Annual Custom Framing Sale at Maine Art Hill 2021

Traditionally, folks flock to our frame shop in Kennebunk every February to take advantage of our Annual 25% off Custom Framing Sale. This year will be no different, but with a few tweaks and twists.

Here are the details so you can plan ahead…

Technically the sale starts on the first Friday of February, the 5th. Due to limited winter hours during Covid, the Studios galleries will only be open Friday through Sunday.

We welcome “in-person” visits to the frame shop every weekend. Opening at 10 each morning and closing at five o’clock on Friday and Saturday and four o’clock on Sunday. This is the perfect time to 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.  All for 25% less!

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Call 207-204-2042 (Frame Shop) or 207-967-2803 (Main Gallery)  to speak with one of our staff.

February Gallery Hours

Friday to Monday from 10 am-5 pm

February Frame Shop Hours

Friday 10am-5pm
Saturday 10am-5pm
Sunday 10am-4pm

VISITING THE KENNEBUNKS IN FEBRUARY 2021

Over the last few years, the sale has been in conjunction with Kennebunk’s annual “Paint the Town Red” celebration. However, we are a bit unsure of how the rest of the town will be celebrating safely this year, but we will try and keep you posted. See links below.

My Birds – Insight From Artist David Jacobson

We asked artist David Jacobson to share a bit about his birds. It is always so interesting to hear the inside scoop on an artist’s work. Here, not only does he talk about his process, but also his inspiration is explained. Enjoy…

“I would love to talk about the birds I have been making for over a year now. Like most good things, they started by accident. I played with solid glass, pushing and pulling them out and glass around a solid rod. When I stopped, I realized the object looked like a bird. I decided to see if I could control the process a little more and developed it into what I am offering today. I am further along than where I was initially, but I am nowhere near where I want to be.

My goal is to capture the gesture of the bird. Its essence. I am not concerned with details of the eyes or feathers, for example – more, of the form of flight. My recent wall piece of assembled birds of various colors at Maine Art Hill is a good example of what I am after. Each bird is interesting, in and of its self, and together forms a more intricate sculpture. The birds are placed in a formation that is influenced by observed birds in flight. Angling up, lifting off, soaring. Actual colorings influence the birds’ patterns and colors, but the birds are representational of actual birds.

In fact, the names of the birds are completely made up. I take great joy in coming up with playful names, sometimes matching real species with randomly selected countries. If I smile, I know I have come up with a good combination. I find this process adds another level of interaction with the viewer.

Color and light reflection are major draws for me in working with glass. I use a combination of transparent and opaque-colored glasses in most of my birds. This adds depth when looking through the bird. I also sandblast some of the birds or partially sandblast. This, too, adds depth and interest to the bird’s surface, as the color and reflective qualities of the glass are affected by the mat or shiny surface.”

To see David Jacobson’s entire collection of available works, visit his artist page or come in and see them in person. They are on display at both the main gallery at 14 Western Ave and The Works at 5 Chase Hill, both in Kennebunk.

DAVID JACOBSON – ARTIST PAGE

Save the Date – Summer of 2021 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 2021, we are thrilled to start the season with our 6th Annual Spring Show featuring artist Janis H. Sanders.  Sanders’ work can be found on the first floor of The Gallery on Maine Art Hill on 14 Western Avenue from May 8 through May 27.  Sanders has been with Maine Art Hill since 2010 and is well known for his love of the perfect blue in the company of a splash of yellow., but there are always a few additional pleasant surprises. With this show and each painting he paints, he gives his best effort to interact with the scene’s atmosphere.

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 you. This is our tenth year. WOW!  Twelve Artists. Thirty-six works. We always love seeing your choices.  Remember, voting begins on May 1! Be on the lookout on social media and in your inbox for details.

Beginning June 12, R. Scott Baltz, Charles Bluett, and Erika Manning form a fabulous trio at Shows on Maine Art Hill.  Their show will run for three weeks, closing on July 1.  All three of these talented artists are thrilled to be jump-starting the summer with us. This is sure to be a must-visit show this summer.

On July 3, our show gallery at 10 Chase Hill hosts the much loved and respected work of three of our most colorful artists.  This show features all-new work from artists Ryan Kohler, Claire Bigbee, and Karen Bruson and runs until July 22. This is the first time these three have shown together, and we can’t wait!

The next show is an encore presentation of one of our favorite dynamic duos artists David Witbeck and  Bethany Harper Williams.  The way these two share space and celebrate all that is coastal is fresh and fabulous. This show begins on July 24 and runs through August 12.

In the spirit of dynamic duos, we have put together another stunning pair for all of the “scapes,” a person can dream of. Landscapes, seascapes, marsh scapes, cityscapes, and the most important scape of all, escapes. Who better to wander through these beautiful places with than Craig Mooney and Margaret Gerding. August 14 to September 2 at Shows on Maine Art Hill.

 

The gallery at the top of Chase Hill wraps its season up with an incredible finale of four artists, four names you know and love:   Kathy Ostrander Roberts, a woman who makes a blowtorch look like a magic wand, William B. Hoyt, a man who paints with such incredible detail one needs to step closer to take it all in, local lovely Jill Matthews, who always brings her hometown of Kennebunkport to life with her sweeping brush strokes, and last, but certainly not least  Ellen Welsh Granter,  the grand dame of boats, buoys, and birds and who knows what else she is planning to surprise us with.  Opening September 4, Labor Day Weekend, and running to September 23, this show is a splendid way to end the summer.

By September 25, we are ready for a change in scenery, and our fall show opens at the main gallery on 14 Western Avenue. If anyone knows how to celebrate Maine with all of the leaf peepers, it is Liz Hoag. Her forests and trees wrap us in a different side of Maine, and she never fails to include a few coastal pieces for those who can’t live without them.

Phew.…

With all of that said, please keep us in mind while deciding which weeks to visit us here in Kennebunk. Of course, we would love to have you with us all summer, but we know that’s not possible for some of you. 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 unless you ask us to. 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 open all year round with limited winter hours. Check the website for details.

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

Click the links below to read more.

R. Scott Baltz ~ Claire Bigbee ~ Charles Bluett ~ Karen Bruson 

Margaret Gerding ~ Ellen Welch Granter ~ Liz Hoag

William B. Hoyt ~ Ryan Kohler ~ Erika Manning ~ Jill Matthews 

Craig Mooney ~ Kathy Ostrander Roberts ~ Janis H. Sanders

Bethany Harper Williams ~ David Witbeck 

 

2021 Show Schedule with Links to Artist Pages

Janis Sanders at The Gallery from May 8-27

Choice Show from May 29-June 10

R. Scott Baltz, Charles Bluett, and Erika Manning at Maine Art Shows from June 12 – July 1

Ryan Kohler, Claire Bigbee, and Karen Bruson at Maine Art Shows from July 2-22

Bethany Harper Williams and David Witbeck at Maine Art Shows from July 24 to Aug. 12

Craig Mooney and Margaret Gerding at Maine Art Gallery from Aug. 14 to Sept. 2

Kathy O. Roberts, William B. Hoyt, Jill Matthews, and Ellen W. Granter from Sept. 4-23

Liz Hoag at The Gallery from September 25 to October 7

 

White House Blue Roof – Bethany Harper Williams Fall Favorite on Maine Art Hill

Bethany Harper Williams | White House Blue Roof | Oil on Canvas | 38″ X 48″ | $3900
“Part of the new series I’ve been exploring, Near and Far,  is where I crop off something large and usually graphic in the foreground, then have some detail that pulls the eye to the background,” explains artist Bethany Harper Williams. “I love the contrast of the bold, architectural, graphic, simplistic feel of the house with the serene, calm feel of the water and the activity of the kids on the beach.”
Harper knows this house is simplistic yet still representative of many beach houses, especially here in Maine.
“The shadows on the building add to the sense of light of the sunny day. It feels like you are right there on the beach,” shares Williams. “The monochromatic feel of the color palette creates a calmness, but the viewer is drawn into the kids’ playfulness and their colorful bathing suits.”
As with Bethany’s works, one can almost hear the laughter as the waves roll on the beach!
To see all available work from Bethany Harper Williams, click the link below.
To read more insights from Bethany Harper Williams, click the link below.

Prelude Pop Up with Cartoonist Ron Campbell

Cartoonist RON CAMPBELL

BEATLES YELLOW SUBMARINE ANIMATOR

 BEATLES SATURDAY MORNING TV CARTOON SERIES DIRECTOR

EXHIBITING & TALKING CARTOONS

 FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13

The legendary animator will be exhibiting Beatles cartoon pop artwork as well as other beloved cartoon characters that encompass his 50-year career in Children’s Television, such as Scooby-Doo, the Smurfs, Rugrats, Winnie the Pooh, Flintstones, Jetsons, Yogi Bear & more.

ALL WORKS ARE AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE.

In 1964 the Beatles invaded the United States, performing for 73 million people on the Ed Sullivan Show and dominating the US pop charts for years. Now over five decades later, the Fab Four continues to be the most celebrated musical group in Rock history.

Ron Campbell, director of the 1960’s Saturday Morning Cartoon series and one of the animators of the Beatles film Yellow Submarine, will make a rare personal appearance at Studios on Maine Art Hill, 5 Chase Hill Rd, Kennebunk, ME, Friday, December 11th – Sunday, December 13th. Campbell will showcase his original Beatles cartoon paintings created since his retirement from his 50-year career in cartoons. The exhibit will also feature

Paintings from other cartoons that Campbell was involved with throughout the Golden Age of Saturday Morning Television, including Scooby-Doo, Rugrats, Smurfs, Flintstones, Jetsons, and more. The exhibit is free, and all works are available for purchase. As a special bonus, Campbell will also paint original remarques on-site featuring any one of his cartoon characters for customers who purchase any of his artwork.

Ron Campbell will be offering for sale original cartoon paintings of the Beatles both in their Saturday Morning Cartoon and Yellow Submarine roles and various other works from his 50-year career in animation, including Scooby-Doo, Smurfs, Rugrats, and more.

Friday, December 11th – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday, December 12th – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday, December 13th – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Saturday Morning Beatles Cartoon series received monstrous ratings in its time slot….a 67 shares! The cartoon series debuted on ABC on September 25th, 1965. It continually fueled new music to America’s young kids as they followed the bouncing drumstick to each Beatles tune. Campbell also wrote the forward to the definitive book on the Beatles cartoon series “Beatletoons.”

2018 marked the 50th anniversary of the release of the Beatles classic animated film, Yellow Submarine. Since its release, Yellow Submarine has become a permanent fixture in pop culture, defining the psychedelic 60s for generations to come. In his book, Up Periscope, Yellow Submarine Producer Al Brodax gives Ron Campbell a great deal of credit for saving the movie and tying it all together at the last minute.

Campbell has also been involved with some of the most beloved cartoons including, Scooby-Doo, Winnie The Pooh, Krazy Kat, George of the Jungle, The Jetsons, The Flintstones, the Smurfs, Goof Troop, Sesame Street, Captain Caveman, Rugrats, Ed, Edd n’Eddy, Yogi Bear and dozens more. Campbell’s former studio was awarded a Peabody and an Emmy for his work in children’s television. Since retiring after a 50-year career, he has been painting subjects always based on the animated cartoons he has helped bring to the screen. With an emphasis on The Beatles, he shows his Cartoon Pop Art in galleries worldwide. More information on Ron Campbell can be found at www.BeatlesCartoonArtShow.com.

See more at www.BeatlesCartoonArtShow.com.

To read the full press release cick the link below

Beatles Cartoon Art Show Kennebunk 2020 (1)

The Ron Campbell exhibition is open to the public. Masks and social distancing are required.

Lower Village Fisherman – Rick Hamilton’s Fall Favorite on Maine Art Hill

Rick Hamilton | Lower Village Fishermen | Acrylic on Canvas | 30″ X 15″ | $750

“My Fall favorite is Lower Village Fisherman,” shares artist Rick Hamilton. “This piece was fun for me as it was a slight departure from my usual style. I see it as very loose, and it was interesting not to paint the faces in.”

As a side note, Hamilton often paints over older paintings. He did so in this case, then realized he had replaced one favorite place with another.

“There is an older piece underneath this one. It was of Greece, another favorite place of mine,” explains Hamilton.”This new piece, however, definitely says ‘Maine’, but it’s fun to know Greece is underneath.”

 

To see all available work from Rick Hamilton, click the link below.
To read more insights from Rick Hamilton, click the link below.

 

 

 

Off the Trail – Liz Hoag’s Fall Favorite on Maine Art Hill

Liz Hoag | Off the Trail #2 | Acrylic on Canvas | 24″ X 24″ | $1600

Liz Hoag | Off the Trail #1 | Acrylic on Canvas | 18″ X 18″ | $1000

Off the Trail is my favorite piece in the gallery right now,” shares artist Liz Hoag.  “It really reminds me of a summer evening walking in a favorite place.”

Hoag loved this idea so much she created two pieces with the same composition and color pallet. One just a bit smaller than the other.  Because it would be just too hard to choose, we let her choose both.

“In both pieces, the colors change to cool tones as the sun goes down,” explains Hoag.  “I like how, especially, the brown bark of trees turns to a warm lavender color at dusk.”
Note: Off the Trail #1 is the smaller 18×18. Off the Trail #2 is the larger 24×24.
To see all available work from Liz Hoag, click the link below.
To read more insights from Liz Hoag, click the link below.

Channel Drift – Craig Mooney’s Fall Favorite on Maine Art Hill

Craig Mooney | Channel Drift | Oil on Canvas | 24″ X 48″ | $5000
“One of my favorite themes is embodied in Channel Drift,” says artist Craig Mooney. “The image of a solitary boat moving slowly toward breaking clouds.”

For Mooney, it’s a classic theme, but a timely one.

“Where there is dark, there is always some light. This is a hopeful painting that reflects what we have collectively experienced in the last year.”

To see all available work from Craig Mooney, click the link below.
To read more insights from Craig Mooney, click the link below.

Every Place I Go, There I Am – Ryan Kohler’s Fall Favorite on Maine Art Hill

Ryan Kohler | Every Place I Go, There I Am | Acrylic on Canvas | 48″ X 36″ | $1850
“To maintain some ambiguity, my titles usually have more to do with what is going on in my life during the painting’s creative process rather than the actual image itself,” explains artist Ryan Kohler. “For instance, song lyrics from music played in the studio, snippets of text from bedtime readings, even fortune cookies.”
In this case, Every Place I Go, There I Am was something Kohler jotted down from a television show he was watching during the time of this particular piece.
“Although the phrase was originally uttered in a completely different context during the show, I thought it was an interesting quote.  I knew right away what it meant to me and my paintings,” shares Kohler.  “It seems like no matter what subject matter I tackle, what medium I use, or where I am painting, and why, it is unmistakably mine.  And I love that.”
A year ago, Kohler had never painted a deer in his life.  Now, here he is, several deer paintings deep, and still loves them so much.
“I had previously hinted at the spots of a deer leaping right off its body, but I embraced that idea with this painting,” shares Kohler. “Energetic swoops of red and orange paint slide easily off her backside, and her white spots intuitively transform into fun paint splatters that dazzle the eye in a confetti-like fashion.  Bits of solid, traditional painting mixed with fun and tasteful abstraction is always what I’m striving for, and this one, to me, is right on the money.”
To see all available work from Ryan Kohler, click the link below.
To read more insights from Ryan Kohler, click the link below.

Lemon Zen – R. Scott Baltz’s Fall Favorite on Maine Art Hill

R. Scott Baltz | Lemon Zen | Oil on Cradled Panel | 20″ X 20″ | $2200
“My selection for the Fall Favorite is Lemon Zen,” shares artist R. Scott Baltz. “Often, I develop a fondness for a particular painting not so much on the final image but more so on the process, which paved the way to the final image.”
In this case, Lemon Zen marked a transition in the way Baltz handled paint. He challenges himself, searching for new ways to say what he feels is needed through the medium.
“This could apply to mark-making, thin or thick layers of paint, or implementing tools other than brushes to apply paint,” explains Baltz.  “In the case of Lemon Zen, I started using plastic paint scrapers to apply the paint, putting paint on and then scraping off.  I am also fond of the palette on this piece.”
Baltz seldom uses cool yellows, but in this case,  it worked.
“In the end, this piece is one where I am fond of the result overall.  It just makes me feel calm.”
To see all available work from R. Scott Baltz, click the link below.
To read more insights from R. Scott Baltz, click the link below.