Pop-Up with Susan Adam

 

Featured Artist Susan Adam is the guest artist for Pop-Up beginning Thursday, September 9, to Wednesday, September 22. Read on to learn more about her inspiration, her process, and her work.

September 9 – 22

I am a child of the seventies raised primarily in the suburbs of Hartford, Connecticut. Every summer growing up, I longed to spend time with my grandmother, a painter who lived on the coast of Maine. Here she taught me a particular way of seeing the world, which was filled with color and beauty, and from that period on, I was determined to live in it. I was always creative. I did not start painting until college, where I met my husband of thirty years, a painter, and haven’t stopped since. From the start of my career, making a living as a full-time painter was a priority, so I developed a commissioned portrait business. For the past seventeen years, I have run a successful seasonal gallery next to our home.

I draw inspiration from my surroundings, the same small Maine village of my childhood summers for most of my career. I have always been drawn to color in the landscape, chasing red in a sea of blue, burnt umber in a field of green. My works explore the strong graphic potential everywhere I look, such as a curve in the road, a distant island in the bay, a commanding tree in the field, and more recently, a cluster of terra cotta rooftops in Champagne-Ardenne and the turquoise water of Bermuda.  A quiet scene painted in a bold graphic way invites the viewer to “fill in the blanks.”  Similarly, a circle representing a cloud or a rock right in the middle of a painting offset by another carefully selected color or line entices the viewer to focus elsewhere. Nicholas Silk of The Bermuda Royal Gazette described my work as “exploring the relationship of shapes where even inanimate objects seem to possess a storytelling potential…form almost shifts and melts before your eyes.

 

For more info about Susan Adam, check out the following links: 

Website

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Water – Four Artists, One Place, Endless Possibilities

Maine Art Hill welcomes all to visit and view their last summer show of the season. Saturday, September 4, is the opening of Water, a four-artist show featuring new works from William B. Hoyt, Ellen Welch Granter, Jill Matthews, and Kathy Ostrander Roberts.

“If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.” — Loren Eiseley.

New England is home to many talented artists. We are incredibly fortunate to represent some of the best, including these four diverse artists.

Jill Matthews is not only represented in Kennebunk. She is one of the lucky ones who get to call it home. Matthews’ palette is soft and welcoming, and her depiction of water brings the same feelings.

“My oil paintings have always been a representation of how I interpret the world. They hint at an exaggeration of simplicity. The process is often removal of unnecessary elements, leaving strength to what remains,” says Matthews. “When the extra fades into the distance, it allows something stronger to move forward into clarity. So often, we have to quiet the noise to truly see.”

Like Matthews, Kathy Ostrander Roberts calls the Kennebunks home. However, when working with Water, Roberts chooses wax as her medium instead of oil. The result is still simple, simple, and stunning.

“My goal is to represent the essence of Maine coastal waters in encaustic painting by capturing scenes from Southern Maine’s coastline and translating them into vibrant representations of movement and color,” shares Roberts. “Through layering and sculpting of the medium, I create depth and intrigue. I hope to spark memories and longings for Maine’s rugged shores in the hearts and eyes of the viewer.”

Memories and longing are also perfect descriptors for artist William B. Hoyt. They put to words his incredibly realistic renditions of the Water. To most, these are landscapes, but to Hoyt, they are stories. He has more stories to tell than most and remembers them in details as vibrant as his canvases.

“There is a challenge and a joy in seeing something ineffably beautiful or moving and resolving to make a painting of it. The threads of the canvas, the sea, family, friends, and Maine have woven themselves inextricably into my psyche and my work,” explains Hoyt. “I am a wanderer and an adventurer and have been fortunate in this life to be able to find and create and reproduce the beauty around me.”

Ellen Welch Granter is finishing off this foursome, which typically focuses on all that surrounds and relies on the Water, but not the Water itself. However, this time, it takes center stage, and boy, does it shine.

“Painting about Water is a bit like painting about paint. It is secretly about the effect of light on the Water. Sparkling or leaden, transparent or opaque, glossy or flat, the surface of the Water is always mesmerizingly beautiful,” says Granter. “With deeply saturated color fields, I tried to convey the sense of peace that the water surface inspires, and of course, the birds are always nearby.”

Again all are welcome to visit and view Water, a four artist show featuring new works from William B. Hoyt, Ellen Welch Granter, Jill Matthews, and Kathy Ostrander Roberts on Maine Art Hill at 14 Western Ave  in Kennebunk. The show opens Saturday, September 4, and runs through September 22. The gallery is open every day from 10 AM to 5 PM. FMI call 207-967-0049 or visit www.maine-art.com/shows.

To see the show in its entirety, including the 360-degree virtual tour, click here.

Preview opens Wednesday, September 1. Virtual Tour is available on the evening of Friday, September 3.

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

William B. Hoyt  –  Artist Page

Ellen Welch Granter  – Artist Page

Jill Matthews – Artist Page

Kathy Ostrander Roberts – Artist Page

To read more about the process, inspiration, and background of each artist, click below.

William B. Hoyt – Insights and Stories

Ellen Welch Granter – Insights and Stories

Jill Matthews – Insights and Stories

Kathy Ostrander Roberts – Insights and Stories

 

The Therapeutic Power of Water – Artist Insights from Ellen Welch Granter

“Painting about water is a bit like painting about paint,” says artist Ellen Welch Granter.

When viewing anything, it all breaks down into pieces of color. From there it is all in how you see it, or in Granter’s case, how you paint it.

“Secretly…it is about the effect of light on the water. Sparkling or leaden, transparent or opaque, glossy or flat, the water’s surface is always mesmerizingly beautiful,” shares Granter. “I tried to convey the sense of peace that the water surface inspires with deeply saturated color fields. Of course, the birds are nearby.”

Marsh wrens in the reeds are the subject of three paintings in this group. The flat pink water and gold reeds recede into the background so that the noisy wrens can sing their attention-grabbing song.

“In these paintings, I can get around the fact that in real life, deep in the marsh, wrens are usually very hard to see,” says Granter.  “And seen this way, you don’t get mosquito or greenhead bites.”

Between her birds and her brushes, Granter found a piece of peace during a time when it was rare but so necessary.

“During the horrible months of isolation, I was delighted to have this painting challenge as an antidote to the meditative trance of that constant tech connection,” explains Granter. “Creating this series of paintings was my effort to remember to keep it simple but keep it beautiful. And it helped, as art always does.”

Granter truly celebrates water in this new collection of work. There are familiar aspects that assure you it is an original Ellen Welch Granter. Then, of course, there are a few surprises.

All are welcome to visit and view Water, a four artist show featuring new works from William B. Hoyt, Ellen Welch Granter, Jill Matthews, and Kathy Ostrander Roberts on Maine Art Hill at 14 Western Ave in Kennebunk. The show opens Saturday, September 4, and runs through September 22. The gallery is open every day from 10 AM to 5 PM. FMI call 207-967-0049 or visit www.maine-art.com/shows.

 

To see the show in its entirety, including the 360-degree virtual tour, click here.

Preview opens Wednesday, September 1. Virtual Tour is available on the evening of Friday, September 3.

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

William B. Hoyt  –  Artist Page

Ellen Welch Granter  – Artist Page

Jill Matthews – Artist Page

Kathy Ostrander Roberts – Artist Page

To read more about the process, inspiration, and background of each artist, click below.

William B. Hoyt – Insights and Stories

Ellen Welch Granter – Insights and Stories

Jill Matthews – Insights and Stories

Kathy Ostrander Roberts – Insights and Stories

Big Water – Artist Insights from Jill Matthews

“I am so excited to be included in the WATER show. Painting the coast and the water is my favorite subject matter and what I feel most connected with,” shares Maine Art Hill artist Jill Matthews.

Matthews is one of four artists participating in WATER at the Shows on Maine Art Hill.

“I decided to work much larger for this show. It’s a bit of a challenge for me. I can’t focus on one spot of the canvas for too long. After all, it’s so large I have to constantly be backing up, taking in all in, and reworking things,” says Matthews.  “I can move around a big piece differently than I can a smaller one. It’s free, but I still have to focus. So it’s a little mix of both.”

When she works smaller,  Matthews tends to get hyper-focused on specific things.

“It is a bit looser with a larger canvas, but I have to see the big picture. I enjoy working with a bigger surface, especially when the ocean’s subject matter, with a focus on the sky,” she says.  “I love the larger landscape spans.”

Matthews’s other passion is running. It is always lovely when two passions can support each other.

“I spend a lot of time outside. For example, I am training for the Boston Marathon this fall. Due to the heat, I am up in the early morning, getting in a run, and then again during evening hours. There is a great deal of inspiration on these runs,” explains Matthews. “They give me time to explore the coast’s landscape in a way I haven’t seen before.”

When water is concerned, weather plays a big part in what we see. Even for trained artists, it’s difficult not to let the weather influence the art.

“We have had a great deal of different weather this summer—a lot of rain. I wanted to focus on the sky and how it interacts with the rest of the landscape. I usually don’t focus on the sky and have preferred a foggy landscape,” Matthews shares. “That takes the sky out of it. I need to focus on what the sky is doing. It’s a new challenge. It gives me a chance to focus on color and texture differently concerning how the sky interacts with other elements. It has been fun.”

This show was a chance to explore what I love to do: paint water and connect with the coast. Yet this time, I was pushed to do it differently.

To see the show in its entirety, including the 360-degree virtual tour, click here.

Preview opens Wednesday, September 1. Virtual Tour is available on the evening of Friday, September 3.

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

William B. Hoyt  –  Artist Page

Ellen Welch Granter  – Artist Page

Jill Matthews – Artist Page

Kathy Ostrander Roberts – Artist Page

To read more about the process, inspiration, and background of each artist, click below.

William B. Hoyt – Insights and Stories

Ellen Welch Granter – Insights and Stories

Jill Matthews – Insights and Stories

Kathy Ostrander Roberts – Insights and StoriesArtist

My View of the Water – Artist Insights from William B. Hoyt for WATER

After following artist, William B. Hoyt for years, there is no other that captures the light and love found in water.  Hoyt is also quite famous for his storytelling abilities. With that said, we are fortunate to have him share a little insight into a few of the pieces he created for WATER.

Morning on Muscle Ridge

This view greeted me after a night in our Westfalia at the Lobster Buoy Campground in South Thomaston, Maine. As the fog burned off, it gradually revealed the islands. Muscle Ridge was named from the effort needed to row to and from these islands that had working granite quarries and hundreds of resident stonecutters.

Castles Made of Sand 

The incoming tide reminded me of Jimi Hendrix’s lyrics, “And castles made of sand melt in the sea, eventually.” We spent a week in a house on Parson’s Beach in Kennebunk and saw creations made by children at low tide melt into the sea as they shrank the beach ineluctably.

The Nubble 

This often photographed lighthouse in York, Maine, presented its stark rock-bound appearance on a bright day in April in the early afternoon. Not sure why it’s called the Nubble. Maybe before it had a lighthouse, the extension of the point, almost attached by an isthmus at low tide, was described as a “Nubble,” and the name stuck. I really enjoyed painting the complex rock formations and the sparkling water as well as the handsome lighthouse itself.

 

Moon Over St. Anne’s

At sunset on April 26th, the full super moon, The Pink Moon, rises slowly out of the still bare trees over St. Anne’s Church. This is seen from the western end of Gooch’s Beach.  April’s full moon corresponds with the early springtime blooms of phlox, also called “moss pink.”

The Soft Sounds of Surf 

High tide in the morning. Where’s the beach? At low tide, it’s a hundred yards wide, but this morning, we are awakened at sunrise to find it lapping at the cement retaining wall and the foot of the wooden stairs.

Reflections

Sunrise through clouds over the calm waters in the enclosed bay of Roque island. This is inside the arms of the mile-long curved beach and encircling smaller islands.

 

 

To see the show in its entirety, including the 360-degree virtual tour, click here.

Preview opens Wednesday, September 1. Virtual Tour is available on the evening of Friday, September 3.

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

William B. Hoyt  –  Artist Page

Ellen Welch Granter  – Artist Page

Jill Matthews – Artist Page

Kathy Ostrander Roberts – Artist Page

To read more about the process, inspiration, and background of each artist, click below.

William B. Hoyt – Insights and Stories

Ellen Welch Granter – Insights and Stories

Jill Matthews – Insights and Stories

Kathy Ostrander Roberts – Insights and Stories

Water in Wax – Artist Insights from Kathy Ostrander Roberts

We love it when our artists take a few minutes to explain exactly what it is they do. Artist Kathy Ostrander Roberts breaks down how she works and how the magic happens.

Click to watch.

 

To see the show in its entirety, including the 360-degree virtual tour, click here.

Preview opens Wednesday, September 1. Virtual Tour is available on the evening of Friday, September 3.

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

William B. Hoyt  –  Artist Page

Ellen Welch Granter  – Artist Page

Jill Matthews – Artist Page

Kathy Ostrander Roberts – Artist Page

To read more about the process, inspiration, and background of each artist, click below.

William B. Hoyt – Insights and Stories

Ellen Welch Granter – Insights and Stories

Jill Matthews – Insights and Stories

Kathy Ostrander Roberts – Insights and Stories

 

Pop-Up Artist Bob Pecchia

Featured Artist Bob Pecchia is the guest artist for Pop-Up beginning Thursday, September 2 to Wednesday, September 8. Read on to learn more about his inspiration, his process, and his work.

September 2 to September 8

 

After retiring from a career in higher education, I decided to indulge my interest in photography. I found my professional skills in theater..directing, set design, and light design, translated well over the visual art of photography. My focus has been primarily on landscape, cityscape, and seascape, but I have also developed an unexpected fondness for wildlife photography.

I began selling my work about four years ago in a few shops. This brought me into the world of pop-ups and online sales, which then started me off on doing commissioned pieces—my work is now in forty-five states and twenty-four countries. My commissioned pieces have been as large as 4’x6’.

My prints are fine art giclee paper and canvas, traditional paper prints, metallic paper prints, metal and acrylic prints.

Print sizes for the pop-up would range from 4”x6” for a tabletop display to about 24”x36” for wall hanging. I also have a notecard series for table display.

All my fine art giclee printing is done with Holly at Hunter Fine Art Printers in Kennebunk.

For more info about Bob Pecchia, check out the following links: 

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The Power of Three – Artists Carr, Bigbee, and Joergensen

 

A few years ago, three amazing friends who also happened to be artists decided to go on an adventure and stay in a treehouse in Georgetown to paint the incredible scenery.

And so it began.

Diane Carr, a local Kennebunkport artist, shares a bit of how a trip became a journey.

“What started as a painting trip among friends turned out to be so much more,” shares Carr. “It created  a bond to last a lifetime.”

Over the years, artists Claire Bigbee, Ingunn Joergensen, and Diane Carr have shared more than paint and canvas.

“The three of us shared a common connection – the loss of a parent,” explains Carr. “It is a feeling of loss I can only describe as an untethering, a feeling of being aloft. Someone had cut the cord that bound us to this earth.”

Together through tears, laughter, wine, and paint, these three talented local artists have helped heal and keep each other firmly rooted. We are so thrilled they are willing to share paintings they created from their journey.

We cannot encourage you enough to find time to visit this one-of-a-kind show at Pop-Up at Studios on Maine Art Hill.

MAINE HORIZONS

POP-UP at STUDIOS on MAINE ART HILL

5 Chase Hill Rd Kennebunk, Maine

AUGUST 26 – SEPTEMBER 1

Artists Reception Thursday, August 26, 5-7 PM

OPEN DAILY AT 10 AM

 

Pop-Up with Heather Milliman

Featured Artist Pop-Up with Heather Milliman is the guest artist for Pop-Up beginning Thursday, August  19 to Wednesday, August 25. Read on to learn more about her inspiration, her process, and her work.

August 19 to August 25

I became aware of nature’s beauty growing up on Cape Cod in the 1970s and ’80s. As a child, I was overwhelmed by the enormity of the ocean, the shifting sands, and the constant mosaic of salt-drenched colors and changing light.

I discovered the beauty of the chemical darkroom and the power that photography holds at an early age; the way it shifted my perception of the world was unequaled. Once photography trained my eye, it opened up the worlds of sculpture, ceramics, art from found materials, and mixed media, moving through each medium yet always returning to photography and painting for grounding.

My paintings use a technique I call “reductive finger painting”. Each canvas is loaded with color and then white paint is placed on top of the color layer by layer to slowly edit the unneeded visual information. I blend every color and layer with my fingertips, using brushes only on rare occasions.

The main composition on the canvas – multiple washes of color – is comprised of layers of alcohol inks and clear enamel, which is integrated into the canvas as the color is reduced and white layers are added, so this is both a reductive (subtract color to leave white space) and additive (layer alcohol inks to build layers of color and light) process.

My paintings capture a mood, a certain light as it hits the landscape. Residing solely on the interpretation of the viewer, my paintings are made from acrylic paint, ink, and multiple layers of enamel; they glow from the inside, emitting light, and energy. All of my projects – collage, paintings – even my old sculptures and installation pieces – rely on the aesthetic fundamentals I learned through photography; framing, composition, shadow.

I look to my life-long passion for photography as my North Star in all projects. In fact, many of my projects start out as photos and turn into something else along the way.

For more info about Heather Milliman, check out the following links: 

Website

Email

Celebrating the Sky – A Maine Art Hill Summer Show

When two artists come together to celebrate summer in Maine, the sky is the limit, or in this case, the subject.

Maine Art Hill is thrilled to announce the arrival of a mid-August show featuring favorite artists Margaret Gerding and Craig Mooney. The show opens at 10 AM Saturday, August 14, with an Artist Reception from 5 PM to 7 PM at 10 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk.

Summer skies are a stunning part of Augusts in Maine, and no two artists recreate them better than Craig Mooney and Margaret Gerding.

Gerding, a resident Kennebunker, spends a great deal of her plein air time in the marshes surrounding her home. Easel, canvas, and oils will travel for this lovely local artist, and the results are the spectacular skies surrounding her. 

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. It is only this solitude, whether outside or in the studio, that allows the landscape to reveal itself to me.”

A once an en 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. When she paints on location, her work is 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. When I work en plein air, it is fast and intuitive and exploratory,” says Gerding. “With both spaces as part of my process, I have the time to develop a piece and push my understanding of the atmosphere and abstract simplifications in the landscape.”

The second half of this duo is all about big skies and sweeping landscapes. Artist Craig Mooney is internationally known for his big beautiful renditions of our memories. With a sweep of his brush and a blending of oils, Mooney captures the memory of all the places we said we would never forget.

Mooney says, “I have been lucky enough to experience places where skies change from orange to pink to blue in the course of a day; where seas reflect dark and grey, and in just a moment change to crystal blue; where land, sky, and ocean converge to produce a perfect contrast of nature. These places are familiar to all of us. We live here. We created memories here.”

Mooney’s paintings make people felt connected to the sky and the sea. He creates new and original pieces that hold a familiar feeling –  a feeling we are just not quite ready to let go of.

“For me, my paintings are places only I have been. They are the epitome of New England’s perfection. There is a piece and part of each beach, mountain, or ocean I have visited, and they represent somewhere I found peace,” Mooney says. “But for you, it is a memory from a place you remember with a smile.”

Owner John Spain says, “Maine Art Hill is so much more than the traditional Maine gallery, and this show has so much more than the classic Mooney landscape and a perfect Gerding marsh. Be sure to take some time to visit this all-encompassing display of art.”

This show runs from Saturday, August 14, to Thursday, September 2. Shows on Maine Art Hill opens at 10 AM every day. Don’t forget the Artist Reception from 5 PM to 7 PM opening day at 10 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. Both Margaret Gerding and Craig Mooney will be in attendance. FMI call 207-967-0049 or visit www.maine-art.com/shows.

To see the show in its entirety, including the 360-degree virtual tour, click here.

Preview opens Wednesday, July 21. Virtual Tour is available on the evening of Friday, August 13.

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

Margaret Gerding –  Artist Page

Craig Mooney – Artist Page

To read more about the process, inspiration, and background of each artist, click below.

Margaret Gerding – Insights and Stories

Craig Mooney – Insights and Stories