Isn’t It Grand – A New Show Gallery on Maine Art Hill

One of our favorite parts of summer on Maine Art Hill is the opening of our Show Gallery at 10 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. Over the past year, we have brainstormed numerous ways to make this experience bigger and better. Then, thanks in part to the Kennebunkport Resort Collection and the Grand Hotel, we did.

This June, we are opening a second show gallery, Shows at The Gallery at The Grand.

What better way to fill a “Grand” gallery than with solo artists like Craig Mooney, Ellen Welch Granter, Ryan Kohler, and Janis H. Sanders. Four solo shows in one fabulously redesigned gallery at 1 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. 

  

As luck would have it, we also have found a familiar face to greet you on most days when you visit. Many of you will recognize her from The Sharpe Gallery, and she is a local Kennebunkport resident as well. With many years of gallery experience, her knowledge and skills are bar none. We consider ourselves fortunate to have Tracey at the helm of this new endeavor.

This addition allows us to bring more of the shows you love to Maine Art Hill. With group shows at the top of the hill and solo shows at the bottom every two weeks, a new show is opening as we alternate the excitement between Shows on Maine Art Hill and the Gallery at The Grand. 

Check out our Save the Date Calendar, and be sure to visit Maine Art Hill this summer. FMI www.maine-art.com/shows or 207-967-2803.

Margaret Gerding on her Beach Walk Series

Many of Margaret Gerding’s works look familiar if you have spent any time in and around the Kennebunks. For example, if you have spent any time on Goose Rocks Beach in Kennebunkport, her Beach Walk series is very familiar.

“The Beach Walk series is all done from Goose Rocks Beach,” shares Gerding.  “As the sun sits low in the sky and strikes the water’s edge, the colors spread and saturate, and all I have to do is paint.”

Gerding has enjoyed the Kennebunk area for many years, but now she calls it home. Her love of where she lives emanates from her canvases.

“We all love these quiet walks and hold them in our memories. But, it has taken me a while to start the Beach Walk series. Now I never mind painting the multitude of subtle colors that quietly happen as the water approaches the sand.”

If Goose Rocks hold memories for you, these pieces will capture your heart. But, if you have never stepped foot on Goose Rocks, they will encourage you to wander the sands yourself.

The show opened Saturday, May 21, and continues through June 9. The Gallery at Maine Art Hill is located at 14 Western Ave and is open every day from 10 AM to 6 PM. The show can be viewed online at www.maine-art.com/shows. FMI call 207-967-2803.

To see our complete collection of Gerding’s works, click below

Margaret Gerding –  Artist Page

Click below to read more about her process, inspiration, and background.

Margaret Gerding – Insights and Stories

Margaret Gerding Solo Spring Show at The Gallery on Maine Art Hill

A show of new works by Margaret Gerding opens at The Gallery at Maine Art Hill in Kennebunk Lower Village on Saturday, May 21. There will be an Artist’s Reception from 5 to 7 pm.

A once ‘plein air only’ painter, Gerding’s oils embody the natural landscapes of coastal Maine. Her realistic interpretation of these unspoiled settings reflects a single moment in time. Her warm palette and textured brushwork, for which she is known, capture subtle changes of light and fleeting moments of color.

Gerding says, “Each piece is based on a real place, a moment I have experienced and been inspired by. There is something about being alone with nature—a quiet that connects me like no other. Only this solitude, whether outside or in the studio, allows the landscape to reveal itself.”

Plein air painting is how Gerding began, and it is still very much a part of her process. But with the birth of her daughter, the need for studio time became necessary, and changes began. Now she has the best of both worlds. Her plein air painting keeps her work loose, while her studio time allows her to refine her art to a more finished state.

“My studio gives me more time to examine my work. It’s more intellectual, and the final pieces are polished. I work en plein air; it is fast and intuitive and exploratory,” says Gerding. “Now, with both spaces as part of my process, I have the time to develop a piece and push my understanding of atmosphere and abstract simplifications in the landscape.”

It is not uncommon to find Gerding along the Kennebunk Bridle Path sketching the marsh grasses or wetland waterways. She has called Cape Porpoise home now for several years and spends most of her time surrounded by the area’s natural beauty.

“I am immersed daily in the area of my greatest inspiration. It is a place where nature provides a lifetime of exploration and study.  I had the good fortune of vacationing here every summer as a child. I grew up wandering in the marshes, exploring the greenness and the vast skies. It was a puzzle to traverse the waterways, an escape,” says Gerding. “Now, it’s home.”

Gerding, a graduate from UMass, Dartmouth, had her first major show at twenty-five on Newbury Street in Boston. Her early success and continued hard work led to her paintings being included in the book 100 Artists of New England by E. Ashley Rooney and New England Paintings, Edition 14, published by The Open Press.  Many private and corporate collections also contain her work, including L.L. Bean in Freeport, Maine Medical Center in Portland, Fidelity Investments in Boston, and the Westin Hotel in Boston.

The show opens Saturday, May 21, and continues through June 9. The Gallery at Maine Art Hill is located at 14 Western Ave and is open every day from 10 AM to 6 PM. The show can be viewed online beginning Wednesday,  May 18, at www.maine-art.com/shows. FMI call 207-967-2803. 

To see our complete collection of Gerding’s works, click below

Margaret Gerding –  Artist Page

Click below to read more about her process, inspiration, and background.

Margaret Gerding – Insights and Stories

Janis Sanders 2022 Solo Show – Save the Date

 Janis H. Sanders 

Sept 10 – 29

Maine Art Hill,  Kennebunk

Janis Sanders is rounding out the end of the summer season on Maine Art Hill. Some will come searching for his classic blue and yellow palette, and others will be searching for the surprises Sanders always delivers.

No matter what you are hoping for, this show will be a beautiful summer finale.

“One dominant theme growing up was a tremendous, mainly unspoken, sense of bonding and loyalty,” says Janis Sanders. “My blue skies are not just a pretty thing, but for me, come from the need for a place to escape and also soar. I take pleasure in small, everyday things: what I paint and what I say. what I think, what I feel, who I am.”

Be sure to add this new show to your summer calendar and wander up to Maine Art Hill in Kennebunk, Maine. As expected, we always have new works from Sanders year-round. So if you are out and about, please stop by and visit or check them out on our website.

CLICK HERE TO SEE ALL AVAILABLE WORK FROM JANIS SANDERS

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT JANIS SANDERS

 Jeffrey Fitzgerald & Mark Davis 2022 Show – Save the Date

 Jeffrey Fitzgerald & Mark Davis

Sept 24- Oct 13 

THE GALLERY

 14 Western Avenue, Kennebunk

“I have a love affair with canvas, color, and brushstroke,” says Jeffrey Fitzgerald. “Sand, branches, rocks, and tiny colors of new spring life proposed by brushstroke activate and energize the canvas, but at the same time hold it together.”

“It took me many years to think of myself as an artist. For 15 years, I was a high fashion jeweler, which was more of a commodity and less intimidating to me,” shares Mark Davis. “I had a moment when I was 14 years old when I was in the library and found a book on Alexander Calder. Opening that book was like a shock wave going through my system. I went home, studied the book and its images, then went to the hardware store and bought sheet aluminum and steel wire.”

Be sure to add this new show to your summer calendar and wander up to Maine Art Hill in Kennebunk, Maine. As expected, we always have new works from Davis and Fitzgerald year-round. So if you are out and about, please stop by and visit or check them out on our website.

To see our complete collection of these artists’ works, click below.

Jeffrey Fitzgerald

Mark Davis

Click below to read more about each of these artists, process, inspiration, and background.

Jeffrey Fitzgerald

Mark Davis

Spring Arrivals 2022 – R. Scott Baltz

R. Scott Baltz

2022 Spring Arrivals

These are the three newest spring arrivals from artist R. Scott Baltz. We feature these three unique paintings this week, from May 9 to May 15. Click the link below to find the details on each of these pieces. Any or all of these paintings purchased this week are subject to free shipping*.

“The landscape is at the heart of my interests. I believe that nature and the experiences we have absorbed within nature are sustaining and essential to our human condition. On a personal level, without this connection, I feel unsettled, disconnected from the lifeline of energy that connects all things. As a result, my work explores this connection, examining the landscape through transition, movement, and energy through color, composition, and paint application.”

“I attempt to translate the essence of my personal experiences in nature while referencing the natural world’s value and place in our lives. The earth needs our attention and care, and so through my efforts, I attempt to create an awareness of the fine balance required to sustain life and beauty and love.”

To see all available work from R. Scott Baltz, click the link below.

R. Scott Baltz –  ARTIST PAGE

To read more insights from R. Scott Baltz, click the link below.

R. Scott Baltz – INSIGHTS AND STORIES

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Spring Arrivals 2022 – Alex Dunwoodie

Alex Dunwoodie

2022 Spring Arrivals

These are the three newest spring arrivals from artist Alex Dunwoodie. We feature these three unique paintings this week, from May 9 to May 15. Click the link below to find the details on each of these pieces. Any or all of these paintings purchased this week are subject to free shipping*.

“I’m painting what I love; what grabs my attention and makes me pause. Mornings and evenings are particularly inspirational because colors can be intensified, and light can make the ordinary interesting. Boats, whether for work or play, merge with the seascape. And coastal trees stand out like resolute figures, and I appreciate their determination. “

 

To see all available work from Alex Dunwoodie, click the link below.

Alex Dunwoodie –  ARTIST PAGE

To read more insights from Alex Dunwoodie, click the link below.

Alex Dunwoodie – INSIGHTS AND STORIES

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Favorite Things – Our Staff Shares

FAVORITE THINGS

CURATED BY THE MAINE ART HILL STAFF

A NEW POP UP AT STUDIOS ON MAINE ART HILL

May 5-18

We, the staff, have written a brief description of why a particular piece of work is our favorite. Some of us chose works for personal connections, others for color palette or composition, and others for technique and skill.

We have curated these pieces into a week-long show at the Pop-Up Gallery at 5 ChaseHill Rd in Kennebunk. We welcome all to come in and visit and check out the show online.

The Pop Up Gallery is open every day at 10 AM. FMI call 207-204-2042 or email [email protected]

SCROLL TO SEE THE FAVS

Pablo

 Boys of Summer by William B. Hoyt  The experience of the beautiful relies on the notion of susceptibility to the world, a sensitivity that we cannot always contain, and a relationship with others that we cannot break. Sometimes you cannot find it. Sometimes, you can see it in the enigmatic portrait of two men gazing at each other. Beauty is a puzzle for all of us. But, for me, Boys of Summer puts all the pieces together.

Day’s End by David Witbeck It is in its simplicity that I find the perplexing meaning of life. A Day’s End displays the beauty of nature and our use of natural resources based on our greater power. It is a reminder to acknowledge our casual role in the changes happening to the earth and understand that nature can strive for what is good for life as a whole. A day is an end and also the beginning of another. It is the fate of the new day we can work on.

Nate

Picture Perfect Day by Margaret Gerding Simply because it depicts my Maine experience. Seasons are changing on the marsh. Not too bright. I feel that I’m looking I’mough a window and onto one of my favorite places (even though I don’t know where the painting represents). Margaret always has a way of making me wish there was more painting to be enjoyed. I almost wish all her paintings had no edges and continued to infinity.

Remote Cove by Craig Mooney  I chose this one for the same reason as Picture Perfect Day. There was a spot I used to visit regularly in Ogunquit before Marginal Way was redone. that I’m reminded of when looking at this painting. I can still hear the sounds of the rocks moving with every wave.

Natalie

Morning Still by Liz Hoag I imagine that a quiet walk along this wooded path opens an unexpected scene as I look at this painting. The tone and hues of Liz’s color Liz’ste instill a sense that the promise of spring is just under the surface.

Day Break, Parson’s Beach by William B.Hoyt I enjoyed the time capsule feeling this painting presents. A day in the life of Summer. You can imagine the feelings, sounds, and smells of a day well spent through your memories. I am wondering what tomorrow will bring?

Fidae by Ellen W. Granter We’ve all done it. We’ve. We’ve all felt it. Everyone, young and old, finds joy in discovering a shell at the beach, and to find that one perfect shell is sublime. 

 Blue Skies by Alex Dunwoodie The color gradient of the water is so delicious! Simple elements on display, Air and Water.

Alex

Making My Music by Ellen Welch Granter Granter’s woGranter’stantly striking with its radiant golden leaf branches set against a pale sky. The small bird perched is wonderfully rendered, full of life. The music it’s making must be as beautiful as the painting itself.

Mosaic Forest by R. Scott Baltz In this piece, Baltz leads us through a forest of pleasing shapes and colors that fit intricately together. It creates a unique perspective and draws me deeper into the piece. 

Ali

Contented Dragon by Mark Davis Ever since I was a kid, metal and wirework have always fascinated me because of the many outcomes the artwork made from these materials could turn into. Davis’ mobilDavis’ metalwork throughout the gallery always leaves me in awe due to all the works’ fragility and balance. Contented Dragon is a favorite of mine because of the whimsicalness of the piece. While looking at the piece from a distance, you could assume that the work is just made of abstract shapes, but looking closer, it uncovers the wire outline throughout the metal shapes. Truly mystical and unforgettable. 

Tracey

Kaleidoscope #2 by Claire Bigbee When I’m viewing I’mody of artwork, my first view is a quick scan. I know a piece speaks to me when this quick scan is interrupted, and I want to look at it longer. I’m drawn to the artist’s bold attitude – whether a permanent one or a moment in time – in the use of large brushstrokes and a bright palette. The lack of fine detail in this piece is eye-catching, allowing me to bring my interpretation of detail to it.

Boys of Summer by William B Hoyt Again, my quick scan of a body of artwork was interrupted by Hoyt’s Boys Hoyt’smer painting for its theme rather than style. It’s my interpretation that these men are in a relationship, which speaks to my belief that love is love.

Louann

7 Triangles by Susan Bennett  This reminds me of my seven siblings and our strong connections. The delicate balance of the triangles imitates life.

Trisha

This Place Has Known Magic, Revisited by Ryan Kohler. As for the piece…art is about a connection, an immediate connection. This is it. I had that immediate wow factor with This Place Has Known Magic, Revisited. From the title to the subject to the pallet, remember this place, this time, this feeling. As for the artist, Ryan Kohler is not only one of our newest artists. He is one of our youngest. He is continually growing and changing and isn’t afraid to take risks, personally and professionally. His energy and enthusiasm are contagious and spill onto his canvas in a way that speaks volumes of his love for his art. 

Wind and Her Sister by Susan Bennett  Susan Bennett works magic with stainless steel. She creates softness and flow that is counterintuitive when thinking of this medium. Wind and Her Sister is a beautiful, simple, and balanced piece that fluently represents the invisible force Mother Nature creates. The details force the viewer to lean in and notice the tiniest of features and appreciate each for what they add to the whole.

Taylor

Set of 11 Flamingos by James Rivington Pyne As an enjoyer of both flamingos and creepy things, I love the dissonance present in this sculpture. Flamingos are generally associated with tropical vibrance, but this flock has more of a grungy, eerie feeling. 

April Softness by Margaret Gerding This painting does such an excellent job conveying the ambiance of a chilly April morning. The strip of land between the two pools gives the viewer an inviting path into the scene, and the misty atmosphere provides the piece with a sense of distance.

Loretta

Opening by Liz Hoag There are so many levels and values within this painting that invite the viewer into the woods. Using her brilliant technique, Liz has the ability to give us diverse aesthetics of both abstract and reality depending on the viewer’s distance to her work. This is Liz Hoag’s brilliant Zen quality that is quiet, contemplative, and magical.

Coast Cove by Janis Sanders A painting by Janis is instantly recognizable because of his “Janis blue” skies, painted smoothly at a distance with his palette knife. Then, the cool, distant blue contrasts with the foreground, which always has that sharp, warm yellow with hidden and blended palette values painted with a moving impasto to welcome us.  Janis’ unique painting quality creates that warm, welcoming place that is isolated but not lonely in the expansive universe. Beautiful balance.

Evening Hour by Karen McManus Evening Hours brings us closely into the intricate, delicate quality of one of the best watercolor artists here in Maine.  Her perfect brush strokes and applications are so masterful, and her applied vision of the actual locations gives them a jewel-like, intimate quality. But, then, the definitive light further separates her work from other watercolorists, allowing us to know the locale, the time of day, and the year.

December Afternoon by Karen McManus This is a prime example of how Karen McManus is able to adeptly translate her perfected medium into oil paints with perfection.  Karen is able to beautifully adapt to this unctuous medium while retaining the crispness and clarity of her watercolors, which is not an easy task.  Again, recognizable locals and specific times of day and time of year.

 

FAVORITE THINGS

CURATED BY THE MAINE ART HILL STAFF

A NEW POP UP AT STUDIOS ON MAINE ART HILL

May 5-18

 

 

 

Spring Arrivals 2022 – Karen Bruson

Karen Bruson

2022 Spring Arrivals

These are the two newest spring arrivals from artist Karen Bruson. We are featuring these two images this week,  May 2 to 8. Any of these paintings purchased is subject to free shipping*.

“My artwork comes from the visual connection with ordinary, everyday objects and places. I am inspired by how light falls upon a subject, casting rich dark shadows, and I aspire to simplify the nuances within those darks.”

“Starting with a luminous, warm ground, I seek to create a vibration of color by using compliments and deliberately leaving some areas untouched. Painting for me is a life-long journey of observations and a representational translation of my surroundings. “

 

To see all available work from Karen Bruson, click the link below.

Karen Bruson-  ARTIST PAGE

To read more insights from Karen Bruson, click the link below.

Karen Bruson – INSIGHTS AND STORIES

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Spring Arrivals 2022 – William B. Hoyt

William B. Hoyt

2022 Spring Arrivals

These are the newest spring arrivals from artist William B. Hoyt. This week, we feature these unique paintings from May 2 to May 8. Click the link below to find the details on each of these pieces. Any or all of these paintings purchased this week are subject to free shipping*.

My subjects have included marine, landscape, and intimate domestic still lifes. They share my interests in the effects of light at a particular moment. The threads of the canvas, the sea, Vermont, Maine, my family, and friends have woven themselves inextricably into my psyche and work.

To see all available work from William B. Hoyt, click the link below.

William B. Hoyt –  ARTIST PAGE

To read more insights from William B. Hoyt, click the link below.

William B. Hoyt- INSIGHTS AND STORIES

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William B. Hoyt – Videos

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