A Coupling of Paint and Place – Margaret Gerding and William B. Hoyt

Making mental connections is our most crucial learning tool. The essence of human intelligence; to forge links; to go beyond the given; to see patterns, relationships, context. ~ Marilyn Ferguson.

Shows on Maine Art Hill in Kennebunk features a dynamic duo of talent and color, painters Margaret Gerding and William B. Hoyt. This show opens at 10 AM on Saturday, July 18, and runs until August 6. 

This summer, Hoyt and Gerding come together for three weeks. They may have separate bodies of work, but they share a place of inspiration and love for an area that holds not only beauty but memories.

“Both artists have strong ties to Maine, either having visited or lived here for years. They capture the true essence of the state,” says gallery owner, John Spain. “Hoyt celebrates the incredible precision of his paintbrush, where Gerding’s strokes are looser and less defined. Yet when the two come together to represent our state, magic happens in full color.”

Margaret Gerding, once only a childhood visitor of Maine, has called Cape Porpoise her home for quite some time now. Her canvases are filled with the landscapes of close to home, some easier to recognize than others.

“This show offers marsh, ocean, woods, and rocks. If you are familiar with the area, Timber Point is one of my favorite places for painting,” says Gerding. “It holds an emotional attachment for me. I vacationed in Maine as a child, and it was a rite of passage to be old enough to go to the island during low tide. Somehow being out on that island makes me feel like I’m standing on the edge of the land.”

William B. Hoyt has also stood on the edge of the land, and has sailed there as well. Hoyt’s work is an incredibly realistic representation of the same places as Gerding but captured in true Hoyt style, detailed and delightful.

Hoyt says, “There is a challenge and a joy in seeing something ineffably beautiful or moving and resolving to make a painting of it. The threads of the canvas, the sea, family, friends, and Maine have woven themselves inextricably into my psyche and my work.”

If you love Maine, all aspects of Maine, this is a show worth a visit.


To see the show virtually click this link


Shows on Maine Art Hill is housed at 10 Chase Hill Road .

Open daily from 10 AM to 5 PM. FMI maine-art.com or 967-0049.


To read more about each artist and see their entire collection of work, click links below.

Margaret Gerding – Our Available Collection of Works

William B. Hoyt – Our Available Collection of Works

Margret Gerding – Stories and Insights

William B. Hoyt – Stories and Insights