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.

A Letter from John – Real Men Wear Pink and The Pink Show

October 10, 2018

Dear Friends,

October first marked the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the Real Men Wear Pink of Maine campaign sponsored by the American Cancer Society. It also marked the beginning of my adventure for fundraising for this cause.

Even though the gallery is sponsoring the Pink Show to support this effort, I wanted to make sure this was a personal endeavor as well as a professional one. With the hope of raising $2500 through my friends and family, I began my facebook campaign.

As most of you know, I don’t stay still once the cold weather takes over, so this “Real Man of Maine” had to bring the Maine Initiative on the road. Sufficed to say, “the road” embraced my cause and then some.

I was immediately blown away by the support my friends and extended family gave by donating. What I wasn’t prepared for was the far-reaching hearts and wallets of so many of the travelers who have touched my life over the years.

Between shared stories in Texas, RV travelers from Connecticut and those near and dear in Maine, my goal of $2500 was reached and surpassed in just a few days. Of course, the effort needs to continue. So now what?

I have decided to set the bar even higher with my new personal goal of $5000.

Tomorrow,  Thursday, October 11,  is the opening day of The Pink Show on Maine Art Hill, but today is the official Real Men Wear Pink Day. To celebrate, I have decided to match any personal donations made today.

Yup, that is right. It’s time to put my money where my mouth is. Any personal donation made today, October 10, 2018, I will match up to $775 which with your help will bring me to $5000. You all have been so generous, and I need to do my part.

So here we go….

Check out the two links below to PLAY IT PINK.

Click here to make a personal matched in-kind donation directly to my Fundraising Page at Real Men Wear Pink Maine.

THE PINK SHOW OPENS TOMORROW…..

Click here to view the FIRST ANNUAL PINK SHOW and purchase a stunning piece of original art where Maine Art Hill and their artists will send 20% of the proceeds to the fundraising efforts.

Let’s do this thing!

John

 

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 11. You may view the show virtually starting October 1. Sales will start at 10 am on October 11.  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.

Barefoot and Free by Bethany Harper Williams Pink Beach Chairs by Ellen Welsh Granter

“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.”

Pink Buoys by David Witbeck

The entire staff wholeheartedly supports the 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.

Gliding Light Over the Bay by Jill Valliere

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 11. It will be open daily from 10 am to 5 pm.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS

Rachel Altschuler

Claire Bigbee

Charles Bluett

Donna D’Aquino

Alex Dunwoodie

Margaret Gerding

Ellen Granter

Rick Hamilton

Liz Hoag

Julie Houck

William B. Hoyt

Ingunn Joergensen

John LeCours

Erika Manning

Karen McManus

David Peterson

Donald Rainville

Janis Sanders

Jill Valliere

Susan Wahlrab

Bethany Harper Williams

David Witbeck

Wade Zahares

Dog Days on Maine Art Hill with Artist Gloria Najecki

Featured Artist, Gloria Najecki is the guest artist for Pop Up beginning Septemeber 27  through October 8  (YES THAT IS TWO WEEKS) 

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.

To view the details about purchasing a commision piece click here. DOG DAYS ON MAINE ART HILL

More of Najecki’s work for the show will be live on Wed. Septemeber 26.

Follow this link. DOG DAYS ON MAINE ART HILL

 

Round Pond – Artist Insights from William B. Hoyt

We all have our spots, the places we love that hold pieces of our hearts that no matter how things progress and change, they remain our favorites. Round Pond is one of those places for the artist, William B. Hoyt.

Round Pond is a small, secure harbor, not a pond at all, on the west shore of Muscongus Sound, westward of the north end of Louds Island. The village of Round Pond is at the head of the harbor and a perfect place to visit on any trip to Maine.

From the Granite Hall Store to the Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site, there is much wandering to do. However, in true William B. Hoyt style, he prefers to stay close to the water.

Two of Hoyt’s pieces from his 2018 Solo Show, Double Enders and Round Pond Evening capture wonderful views of the harbor and celebrate a classic village in coastal Maine.  It is the quiet side of Maine many enjoy. To many, these may look like landscapes, but to Hoyt, they are memories.

“Round Pond is where Spenny, one of my best friends, kept his boat, Mist,” says Hoyt. “We sailed on her together for twenty-five years.” Twenty-five years of memories build on and around the waters near Round Pond have a way of reflecting in an artists’ work.

Seaweed and Red Lobsterboat Unloading are also scenes from Hoyt’s beloved Round Pond, but they show off a different side. These two feature the working harbor side of the village.

“This is a place I visit and revisit often. It’s a place of memories and stories,” shares Hoyt.  “It’s my one of my favorites.”

With a whirlwind success of the first week of this one-man show, two of the above pieces have already been sold and will be on their way to their new homes at the end of the show. Please note, there are still many lovely works from Hoyt available, including  Seaweed and Red Lobsterboat Unloading.

Come in before October 11 to see the show in its entirety. It is a do not miss. If you can’t make it,  please check out the 360 Virtual tour on our website. CLICK HERE FOR THE 360 TOUR

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