Seasonal Show Schedule for Maine Art Hill 2020 – Planning Ahead 

It is 2020! Holy Moly!

As the start of a new decade is upon us we wanted to take a minute and fill you in on the fun and excitement of Maine Art Hill’s 2020 Seasonal Show Schedule. Calendars book up quickly, and we wanted to give you a first look at what is in store for The Hill this coming summer. 

The first show of the season is the Spring Show. This has quickly become a tradition and is our way of welcoming spring to the Kennebunks.  This year, Kennebunk’s own Kathy Ostrander Roberts will fill the Pop-Up Gallery at Studios on Maine Art Hill at 5 Chase Hill Road.

 

 Her incredible encaustics are the perfect way to begin what is sure to be a fantastic summer.  To see our present collection of Kathy’s work click here.

The Show Gallery opens on Saturday. May 30. Yes that is early, The Choice Show will again open the season for the gallery at 10 Chase Hill Road, but this will be an all-new format, so we wanted to get a head start on summer. Here is a hint….all new artists. This show will run until Thursday, June 25. 

Here we just want to throw in this shameless plug for the Third Annual Maine Art Hill Block Party. On June 5, Friday evening, during the Kennebunkport Festival, we will be “roaring” into the summer of 2020. Stay tuned for details and check out The Kennebunkport Festival website for updated info and ticket information. 

Ellen Welch Granter, Trip Park, and Bethany Harper Williams, and start our first of three three-artist shows, The Triple Trifecta.  On Saturday, June 27, these three artists will host their first-ever show together. We are thrilled to be able to see their winter’s worth of work on the walls at Shows.  This show will run until Thursday, July 16. Click on any of the artist names above to see our present collection of their work.

Next up Margaret Gerding and William B. Hoyt will take over 10 Chase Hill Rd.  This dynamic duo opens on Saturday, July 18 and wraps up on Thursday, August 6. These two artists will provide the perfect contrasting display of all things Maine. From Hoyt’s explicate detail to Gerding’s sweeping strokes color, The Show Gallery will be in its glory.  Both of these artists are continually adding new work to the gallery, yet these new pieces often move quickly. Click their names above to see our present collections, and watch for an announcement of any new work.

To celebrate August we have put together Jill Matthews, Janis Sanders, and Ingunn Milla Joergensen. Again, another trio to celebrate the sea and sky and serenity. Beginning on Saturday, August 8 and running just a bit longer until Labor Day. This will be the last show of the season for our Show Gallery at 10 Chase Hill Rd.

Claire Bigbee, Liz Hoag, and Julie Houck will bring in the fall season at 14 Western Ave. Beginning Saturday, August 29 with the opening. This trio of Maine women will be celebrating together for the first time as well, by bringing Maine outdoors to the first floor of The Gallery. This show will hang as a collection until Thursday, September 24.

Because sometimes we just can’t get enough, we are happy to announce a second fall show at The Gallery this year. Craig Mooney will help us in hosting a solo autumn show opening on Saturday, September 26. This show will run through late October. As always Mooney promises his classics mixed in with new work with subjects sure to surprise. Click here to see our present collection of Mooney’s work. 

For the third year in a row, we will also be hosting The Pink Show at the Pop Up Gallery at 5 Chase Hill in Studios. The entire month of October will turn The Hill pink and promote the Real Men Wear Pink campaign with the American Cancer Society. Including our 2nd Annual Hope on the Hill celebration on Saturday, October 10 at Studios.

 

Remember most shows open on Saturdays at 10:00 am, with Artist Receptions that evening. Our average show runs for three weeks, but be aware of dates for spring and fall shows which can run a bit longer. 

That is it…so far. 

Keep us in mind while deciding on which weeks to visit the Kennebunks. Of course, we would love to have you with us all summer, but we know for some of you that’s not possible. 

We will do our best to keep you up to date on all the goings-on. Add your name to our email list for reminders. We’ll keep your information private and won’t inundate your inbox. The best way to keep current on all the events for this season is to join our email list and follow us on social media if you don’t already.

RECAP of SEASONAL SHOW SCHEDULE 2020

Kathy Ostrander Roberts

May 9 to June 6 at The Gallery at 14 Western Ave

 

9th Annual Choice Show  

May 30 to June 25 Shows at Shows at 10 Chase Hill Road

ALL NEW FORMAT – WATCH FOR DETAILS SOON

 

MAH Block Party Roaring 20’s Theme

June 5 at Maine Art Hill

Maine Art Hill Kennebunkport Festival Event 

 

Trip Park, Bethany Harper Williams, and Ellen Welch Granter

June 27 to July 16 at Shows at 10 Chase Hill Rd

 

Margaret Gerding and William B. Hoyt

July 18 to August 6 at Shows at 10 Chase Hill Rd

 

Jill Matthews, Janis Sanders, and Ingunn Milla Joergensen

August 8 to September 7 at Shows at 10 Chase Hill Rd

 

Claire Bigbee, Liz Hoag, and Julie Houck

August 29 to September 24 at The Gallery at 14 Western Ave

 

Craig Mooney

September 26 to October 26 at The Gallery at 14 Western Ave

 

The Pink Show

October 1 to October 31 at The Pop Up at Studios at 5 Chase Hill Rd.

 

Hope on the Hill

October 10 at Studios at 5 Chase Hill Rd

Artist Dina Gardner – A Virtual Peek inside Her Studio

Dina Gardner is a wonderful pastel artist who is quickly becoming a regular here at Maine Art Hill. After joining us in the POP-UP Gallery this past summer, she is back as one of seven featured artists in the 9th Annual Choice Art Show.

Now a sneak-peek into Gardner’s Studio.

Below are several links to learn more about Gardner and see all of her available works.

 Dina Gardner – Videos of Stories and Insights.

Dina Gardner- THE BLOG – Artist Insights and Stories

THE CHOICE SHOW  2020

Artist Heather Blanton – A Peek Inside the Process in Video

Heather Blanton is one of Maine Art Hill’s newest artists.  Check out this amazing introduction to her, her process, her studio, and her work.

Enjoy!

 

Below are several links to learn more about Blanton and see all of her available works.

Heather Blanton – Videos of Stories and Insights.

Heather Blanton – Artist Page

Heather Blanton- THE BLOG – Artist Insights and Stories

THE CHOICE SHOW  2020

 

Pop-Up with Mike L’Antigua 2020

Featured Artist, Mike L’Antigua is the guest artist for Pop-Up beginning Tuesday, August 25 to Monday, August 31. Read on to learn more about his inspiration, his process, and his work.

August 25 to August 31

“What is it that drives me to pick up a paintbrush? Although Art is in my blood, I first got inspired by my visit to the Renoir exhibit in Boston in 1985. Seeing those beautiful paintings up close and personally lit the fire. This began a love affair with the impressionists.

The first paintings were awkward and lousy. It did not take long to realize you need instruction in painting for it to go anywhere. After all, painting is 80% craft/skill. After trying out the workshop scene for 3 years I realized having six or seven voices in my head wasn’t working. so in 2016, I settled on a weekly class with a very talented artist and sound teacher in my area. Well, it worked wonders. Learning all the fundamentals of Representational Painting has elevated my work 1000 fold.

So where to go from there? After a lot of New England Seascapes and a lot of figurative painting, I circled back to Impressionism. You always go back to your first love. I am developing a Pond/Lilypad series these days with hopes of building a body of this work. There are some seascapes, landscapes, and figures mixed in.

I plan to continue many subject matters but try to paint them in a more impressionistic way. I hope you come along for the ride it should be fun.”

For more info about Mike L’Antigua check out the following links: 

mikelantiguafineart.com

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Shimmy – Artist Insights in Video from Ryan Kohler

Maine artist Ryan Kohler shares his thoughts on Shimmy, a new piece for  Maine Art Hill in Kennebunk, Maine.

Below are several links to learn more about Kohler and see all of his available works.

 Ryan Kohler – Videos of Stories and Insights.

Ryan Kohler – Artist Page

Ryan Kohler- THE BLOG – Artist Insights and Stories

THE CHOICE SHOW  2020

Split Sky – Artist Insights in Video from Ryan Kohler

Maine artist Ryan Kohler shares his thoughts on Split Sky, a new piece for  Maine Art Hill in Kennebunk, Maine.

Below are several links to learn more about Kohler and see all of his available works.

 Ryan Kohler – Videos of Stories and Insights.

Ryan Kohler – Artist Page

Ryan Kohler- THE BLOG – Artist Insights and Stories

THE CHOICE SHOW  2020

Fawn – Artist Insights in Video from Ryan Kohler

Maine artist Ryan Kohler shares his thoughts on Fawn, a new piece for  Maine Art Hill in Kennebunk, Maine.

Below are several links to learn more about Kohler and see all of his available works.

 Ryan Kohler – Videos of Stories and Insights.

Ryan Kohler – Artist Page

Ryan Kohler- THE BLOG – Artist Insights and Stories

THE CHOICE SHOW  2020

Artist Ryan Kohler – A Peek Inside the Process in Video

A big welcome to Artist, Ryan Kohler.

Kohler is one of Maine Art Hill’s recent additions, joining the gallery full-time last fall. A Maine native, Kohler has no qualms about inviting visitors into his studio. He is also more than willing to share exactly how “the magic” happens.

This is the first in a series of videos from Ryan. Enjoy and reach out if you have questions or need help purchasing one of Kohler’s new pieces. Email at [email protected]

 

 

Below are several links to learn more about Kohler and see all of his available works.

 Ryan Kohler – Videos of Stories and Insights.

Ryan Kohler – Artist Page

Ryan Kohler- THE BLOG – Artist Insights and Stories

THE CHOICE SHOW  2020

 

Thoughts for A New Year from Artist Jill Matthews

As the holidays come to a close and January hits us with its full force of resolutions, early sunsets, and cold weather, we thought it was a good time to share what artist Jill Matthews is doing to keep her flow going this winter, and year-round.

Many of us know Matthews as an artist and a mom with a passion for where she lives. What many do not know, she is a runner, marathoner, RCCA certified running coach, soon to be USATF certified coach and creator of SISU MAINE.

“I created SISU MAINE to share my love of running and the power which it hold,” shares Matthews. “It is more than just a website, it was created as a place to become inspired, supported, and ultimately evolved.”

By definition…

SISU (n.) Extraordinary determination, courage, and resoluteness in the face of adversity.  An action mindset that enables individuals to see beyond their present limitations and into what might be.  Reaching beyond observed capacities, Sisu is an integral element of Finnish culture and a universal capacity for which the potential exists within all.

“I love running.  Like a loyal friend, it has drifted in and out of my life at varying intensities but has always been there.  No matter where life takes me it’s something I can count on. It lifts me and makes me the best version of myself,” says Matthews. “Running for me is so much a part of my day.  Everyone has something that holds them together.  A daily walk, a quiet cup of coffee, a moment of meditation…we all have something that grounds us, for me, it’s running.”

As a child, Matthews was given a stopwatch for her birthday.  She has a very clear memory of hitting the button and sprinting off.  

“I felt so fast, I probably wasn’t, but that isn’t the memory that stands out.  My memory is one of freedom, strength, endless possibilities,” explains Matthews.  “If I can be this good today, I can be better tomorrow.  It’s a beautiful thing when we can test our limits, at any age and in lots of ways.”

Someone recently asked Matthews how she can run distance, and wondered how she didn’t find it boring. Here response…it’s anything but. 

“So much happens when I’m out, and it’s different every day.  Some days I’m reflecting and working out conflict, other days my mind is open, and I’m actually working on my art,” explains Matthews. “I notice the way a structure looks against an interesting sky or the change in color and texture of the landscape as the seasons shift.”

Her favorite days, however, are when the run is a challenge and she is 100% focused on the task at hand.

“That’s the amazing thing about distance running or racing, it takes such focus and control.  Knowing when to steady yourself,  and when to push.  Even then, there are the moments when things get hard no matter how much you have prepared for them,” shares Matthews. “That’s when the idea of Sisu comes in.  Pushing past discomfort and doubt and going to a place you didn’t think you had. It is strength and power despite the odds.  Ideally, I will always be a runner even long after my body has decided differently.”

Click here to visit Jill Matthews passion page SISU MAINE

Click here to see our entire collection of Matthew’s artwork. JILL MATTHEWS – ARTIST PAGE

Click here to read more about Matthews, her art and her inspiration. JILL MATTHEWS – STORIES AND INSIGHTS

Happiest of Holidays from Maine Art Hill

No matter what, this season does seem to revolve around gifts. Shopping and buying and wrapping and giving and of course receiving. We also realize the amount of happiness generated from giving, far outweighs the happiness from the receiving. We also realize the gift of a smile, a kind word, or asking how someone is can make a big impact when given with sincerity. Smushy? Yes, but true.

With that said there are so many galleries to choose from, so many places in Maine and beyond to visit. Yet from day one, almost 30 years ago, owner John Spain has focused  Maine Art Hill has been the experience.

With this, we welcome you to come to experience Maine Art this Holiday Season and into the new year.

Yes, it is the giving season. Yes, art is always a great gift to give.

Two Holiday Reminders

THE SMALL WORKS SHOW

E-GIFT CARDS