Holly Ready – July 2nd to the 21st

Rebecca Kinkead – July 23rd to  August 11th

William B. Hoyt – August 13 to September 5th

Henry Isaacs – September 24 – October 22nd

Holy Moly.  See why we are open year round?  Our staff here at Maine Art works very hard to help keep the Kennebunks full of quality art and artists. Our shows are always top notch. We consider ourselves lucky to be part of such an amazing community that supports all we do… all year long.

You can always visit Maine Art on-line, but we look forward to seeing you in the gallery soon!

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End of the Season at Maine Art Shows

09/11/2015 0 Comments
 

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While our group gallery, Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture is open year-round, Maine Art Shows is closed – not for the night, but for the season. Labor Day has come and gone and the last of the BIRD show has been shipped off to happy customers leaving the first floor of 10 Chase Hill Road quiet and resting. It is early evening and the Maine Art Shows gallery is full of shadows created by just a few of the small warm bulbs still illuminating the now bare walls. Small brass hangers sit above the hearth, empty. The vases, normally bursting with the fresh flowers of summer, have been scrubbed and put away and the mantels are clean and bare.  The hardwood floor is warm and smooth, and if one listens carefully the bouncing echoes of the voices of summer memories can be heard.

First it is the high-pitched chatter of happy Festival goers visiting the Choice Art Show, seeing long-time summer friends for the first time of the season. Then, the friends and family of Philip Frey uttering words of encouragement as they come out in huge support of his one-man show. Soon, it is both tourists and locals wandering and whispering words of recognition as they find familiarity in Maine. As they see it. And finally, the people’s chatter fades to the sound of the birds that claimed this space as their own for the last four weeks during BIRD.

The end of a season is always bittersweet.  Hard work and long hours are offset by loyal customers, tourists and frequent visits from our artists. Every show is new and fun and full of beauty, but soon enough our summer staff begin to venture off to autumn adventures and our veterans begin work on projects for next summer with barely a blink.

However, before saying goodbye for the season, we must first say thank you.  It has been a successful, engaging and lovely summer thanks to all of you.  We appreciate your kind words and continued support of Maine Art Shows.  We have big plans for next summer, and we can’t wait to include you.

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Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture is open year-round at 14 Western Avenue in Kennebunk. Please come by for a visit anytime.  As always, you can visit online at maine-art.com.

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End of Summer Celebration

08/27/2015 0 Comments
 
Thirteen people gathered around a table at Academe at the Kennebunk Inn. Our ages ranged from twenty-two to sixty-two; men and women, teachers, real estate agents and grandparents. So what on earth did we have in common? Maine Art. Part-time, full-time, seasonal and year-round, the staff at Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture came together to mark the approaching end of  yet another summer season. We all had a part in Maine Art’s success this summer, and John wanted to take the evening to say “thank-you.” The table was full of laughter, conversation and fun.  Everyday we celebrate our customers.  Everyday we celebrate our artists. Tuesday night, we took the night off and celebrated us.  

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Road Trippin’ with WGME 13

06/24/2015 0 Comments
 

When heading into Kennebunkport from Rt. 9 it is impossible to miss Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture. Known for the large display of Lyman Whitaker Wind Sculptures in the front yard, Maine Art has greeted visitors and locals alike for over fifteen years now. We have always thought it was a great place to visit, but when Jeff Peterson from WGME’s Road Trippin’ called to set up a time to film and interview, we were happy to oblige and help him spread the word.

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Owner John Spain met with Jeff and his cameraman, Matt, down on 14 Western Ave outside of Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture.  The gallery wasn’t open yet and fewer people were wandering around Kennebunkport at that time.  John filled him in on some of the history, what the difference is between Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture and the gallery on 10 Chase Hill Road, Maine Art Shows, what’s up and coming for art openings, and of course a little bit about those famous Wind Sculptures.

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Road Trippin is a segment on WGME that focuses on northern New England tourism.  Where to eat, where to play, and of course where to shop. They air on Thursday mornings on Channel 13, WGME, but their webpage keeps video of past visits in case you miss one.  Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture will be featured on the July 2nd show that is coming to Kennebunkport.

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Introduction

06/01/2015 2 Comments
 

Falling in love with a sculpture or painting requires insight and story. Falling in love with an artist requires understanding and history. Falling in love with a gallery requires trust and comfort.

Over the years we have worked hard to create a comfortable place to enjoy the beauty that is art in Maine. All of our artists give their heart and soul creating the work here at Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture. Every day is blessed with unique and interesting people and experiences. These “behind the scenes”  happenings are celebrated and what make our work a joy.

It is these stories that we want to share with you here. On these pages you will find personal insights into artist work, pictures and videos of art in the making, and peeks ”backstage” of a successful gallery. So much of art is felt rather than seen. We want to help you make that connection to our work, our artists, and our gallery.

It is time we welcomed you into a more personal part of our galleries.

Please consider this your invitation.

Enjoy.

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