Considering a Lyman Whitaker Wind Sculpture? — How About Free Shipping?

Artist Lyman Whitaker, Whitaker Studios, and Maine Art Hill are all strong believers in the need for social distancing. We encourage everyone to stay home, enjoy their space, and move at a slower pace.

Whitaker Studios is well aware of how kinetic art and sculpture can enhance your garden or landscape to create a space for quiet contemplation or add whimsey to your family’s backyard. Whitaker Studios wants to help bring this to your backyard. If you have been considering a Lyman Whitaker Wind Sculpture, now is the time.

For a limited time, we have joined forces with Whitaker Studios to assist our clients in the buying process. Together, Maine Art Hill and Whitaker Studios are temporarily sharing the cost of shipping on all Whitaker Wind Sculptures, up to the Extra-Large, in the contiguous United States.* For any Wind Sculpture shipping outside of the State of Maine*, your total cost would be just the cost of the Wind Sculpture you’ve selected. Shipping is free!

Free shipping* will apply to all new drop-ship orders for sculptures size SMALL through EXTRA-LARGE placed on or after March 20, 2020.

So what do you do now? Here’s a step-by-step:

Step One –  Use the following link to see all sculpture choices online from the privacy and safety of your own home and choose your favorites. MAINE ART HILL’S COLLECTION OF LYMAN WHITAKER WIND SCULPTURES

Step Two –  Click the sculpture and then select the size you need.

Step Three – You will then be prompted to either INQUIRE or BUY.

INQUIRE – This button automatically opens your email. Just let us know you are interested and how we can reach you, and we can move forward from there.

BUY – This button brings you to a page for you to fill in all your information to purchase this sculpture. This button also sends us an email, and we will reach out to you. We will make sure your shipping information is correct and we will also follow up with an estimated ship date. If you have any additional questions feel free to contact us.

As always, you are welcome to bypass either button and just start a conversation with one of our gallery staff.  Call us at 207-967-2803 and leave a message. All voice messages send an automatic email notice to the gallery manager. We will check messages Monday-Friday, 10am to 5pm EST.

Don’t forget our virtual capabilities with Lyman Whitaker Wind Sculptures and photos of your yard.  Wind Sculptures can be virtually placed in your yard as quickly as paintings can be placed on your wall. All we need is a few simple measurements, so we can create an image showing virtually how the sculpture looks installed in your space.

This is a tremendous offer! We can’t thank Lyman Whitaker and Whitaker Studios enough. We are so fortunate to have artists willing to help in whatever way they can. In the words of Lyman Whitaker,  “We are optimistic that we will all survive this if we stick together.

Our galleries are presently open by appointment only. Please reach out, send us an email, or drop us a message on our voice mail. We are happy to help in any way we can.

Stay Home. Stay Healthy. Stay Connected.

*This offer is valid for shipments within the continental US only and purchases of a Small to an Extra-Large sculpture made on or before March 20 for a limited time. Maine State Tax applied where applicable.

Spring at Maine Art Hill and Coronavirus – Art to Go

In this challenging time, we at Maine Art Hill are hoping to make your life a little easier and a little more fun. Using various technologies, local delivery, and private appointments, we have many ways to help stay connected to our artists and our galleries.

Shopping from Home

For many small businesses, this will be a way to stay connected to clients. We have an incredible website full of high-resolution images, artist bios, and insights and stories from our artists. With a simple phone call or email, we can share a great deal without you ever leaving your home. We offer five ways to help you through this and are open to other ideas. All processes start with an email to [email protected] or a call to the gallery where you can leave a message. 207-967-2803.

Online Links – Thanks to the organization of our website, it is possible to create new links that showcase only the artist or works you love. We can share these with you both via email.

Virtual Appointment with a Gallery Associate – With the power of FaceTime or Skype, you can virtually chat “face to face” with one of our staff. As they walk around the gallery with you, they share details and up-close information on any works you find interesting.  An appointment is necessary.

Sharing a Video of Particular Pieces or Artists – Email or call to give us the artists and or pieces you love. We will create a video just for you by walking around the galleries and featuring the artwork you request, like the Face Time option, but not as interactive.

Virtual Art Placement – Again, thanks to technology, we can take any home photo you have and virtually place the specific pieces you are interested in on your wall and send you the images. Again this requires an email, text, or phone call, in which we discuss the pieces you love. Then just a few quick measurements, a little tech magic, and we virtually place the art in your home, so you can see how it looks. Check out the images below to see what we mean.

Lyman Whitaker Wind Sculptures – Even Lyman Whitakers Wind Sculptures can be virtually placed in your yard as easily as paintings can be placed on your wall. Again, all we need is a few simple measurements so we can create an image showing virtually what the sculptures look like installed in your space.

Free Home Delivery– Within a 100-mile radius, we deliver any piece of purchased artwork directly to your home free of charge. This includes Lyman Whitaker Wind Sculptures that are on the property and small enough to go in the van. We will follow all CDC guidelines regarding the cleanliness of our delivery van and the health of our staff who is entering your home. All we ask is that you do the same. At the time of the sale, we will work out the details.

Shopping at Home

(This is a little different than shopping FROM home.)

This is a free, private multi-piece home show. You let us know what you want to see and we bring it to you. Again this is within a 100-mile radius of our galleries. We show up at your home with multiple pieces of your choosing. Together we “try them on” in various wall spaces. If you decide to purchase, installation is also included free of charge.

Shopping at the Galleries

Private Gallery Visits – Private gallery visits may be arranged by appointment only. Email [email protected] to set up a private appointment. Know that all the galleries are CDC compliant and are cleaned and sanitized before your visit.

Curbside Pick-up – Finalize all your purchases in any way that works for you, then let us know when you are coming to pick up. We meet you “curbside” at one of our many preferred parking spaces. We load your new works right into your car.

As you can see, we are here to help.

With all of these precautions in place, we are hopeful that we can help you find new pieces of art to compliment your home.  

We are happy to help you in any way, just contact us. Working together is what we do.

Please contact us via email at  [email protected] or call the gallery and leave a message at 207-967-2803.  We are automatically notified when a message has been left.

Pop-Up with markpizzaArt 2020

Featured Artist, Mark Pizza is the guest artist for Pop-Up beginning Tuesday, June 2 to June 8. Read on to learn more about his inspiration, his process, and his work.

June 2 to June 8

“Growing up in New England, I have always been drawn to the power of nature but after moving to New York City, the city lifestyle had an enormous impact on my creative process. Creating a visual that can capture energy in a fleeting moment is what I hope to communicate. My work is rooted in photography with a contemporary approach; I incorporate a digital overlay technique of layering multiple images that results in a collaged effect.  I produce my images by using various traditional and digital photographic processes which are then printed on materials such as metal, acrylic, canvas, watercolor paper, and textiles.”

“The work I create represents my life, my experiences, and my evolution as an artist over the years. My work incorporates visuals of both city and rural landscapes with personal touches applied throughout each scene. My inspiration is based on capturing moments in time which are interpreted with the use of color, texture, shapes, light, and motion. Each piece reflects an influential moment or feeling that has occurred during my life and I hope to inspire my viewers to engage with their own moment of reflection.”

Mark Pizza is an expert in combining multiple photographic memories to create multilayered, surrealistic experiences. Pizza aims to evoke multiple responses, questions, and emotions from his viewers; calling his process a digital overlay technique to create a collage effect. Pizza’s final compositions range in size and are printed on a variety of materials, all dependent on the narrative and message of his work.

Pizza’s work is inspired by life events, as well as deep-rooted memories. Having lived in both rural and urban environments, Pizza translates his experiences into each piece which then represents an influential moment or feeling that occurred; his hope is to hold onto his memories, even as time passes, and to provoke his viewers to reflect on their lives, as well as further understand their sense of self.

For more info about markpizzaArt check out the following links: 

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Maine Restaurant Week – Another Reason to Visit

Winter is long in Maine. The cold and ice and snow tend to seems more grey than white, and the lack of sunshine indeed begins to have reproductions on our body, mind, and spirit.

So go for a wander. Better yet, go for a wander in the Kennebunks and celebrate Maine Restaurant Week and the continuation of our 25% off frame sale. (March 7th).

Even though Paint the Town Red is over, all of our galleries and many restaurants and shops are open. However, we want to give you another excuse to visit this area of the state. Maine Restaurant Week,  The White Barn Inn, and Federal Jacks Brewery. Lucky for us, both of these beautiful establishments are just steps from Maine Art Hill. So visit us first and then try one of these exceptional deals.

Federal Jacks and the Kennebunk Brewing Company, a local brewery and restaurant that happens to sit just steps from our gallery, is celebrating Maine and the great beer and food we have to offer. This spot is a casual and relaxed place to sit and watch the river go by, listen to good music, and even try your hand at darts or pool. With a large selection of Maine beer on draft and a yummy menu filled with both seafood and homestyle comfort food, you can’t go wrong. Dinner or lunch just $25 for three courses.  Check out the special they have going for Maine Restaurant Week at Federal Jacks by clicking this link.

The White Barn Inn is the second of the two Kennebunk restaurants participating in Maine Restaurant Week.  Known for its fine food and incredible wines, this Kennebunk icon not only has fine dining but also for the quaint little bistro on property. The Bistro is a little more casual and very charming. Also on the property is the inn, of course, as well as a spa, rounding out a wonderful stay in our lovely coastal towns. They are offering up an amazing menu to support Maine Restaurant Week. Only $45 for three courses…  Click here to see the menu and deal for Maine Restaurant Week at The White Barn Inn Bistro

So, if you are wondering what to do this weekend… come to the Kennebunks! Visit Maine Art Hill and then have dinner and celebrate being in Maine in March.

 

February in the Kennebunks – Paint the Town Red

For the love of red.

February is for celebrating here in the Kennebunks. Even though it’s cold outside, it is warm in the heart of the Kennebunks. For the entire month, there are fun activities, special deals, and wonderful events going on in and around Kennebunk and Kennebunkport.

Here at Maine Art Hill, we are adding to the celebration with our annual Framing Sale. Any custom framing is 25% off for the entire month of February. This is the time to go visit Studios on Maine Art Hill and pop your head in to see Louann and Taylor at Custom Prints and Framing. Both of these lovely ladies are masters at making your keepsakes, prints, and photographs into beautiful heirlooms to be passed on for generations.  Click here to read more about the Frame Shop or call 207-204-2042 to speak with one of our staff.

Whether you are a local or traveling to visit, the month of February is a wonderful time for a getaway. Check out the links below to learn more about Painting the Town Red.

The Kennebunk/Kennebunkport Chamber of Commerce

An incredible article from the Portland Press Herald containing many highlights

Updates from the Kennebunk Resort Collection  – hotels and restaurants

A few local insights from destinationkennebunkport.com

 

It starts tonight with a great kick-off event!

Igloo Lounge Launch Party 

Saturday, February 1, 2020, at The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel + Restaurant | 7-10 pm

Join us for the kick-off event of Kennebunkport’s Paint the Town Red month! Enjoy a winter wonderland of custom decorated igloos, light snacks, and the ultimate dance party with DJ Haylstorm. Ticket includes one welcome drink. Cash bar available as well. *Open to adults 21 years of age or older. Proper ID is required at the door.*

Tickets are $65 per person online.

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Seasonal Show Schedule for Maine Art Hill 2020 – Planning Ahead 

It is 2020! Holy Moly!

As the start of a new decade is upon us we wanted to take a minute and fill you in on the fun and excitement of Maine Art Hill’s 2020 Seasonal Show Schedule. Calendars book up quickly, and we wanted to give you a first look at what is in store for The Hill this coming summer. 

The first show of the season is the Spring Show. This has quickly become a tradition and is our way of welcoming spring to the Kennebunks.  This year, Kennebunk’s own Kathy Ostrander Roberts will fill the Pop-Up Gallery at Studios on Maine Art Hill at 5 Chase Hill Road.

 

 Her incredible encaustics are the perfect way to begin what is sure to be a fantastic summer.  To see our present collection of Kathy’s work click here.

The Show Gallery opens on Saturday. May 30. Yes that is early, The Choice Show will again open the season for the gallery at 10 Chase Hill Road, but this will be an all-new format, so we wanted to get a head start on summer. Here is a hint….all new artists. This show will run until Thursday, June 25. 

Here we just want to throw in this shameless plug for the Third Annual Maine Art Hill Block Party. On June 5, Friday evening, during the Kennebunkport Festival, we will be “roaring” into the summer of 2020. Stay tuned for details and check out The Kennebunkport Festival website for updated info and ticket information. 

Ellen Welch Granter, Trip Park, and Bethany Harper Williams, and start our first of three three-artist shows, The Triple Trifecta.  On Saturday, June 27, these three artists will host their first-ever show together. We are thrilled to be able to see their winter’s worth of work on the walls at Shows.  This show will run until Thursday, July 16. Click on any of the artist names above to see our present collection of their work.

Next up Margaret Gerding and William B. Hoyt will take over 10 Chase Hill Rd.  This dynamic duo opens on Saturday, July 18 and wraps up on Thursday, August 6. These two artists will provide the perfect contrasting display of all things Maine. From Hoyt’s explicate detail to Gerding’s sweeping strokes color, The Show Gallery will be in its glory.  Both of these artists are continually adding new work to the gallery, yet these new pieces often move quickly. Click their names above to see our present collections, and watch for an announcement of any new work.

To celebrate August we have put together Jill Matthews, Janis Sanders, and Ingunn Milla Joergensen. Again, another trio to celebrate the sea and sky and serenity. Beginning on Saturday, August 8 and running just a bit longer until Labor Day. This will be the last show of the season for our Show Gallery at 10 Chase Hill Rd.

Claire Bigbee, Liz Hoag, and Julie Houck will bring in the fall season at 14 Western Ave. Beginning Saturday, August 29 with the opening. This trio of Maine women will be celebrating together for the first time as well, by bringing Maine outdoors to the first floor of The Gallery. This show will hang as a collection until Thursday, September 24.

Because sometimes we just can’t get enough, we are happy to announce a second fall show at The Gallery this year. Craig Mooney will help us in hosting a solo autumn show opening on Saturday, September 26. This show will run through late October. As always Mooney promises his classics mixed in with new work with subjects sure to surprise. Click here to see our present collection of Mooney’s work. 

For the third year in a row, we will also be hosting The Pink Show at the Pop Up Gallery at 5 Chase Hill in Studios. The entire month of October will turn The Hill pink and promote the Real Men Wear Pink campaign with the American Cancer Society. Including our 2nd Annual Hope on the Hill celebration on Saturday, October 10 at Studios.

 

Remember most shows open on Saturdays at 10:00 am, with Artist Receptions that evening. Our average show runs for three weeks, but be aware of dates for spring and fall shows which can run a bit longer. 

That is it…so far. 

Keep us in mind while deciding on which weeks to visit the Kennebunks. Of course, we would love to have you with us all summer, but we know for some of you that’s not possible. 

We will do our best to keep you up to date on all the goings-on. Add your name to our email list for reminders. We’ll keep your information private and won’t inundate your inbox. The best way to keep current on all the events for this season is to join our email list and follow us on social media if you don’t already.

RECAP of SEASONAL SHOW SCHEDULE 2020

Kathy Ostrander Roberts

May 9 to June 6 at The Gallery at 14 Western Ave

 

9th Annual Choice Show  

May 30 to June 25 Shows at Shows at 10 Chase Hill Road

ALL NEW FORMAT – WATCH FOR DETAILS SOON

 

MAH Block Party Roaring 20’s Theme

June 5 at Maine Art Hill

Maine Art Hill Kennebunkport Festival Event 

 

Trip Park, Bethany Harper Williams, and Ellen Welch Granter

June 27 to July 16 at Shows at 10 Chase Hill Rd

 

Margaret Gerding and William B. Hoyt

July 18 to August 6 at Shows at 10 Chase Hill Rd

 

Jill Matthews, Janis Sanders, and Ingunn Milla Joergensen

August 8 to September 7 at Shows at 10 Chase Hill Rd

 

Claire Bigbee, Liz Hoag, and Julie Houck

August 29 to September 24 at The Gallery at 14 Western Ave

 

Craig Mooney

September 26 to October 26 at The Gallery at 14 Western Ave

 

The Pink Show

October 1 to October 31 at The Pop Up at Studios at 5 Chase Hill Rd.

 

Hope on the Hill

October 10 at Studios at 5 Chase Hill Rd

Pop-Up with Mike L’Antigua 2020

Featured Artist, Mike L’Antigua is the guest artist for Pop-Up beginning Tuesday, August 25 to Monday, August 31. Read on to learn more about his inspiration, his process, and his work.

August 25 to August 31

“What is it that drives me to pick up a paintbrush? Although Art is in my blood, I first got inspired by my visit to the Renoir exhibit in Boston in 1985. Seeing those beautiful paintings up close and personally lit the fire. This began a love affair with the impressionists.

The first paintings were awkward and lousy. It did not take long to realize you need instruction in painting for it to go anywhere. After all, painting is 80% craft/skill. After trying out the workshop scene for 3 years I realized having six or seven voices in my head wasn’t working. so in 2016, I settled on a weekly class with a very talented artist and sound teacher in my area. Well, it worked wonders. Learning all the fundamentals of Representational Painting has elevated my work 1000 fold.

So where to go from there? After a lot of New England Seascapes and a lot of figurative painting, I circled back to Impressionism. You always go back to your first love. I am developing a Pond/Lilypad series these days with hopes of building a body of this work. There are some seascapes, landscapes, and figures mixed in.

I plan to continue many subject matters but try to paint them in a more impressionistic way. I hope you come along for the ride it should be fun.”

For more info about Mike L’Antigua check out the following links: 

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Thoughts for A New Year from Artist Jill Matthews

As the holidays come to a close and January hits us with its full force of resolutions, early sunsets, and cold weather, we thought it was a good time to share what artist Jill Matthews is doing to keep her flow going this winter, and year-round.

Many of us know Matthews as an artist and a mom with a passion for where she lives. What many do not know, she is a runner, marathoner, RCCA certified running coach, soon to be USATF certified coach and creator of SISU MAINE.

“I created SISU MAINE to share my love of running and the power which it hold,” shares Matthews. “It is more than just a website, it was created as a place to become inspired, supported, and ultimately evolved.”

By definition…

SISU (n.) Extraordinary determination, courage, and resoluteness in the face of adversity.  An action mindset that enables individuals to see beyond their present limitations and into what might be.  Reaching beyond observed capacities, Sisu is an integral element of Finnish culture and a universal capacity for which the potential exists within all.

“I love running.  Like a loyal friend, it has drifted in and out of my life at varying intensities but has always been there.  No matter where life takes me it’s something I can count on. It lifts me and makes me the best version of myself,” says Matthews. “Running for me is so much a part of my day.  Everyone has something that holds them together.  A daily walk, a quiet cup of coffee, a moment of meditation…we all have something that grounds us, for me, it’s running.”

As a child, Matthews was given a stopwatch for her birthday.  She has a very clear memory of hitting the button and sprinting off.  

“I felt so fast, I probably wasn’t, but that isn’t the memory that stands out.  My memory is one of freedom, strength, endless possibilities,” explains Matthews.  “If I can be this good today, I can be better tomorrow.  It’s a beautiful thing when we can test our limits, at any age and in lots of ways.”

Someone recently asked Matthews how she can run distance, and wondered how she didn’t find it boring. Here response…it’s anything but. 

“So much happens when I’m out, and it’s different every day.  Some days I’m reflecting and working out conflict, other days my mind is open, and I’m actually working on my art,” explains Matthews. “I notice the way a structure looks against an interesting sky or the change in color and texture of the landscape as the seasons shift.”

Her favorite days, however, are when the run is a challenge and she is 100% focused on the task at hand.

“That’s the amazing thing about distance running or racing, it takes such focus and control.  Knowing when to steady yourself,  and when to push.  Even then, there are the moments when things get hard no matter how much you have prepared for them,” shares Matthews. “That’s when the idea of Sisu comes in.  Pushing past discomfort and doubt and going to a place you didn’t think you had. It is strength and power despite the odds.  Ideally, I will always be a runner even long after my body has decided differently.”

Click here to visit Jill Matthews passion page SISU MAINE

Click here to see our entire collection of Matthew’s artwork. JILL MATTHEWS – ARTIST PAGE

Click here to read more about Matthews, her art and her inspiration. JILL MATTHEWS – STORIES AND INSIGHTS

Happiest of Holidays from Maine Art Hill

No matter what, this season does seem to revolve around gifts. Shopping and buying and wrapping and giving and of course receiving. We also realize the amount of happiness generated from giving, far outweighs the happiness from the receiving. We also realize the gift of a smile, a kind word, or asking how someone is can make a big impact when given with sincerity. Smushy? Yes, but true.

With that said there are so many galleries to choose from, so many places in Maine and beyond to visit. Yet from day one, almost 30 years ago, owner John Spain has focused  Maine Art Hill has been the experience.

With this, we welcome you to come to experience Maine Art this Holiday Season and into the new year.

Yes, it is the giving season. Yes, art is always a great gift to give.

Two Holiday Reminders

THE SMALL WORKS SHOW

E-GIFT CARDS

Small Works Show at The Gallery on Maine Art Hill

Small Works Show

The Gallery on Maine Art Hill

December 1, 2019 – January 30, 2019

The Small Works show is being held on the first floor of The Gallery at 14 Western Ave.  This is a collection of small pieces by Maine Art Hill’s artists perfect for holiday gift-giving. Small pieces are a special treat for us, as many of our artists normally work on much larger canvases. This is a coveted collection of your favorites on a smaller scale.

Due to the nature of this show, these pieces sell quickly, and we encourage you to come in and see them soon.  Remember if you know and love an artist already, we can always help you purchase over the phone and have work shipped or picked up later in the month.  When you click on an image from the show it will tell you if it is SOLD or not. If you can see the price, it is still available.

We will be open every day through Christmas Prelude at 10 AM. Hours will fluctuate but we will be extending normal hours to accommodate the crowds for the busier evenings. Please call to check if you need it. 207-967-2803.  

Studios on Maine Art Hill will be open, as well. Come join us in celebrating with Sweetgrass for their Chocolate Tastings and Artist Emily Drummond who is filling the Pop-Up Gallery with wonderful coastal paintings full of color and life.  

Click any of the links below to see what is going on at Maine Art Hill in December.

SMALL WORKS SHOW

SWEETGRASS DISTILLERY at STUDIOS

EMILY DRUMMOND at POP-UP

COOKIES AND CRITICS at THE GALLERY

CHRISTMAS PRELUDE FULL SCHEDULE FOR ALL OF THE KENNEBUNKS