Prelude Pop Up with Cartoonist Ron Campbell






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.


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

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Beatles Cartoon Art Show Kennebunk 2020 (1)

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

It’s a Nutty Christmas in the Kennebunks

The Nutcrackers from “It’s a Nutty Christmas!” will be on view in the Pop-Up Thanksgiving weekend.

Nutcracker by Danie Connolley
Local artists and photographers are painting six-foot nutcrackers to “stand guard” outside stores, restaurants, and hotels of the Kennebunks for the first two weeks of December. They are sure to lure you in!
“Cracker Jack” Lobsterman Nutcracker by Robin Swennes
Take a picture with all of them and you may just win a prize! There will be more than forty about town.
Nutcracker by Danie Connolly
Mark your calendar to be sure to see the exhibit!


to Danie Connolly for organizing this fun event.

Clamming at Low Tide – Charles Bluett’s Fall Favorite on Maine Art Hill

Charles Bluett | Clamming Low Tide | Acrylic on Canvas | 13″ X 19″ | $1600

 “As winter approaches and the days turn colder, grabbing some steaming fresh clams from the beaches along the New England Coastline is a great pastime with rewards attached,” shares artist Charles Bluett. “These are gifts from the sea that take a low tide and a bit of digging.”

Just seeing a sole figure out there on the flats with their bucket against the turning skies is a privilege to see and inspires Bluett’s work.

“The solitude of the individual and his or her thoughts set against the ever-changing beaches and sea skies as the tides ebb and flow around their form is so beautiful,” says Bluett.  “I felt this work really captured all of those moments and emotions.  It is a favorite. And as they say, the best gifts come in small packages.”

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Carousel – Mark Davis’s Fall Favorite on Maine Art Hill

Carousel | Brass and Aluminum with Steel with Wires, Oil and Acrylic Colors | 13.5″ X 13″ | $900

Mark Davis chose Carousel for his Fall Favorite because of what it means to him and his artistic process.

“I created this piece approximately two years ago, but for many years before that, I had tried to make a standing mobile with two turning points, with no success. The pieces were very overworked, and I never was happy with the results,” explains Davis. “Finally, I created a base that allowed me to make a separate section revolve within the base itself.”

Davis had to keep it very simple to get that to work. In making it simple, Davis came upon a new direction to his work.

“Each piece was mounted on the end of a wire, giving it a somewhat mechanical feel, but together they created a kind of whimsey that felt to me like the playfulness of Paul Klee’s paintings, which I greatly admire,” shares Davis. “The lines, shapes, and colors are disparate but work together in a sort of poetic harmony. It was quite a small but wonderful change for me and my work.”

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Long Row – David Witbeck’s Fall Favorite on Maine Art Hill


David Witbeck | A Long Row | Oil on Panel | 36″ X 36″ | $8200

“My best paintings are the ones where the nominal subject matter is secondary to the design and composition,” explains artist David Witbeck. “Long Row is an example.”

Long Row started with the idea of a big interesting “water” shape defined by silhouettes of surrounding shapes.

“Essentially, it is just two shapes, one dark, one light. Once the basic structure is established, then I can sub-divide the big shapes and have fun creating a little narrative and emotional quality with the pictorial details,” shares Witbeck.

This piece is a lot sparer than much of Witbeck’s other recent works.

“I like it. I should keep a print in my studio to remind myself that a successful painting can be quite simple,” reminds Witbeck. “Sometimes, less really is more.”

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Bayside Bunch- Karen Bruson’s Fall Favorite on Maine Art Hill


Karen Bruson | Bayside Bunch | Oil on Canvas | 16″ X 40″ | $1600

“Not only was this particular painting a total joy to paint, but I was so pleased with the result,” says artist Karen Bruson. “The 16”x40” format was new for me, and I found it to be such a cool size and dimension, lending itself nicely to strong diagonals.”

Bruson could actually feel the crowded beach’s energy juxtaposed with the triangle of water where the eye is allowed to rest.

“Overall, there’s such a good balance of energy versus calm, warms and cools, and lights and darks,” explains Bruson. “I find people so interesting, and I purposely gave more attention to those in the foreground and simplified the rest. I love it! It’s a good one.”

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Autumn Orange – Janis Sanders’s Fall Favorite on Maine Art Hill

Janis H. Sanders | Autumn Orange | Oil on Panel | 20″ X 16″ | $1600

“My favorite painting from the current inventory at Maine Art Hill is Autumn Orange,” says artist Janis Sanders.Winter, spring, summer, or fall. I love Maine!  I especially love Acadia National Park.”

This scene at Eagle Lake in Acadia speaks to Sanders in reality and translation as a painting.

“At once, there is a sense of intense serenity and drama in each. The jagged shore rocks contrast immediately with the peaceful waters, holding, cradling soft reflections of the far mountains,” shares Sanders.  “The splashes of autumn red and orange add contrast, contradiction, and counterpoint. It’s like hot pepper on sunny eggs.”

This particular painting evolved to encapsulate a vast outdoor space in a small area.

“It offers great visual depth with an array and panoply of colors and textures,” says Sanders. “It holds an uplifting lightness and brightness,”


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Rockbound/Lobster Point – Jeffrey Fitzgerald’s Fall Favorite on Maine Art Hill

Jeffrey T. Fitzgerald | Rockbound/Lobsterpoint | Acrylic on Canvas | 16″ X 38″ | $2400

“This painting reaches out; the colors warm and welcome to the viewer,” says artist Jeffery T. Fitzgerald. “For me, Rockbound/Lobster Point keeps healthy energy, with a horizon that anchors and suggests. Brushstrokes and blue, green, and gold fields are dynamic with whimsy, mystery, and gusto.”

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Dinner at Water’s Edge – William B. Hoyt’s Fall Favorite on Maine Art Hill

William B. Hoyt | Dinner At Water’s Edge | Oil on Canvas Stretched on Panel | 24″ X 36″ | $14,500

“This painting celebrates a serendipitous moment at my daughter’s summer home and son-in-law on Islesboro in Penobscot Bay,” shares Hoyt. “They had a dinner party, guests had arrived, and the lobsters are almost cooked. Out in the harbor, a rendezvous of windjammers has gathered and anchored for the night they hadn’t anticipated, completing the scene as the setting sun goes down.”

“The challenge of painting flames, steam, sunset, and all those boats and my personal connection to the place and the event all contributed to making this my favorite recent painting,” says Hoyt. “Other than the one I’m working on right now… it’s always my current favorite.”

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Elevation – Julie Houck’s Fall Favorite on Maine Art Hill

Julie Houck | Elevation | Oil on Linen | 37.62″ X 36″ | $4800

“My favorite piece at Maine Art Hill is Elevation, one of my most recent coastal landscapes,” shares artist Julie Houck.  “I love the clouds’ nuances against the sky and the way the clouds seem to move and lift you up and into the painting. I chose to juxtapose the clouds against a darker sky, to intensify this dynamic.”

“The meandering waterway heading to the horizon, and then the portal up and into the sky are the compositional aspects of this piece that produced its name, Elevation.”

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