HOPE ON THE HILL – Artists Reception and Fundraiser

HOPE ON THE HILL

ARTISTs RECEPTION for THE PINK SHOW 2019

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 POP-UP ON MAINE ART HILL
 October 12
5pm – 7pm
5 Chase Hill Road, Kennebunk, ME 04043

Celebrating Hope

Maine Art Hill is happy to host this fundraising event in conjunction with The American Cancer Society’s Real Men Wear Pink Campaign.

Come eat, drink and be merry with many of our artists and share in this celebration of hope and life.  We are surrounding ourselves with local vendors who have come together with us to make a difference.

HUGE THANK YOUS

Lisa Mills & The Blue Notes

 

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To read more about The Pink Show visit our blog. THE PINK SHOW

 

 

 

Pop Up Artist Valerie McCaffrey of Garden Guardians

Featured Artist, Valerie McCaffrey of Garden Guardians is the guest artist for Pop Up beginning Tuesday, September 24  through Monday, September 30. Read on to learn more about her inspiration, her process, and her work.

September 24 – September 30

There was always something about concrete that intrigued me.  It is a material that is both malleable and stone-like. You can easily mix it up your self and it can be around for centuries.  Think of the colosseum!  From the very start, I felt a real affinity for concrete and it has been my primary artistic medium for over 15 years. It was the perfect medium to develop the images and drawings that were trapped inside the pages of my art journals.  Concrete helped bring those images out into the “real world” where Garden Guardians was born.

I create unique hand-carved and molded concrete creations. My planters, sculptures, and plaques are designed to celebrate, attract and remind us all of our natural state of joy and wonder. I recently started working on a new line of 2-dimensional wall reliefs and  I am excited to debut them at Maine Art Hill in September.  Hope to see you there.

McCaffrey will be showing her work at Pop Up on Maine Art Hill at 5 Chase Hill Rd. in Kennebunk from September 24 – 30. The gallery is open every day at 10 am. For more info about McCaffrey and her work, follow this link to her website. Garden Guardians

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Pop-Up Artist Zeraph Dylan Moore

Featured Artist, Zeraph Dylan Moore is a returning guest artist for Pop-Up beginning Tuesday, September 24 through Monday, September 30. Read on to learn more about his inspiration, his process, and his work.

September 24 to September 30

My artwork emulates industrial decay, archaeological artifacts, and processes of geologic change. As a child and teenager, I loved building things out of abandoned materials and exploring ruined houses and strange, forgotten places. I loved old things, deeply worn with texture and meaning.

In the past several years, I’ve become disabled with a chronic illness called CFS-ME. I no longer explore a lot of abandoned buildings and am mostly housebound. Much of my work is created in bed. For this reason, working at a small size – usually just 5” x 5” – is ideal.

My artwork has been represented in many private collections throughout Maine and the world since I was 16 years old.

Moore will be showing his work at Pop-Up on Maine Art Hill at 5 Chase Hill Rd. in Kennebunk from June 12 to June 18. The gallery is open every day at 10 am. For more info about Moore and his work, follow this link to his website Grind Studio

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Pop-Up Artist Suzanne Anderson

Featured Artist, Suzanne Anderson is back for the fall of 2019 as a guest artist for Pop-Up beginning Tuesday, September 24 through Monday, September 30. Read on to learn more about her inspiration, her process, and her work.

  

SEPTEMBER 24 to SEPTEMBER 30

I work in a wooded lakeside studio in Maine. It’s the perfect place to become immersed in creative exploration.  In the incredible beauty of my surroundings, I find myself powerfully drawn to the landscape. In 2016 I began a series of drawings at a micro scale. Closely examining and recording with drawings and photographs the tiny colorful lichen and fungus that abound in the forest and field. These drawings have been used in my enamel work, in my textile design work and in a further series of drawings that incorporate natural elements and sometimes humanoid characters. This continuing series is undertaken with an underlining response to worries over human rights and environmental issues. My work is a continuance of study along the lines of developing a symbolic language of expression that walks the line between abstract form and recognizable, though unusual, elements.

The drawing process is often started on an iPad with a stylus.  After roughing out, my work is completed on a larger screen and finally printed in small editions on high quality, acid-free, Epson Velvet paper. I work back into the prints with hand embroidered line, wool roving and sometimes found objects. The use of the sewn line introduces the hand back into a digital drawing and hearkens back to traditional “women’s work”.

While centered around lichen, mosses, and fungus, this work also explores the inner and outer landscape through the abstraction of the natural forms.  The tiny little arrangements and the incredible variety of these lifeforms offer lovely surprises to the senses. The life cycle through to decay creates endless fascination. These observations come back to me in my studio not only through my 2d work but also through the medium of jewelry.  My jewelry work has a natural, casual, organic feeling. It relates to color and form to the tiny worlds of nature that I am so captivated by.

The beautiful vitreous (hot glass) enamel colors and edges promote a feeling of transition, a going back to nature, a beautiful decay. In my jewelry, I use a variety of enameling techniques in the creation of my pieces. Sgraffito, sifting, painting, graphite drawing, and gold leaf are a few of the techniques I employ in my enamel work. I use hand formed and forged sterling silver, copper, and brass in my chain and findings. Each piece is finished on the edges. The non-enameled metals are either left with a satin finish or have a patina applied and are sealed with a museum quality protective wax.

To see more of Suzanne Anderson’s work, visit her webpage www.suzanneanderson.me

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Boats and Buoys  – Artist insights from Ellen Welch Granter

Ellen Welch Granter’s new collection of moored sailboats and their mooring buoys is hanging at The Gallery at 14 Western Ave. Along with three other talented artists, Remsen, Witbeck, & Peterson, this is a show inspired by the sea.

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“Though our subjects come from a similar source, the results diverge toward four very different places,” explains Granter. “My images evolve from my own experiences and are not about fine details, such as ship rigging, but rather, the geometry, symmetry, and harmony of the floating boats and buoys.”

This collection includes a grid-like batch of small buoy paintings on square panels. There is also an array of medium-sized to more extensive works. The largest painting, The Beach Buoys, is the central piece of the show.

The Beach Buoys

“A loose gradient of vibrant blue shades creates the floating ocean where five white mooring buoys make an abstract pattern into the distance. My boats evoke a sense of peace and calmness. Whether they are in the fog, in the sun, or a busy harbor, their curvy lines and sense of possibility are always an invitation to paint.” says Granter. “Most of these paintings are also on panels, with only a few touches of gold leaf. I have finally gotten that need for bling out of my system, I think.”

 

Alpha Bravo Charlie

The titles for these works mostly come from the U.S. Navy phonetic alphabet. Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, etc. Granter went this route mostly just because the names seemed to fit. However, she is also happy to take applications from anyone who wants the job of titling my next batch more poetically.

Granter’s new works are featured on the first floor at The Gallery on Maine Art Hill at 14 Western Ave in Kennebunk until September 26. However, you can always find a large selection of Granter’s work year-round. There is also a lovely collection of Granter prints at the print gallery at 5 Chase Hill Rd.

ELLEN GRANTER  – All Available Work

ARTIST INSIGHTS from ELLEN GRANTER

TO VIEW THE FOUR ARTIST SHOW VIRTUALLY CLICK HERE

 

All galleries are open every day at 10 am. Please call for season hours of operation. FMI 207-967-2803.

A Different Kind of Boat Builder – David Riley Peterson

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The birth of David Riley Peterson’s boats was an interesting one. To say ‘one thing leads to another’ is an understatement, but it is still the best way to describe his ‘AH-HA’ moment.

Riley explains, “I was asked to make an olive tray for a local gift shop. Not seeing many challenges in it, I procrastinated until the third request. I returned to my studio and, reluctantly, rolled out a small thin slab of clay and folded it into a simple tray and joined the ends. It was a waste of my awesome talent.” Staring at it in dismay and disgust the little pod transformed. “I held it in my hands, and the ‘AH-HA’ moment occurred. The clay spoke and in a meek, shy voice it said, ‘I want to be a boat.’ Ever since that moment, I am a devoted (clay) boat builder,” laughs Peterson.

His past and present blend a love of boats with playing in the mud. He is the first to admit that clay just suits his personality. Born in Beverly, Massachusetts, he was always reprimanded for playing in every mud puddle he could find. Growing up, there were no art classes, let alone ceramics, offered in school.

“I was clueless about clay until I went off to college. My dorm at the University of Florida was located across the street from the ceramics department. I was always curious about the group of students who entered and left the building dressed in dirty jeans or tattered shorts with every body part covered in clay; so I investigated,” says Peterson. “What I discovered instantly changed my life, and I could hardly wait until the next semester to enroll in my first ceramics class; ‘Introduction to Clay.’ I was not disappointed.”

Peterson went on to graduate with a BFA in Ceramics/Sculpture, own his own studio and teach. Since 1984, he has also been the President of Peterson Marine Surveys. Two careers that appear to be quite different, Peterson effectively merges into one life.

Peterson’s father was originally from Maine, and the family often came north during the summer. He remembers spending that time playing with boats. “Maine is a real fishing community. They used dories for fishing and pulling nets in, and stuff like that, but mostly lobstering. These boats were iconic watercraft years ago.” It wasn’t a stretch to add Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture to Peterson’s list of galleries.  His boats fit perfectly between images of seascapes and rocky coasts. The life-like quality he brings to his clay captures locals and tourists alike, and are a beautiful reminder of life in Maine.

Come and see David Riley Peterson’s work in person at The Gallery on Maine Art Hill, 14 Western Avenue. The show featuring his work runs until September 26. We are open year-round and always have fabulous Peterson creations. You can also view his work on our website at his Artist Page, David Riley Peterson at Maine Art Hill. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call. 207-967-2803.

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Side Notes from Artist David Witbeck

David Witbeck has quickly become an iconic artist in regards to Maine Art Hill. When our visitors walk in the gallery for a second, tenth, or millionth time, they always remember and recognize Witbeck’s work.

For his 2019 Fall show, Witbeck shared tidbits, stories, and insights into a few of his pieces featured for this show. We want to share them with you.

Owls Head

“Owls Head is the inspiration for this piece. I spent time there one summer with Barbara, my wife. I certainly took some liberty in scale and added details. My favorite part of this is the tree. It probably has more detail than any other tree I have done. The intensity of having it in the foreground makes it more important. The sparkle in the water is again detail that brings the realism forward,” says Witbeck. “Many of my new landscape pieces are more atmospheric. With this, a bit of the whimsy is lost as it moves more toward realism. This collection started as a commission piece that was 48x 48. Once completed, I needed more.”

Some Breezy

“This is a title meant to be spoken with a serious Down East dialect. The motion in the waves is more detailed than I have done in the past. That motion creates a more intense background,” shares Witbeck. “Even though the boat is supposed to be the focal point, the surroundings sneak in and beg for notice.”

 

With Eyes We See

“In my 12 x 12 collection of fishermen and lobstermen, each had mouths, but there were no real facial features. When I moved to 20 x 20, I felt the details had to be more precise. I had to find a way to show emotion but still, remain a bit ambiguous,” explaine Witbeck. “This was hard work. Facial features are some of the most challenging details for me. ”

It’s a Girl! 

The lobster women are represented. Annie is such classic and the first of the Witbeck Women of Maine. She is a real Maine woman with a sparkle in her eye. Jo, Sam, and Kate could be sisters and represent the hard-working coastal female. Sal, however, maybe a favorite. She and Ben are indeed partners in this little lobster adventure.

David Witbeck’s new works will be featured at The Gallery on Maine Art Hill at 14 Western Ave until September 26. He shares this show with fellow artists Ellen Welch Granter, Richard Remsen, and David Riley Peterson. The Gallery is open every day at 10 am.

To see all available work from David Witbeck CLICK HERE

To see the virtual show CLICK HERE

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

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.

“Lucy”

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.

“Gracie”

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.

“Newman”

I currently share my life with 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.

 

Video Insights from Glass Artist Richard Remsen

Glass Artist Richard Remsen shares a little insight into his work. 

Don’t forget to check out the fall show featuring Remson’s work, along with 3 other Maine Art Hill artists at the 14 Western Avenue gallery. Open every day at 10 am. Saturday, August 31 to September 26.

VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE SHOW

AVIALBLE WORK FROM RICHARD REMSEN

 

A sculptor, a glassblower and two painters walk into a gallery…

It has to be the beginning of a fantastic show at Maine Art Hill in Kennebunk. Celebrating the end of summer in style, The Gallery at Maine Art Hill opens a four artist show beginning Saturday, August 31. The show begins at 10 am with an Artist Reception that evening from 5 – 7 pm at the gallery on 14 Western Avenue.

Painters David Witbeck and Ellen Welch Granter join sculptor David Riley Peterson and glass artist Richard Remsen for this three-week-long coastal celebration. A multidimensional Maine mix of boats, water, and of course, lobster.

Glass artist Richard Remsen is featuring his stunning blown glass lobster claws. Remsen studied at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and received his BFA in Sculpture at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island.

“Icons, like the lobster, are straightforward. People recognize what they are immediately, and they draw on the history of their memories. It gives an added dimension to the work,” says Remsen. “Trying to figuring out how the different colors will blend is unlike painting. With glass, I work with opaque color and translucent color. They all blend to give different effects. It is intriguing.”

The iconic lobster appears again with the painter, David Witbeck. Witbeck celebrates these coastal creatures, along with lobstermen or women and their fabulous fishing vessels. Witbeck, also a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, morphed his job as a photographer into a successful career as an artist. Known for his creative angles and skewed perspectives, he captures Maine with color.

“When I was a photographer, I was limited by what is in front of a camera. Now, I can bend, twist, stretch, exaggerate, and simplify the things I see. I can even completely make things up,” says Witbeck.” I can paint how things make me feel instead of merely how they look. I’m most happy when my paintings evoke a smile.”

Sculptor David Riley Peterson is up for a smile or two as well. With a huge grin of his own, his love of what he creates in clay is evident and infectious. His past and present blend a love of boats with playing in the mud. Born in Beverly, Massachusetts, Peterson was always reprimanded for playing in every mud puddle now he makes his living doing just that.

“I was clueless about clay until I went off to college. My dorm at the University of Florida was across the street from the ceramics department. I was always curious about the group of students who entered and left the building. They dressed in dirty jeans or tattered shorts with every body part covered in clay; so I investigated,” says Peterson. “What I discovered instantly changed my life, and I could hardly wait until the next semester to enroll in my first ceramics class; ‘Introduction to Clay.’ I was not disappointed.”

Lastly, the lovely Ellen Welch Granter rounds out this ruckus group with her tranquil and soothing renditions of Maine boats, buoys, and beauty. Her colors and shapes represent the softer side of coastal life.

“These works evoke a sense of peace and calmness. Whether they are in the fog, in the sun, or a busy harbor, their curvy lines and sense of possibility are always an invitation to paint,” says Granter. “These works evolve from my own experiences and are not about fine details, such as ship rigging, but rather, the geometry, symmetry, and harmony of the floating boats and buoys.”

This three-week-long show, begins Saturday, August 31 and runs through September 26 at The Gallery on Maine Art Hill at 14 Western Avenue in Kennebunk. The public is welcome to enjoy the Artist Reception on Saturday evening, August 31, from 5-7 pm. FMI 207-967-2803 or maine-art.com. Galleries are open every day at 10 am.