The Pink Show and Hope on the Hill – Insights and Details

John Spain, the owner of Maine Art Hill, has once again been selected to be one of only nine candidates taking part in the Real Men Wear Pink of Maine campaign. This campaign gives men a leadership role in the fight against breast cancer. 

Real Men Wear Pink is an opportunity and an honor for Spain. Cancer has touched his world personally. Also, many of Maine Art Hill’s employees and artists have fought with this disease, either individually or alongside family members.

“The fact that I am in a position to help focus awareness and offer support to our local community is overwhelming and impossible to resist,” says Spain. “This is everyone’s disease, be it a survivor who continues to fight every day, or someone who battled bravely but lost the fight. My job in this is easy, working to make the job of others that much easier.”

Maine Art Hill is supporting its owner in this endeavor in a variety of ways. The 2nd Annual Pink Show fills the Pop-Up Gallery from October 1 to October 31. Over twenty Maine Art Hill artists are participating in this show, in addition to giving 10% of their proceeds back to Spain’s campaign. The gallery will match that 10%, making 20% of each sale impacting the fight.  

Ellen Welch Granter, a participating artist for the second year and a survivor herself shares this about Solace, her piece for this show. “Even though the stupid relentless war goes on full-time until we beat this, Solace is a gentle refuge. It is a reminder in bursts of pink that we don’t have to battle every day.” Granter knows first hand the benefit of rest, of taking a moment to find beauty around you, and just being. This is what this show is all about.

In conjunction with the gallery and Spain’s fundraising effort, Maine Art Hill is hosting Hope on the Hill, an Artist Reception and Celebration Saturday, October 12 from 5 to 7 pm, at Studios at 5 Chase Hill Road. Many of the artists are attending and are excited to share this evening with the community. Hope on the Hill is a ticketed event with 100% of the $35 ticket going back to the campaign. This is possible by local businesses partnering for this purpose. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS. There will be light bites from select Kennebunk Resort Collection chefs, Suga Suga Portland, and Shannon Bard Catering; cocktails and wine from Cellardoor Winery Maine and Maine Craft Distilling; and music from Lisa Mills and the Blue Notes. 

Another artist, Charles Bluett shares, “I am so lucky and blessed to be able to paint and bring joy to others. There is no better way to show appreciation than being able to do what I do to support causes. So many need support and funding to help when life casts a shadow over them.” After having gone through cancer with his dear wife, it is a cause close to Bluett’s heart. “I know every cent counts towards battling this terrible disease.”

The complete show may be viewed virtually by clicking here. Pop-Up on Maine Art Hill is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm. FMI call 207-204-2042 or [email protected] Be on the lookout for Spain’s alter ego, Real Man, around the area and learn more about the show and the cause on Maine Art’s Facebook page.





Susan Bennett, Claire Bigbee, Charles Bluett, Lucie Boucher & Bernie Huebner, Donna D’Aquino, Alex Dunwoodie, Elizabeth Ostrander, Kathy Ostrander Roberts, Margaret Gerding, Ellen Welch Granter, Rick Hamilton, Liz Hoag, Julie Houck, William B. Hoyt, Ingunn Joergenson, John LeCours, Karen McManus, Craig Mooney, Janis Sanders, Jill Valliere, Bethany Harper Williams, Richard Winslow, David Witbeck, and Wade Zahares

HOPE ON THE HILL – Artists Reception and Fundraiser




 October 12
5pm – 7pm
5 Chase Hill Road, Kennebunk, ME 04043

Celebrating Hope

Maine Art Hill is happy to host this fundraising event in conjunction with The American Cancer Society’s Real Men Wear Pink Campaign.

Come eat, drink and be merry with many of our artists and share in this celebration of hope and life.  We are surrounding ourselves with local vendors who have come together with us to make a difference.


Lisa Mills & The Blue Notes



To read more about The Pink Show visit our blog. THE PINK SHOW




Pop Up Artist Valerie McCaffrey of Garden Guardians

Featured Artist, Valerie McCaffrey of Garden Guardians is the guest artist for Pop Up beginning Tuesday, September 24  through Monday, September 30. Read on to learn more about her inspiration, her process, and her work.

September 24 – September 30

There was always something about concrete that intrigued me.  It is a material that is both malleable and stone-like. You can easily mix it up your self and it can be around for centuries.  Think of the colosseum!  From the very start, I felt a real affinity for concrete and it has been my primary artistic medium for over 15 years. It was the perfect medium to develop the images and drawings that were trapped inside the pages of my art journals.  Concrete helped bring those images out into the “real world” where Garden Guardians was born.

I create unique hand-carved and molded concrete creations. My planters, sculptures, and plaques are designed to celebrate, attract and remind us all of our natural state of joy and wonder. I recently started working on a new line of 2-dimensional wall reliefs and  I am excited to debut them at Maine Art Hill in September.  Hope to see you there.

McCaffrey will be showing her work at Pop Up on Maine Art Hill at 5 Chase Hill Rd. in Kennebunk from September 24 – 30. The gallery is open every day at 10 am. For more info about McCaffrey and her work, follow this link to her website. Garden Guardians







Pop-Up Artist Zeraph Dylan Moore

Featured Artist, Zeraph Dylan Moore is a returning guest artist for Pop-Up beginning Tuesday, September 24 through Monday, September 30. Read on to learn more about his inspiration, his process, and his work.

September 24 to September 30

My artwork emulates industrial decay, archaeological artifacts, and processes of geologic change. As a child and teenager, I loved building things out of abandoned materials and exploring ruined houses and strange, forgotten places. I loved old things, deeply worn with texture and meaning.

In the past several years, I’ve become disabled with a chronic illness called CFS-ME. I no longer explore a lot of abandoned buildings and am mostly housebound. Much of my work is created in bed. For this reason, working at a small size – usually just 5” x 5” – is ideal.

My artwork has been represented in many private collections throughout Maine and the world since I was 16 years old.

Moore will be showing his work at Pop-Up on Maine Art Hill at 5 Chase Hill Rd. in Kennebunk from June 12 to June 18. The gallery is open every day at 10 am. For more info about Moore and his work, follow this link to his website Grind Studio





Pop-Up Artist Suzanne Anderson

Featured Artist, Suzanne Anderson is back for the fall of 2019 as a guest artist for Pop-Up beginning Tuesday, September 24 through Monday, September 30. Read on to learn more about her inspiration, her process, and her work.



I work in a wooded lakeside studio in Maine. It’s the perfect place to become immersed in creative exploration.  In the incredible beauty of my surroundings, I find myself powerfully drawn to the landscape. In 2016 I began a series of drawings at a micro scale. Closely examining and recording with drawings and photographs the tiny colorful lichen and fungus that abound in the forest and field. These drawings have been used in my enamel work, in my textile design work and in a further series of drawings that incorporate natural elements and sometimes humanoid characters. This continuing series is undertaken with an underlining response to worries over human rights and environmental issues. My work is a continuance of study along the lines of developing a symbolic language of expression that walks the line between abstract form and recognizable, though unusual, elements.

The drawing process is often started on an iPad with a stylus.  After roughing out, my work is completed on a larger screen and finally printed in small editions on high quality, acid-free, Epson Velvet paper. I work back into the prints with hand embroidered line, wool roving and sometimes found objects. The use of the sewn line introduces the hand back into a digital drawing and hearkens back to traditional “women’s work”.

While centered around lichen, mosses, and fungus, this work also explores the inner and outer landscape through the abstraction of the natural forms.  The tiny little arrangements and the incredible variety of these lifeforms offer lovely surprises to the senses. The life cycle through to decay creates endless fascination. These observations come back to me in my studio not only through my 2d work but also through the medium of jewelry.  My jewelry work has a natural, casual, organic feeling. It relates to color and form to the tiny worlds of nature that I am so captivated by.

The beautiful vitreous (hot glass) enamel colors and edges promote a feeling of transition, a going back to nature, a beautiful decay. In my jewelry, I use a variety of enameling techniques in the creation of my pieces. Sgraffito, sifting, painting, graphite drawing, and gold leaf are a few of the techniques I employ in my enamel work. I use hand formed and forged sterling silver, copper, and brass in my chain and findings. Each piece is finished on the edges. The non-enameled metals are either left with a satin finish or have a patina applied and are sealed with a museum quality protective wax.

To see more of Suzanne Anderson’s work, visit her webpage







Boats and Buoys  – Artist insights from Ellen Welch Granter

Ellen Welch Granter’s new collection of moored sailboats and their mooring buoys is hanging at The Gallery at 14 Western Ave. Along with three other talented artists, Remsen, Witbeck, & Peterson, this is a show inspired by the sea.

Off Season

“Though our subjects come from a similar source, the results diverge toward four very different places,” explains Granter. “My images evolve from my own experiences and are not about fine details, such as ship rigging, but rather, the geometry, symmetry, and harmony of the floating boats and buoys.”

This collection includes a grid-like batch of small buoy paintings on square panels. There is also an array of medium-sized to more extensive works. The largest painting, The Beach Buoys, is the central piece of the show.

The Beach Buoys

“A loose gradient of vibrant blue shades creates the floating ocean where five white mooring buoys make an abstract pattern into the distance. My boats evoke a sense of peace and calmness. Whether they are in the fog, in the sun, or a busy harbor, their curvy lines and sense of possibility are always an invitation to paint.” says Granter. “Most of these paintings are also on panels, with only a few touches of gold leaf. I have finally gotten that need for bling out of my system, I think.”


Alpha Bravo Charlie

The titles for these works mostly come from the U.S. Navy phonetic alphabet. Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, etc. Granter went this route mostly just because the names seemed to fit. However, she is also happy to take applications from anyone who wants the job of titling my next batch more poetically.

Granter’s new works are featured on the first floor at The Gallery on Maine Art Hill at 14 Western Ave in Kennebunk until September 26. However, you can always find a large selection of Granter’s work year-round. There is also a lovely collection of Granter prints at the print gallery at 5 Chase Hill Rd.

ELLEN GRANTER  – All Available Work




All galleries are open every day at 10 am. Please call for season hours of operation. FMI 207-967-2803.

A Different Kind of Boat Builder – David Riley Peterson


The birth of David Riley Peterson’s boats was an interesting one. To say ‘one thing leads to another’ is an understatement, but it is still the best way to describe his ‘AH-HA’ moment.

Riley explains, “I was asked to make an olive tray for a local gift shop. Not seeing many challenges in it, I procrastinated until the third request. I returned to my studio and, reluctantly, rolled out a small thin slab of clay and folded it into a simple tray and joined the ends. It was a waste of my awesome talent.” Staring at it in dismay and disgust the little pod transformed. “I held it in my hands, and the ‘AH-HA’ moment occurred. The clay spoke and in a meek, shy voice it said, ‘I want to be a boat.’ Ever since that moment, I am a devoted (clay) boat builder,” laughs Peterson.

His past and present blend a love of boats with playing in the mud. He is the first to admit that clay just suits his personality. Born in Beverly, Massachusetts, he was always reprimanded for playing in every mud puddle he could find. Growing up, there were no art classes, let alone ceramics, offered in school.

“I was clueless about clay until I went off to college. My dorm at the University of Florida was located across the street from the ceramics department. I was always curious about the group of students who entered and left the building dressed in dirty jeans or tattered shorts with every body part covered in clay; so I investigated,” says Peterson. “What I discovered instantly changed my life, and I could hardly wait until the next semester to enroll in my first ceramics class; ‘Introduction to Clay.’ I was not disappointed.”

Peterson went on to graduate with a BFA in Ceramics/Sculpture, own his own studio and teach. Since 1984, he has also been the President of Peterson Marine Surveys. Two careers that appear to be quite different, Peterson effectively merges into one life.

Peterson’s father was originally from Maine, and the family often came north during the summer. He remembers spending that time playing with boats. “Maine is a real fishing community. They used dories for fishing and pulling nets in, and stuff like that, but mostly lobstering. These boats were iconic watercraft years ago.” It wasn’t a stretch to add Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture to Peterson’s list of galleries.  His boats fit perfectly between images of seascapes and rocky coasts. The life-like quality he brings to his clay captures locals and tourists alike, and are a beautiful reminder of life in Maine.

Come and see David Riley Peterson’s work in person at The Gallery on Maine Art Hill, 14 Western Avenue. The show featuring his work runs until September 26. We are open year-round and always have fabulous Peterson creations. You can also view his work on our website at his Artist Page, David Riley Peterson at Maine Art Hill. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call. 207-967-2803.

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Side Notes from Artist David Witbeck

David Witbeck has quickly become an iconic artist in regards to Maine Art Hill. When our visitors walk in the gallery for a second, tenth, or millionth time, they always remember and recognize Witbeck’s work.

For his 2019 Fall show, Witbeck shared tidbits, stories, and insights into a few of his pieces featured for this show. We want to share them with you.

Owls Head

“Owls Head is the inspiration for this piece. I spent time there one summer with Barbara, my wife. I certainly took some liberty in scale and added details. My favorite part of this is the tree. It probably has more detail than any other tree I have done. The intensity of having it in the foreground makes it more important. The sparkle in the water is again detail that brings the realism forward,” says Witbeck. “Many of my new landscape pieces are more atmospheric. With this, a bit of the whimsy is lost as it moves more toward realism. This collection started as a commission piece that was 48x 48. Once completed, I needed more.”

Some Breezy

“This is a title meant to be spoken with a serious Down East dialect. The motion in the waves is more detailed than I have done in the past. That motion creates a more intense background,” shares Witbeck. “Even though the boat is supposed to be the focal point, the surroundings sneak in and beg for notice.”


With Eyes We See

“In my 12 x 12 collection of fishermen and lobstermen, each had mouths, but there were no real facial features. When I moved to 20 x 20, I felt the details had to be more precise. I had to find a way to show emotion but still, remain a bit ambiguous,” explaine Witbeck. “This was hard work. Facial features are some of the most challenging details for me. ”

It’s a Girl! 

The lobster women are represented. Annie is such classic and the first of the Witbeck Women of Maine. She is a real Maine woman with a sparkle in her eye. Jo, Sam, and Kate could be sisters and represent the hard-working coastal female. Sal, however, maybe a favorite. She and Ben are indeed partners in this little lobster adventure.

David Witbeck’s new works will be featured at The Gallery on Maine Art Hill at 14 Western Ave until September 26. He shares this show with fellow artists Ellen Welch Granter, Richard Remsen, and David Riley Peterson. The Gallery is open every day at 10 am.

To see all available work from David Witbeck CLICK HERE

To see the virtual show CLICK HERE

Dog Days on Maine Art Hill with Artist Gloria Najecki

Featured Artist, Gloria Najecki is the guest artist for Pop-Up

Septemeber 7 through September 23

Read on to learn more about her inspiration, her process, and her work.

When I was a young girl, I brought my dog Muffin with me wherever I could, ran to her to soothe my emotional upsets, and confided in her all of my deepest secrets.  Never mind the cliché — she was my best friend.


To this day I remain in love with, and deeply connected to, dogs. Pooches, pups, mutts … call them what you will.  These creatures’ individual personalities, rich histories, and unquestioning devotion to their human companions, inspire and thrill me.


As an artist, I am fascinated by the incredible variety of canine characteristics.  Their differences in head shapes, body sizes, eyes, noses, jowls, ears, paws (not to mention facial expressions, temperament, and propensity for drooling) continually tickle and intrigue me.


I guess you could say I’ve been an artist pretty much from the time I could hold a pencil.  My full-time painting career, however, didn’t start until I shared my life with an incredible being named Trucker.  I do not have adequate space here to describe this brawny American Bulldog, but I submit the following:  strong and confident, all chiseled muscle and bone, my fearless protector and bodyguard, Colonel Bighead, dignified, gentlemanly, a man’s man among dogs.  Oh, to be fair, I will add incessant scrounge and avid chippie-chaser.  Trucker was always by my side, even at my very first solo art exhibit.  In 2007  my dear friend transitioned from this life leaving a permanent mark on my heart.


I currently share my life with an incredibly supportive partner named Jim.  When I am not in my studio, you will find me out and about in NH usually with a camera strapped around my neck looking for fascinating subjects to paint.


Video Insights from Glass Artist Richard Remsen

Glass Artist Richard Remsen shares a little insight into his work. 

Don’t forget to check out the fall show featuring Remson’s work, along with 3 other Maine Art Hill artists at the 14 Western Avenue gallery. Open every day at 10 am. Saturday, August 31 to September 26.