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

Next 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

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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Pop Up Artist L.K. Sleat

Featured Artist, L. K. Sleat is the guest artist for Pop Up beginning Tuesday, December 4 to Monday, December 10. Read on to learn more about her inspiration, her process, and her work.

 December 4 to December 10

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 November 27 to December 3. Read on to learn more about her inspiration, her process, and her work.

November 27 to December 3

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 November 27 to December 3. 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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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.

Kevin Keiser – New to The Works at Maine Art Hill in Kennebunk

Kevin Keiser is a new artist for us here at Maine Art Hill. We are excited to be representing him and show off his ceramics year-round at The Works.

Kevin Keiser’s work is alos 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.

Keiser is experienced in many mediums all which seem to build and intertwine while supporting his natural skill and talent.

“My transition to ceramics from photography and graphic arts has allowed me to bring my skills of composition and design into the 3-dimensional medium of clay,” shares Keiser. “I’m fascinated by the way glazes interact with surface texture and other glazes. Each new piece pulled from the kiln is built upon an earlier idea and a piece I’ve completed.”

When Keiser walks the beaches of Maine, his eyes are drawn to organic and manmade materials that have been transformed by the sea. 

“The friction of waves wears down form and finish to reveal the hidden structure and burnished surfaces,” he explains. “My studio is crammed with bits and pieces of ceramic trials, failures and wins serving as jumping off points for new artistic expression.”

Many artists are often asked to pick favorites, to chose a piece or pieces of work that have a particular connection to their hearts. For Keiser, he always refers to a quote from photographer Imogen Cunningham, “Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.”

For this artist, it is the trial and error of forms and glazes that are part of the fun, and part of the heartbreak, of seeking new results.

“I’m not looking for the perfect piece, I’m savoring the path of discovery with all its challenges,” says Keiser. “The ethos of my ceramics is communicated through the work, and I hope my work inspires people to explore their creative energies.”

Click here to visit Kevin Keiser’s Artist Page and see his complete collection of work.

Kevin Keiser’s work will be 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 Works at Maine Art Hill is open every day at 10 am. You can find us at 5 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk, Maine or visit us online at maine-art.com/studios/the-works/

 

Meet the Staff – Abby Daggett, Gallery Manager of The Works

She may have been born and raised in Kennebunk, but Abby Daggett, our “new this spring” Manager of The Works on Maine Art Hill, hasn’t stayed still since graduating from high school.

“I have lived in Kennebunk, Boston, Dublin, Ireland and Italy in Venice, Rome, Florence,” shares Daggett. “School and studies prompted most of my travels. I earned my BS in Psychology with a minor in Art History from Northeastern University in 2013 and my Masters in Art Management from the Istituto Europeo di Design in Florence and Rome in 2017.”

Daggett’s Dad, originally from Kennebunk and Mom, who is from Burlington, Vermont met when teaching in the Kennebunk school district. It is these two she gives credit for her love of art.

“They got me to love art simply through “over” exposure. They traveled with me to Europe visiting museums starting when I was just six years old,” explains Daggett. “The best part though, every year for their anniversary they buy themselves a piece of art. They’ve been married for over thirty years. So needless to say I grew up surrounded by great art. They have now found of the love of sculpture since there’s no more wall space. It’s another new adventure!”

Both horses and soccer were part of Abby’s growing up years, and continue to be part of her world now. Of course, adding travel to her list of passions, she keeps a pretty full plate during her off hours. 

“I love horses and the ocean and Italy. I look forward to more traveling, and just being with the people I love, hopefully living on a farm by the beach,” says Daggett. “Recently I’ve changed my “when I grow up” phrase to ‘When I grow up I want to be an old Italian man farmer and drive my little Ape around my fields.’” 

Seems reasonable.

Daggett started her art career working at Kennebunkport Arts, then worked in galleries/museums in Boston for five years.

“When I left Boston, I took jobs that brought me abroad for three years. The first was a teaching assistant for an abroad trip to Venice, then Peggy Guggenheim Internship in Venice, followed by a Study Abroad Assistant in Dublin, Ireland,” explains Abby. “When I finished my masters and had to leave Italy, I came home to start my job search and worked at Ports of Italy. Hey, it’s sort of a connection to Italy. I enjoyed the fast paced environment there. Knowing the Italian language and typical dishes made it fun for me to talk about the food.” 

However, ultimately she wanted a job in her field.

Not being super fond of big cities, Abby was relieved when she didn’t have to move to NYC for an art job. Initially, she did not anticipate finding a role in the art field that suited her in her hometown. When she heard about “John’s new project” she was intrigued but had no idea what it was or what Maine Art Hill was. After contacting the gallery just seeking information, a visit turned into an interview which turned into a job offer and she said “Yes?” which later turned into a “YES!”

“I was excited by the gallery, and it’s vision as a whole but also how approachable, knowledgeable and kind everyone was who works here,” shares Abby. “I have had some horrible experiences with stuffy galleries and museums and would never want to work at one. I enjoy the fact that we can be professional and knowledgeable and still have a lot of fun. Joking around is fairly important for my daily well being.”

Abby is enjoying getting to see and live the phenomenon of people her age who can’t get wait to get out of Kennebunk after high school who soon return to realize this is a great place to be.

“In the future, I don’t have a list of things I want to see or do. I know I want to see and do things. I don’t plan too far ahead, but take opportunities that come along,” Abby laughs. “If there’s a random deal on a flight to somewhere, I’ll make it work. If a friend moves to some foreign country, I take the opportunity to go see them.” 

Eventually, she would like to find more permanently ties to Italy and is working on obtaining an EU passport since her mother’s family is from Greece. 

“I think Maine Art Hill in Venice should someday become a thing…”

Meet the Staff – Nate Rutter, Assistant Gallery Manager

Nate Rutter is the Assistant Gallery Manager at Maine Art Hill. He was hired in the spring of 2018 right when we were in the middle of all the new gallery spaces and our new branding.  Now that he has made it through a crazy summer season, and still wants to stay around, we thought we might tell you just a little bit more about him.

Nate was born in Evanston, Illinois, a small city block north of Chicago. From there his family moved to Barrington, but it wouldn’t be long before Maine became home.

“After visiting and vacationing in southern Maine our entire lives, my family made a permanent move close to where my mom grew up in Sanford,” shares Rutter.  

The rest, as they say, is history. Once Maine gets in your blood it is hard to move away. “Now I live in Kennebunkport, not far from the gallery, I’ll be trudging through the snow to get to work in January and February,” he laughs. “Expect to see me in my Bean Boots!”

Nate earned his degree in Secondary Education with a concentration in math, but education isn’t where he wanted to be. 

“My very first job was as a soccer referee. If I could do that again on a professional level that would be my dream job. Of course, only if my career as a professional soccer player doesn’t come to be,” laughs Nate. “In reality, I was a bartender and server most of my life. It is where my funny demeanor and winning personality come from,” he explains, with a twinkle in his eye.

With this kind of personality and math skills, Maine Art Hill was very lucky to snap up Nate when he was looking for a change. 

“We were talking with Meghan, over at the Green and Pink Tangerine about ideas for a position we were trying to fill,” says John Spain, owner of the galleries. “She was happy to put a good word in for her soon to be husband. Natalie did the first round, then a second interview with both Jessica and Natalie. Talk about double team. Then one more time, I Skyped with him while Trisha and I were still in Louisiana!”

Now Nate happily greets all of our art enthusiasts, shares knowledge and stories about the work and our artists, and manages the Wind Sculpture orders and inventory. Again, that math brain has worked out well. 

“I think it is cool that Meg connected us. It is a sweet story,’” Rutter says. “Plus now I get to work with some enjoyable people and work right across the street from my new wife!”

As much Nate loves his job (and his new wife), he also loves his guitar and a very interesting sport.

“I’ve always studied guitar and played for friends, family, and a few small crowds,” says Nate. “My other hobby is Disc Golf. Here I battle the winds and weather trying to drill drives and sink putts. I also enjoy stories and immersing myself into others work, be it books, art, music, video games, whatever.”

Nate’s family is still close by and a big part of his world.

“I love my family and will support them all through trials and tribulations,” he says. “That goes for my blood relatives as well as my new family through marriage.”

Overall Nate is a creative person who loves to share ideas and expressions. He is a master problem solver and has been an excellent addition to the gallery. 

So, when you stop in to visit The Gallery, make sure to say hello to Nate. He has a wealth of information about all things Maine Art Hill, and if you happen to think of it, ask him about his new wife. Marriage and Meghan are two of his favorite topics.