On May 29, Shows on Maine Art Hill at 5 Chase Hill Road opens for the summer with the 10th Annual Choice Art Show, the only show curated by the public. This is our tenth year starting the summer off with this kind of show. Fourteen Artists, including five gallery alumni with forty-two new works on display.
For the last few years, Maine Art Hill has opened its summer season with the Choice Art Show. This year is no different. However, this year it officially opens a week earlier, Saturday, May 29. That is not all we are changing up. Celebrate and see for yourself as we honor a bit of our past with a bit of our present.
Owner John Spain says, “Time truly flies when you are having fun. Ten years! Due to this, the staff and I wanted to have a few new and exciting changes to the norm. When the idea of adding in alumni artists came up, we knew we had to do it.”
For those new to the Choice Show and a recap for the veterans, Maine Art begins the curation with eighty-four original works from fourteen artists, six pieces each. It is then narrowed down to three pieces from each artist. These three are carefully “chosen.”
This is where it gets exciting. One piece from each artist is named Artist’s Choice, the artist chooses. Then each artist has a Designer’s Choice, which is determined by local designer and community celeb Louis Hurlbutt of Hurlbutt Designs. And then there is the third and final choice, People’s Choice.
People’s Choice is always left up to the Maine Art Hill community to decide, both near and far. The last fourteen paintings to be featured in this kickoff show are decided upon by casting votes for a favorite piece from each artist. These are difficult decisions to make, especially with such stellar artists.
“We enjoy the entire process more and more each year,” says Gallery Director Natalie Lane. “To have the public be a part of the curation is truly unique, and the response is always overwhelming. This year’s artists have submitted pieces which made it extra challenging for online voters. It was tough to pick a favorite. Happily, it’s a fun challenge.”
The show opens Saturday, May 29, and runs through June 10 at Shows on Maine Art Hill at 10 Chase Hill Rd in Kennebunk. The gallery opens every day at 10 am and closes at 5 pm, with all Covid protocols being followed. For more information, please call the gallery at 207-967-0049
Featured artists include Gallery Artists Heather Blanton, Alex Dunwoodie, Jeffrey T. Fitzgerald, Rick Hamilton, Julie Houck, Ingunn Milla Joergensen, John LeCours, Jill Matthews, and Trip Park. Alumni Artists Christine Brenner, Christopher Castelli, Sandra L. Dunn, Holly Ready, Monique Sakellarios