POP UP at Studios on Maine Art Hill in Kennebunk 2019

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Studios on Maine Art Hill

5 Chase Hill Road Kennebunk, ME

OPEN DAILY AT 10 AM**

**MARCH HOURS: CLOSED TUESDAYS & WEDNESDAYS

Join us to celebrate the growth of Maine Art in The Kennebunks. The POP UP is one of six new galleries at Studios on Maine Art Hill, our brand new micro gallery space. POP UP features guest artists & artisans on a weekly rotating basis. To learn about each visiting artist or set of artists click their links below.

Pop-Up Artists 2019

LK Sleat 5/21- 5/27

Heather Blanton 5/30 – 6/10

COMING SOON 6/11 – 6/17

Christina Thwaites 6/18 – 6 /24

Stephen Young 6/25 – 7/1

markpizzaArt 7/2 – 7/8

Stephen Young 7/9 – 7/15

Michael Goodwin 7/16 – 7/22

Lynn Ericson  7/23 – 7/29

Julia Doughty 7/30 – 8/5

Robin Swennes 8/6 – 8/12

Dina Gardner 8/13 – 8/19

COMING SOON 8/20 – 8/26

COMING SOON 8/27 – 9/2

Dog Days with Gloria Najecki 9/7 – 9/23

Suzanne Anderson of Yikes Studio and Zeraph Dylan Moore of Grind Studio 9/24 – 9/30

THE WHOLE MONTH OF OCTOBER

Pop Up with The Pink Show – Real Men Wear Pink Benefit for American Cancer Society 10/1 – 10/31

PAINTING/SCULPTURE: MAINE ART HILL ARTIST DUOS ALL NOVEMBER

COMING SOON

PRELUDE IN THE KENNEBUNKS

COMING SOON 12/3 – 12/9

COMING SOON 12/10- 12/16

** Inquiring Artists email [email protected]

 

Save the Date – Summer of 2019 Schedule for Maine Art Hill

This year’s show schedule is set, and we couldn’t wait to share the excitement with all of you. We know how quickly summer calendars fill up, so be sure to pencil us in.

 

In 2019, we are thrilled to start the season with our 4th Annual Spring Show featuring artist Jill Matthews. Matthews can be found on the redesigned first floor of The Gallery on Maine Art Hill from May 25 through June 25.  Jill lives and paints right here in Kennebunkport surrounded by views that inspire the fabulous beach scenes and classic Maine ocean.  Her soft palette is perfect to kick off a lovely summer of art in the Kennebunks.

On June 8, Shows on Maine Art Hill opens for the summer with the 8th Annual Choice Art Show, the only show curated by you. This is our eighth year combining this show with the Kennebunkport Festival. Twelve Artists. Thirty-six works. We always love seeing your choices. Click here for information on which artists are participating. Remember voting begins in May!

Beginning June 29, Margaret Gerding,  Ingunn  Milla Joergensen, and Jule Houck form a fabulous all-female trio at Shows on Maine Art Hill.  Their show will run for three weeks, closing on July 18.  All three of these talented women live and paint locally. We truly enjoy filling Shows on Maine Art Hill with this work and are anxiously awaiting the arrival of this show.

On July 20, our show gallery at 10 Chase Hill will again host the much loved and respected work of artist Craig Mooney.  This solo show will feature all new work from Craig and many beautiful surprises that only Mooney can provide.  This show will run until August 8.

The second of our trio shows features Claire Bigbee, Bethany Harper Williams, and Kathy Ostrander Roberts. Another all female, all local show. Wow! We have so much talent in this little part of the world. This show begins on August 10 and runs through Labor Day, September 2.

Last, but certainly not least, our season wraps up back at The Gallery with an incredible finale of four artists, two painters, a sculptor, and a glass artist.  Richard Remson is a Maine artist who works with primarily glass, highlighting some pieces with copper and brass. Ellen Welsh Granter and David Witbeck,  both longtime favorites at Maine Art Hill will be joining Remson.  David Riley Peterson, a Maine sculptor who brings clay sculpture to a whole new maritime level will round out this quartet of talent and fill the first floor at 14 Western Ave for Labor Day Weekend starting Saturday, August 31.

Phew.…

So with all of that said, please keep us in mind while deciding on which weeks to visit us here in Kennebunk. Of course, we would love to have you with us all summer, but we know for some of you that’s not possible. We do our best to keep you up to date on all the goings-on, but there are a few things you can do to make sure you stay connected. Please add your name to our email list for reminders if you don’t get them already. We keep your information private and will not inundate your inbox. Also, follow us on social media Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest and of course keep an eye on our Calendar on our website.

The Gallery at 14 Western Ave and Studios at 5 Chase Hill Road are both open all year round.

Stories and Insights from each of these artists can be found on our blog.

Click the links below to read more.

Jill Matthews ~ Margaret Gerding ~ Ingunn Milla Joergensen ~ Julie Houck

Craig Mooney ~ Claire Bigbee ~ Bethany Harper Williams ~ Kathy Ostrander Roberts

Richard Remson ~ Ellen Welch Granter ~ David Witbeck ~ David Riley Peterson

 

2018 Show Schedule with Links to Artist Pages

Jill Matthews at Maine Art Gallery from 5/25 – 6/25

Choice Show at Maine Art Shows from 6/8 – 6/27

Margaret Gerding,  Ingunn  Milla Joergensen, and Jule Houck  at Maine Art Shows from 6/29 – 7/18

Craig Mooney at Maine Art Shows from 7/20 – 8/8

Claire Bigbee, Bethany Harper Williams, and Kathy Ostrander Roberts at Maine Art Shows from 8/10 – 9/2

Richard Remson, Ellen Granter, David Witbeck, and David Riley Peterson at Maine Art Gallery from 8/31 – 9/19

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*

*Currently still accepting commissions for this well anticipated show. Contact [email protected] for more information .  

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 a 100-pound American bulldog named Dozer and 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.

 

The Pink Show – Real Men Wear Pink

Maine Art Hill is hosting  The Pink Show. This show will be held at the Pop-Up gallery space at Studios on Maine Art Hill starting October 1. You may view the show virtually starting October 1. Sales will start at 10 am on October 1.  The show will be open daily from 10 am to 5 pm.  To support the “Real Men Wear Pink” campaign, the gallery and the artists have partnered up to donate 20% of all sales from this show to the American Cancer Society.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE ENTIRE SHOW ONLINE (STARTING OCT. 1)

Real Men Wear Pink is an opportunity and an honor. Not only has cancer touched Spain’s world personally, but many of Maine Art Hill’s employees have fought with this disease, either personally 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 valiantly but lost the fight. My job in this is easy. My hope is to make the job of others that much easier.”

The entire staff wholeheartedly supports participation in this campaign. In addition, the gallery also represents several amazing artists who are breast cancer survivors.  They, along with many other artists, enthusiastically climbed on board to help with this cause that is so near and dear.

It is such a privilege to be asked to participate in Real Men Wear Pink, and Spain is excited about being involved in this campaign. It offers him the opportunity not only to personally bring in awareness but to use his business to feature beautiful works art and use his huge network of clients and friends to raise awareness and money for this cause.  

Visit the Pop Up gallery space at Studios on Maine Art Hill beginning October 1. It will be open daily from 10 am to 5 pm.

Pop Up Artist L.K. Sleat

Featured Artist, L. K. Sleat is the guest artist for Pop Up beginning Tuesday, December 3 to Monday, December 9. Read on to learn more about her inspiration, her process, and her work.

 December 3 to December 9

I have spent my entire life by the sea, whether it’s Kennebunk/port Maine, Provincetown Massachusetts, Cape May New Jersey, or the North Sea in the Netherlands. My happiest memories and moments are drawn from these times. The sea and its surroundings have become my muse. I typically work in gouache, oil pastel graphite and cut paper with a primarily bold and light palette as an abstract way of conveying feeling while leaving space for viewer interpretation.

My work is inspired by the great organic sculptures built by the elements – rain, water, wind, and fire. It also draws heavily from the natural shapes and forms we see in nature such as the shapes of river rocks worn down by waters gentle persistence, shadows cast by the moon, and the unpredictable movement of nature.

I work mostly on location and then move the works into my studio where I will work until completion. The scenes in coastal Maine have catapulted my vision to an abstraction of everyday imagery into whimsical scenes played out on the beach, in the dunes on the rocks, to sailing on Casco Bay, and many more, salt-water sanctuaries.

 

 

Pop Up Artist Robin Swennes

Featured Artist, Robin Swennes is the guest artist for Pop Up beginning August 6 to August 12. Read on to learn more about her inspiration, her process, and her work.

AUGUST 6 to AUGUST 12

I am an artist who enjoys pushing color boundaries and expanding my work to include more than one style of painting and many different collections.  My non-abstract paintings ride the fence between realistic and impressionistic; my goal is not to recreate an exact, tight, photographic scene because I find that paintings are more relaxing to the eye.  

I hope to eventually do more abstract pieces, but am continually applying my creative energies towards other design avenues as well. I recently designed a house and some coordinating furniture for it. That 3D work put a heavy demand on my artist’s brain, but I felt strongly about creating a unique vision and somehow knew that I could do it. I believe that true Artists are born with some innate ability that can be expanded and put to use in a broad range of scenarios—whatever the chosen media. We Artists can’t help that we are attracted to color, shape or texture; it’s just a natural response that produces some sort of ‘tickle on the brain’ that we live to repeat as we seek new opportunities to create.

Swennes will be showing her work at Pop Up on Maine Art Hill at 5 Chase Hill Rd. in Kennebunk from August 6 to August 12. The gallery is open every day at 10 am. For more info about Swennes and her work, follow this link to her website. www.designchoc.com

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Something Small for the Holidays

Even though Kennebunkport’s Christmas Prelude is all wrapped up, there are still many retailers here in the Kennebunks who are still celebrating this holiday season. Restaurants and shops throughout Kennebunk and Kennebunkport are open for business with fantastic sales and smaller crowds. We would love to see you before the new year strikes.

Tree Line I Tree Line II Tree Line III

In the past, there has been interest expressed in smaller works for the holidays, so that’s what we have done. Over the last few weeks, The Gallery at 14 Western Avenue has been rearranged to help you find just what you need. Much of the first floor is dedicated to “Small Works.”  Most pieces are 20” x 20” or smaller and have been grouped by artist. They are easy to find and offer a variety of styles and mediums to meet your tastes. Prices start at $100.

Rick Hamilton Minis $100 each

These may not be stocking stuffers by definition, but they certainly would be a pleasant surprise to anyone who finds one under their tree.

As always, we have our entire collection of works from all your favorite artists available. Many new pieces have arrived throughout the fall and certainly deserve a visit. The Works and The Printing and Framing, at Studios on Maine Art Hill, are also open, both with a variety of ideas for holiday gift giving.  Phos Art is also open most days with a wide range of pieces.

There is a great deal of parking available for all of our galleries so don’t hesitate to pull right in, especially if the weather is frigid.

For those of you who can’t get to Maine and need some assistance, please check out our website. It is updated daily with new work. We are available daily by phone, as well. 207-967-2803 for The Gallery and 207-204-2042 for Studios. Be sure to check the website for Winter Hours.

Happy Holidays to All!

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Pottery at Pop Up on Maine Art Hill- Three Local Artists in November

A show of sculptural and functional ceramic works by three local Maine artists celebrating their work in clay takes place right here in Kennebunk.

Beginning November 9, Kevin Keiser, Brenden Roddy and Richard Winslow are featured in a three-artist show at Pop Up on Maine Art Hill located at 5 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. An artist reception is planned for Saturday, November 17 from 5 to 7pm. Please stop by and chat with the artists and see their work in person.

Even though Kevin Keiser hails from Ohio, he began his love affair with Maine when he and his wife honeymooned in Kennebunkport forty years ago. They have been back every year since! 

“I summer in Moody, and we plan to make the move there full time in a year or two,” shares Keiser. “Many of the vessels I create are inspired by nature, and my beach walks in Maine. These sculptural pieces are not necessarily intended to be functional but can be.”

Keiser is represented by Maine Art Hill and his pieces can found at The Works Gallery year round.

Brendan Roddy, the second potter in this triad, teaches Fine Art at the Middle School of the Kennebunks as well as courses at River Tree Arts. He creates hand-built and wheel-thrown ceramic work.

“I am greatly inspired by all things water and ocean related. Being new to coastal Maine, I find the shape of shells, crashing of waves, flowing of water, and oceanic life both beautiful and organic,” says Roddy.  “I strive to interpret these forms and gestural lines in my ceramic sculptures and pottery.”

Roddy collects driftwood and other natural material from various locations and combines them with clay to create abstract landscapes influenced by each place and experience. 

“I enjoy working with texture and highlighting those textures with simple glazes and underglazes. When creating hand-built or wheel-thrown work, I find myself lost in the feel of clay,” Roddy says. “I love following flowing edges and contours and appreciate the raw nature of the material.”

Richard P. Winslow, our third potter, is an artist from Waterboro, Maine specializing in functional works. He uses earthy glazes and various textures. He is a member of the Society of Southern Maine Craftsmen.

“I primarily do most of my pottery working on the wheel and use multiple methods to add texture and design to many of my shapes,” says Winslow. “I have explored many firing and glazing options.  Currently, I mostly fire to cone 5/6 and consistently use glazes that have been certified as food safe.”

Winslow started pottery many years ago in his college years. The world of work distracted his art and pottery output for several years, but later he was able to get back to his arts and crafts interest. Now they are primary in his life.

“Currently, I both paint and do pottery. I belong to several arts and crafts associations as well as participate in numerous shows in the southern Maine area,” says Winslow.

The work of Kevin Keiser, Brendan Roddy and Richard Winslow can be found from November 9 to November 26 at the Pop Up on Maine Art Hill located at 5 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. The gallery is open at 10 am six days a week (closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.) An artist reception is being held Saturday, November 17 from 5 to 7pm. Please stop by and chat with the artists and see their work in person!

Brendan Roddy – Pottery Pop Up Nov. 9-26

Brendan Roddy’s work is part three-man show at Pop Up from November 9 – 26 with an Artist Reception on Saturday, November 17 from 5-7 pm. Pop Up is part of Studios on Maine Art Hill at 5 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk.

 

“I am greatly inspired by all things water and ocean related,” shares Roddy. “Being new to coastal Maine, I find the shape of shells, crashing of waves, flowing of water, and oceanic life both beautiful and organic.  I strive to interpret these forms and gestural lines in my ceramic sculptures and pottery.”

Brendan Roddy teaches Fine Art at the Middle School of the Kennebunks as well as courses at River Tree Arts. Roddy creates hand-built and wheel thrown ceramic work inspired by “all things water and ocean-related.” His work is both sculptural and functional, inspired by the movement, texture, and forms of the ocean.

Travel, specifically to Aspen, Ireland, and Iceland, has now become very influential in my work. I collect driftwood and other natural material from various locations and combine them with clay to create abstract landscapes influenced by each place and experience,” says Roddy. “I enjoy working with texture and highlighting those textures with simple glazes and underglazes. When creating hand-built or wheel thrown work, I find myself lost in the feel of clay. I love following flowing edges and contours and appreciate the raw nature of the material. I want the clay to work with me and have the material itself tell me where to go and what to create next.”

Come in and see Brendan Roddy’s work as part of the three-man show at Pop Up from November 9 – 26 with an Artist Reception on Saturday, November 17 from 5-7 pm. Pop Up is part of Studios on Maine Art Hill at 5 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. The Artist Reception is a perfect time to meet and talk with Brendan.

 

Richard P. Winslow – Pottery Pop Up Nov. 9-26

Richard P. Winslow’s work is part three-man show at Pop Up from November 9 – 26 with an Artist Reception on Saturday, November 17 from 5-7 pm. Pop Up is part of Studios on Maine Art Hill at 5 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk.

Winslow, born and raised in Sanford, Maine, presently has a home and studio in Waterboro where not only does he create his incredible works in clay,  he also paints in a variety of mediums. Though the travel bug was a large part of his youth, he has called Maine home for many years.

“I started doing pottery many years ago in my college years,” shares Winslow.  “The world of work distracted my art and pottery output for several years. It wasn’t until later that I was able to get back to my arts and crafts interest. Now they are primary in my life.”

Winslow primarily does most of his pottery working on the wheel and uses multiple methods to add texture and design to many of his shapes.

“I have explored many firing and glazing options,” says Winslow. “Currently, I mostly fire to cone 5/6  and consistently use glazes that are certified as food safe.”

Currently, Winslow does both painting and pottery and belong to several arts and crafts associations. He also participates in numerous shows in the Southern Maine area. His studio is in the lower level of his home where he also maintains an exhibit space.

Richard P. Winslow’s work will be part three-man show at Pop Up from November 9 – 26 with an Artist Reception on Saturday, November 17 from 5-7 pm. Pop Up is part of Studios on Maine Art Hill at 5 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. Please stop by and meet the artist and learn a bit more about his life and his work.